Friday, July 26, 2019

The New Steampunk Bay Series from California Faucets

Just as author Jules Verne created avant-garde sci-fi stories that bred a new genre of fiction, the Steampunk Bay® Series (view video here) from California Faucets tells an inventive new story in the bath. Inspired by the science-fiction steam-powered, gear-driven time machines and spring-mechanized robots that define the steampunk genre, Steampunk Bay is refreshingly devoid of today’s immersive digital technology. Its utilitarian shapes and slightly distressed finishes capture the zeitgeist of today’s industrial design ethos, while an array of customization options allow designers and homeowners alike to create a personalized expression of industrial style in the bath. The sturdy yet elegant series offers a choice between single hole or widespread faucet, wall- or deck-mounting and curved high arc spout or slightly square low spout design. Three handle options including a wheel handle design reminiscent of antique gears, a trapezoidal lever handle, and triangular blade handle, inspire further customization. To accentuate the industrial look throughout the bath, the series includes Roman Tub sets, bidet sets, towel bars in three sizes (9”, 18”, and 24”), robe hooks, and toilet paper holder. Plus, the series’ shower trim is based on an actual 1920s-era steam valve gauge with steel dial and vintage markings and typeface. Like all of California Faucets quality fittings, the Steampunk Bay Series products are made of solid brass and available in more than 30 artisan finishes including 15 PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishes, which are guaranteed not to tarnish for the life of the faucet.

Hardware Resources' New Savino Vanities

New to Hardware Resources' lineup of Jeffrey Alexander vanities is the Savino family. They have rejuvenated one of their most popular styles with upgrades that are now the standard. Savino is adorned with Hardware Resources’ Annadale family of knobs, and is outfitted with innovative features to enhance the freshness of this Shaker style vanity. Rollout drawers are now integrated into the cabinet area to make storage easier and more convenient. Each vanity is fitted with contemporary undermount rectangle bowls and Hardware Resources has transformed the false front drawers into hidden tip-out storage space with stainless steel trays. All drawers also feature Hardware Resources' undermount smooth soft-close slides. They are also introducing their engineered marble tops, which are manufactured the same way as quartz. Using this technology, Hardware Resources is able to control the coloring of the tops in a way that gives the BEST accompaniment to the vanity's color, which creates a fully composed style. Engineered marble is amazingly strong and less prone to cracking and breakage. Savino vanities are available in tranquil cool grey and crisp white in their standard sizes of 24", 30", 36", 48", and 60” double bowl. The perfect mirror pairing for Savino vanities are MIR102 (grey) and MIR105 (white) in the appropriate sizes.

Catherine Charon Named Nostalgic Warehouse's Business Development Account Manager

Nostalgic Warehouse and Grandeur Hardware recently introduced Catherine Charon (pronounced like "chair on" the deck) as their new Business Development Account Manager. Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Communication, with a minor in English, from Radford University in Virginia, her home state, but quickly discovered a passion for sales. Her 12 years of professional background encompasses account management, advertising sales, interior design sales and project management, and trade show/event planning. She has been the project manager for many design projects in the Virginia area, most notably working with the Governor’s staff to update a portion of the Executive Mansion. On a personal note, Catherine has lived in Colorado for the past 2 years, and in her free time enjoys running, hiking and French cooking.

Native Trails' Collaborates With the Property Brothers

Native Trails loves collaborating with superstars Drew and Jonathan Scott to produce awe-inspiring designs. Many of Native Trails' products, from kitchen sinks to freestanding bathtubs, have been featured on their show, Property Brothers. Recently, Native Trails sat down with the brothers to discuss design tips, and how they use Native Trails in the kitchen and bath. To read the interview, click here.

Barclay Introduces a New Family of Acrylic Tubs

Barclay Products now has a new family of acrylic tubs - all four designs are accented by a riveted base and riveted bands vertically running down the side of the tub. They also feature integral drains that include drain and overflow covers in your choice of 6 different finishes. There are two double ended tubs, Corrigan (with a rolled rim) and Coventry (with a flat rim), and the grouping is completed with the Millicent slipper and the Milan double slipper tubs. All tubs come in a length of 66 inches.

Friday, July 19, 2019

in2aqua's new EDGE Single-Hole Side-Lever Basin Mixer

in2aqua's new EDGE Single-Hole Side-Lever Basin Mixer combines puristic, straight, and architectural design with today’s cutting-edge technology. The EDGE single-hole side-lever basin mixer is constructed of solid brass and includes a metal handle and escutcheon and M-Lock™ ceramic disc technology.  The single-handle operation with 150-degree swivel spout is ADA compliant. It is available with a tarnish free extra hard chrome coating or a PVD brushed nickel finish that will last a lifetime.  Engineered with ASME A112.18.1, CSA B125.1, and NSF/ANSI 61 in mind, this basin mixer meets or exceeds North American standards. It is also CALGreen compliant with a 1.2 GPM flow rate. Installation is easy and secure with the extra-long Neoperl braided stainless steel supply lines and 9/16"-24 UNEF connections. Backed by in2aqua's Go Pro Limited Lifetime Warranty, it is warrantied for as long as the homeowner owns the faucet.

Rene DeRose New Territory Manager for Hydro Systems

Hydro Systems recently announced that they have hired Rene’ DeRose to be their new Territory Manager responsible for the Northeast and Upper Mid-West United States. Rene’ brings a wealth of experience and leadership value to the Hydro Systems family, having worked in the designer plumbing and hardware industry for over 23 years. Rene’ began her career in 1996 by joining her family business, Curvet USA, a distributor of European bath products. From there Rene’ switched to be the Regional Manager for Ronbow and within a few short months, found herself promoted to the position of VP of Sales. Most recently, Rene’ was with Linkasink, a distributor of luxury sinks and vanities, as their National Sales Manager. Rene’ is driven and hard-working, and will certainly help Hydro Systems grow its brand and sales, not only within her territory but the entire country.

MrSteam Appoints Janelle Grim as Northwest Regiuonal Sales Manager

MrSteam announced that Janelle Grim will serve as their Northwest Regional Manager to support dealers in 12 states with steam shower sales to meet increasing market demand for home wellness products. Grim most recently served as Director of Sales for the Forte Group. Before that, she held sales positions and earned increasing responsibility with Fluidmaster and InSinkErator. Grim holds an undergraduate degree in business and a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University.“ We are delighted that Janelle will be supporting our dealers as we introduce new products and technologies that help homeowners create spa-inspired wellness retreats in their bathrooms,” said Dan Reinert, Vice President of Sales for MrSteam.

Stephanie Muraro Gust Named GRAFF's North American Marketing Manager

GRAFF® has named Stephanie Muraro Gust as Marketing Manager for the brand’s North American operations. Muraro Gust is tasked with leading the company’s strategic brand initiatives across market sectors. She will actively work to strengthen relationships with the architecture and design community and enhance brand awareness nationwide. Serving as a member of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) and as former chairperson of the KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) Advisory Council, Muraro Gust will tap her industry experience to identify and target growth opportunities.  Prior to joining the GRAFF® team, Muraro Gust spent nearly a decade with Perlick Corporation, most recently as Product Marketing Manager for the company’s premium residential refrigeration appliance line. Throughout her tenure, Muraro Gust designed and operated brand strategy across a multitude of communications platforms yielding an 88% increase in year-over-year revenue in just five years.

Bates & Bates Introduces a Deeper Rectangular Brass Bar Sink

Bates & Bates by Alno Inc. now has a new deeper rectangular brass bar sink. The B1210 is the newest addition to their Sculptured Metals collection. This beautiful 16-gauge handmade brass sink, pictured both in nickel silver and hammered satin brass, will be available in both plain and hammered versions, as well as eleven of their beautiful finishes including polished unlacquered brass, satin brass, nickel silver, and satin nickel. It comes in the following dimensions:

  • OD - 13 3/8” x 11 5/8” x 6 1/4"
  • ID - 11 5/8” x 9 5/8” x 5 3/4”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Laufen Introduces Their SONAR Wave Double Bowl Basin Sink

The internationally acclaimed and eclectic designer, Patricia Urquiola, revealed the third generation of Laufen’s Saphirkeramik Project. The SONAR Saphirkeramik Collection, characterized by a ceramic surface with a ribbed texture and a slimline profile, now includes a Wave Double Bowl Basin Sink. Saphirkeramik properties allow for the creation of a wafer-thin washbasin, that remains exceptionally sturdy while at the same time lending an attractive lightness, no matter the sink’s dimensions. Sinks come with a ceramic waster cover.

Hardware Resources' New Hale Blue Vanities

The winter blues are finally over, but their NEW Hale Blue vanities are here for a while longer! (see this week's blog). Hardware Resources’ limited edition Hale Blue vanities are available in select sizes of Cade Contempo and Chatham Shaker collections by Jeffrey Alexander. Along with this stunning finish are distinct features, which include expansive cabinets with an adjustable shelf, fully functional drawers with full extension soft-close undermount slides, and integrated soft-close concealed hinges. An alluring complement to the Hale Blue finish are the newly released satin bronze pulls and knobs. White Carrara marble tops round out the entire look for a complete masterpiece. Features include:

  • Solid wood furniture-style construction
  • Large open cabinet with adjustable shelf
  • Top drawer fitted around plumbing (Chatham Shaker vanity only)
  • Fully functional drawers
  • Hardwood dovetail drawer boxes
  • Full-extension soft-close under-mount drawer slides
  • Soft-close hinges on cabinet doors
  • Solid Carrara marble top and 4" backsplash included
  • Rectangular white porcelain bowl preinstalled (Cade Contempo vanity only)
  • Oval white porcelain bowl preinstalled (Chatham Shaker vanity only)
  • Designed for 8" widespread faucet (not included)
  • Ships fully assembled

Native Trails' New Cozumel Vanity Top

A seamless, hand hammered vanity top forged from high-quality recycled copper, the Cozumel Vanity Top from Native Trails is an impressive display of artisan crafted mastery. Visually stunning and blissfully functional, Cozumel’s integrated sink and clean lines make for eye-catching appeal and simple maintenance. Cozumel pairs beautifully with Native Trails’ Cuzco Vanity as shown, and other standard sized vanity bases. Choose from 30” and 36” sizes, and antique copper or brushed nickel finishes.

Complimentary Custom Tub Painting is Currently Avalaible from Barclay Products

Complimentary custom tub painting is currently available from Barclay Products. Visit Barclay’s “Custom Painted Gallery” on their new website and get your creative juices flowing. Just imagine your customer’s bathroom coming alive with a stunning new tub in your favorite hue! Now is your chance to make it happen at no additional cost. Just follow the following steps to avail yourself of this limited time opportunity:
  1. Purchase a new cast iron, acrylic or resin tub from Barclay between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  2. Choose the color from their Sherwin Williams’ palette of Marine Coatings.
  3. Barclay will custom paint the tub for no charge!
  4. Note: Custom painted tubs are non-returnable.

Grandeur Hardware's New Circulaire Collection of Knobs and Rosettes

Discover the timeless appeal of circular design with the latest hardware collection from Grandeur Hardware. Inspired by classic colonial style, the Circulaire collection of knobs and rosettes bring a refined elegance and polish to any d├ęcor with clean lines and graceful curves. Constructed of solid forged brass, Circulaire is both simple and sophisticated, neatly combining traditional detailing with a chic modern vibe to create a look that is amazingly versatile and certain to create a welcoming impression. “Circulaire hardware looks great in any setting. Each piece is perfectly proportioned and has that timeless look that never goes out of style,” said Sean Fierst, Marketing Director for Grandeur Hardware. “Because they’re so versatile, Circulaire elements can easily mix and match with different Grandeur collections. With so many styles and finishes to choose from, the options are nearly endless. ”The Circulaire Collection includes a variety of configurations for exterior and interior doors, including deadbolt sets and expandable “thick door kits”. The doorknobs measure 2 3/8” in diameter with a 2 1/2” projection. The rosettes measure 2 5/8” in diameter. All Circulaire products are offered in six beautiful finishes -- vintage brass, antique pewter, polished nickel, satin nickel, timeless bronze and lifetime brass. All Grandeur Hardware is created from premium forged brass using time-tested techniques with hand-applied finishes and polishing.