Wednesday, February 20, 2019

in2aqua's New Urban Collection

in2aqua GmbH will soon introduce the URBAN collection, already popular in Europe, to North American showrooms. The URBAN collection will offer bath faucets and performance shower systems in six minimalist designs. Highlighted is the STRATA X Widespread and STRATA X 4-Hole Roman Tub Kit. The STRATA X models reflect harmonious elegance through geometric design. Features of the STRATA X widespread include:

  • German quality, engineering and design
  • Faucet body constructed of solid brass
  • Metal handles and escutcheons
  • Go Pro lifetime faucet and finish warranty
  • Double handle operation - handles rest on 1/4 turn valves
  • ADA compliant
  • Fluehs valving (made in Germany)
  • Neoperl flexible hose technology
  • Flowrate 1.2 GPM

BLANCO's New LATO Soap Dispenser

BLANCO recently launched the BLANCO LATO Soap Dispenser. Matching today’s kitchen faucets, the sleek LATO Soap Dispenser offers a polished chrome finish paired with one of BLANCO’s popular SILGRANIT® colors – White, Biscuit, CafĂ© Brown, Truffle, Metallic Gray, Cinder and Anthracite. Also available in solid polished chrome or stainless steel finishes, the BLANCO LATO has a classic contemporary, perfectly elegant design for any kitchen. Measuring 4 3/4” x 3 3/4”, the BLANCO LATO is made of solid brass construction.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Berenson Adds New Finishes and New Lengths to Some Collections

Berenson Corporation has expanded some of their best selling collections to include trending finishes and longer lengths. The new lengths are 18 inches and 448 mm, and finishes being added to some of their collections are:

  • Black
  • Brushed Copper
  • Graphite
  • Matte Black
  • Modern Brushed Gold
  • Polished Copper
  • Polished Chrome
  • Satin Gold
  • Vintage Nickel

For more information on the new product offerings from Berenson Corporation, simply click here.

The Furniture Guild's New Lydia Vanity

The Furniture Guild offers a beautiful yet practical addition to the bathroom with its newest transitional vanity – the Lydia. Generously sized to neatly store all manner of linens and toiletries, the Lydia brings an impressive minimalist style to a master bath or guest suite. Three long drawer fronts are outlined with a decorative metallic trim that compliments the horizontal pull handles for a look that is dramatic yet elegant. As with all Furniture Guild collections, the Lydia can be customized with an array of finish options including traditional and exotic woods, matte and high gloss finishes, and custom paint colors. Its popular interior configuration includes double drawer pullouts concealed behind non-sink doors in addition to a third pullout for extra storage space. The interiors of the drawers are fully furnished and offer optional glass dividers and LED lights. The vanity is available as a wall-mounted unit or as a freestanding model with exposed legs. The Lydia comes in sizes ranging from 24" to 72" in single or double bowl configurations. The vanity is created using time-honored techniques and FSC certified hardwood as well as formaldehyde-free furniture grade plywood. All finishes are GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality, and each vanity is covered by a lifetime warranty.

GROHE Honored with Three 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards

GROHE earned three prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards in the kitchen and bath categories for design innovation and excellence. These awards are presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The GOOD DESIGN award-winning products from GROHE include:

  • The updated Atrio Bath Collection (pictured), which now features a slimmer, more streamlined shape, perfect for consumers who crave a more simplistic look and feel in their bathroom. The lavatory faucets in this collection feature a water-efficient flow rate of 1.2 gpm, and are EPA WaterSense-certified and compliant with CEC regulations in California.
  • Another award recipient was the Tallinn Faucet Collection, which pairs geometric forms with soft curves, and is perfect for consumers who prefer contemporary styling in their bathroom or kitchen.
  • Featuring a wide spray face and the cutting-edge GROHE DreamSpray technology, the GOOD DESIGN Award-winning Tempesta 210 Shower Head provides consumers with a deeply relaxing experience in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

Friday, February 15, 2019


BLANCO introduced its newly updated free kitchen design app, BLANCO SILGRANIT®. Made for homeowners, designers and fabricators, the app helps users evaluate the appearance of BLANCO sinks paired with popular countertops to select the perfect color combination for their kitchen design. Favorite combinations may be saved and e-mailed to others. Users may also photograph and add their own countertop selections to the app. Compatible with iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (phones and tablets), the BLANCO SILGRANIT app also has a Store Locator feature, so users may find their nearest BLANCO dealer. BLANCO SILGRANIT Color App highlights include:

  • Easy and intuitive iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Android App lets users mix and match BLANCO sinks with countertops to find the perfect pairing
  • 157 different BLANCO sinks in SILGRANIT, stainless steel and fireclay
  • 60 colorful countertop choices
  • Ability to search by sink or counter to start
  • Ability to photograph a counter and add it to the app
  • Users can store designs in a Favorites folder to share or save for later
  • The Store Locator function allows users to find where to purchase a BLANCO sink by simply entering their home zip code and connecting with a retail outlet where BLANCO products are available
  • Gallery displays kitchen design ideas and inspiration

DXV's Modulus Bath Collection Earns a 2018 GOOD DESIGN Award

DXV earned a prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Award in the bath category for design innovation and excellence. These awards are presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. A GOOD DESIGN Award winner in the bath category, the DXV Modulus Bath Collection features an array of products that blend form and function into a useful bathroom. From lavatories to faucets and showerheads, these products offer an endless array of modular configurations. That means consumers have the flexibility to transform any space—from spacious master bathrooms to quaint powder rooms—into their own personalized bath oasis. Each year, the GOOD DESIGN Awards recognize the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world. The award program emphasizes quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetics of a standard beyond ordinary consumer products.

Americh Honored as LPG's 2018 Vendor of the Year

Americh was honored and humbled by receiving the 2018 Vendor of the Year award at the recently concluded Luxury Products Group's annual conference, that was held in the Orlando, Florida area. The company wants to thank their partners, customers and the entire Americh family for making this achievement possible.

Grandeur Hardware to Unveil Satin Brass Finish at IBS

Grandeur Hardware will unveil its latest innovations at the 2019 International Builders Showcase in Booth SU3033. Grandeur Hardware will use IBS to showcase their popular Traditional/Transitional line of hardware that finds a perfect balance between two different design aesthetics. They will also promote their gorgeous new satin brass finish that is gaining attention from consumers and designers alike.

Duravit Featured in Oodi Central Library in Helsinki

Duravit is showcasing its smart, savvy design in Finland. The new Oodi Central Library in downtown Helsinski features a stunning architectural structure, alongside some familiar, stand-out Duravit pieces. The Oodi embodies Finland's values of education and free expression - the library's expansive and architectural design reflects a focus on creative thought and a dedication to sustainable design. Designed by ALA Architects, the library is a nearly Zero Energy Building and has three levels with unique focuses. Sustainable, efficient materials are especially evident in the bathrooms: Duravit's ME by Starck wall-mounted toilets and D-Code washbasins offer the highest level of function and quality, rounding out the Oodi Library's attention to detail and design.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

California Faucets Expands Their Classic Brass Finish Offerings

Kitchen and bath design aficionados report that brass finishes are not just back but predicted to come on strong in 2019. In tune with the growing wave of homeowners pursuing a warmer, homier look at the kitchen sink, California Faucets presents its most distinctive lineup of classic brass finishes yet. Made with materials reflecting the quality of yesteryear in styles that maintain a modern flair, the brass finishes range from satin brass, with its eye-catching bling, to the more rustic burnished brass. Because all California Faucets products are made of 100-percent brass, finishes such as burnished brass and satin brass offer a new way to enjoy the beauty, quality, and luxury of this fine metal. Featuring a finish that will patina over time, burnished brass speaks to today’s homeowners’ growing appetite for industrial chic design, blending the high quality of brass with a rich vintage look. Satin brass (PVD) is slightly shinier, like classic brass, and in a PVD finish. Up to eight times harder than chrome, PVD finishes come with a lifetime warranty against tarnishing. In addition to the trending brass tones, California Faucets’ entire Kitchen Collection is available in a selection of more than 30 artisan finishes, including 15 PVD finishes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing.

The New Mizu Tub from Hydro Systems

East meets west with the new Mizu tub from Hydro Systems, an evolution of the traditional Japanese soaking tub known as an ofuro. Taking its upright design cues from the Peace Pagoda, the added option of a thermal air system brings the time-honored bathing ritual into the 21st century with technological sophistication. Thousands of tiny heated bubbles provide a full sensory experience and unparalleled therapeutic effects to wash away stress and fatigue. The Mizu’s steep-sided form has the added benefit of fitting beautifully into small or irregularly shaped places, while providing a deep soak for seated bathing. The Mizu is a space for restoration, meditation and finding your inner zen.

Lenova Adds Matte Black Finish to Two New Faucets

Lenova introduces black as a stunning new finish option for two cool faucets – also brand-new – a double dose of glamour and luxury perfect for today’s upscale kitchen. This is a matte black, sleek and quiet with a flat finish that complements both traditional and contemporary decors. Matte black is a timeless alternative to trendy metallic finishes, it’s a pleasing contrast against classic white and gray or modern colorful kitchens, and always looks fresh and new. Introducing the SK222 and the K410 (pictured) faucets. Both are crafted of the finest type 304 stainless steel with zero lead content for maximum durability and long-lasting beauty. Lenova incorporates proprietary PVD processing into its manufacturing system to create a matte finish that is amazingly durable and easy to maintain. These pull-down faucets feature a two-function sprayer and a 360° swivel spout to meet the demands of the busiest kitchens. The SK222 has a striking geometric vibe while the K410 has a gently rounded silhouette. Both are notable for their dramatic arches and side levers. In keep with Lenova’s exacting standards, the faucets include top quality ceramic cartridges for drip-free performance and a 10-year limited lifetime warranty.

JACLO Unveils a New Pivot Drain Tub Waste & Overflow

JACLO recently unveiled a new Pivot Drain Tub Waste and Overflow. Features include:

  • All brass construction
  • 3 pivot drain styles -
  • #399 - Exposed overflow drain with pivot neck
  • #399-2537 - Exposed bottom outlet tub drain and overflow with pivot neck
  • #399-1537 - Exposed direct outlet tub drain and overflow with pivot neck
  • Requires tub drain and overflow trim kit (sold separately)
  • Fully polished and plated for use on free-standing tubs
  • Available in 26+ finishes

CEU Events Introduces Their New Class Code Feature

CEU Events solved the pain points of attendance recording during training sessions by introducing an all-new Class Code feature. The feature allows the presenter to capture attendance of almost any size class in under two minutes utilizing attendees' mobile devices. Each CEU Event is now assigned a unique four-character Class Code (e.g., 1234) and URL (e.g., 1234). At the end of the presentation, the Instructor can direct the attendees to the unique URL which allows them to register or sign-in to the event in real time. If you are presenting in front of 10, 500 or even 1,000 attendees, everyone will be able to use their own mobile devices to register or sign-in for your event at the same time! This new feature saves everyone time, assures accuracy, and is 100% electronic! For more information, click here.