Friday, November 30, 2018

New Toilet Paper Holders with Shelves from Keuco

What can one do with the various items in the trouser pockets, such as cell phones, keys, etc., when there is no wall or window sill nearby to set things down? KEUCO has developed a solution that is just as practical as it is elegant: a new toilet paper holder/shelf combination in the design of the PLAN and EDITION 400 series.
  • Matching the other PLAN accessories, the new PLAN toilet paper holder (pictured) is available in a glossy chrome, matte aluminum, and premium stainless steel finish. Mobile devices, money or other pocket contents can find a temporary and safe home on the slip-resistant and scratch-proof shelf surface made of fine linoleum.
  • On the EDITION 400 model, the soft, organic forms expressed in its rounded corners interact harmoniously with the slender, rectilinear contours of the toilet paper holder with integrated shelf, producing an effect of aesthetic lightness. With a width of 328 mm and depth of 100 mm, this new toilet paper holder provides shelf space near the WC, such as for mobile devices or discreetly stored hygiene articles for women, for example. The aluminum surface is also very resistant, including against fingerprints, and it is very easy to clean. 

Top Knobs' New Grace Collection

Top Knobs is celebrating 25 years of excellence. To kick off the milestone year, Top Knobs will unveil its new collection, Grace, at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, February 19 through 21, at booth N2763.  "Grace is a celebration of our most popular designs over the past 25 years," states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. "We've taken some of our most successful pieces, stripped them down and crafted a collection of hardware that is nothing short of spectacular."  Within the 5 boroughs of New York lies a treasure trove of streets and neighborhoods that exemplify a timeless sophistication that draws people in. That ageless beauty is what inspired the new designs. The Grace collection is comprised of 276 pieces in 6 series: Barrow, Henderson, Kent, Pomander, Minetta and Riverside. "We wanted to deliver a collection to our loyal customers that would showcase some of our finest pieces, only reinvented to translate into more modern-day designs," states Zimmer. "Grace is, without a doubt, an extraordinary collection that embodies an aesthetic that will be relevant for years to come." 

Brizo's New Vettis Concrete Single-Handle Faucet

Brizo unveiled the Vettis™ Concrete Single-Handle Faucet. A feat of engineering and craftsmanship, the limited-edition faucet offers a new level of luxury. Each faucet is meticulously handcrafted by expert sculptor Christopher Shannon in his small British Columbia studio. The concrete faucet blends the finest quality of raw materials and an exquisite geometric form to create architectonic harmony, while the sui generis nature of hand-pour concrete gives each faucet a distinct texture, color and style. A limited-edition offering of only 500, the Vettis Concrete faucet is available by reservation only at

Anthony Hajjar Rejoins JACLO as Director of Business Development

JACLO  announced the return of Anthony Hajjar as their Director of Business Development. Anthony has 12 years of industry experience, nine of which were spent at JACLO. Mr. Hajjar brings his expertise in sales, marketing, and knowledge of JACLO's day-to-day operations, as well as the expectations from their customers. The folks at JACLO Industries are all very excited about Anthony's return, and look forward to his enthusiasm and dedication that are driving forces of JACLO.

Kraus USA Expands Their Standart Pro and Pax Sink Collections

Kraus USA has expanded its top-selling Standart Pro™ and Pax™ stainless steel sink collections to include more sizes and new mounting options.  Kraus crafts their sinks from TRU16 real 16-gauge stainless steel and equips them with best-in-industry NoiseDefend™ sound dampening technology.
  • Standart PRO™ Undermount (pictured) - they've added a new double bowl model with innovative ultra-slim low divider to their best-selling kitchen sink series. Undermount installation creates a seamless transition between the sink and counter.
  • Standart PRO™ Topmount - the easy to install drop-in design of Standart Pro™ top-mount sinks features an extra-thick mounting deck with a beveled edge that allows customers to wipe water directly into the sink.
  • Standart PRO™ Flat Apron Front - the sophisticated flat-front design of Kraus' newest farmhouse sink will add modern style to any kitchen. Below-counter installation creates a seamless transition from countertop to sink.
  • Pax™ Series Topmount - now featuring new models with in-demand standard sizes and a double bowl sink with ultra-slim low divider, Pax™ drop-in sinks have an extra-thick mounting deck that makes it easy to add modern style to any kitchen .

Friday, November 16, 2018

MTI Baths' New Mineral Composite Tubs

MTI Baths expanded its renowned Designer Collection with five beautiful freestanding tubs manufactured in MTI's proprietary mineral composite material. Available as a soaker or air bath, the mineral composite tubs are crafted from a signature blend of high grade minerals mined from nearby quarries in Georgia. Each piece is treated with a high-performance polyresin coating resulting in a high gloss white finish that delivers a luxurious soak that stays warm longer. The non-porous surface is durable, stain, scratch and UV damage resistant, and is easy to clean and maintain. The mineral composite tubs are crafted in the United States and finished by hand to exacting quality standards. The tubs are covered by a 10-year warranty and ship within a 10-day lead time. MTI's Designer Collection of fine acrylic tubs - including freestanding, drop-in, undermount and alcove installations - offers a broad selection of healing hydrotherapies and sensory therapies to support people in their quest for holistic wellness. The mineral composite tubs are thoughtfully engineered with generous proportions, deep bathing wells and strategic lumbar support for a supremely comfortable bathing experience. Styles range from traditional to modern and feature elegant silhouettes that easily complement nearly any bathroom décor.
  • Charlotte - Notable for its classic lines, curved ends and delicately rounded rim.
  • Hudson - A vintage-inspired design embellished with a raised linear detail.
  • Adeline - Exquisite oval proportions create a chic profile and modern rim.
  • Madison - An urban rectangular tub with concave design and flat edge.
  • Hamilton - Flowing lines and graceful curves blend into a distinctive profile.

Hansgrohe's New PowderRain Spray Technology

Hansgrohe launched their new PowderRain™ spray technology. Developed in the R & D laboratory at the company's German headquarters, the innovative spray mode produces sumptuous yet efficient micro-fine droplets. It also delivers exceptional acoustic performance. PowderRain is available in a range of overhead and handheld showers from the hansgrohe brand including the Raindance S 240 with PowderRain Showerhead, Raindance S 180 with PowderRain Showerhead, as well as a Raindance Select S 120 with PowderRain Handshower. PowderRain spray is much finer than conventional shower jets. Instead of only one spray outlet per nozzle, PowderRain spray has several fine openings. The droplets are so light that they fall gently on the skin without bouncing off. This automatically reduces splashing and retains warmth on the skin: a great advantage in open showers. The sprays are arranged more densely as well, which intensifies the effect. The Raindance S 180 P showerhead is available in either 1.75 GPM or 2.0 GPM versions, while the Raindance S 240 P has a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. To meet a wide range of environmental codes, as well as user preferences, the Raindance Select S 120 P Handshower is available in 1.75, 2.0, and 2.5 GPM versions. Available finishes include chrome and brushed nickel. 

MrSteam's Redesigned Web Site

MrSteam redesigned its website - a sleek package full of stunning photography and crisp product descriptions. The new site makes it easier for homeowners and trade professionals to learn about the benefits of steam showers in spa bathrooms of all types: at home, at the gym and at resorts. The simplified navigation places product information, installation guides, specs, and high-quality photos within one-click reach. New features such as Explore The Possibilities, Plan Your Project and 3D VR Models turn product research into a fun, interactive, and aesthetically pleasing experience. The popular MrSteam sizing app assures error-free generator sizing and system specifying with transparency in MRSP pricing to build trust with clients when they can visualize all the features they can enjoy while staying on budget. Additional enhancements to include:
  • New site search functionality, including a prominently positioned dealer locator to quickly connect active purchasers to the MrSteam dealer network.  
  • Product pages full of downloadable, stunning photography and inspirational product descriptions.
  • Engaging and entertaining blog content that invites readers to explore ideas and stories related to steaming.
  • New case studies let site visitors get inspired and envision their own new steam showers.

Duravit's Vero Washbasins Featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland

The Victoria & Albert Museum has opened a branch in Dundee, Scotland in a spectacular new building on the banks of the Firth of Tay by 64-year-old Kengo Kuma, which appears to rise out of the water like the bow of a huge ship. Gray in gray, like the cliffs on the nearby North Sea coast, it is made from thousands of wave-like stone slabs. The two building sections in the form of inverted pyramids provide free access to the River Tay on the ground and are joined on the first floor. The light-flooded hall, says Kuma, is intended to make visitors feel as if they are entering a Japanese temple. The 1,100 square meter exhibition floor is reached via a wide staircase, glass elevator and dark limestone floor with fossil imprints. Everywhere, circular passages, seating areas and cafés provide unexpected views of the water, cranes and the Tay bridge. Duravit's classic rectangular Vero washbasins are featured in the washrooms, keeping with the museum's timelessly modern design. The Vero series is a modern design classic that has now been a Duravit bestseller for more than a decade - its consistent, rectangular design is equally elegant and timeless.

ThermaSol's New Digital Shower Valve

ThermaSol® recently introduced: the Digital Shower Valve. ThermaSol's new digital shower valve, coupled with their new ThermaTouch Plus control, delivers a complete and personalized shower experience - every time. Connected via ThermaSol's digital shower valve and using the latest Smart Technology, ThermaTouch's intuitive interface provides homeowners the ability to control and customize their shower more precisely. There is nothing else like it on the market today.
  • Users choose the components they want and easily control the water outlet (shower head, rain head or wand), lights, temperature, duration and volume control.
  • Two Stepper motors deliver more refined and precise temperature maintenance and control to the valve providing up to 400 motor positions to ensure accurate temperature. In keeping with Thermasol's dedication to providing the quietest and most durable products, NO Solenoids are ever used.
  • Designed using ceramic disc Flus valves which guarantee accurate and safe temperature control.

Friday, November 9, 2018

AXOR is Now an Official Partner with Design Hotels

Bring out the cake and balloons - AXOR is celebrating 25 years of exceptional kitchen and bath design! Rounding out its anniversary year in style, the brand just announced it is an official partner of Design Hotels, a lifestyle and marketing brand that represents a handpicked collection of more than 300 privately owned and operated hotels around the globe. AXOR faucets, showerheads, and accessories are regularly featured in Design Hotels™ member properties, such as the Hotel Liberty (pictured - a former prison in Offenburg/Germany), the Les Bains in Paris, or 11 Howard in NYC, to name just a few. The ambitious standards set by both brands for their products and their  member properties rely on integrated design concepts and the ongoing commitment of their creative partners. The two brands were present together for the first time at the Design Hotels™ arena in Copenhagen from October 10 - 12.

GRAFF's New Incanto Collection

GRAFF® recently unveiled its new Incanto Collection. Incanto, available in deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and free-standing variations, features a streamlined shape inspired by classic geometries and modern minimalism, offering a sophisticated style for luxurious bathroom suites that can be adjusted to match the needs of users. Challenging traditions in form and proportion, the Incanto Collection offers a sleek geometric shape to modernize bathroom design in both residential and hospitality spaces. Within the collection's portfolio, single-lever and three-hole options are available. The collection's single-hole faucet emerges from a square base and seamlessly flows into a rectangular frame. Projecting a distinctly modern aesthetic, furthered by the faucet's precise 90-degree angle, the faucet's base and spout are connected without a break in material. The spout takes on a slimmer format, creating an elegant contrast between elements. Consistently, the faucet's lever is designed with an angular divot and a slender, flat rectangular top applied for easy maneuvering. The backside of the lever is designed to promote movement with a clever diagonal cut, engineered to ensure flexibility and control of water temperature and pressure. Incanto's range also includes a Roman bathtub set with a deck-mounted handshower. Both the deck-mounted handshower and the floor-mounted bathtub filler have a rectangular block base.

BLANCO Wins a NCW Magazine's 2018 Eco-Excellence Award

BLANCO won a NCW Magazine's 2018 Eco-Excellence Award. Through a review of more than 500 products, the Eco-Excellence Awards honor excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services and companies. BLANCO's EMPRESSA faucet collection won for its water saving elements. Each faucet in the EMPRESSA collection boasts a stunning silhouette modeled after the shape of vintage wine presses found across Europe. Embodying classic elements and modern refinements, the EMPRESSA collection offers exclusive features such as a pull-down spray on a bridge faucet, which eliminates the need for a side spray element.

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply Wins a Commerce Design:Detroit Award

Design Core Detroit, a non-profit that offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses to Detroit, and AIA Detroit announced Advance Plumbing Heating and Supply Company and its design team, D Met Studios, have won a Commerce Design:Detroit Award in its inaugural competition. Commerce Design:Detroit recognizes 10 brick-and-mortar commercial projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team. Commerce Design:Detroit recognizes the role of design in increasing competitiveness of local businesses, spurs work by local designers and architects, and preserves the unique local identity of Detroit's neighborhoods. These spaces help to create a sense of place, and improve quality of life for locals and visitors alike. The winners of the first Commerce Design:Detroit Awards were selected from a highly competitive group of 37 submissions, representing a broad range of businesses, scales and neighborhoods. Developed more than 20 years ago in Montreal - another UNESCO City of Design - the program is now licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world, now including Detroit.

The New Air Massage Option for Barclay's Tubs

Customize your new Barclay bathtub with the wonders of air massage.  Barclay's new option adds 16 strategically placed air jets, powered by today's most reliable blower, to provide a complete body massage. Placement of the jets at the bottom of the tub ensures maximum bubble action for your massage.  Each jet contains a back flow preventer, and is also drained and dried by an automatic system purge run after each use, ensuring good hygiene and making the system virtually maintenance free. Control the intensity of your massage with the ergonomically shaped, water tight remote. Choose either white or black jets. Air massage can be added to most acrylic, copper or resin tubs without claw feet; it is not available for cast iron tubs.

Monday, November 5, 2018

ThermaSol Introduces Their ThermaTouch Plus Control

ThermaSol® introduced one of the latest additions to their product line: ThermaTouch Plus. This product delivers customization and precise and personal settings to homeowners in what ThermaSol is calling an ROWI - Return on Wellness Investment. Utilizing the power of the Android operating system, the new ThermaTouch Plus controller is now an App Platform, hosting 20 of the most popular Apps which users can download via the ThermaTouch App Store, just like you can on your mobile devices (Streaming Music, News with Live TV, Business News, Sports with Live TV, Relaxing Sounds & Weather, Hulu, iHeartRadio, AP Mobile, Businessweek, ESPN, Relaxio, Netflix, Pandora, BBC - Audio Feed, Business Insider, Weather, Spotify, CNN - Live TV Feed, CNBC, FOX - Live TV Feed, Fox Business, NBC and Yahoo Finance). Other attributes of ThermaTouch Plus include:
  • Fully waterproof, ThermaTouch Plus can be installed anywhere: a shower, bathing area, patio, etc.
  • ThermaTouch Plus controls ThermaSol's new digital shower and the Serenity Light, Sound Rain Head.
  • ThermaTouch Plus controls all aspects of steam generation and shower.
  • WiFi-enabled capabilities ensure that users automatically receive any updates to the software right to the controller, in-home after purchase.   

Americh's New Beijing 5832 ROC Freestanding Tub

Americh's™ new Beijing 5832 ROC Freestanding tub, measuring 58"x32"x22", is a clean and seamless design that is beautifully sculpted from Mineral Cast, creating a radiant, solid surface. Available in both glossy or matte white finish, the Beijing is part of the Americh ROC Collection and can be purchased as a Tub Only. Standard features include an integral waist and overflow with polished chrome trim and a 5-year warranty on the tub vessel.

Hardware Resources Adds Three New Hardware Finishes

Hardware Resources recently announced three new, hot hardware finish additions: matte black, satin bronze, and brushed gold. The added finishes synchronize with fashion-forward faucets, lighting fixtures, and bath fixtures such as towel bars. Because they appear in select collections within the company's Jeffrey Alexander and Elements lines of hardware, these finishes make it easy for designers, builders, and homeowners to realize their creative visions for trend-conscious kitchens and bathrooms. Product details include:
  • Hardware Resources' Matte Black finish is featured in 9 Jeffrey Alexander collections: Annadale, Bordeaux, Key West, Lenoir, Lyon, Merrick, Mirada, Sonoma, and Sutton.
  • Elements collections with the Matte Black finish (pictured) include: Belfast, Edgefield, Florence, Glendale, Madison, Naples, Stanton and Verona.
  • Jeffrey Alexander collections with the Satin Bronze finish include: Alvar, Belcastel 1, Bremen 1, Leyton, Lyon, Merrick, Sutton, and Tiffany.
  • Elements collections with the Satin Bronze finish include: Florence, Glendale, and Madison.
  • Jeffrey Alexander collections with the Brushed Gold finish include: Sutton and Tiffany.

Alno Inc.'s New Kelli Ceramic Lavatory Sink

Alno Inc. recently introduced their new drop-in rectangular flat bottom ceramic lavatory sink, the Kelli. It is available in any of Alno Inc.'s unique ceramic finishes and has inner dimensions of 13 7/8" X 17 1/4" X 5 7/8". Call your local sales rep or Alno Inc. at (818) 882-6028 to get more details on this new addition to their product offerings.

Duravit Announces the Winners of Their 6th Designer Dream Bath Competition

Duravit USA has completed the sixth edition of its annual Designer Dream Bath Competition, selecting one winner and two honorable mentions for both the Built and Unbuilt categories. For the Built category, which honors a project completed featuring Duravit within the last five years, the winner is David Gonzalez-Blanco of Billy Blanco Designs (pictured), with honorable mentions given to firms White Arrow and Falken Reynolds. For the Unbuilt category, which tasks designers with re-imagining their own bathrooms featuring the latest Duravit product introductions, the winner is Frevent Design, with honorable mentions given to OAD Interiors and AD-WO.
  • David Gonzalez-Blanco, of the South Florida based firm Billy Blanco Designs, used the Duravit Cape Cod collection as inspiration for his winning Built project. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Cape Cod collection perfectly accentuates the Ontario home's bayfront master suite. The picnic table-inspired vanities are complemented by the soft curves of the freestanding bathtub and round washbasins, and Gonzalez-Blanco further played into the project's setting with elegant aqua tile.
  • The Unbuilt category invited designers to redesign their own bathroom featuring Duravit's new Brioso and XSquare collections. The winning project, by Frevent Design, exudes a luxe simplicity, with the organic shapes of Duravit ceramics juxtaposed by the crisp geometry and modern wood of the furnishings.