Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2013

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Product Trend Report Bremen, from Barclay Products, is a single-bowl farmers sink with a beveled apron front, fashioned from 16-gauge stainless steel. Features include a silky matte pnish, tight radius corners for easy cleaning and sound insulating coating and pads. Bremen is available in six sizes. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Brizo���s Loki features a high arc spout that swivels and exclusive sliding handles. The rectangularshaped handles slide back and forth to activate and deactivate water qow; the user can control temperature and volume by sliding each handle into various positions. Loki has two distinct spout heights, one that works for a bar/prep area. Circle No. 181 on Product Card Zuvo Water Purator���s Bright Line faucets feature LED lights that indicate when it���s time to change the plter. A new Zuvo smartphone app allows the user to check the plter status, purchase replacement plters, track daily water consumption and view what���s being pltered based on the local municipality���s water quality report. Circle No. 182 on Product Card still allowing for ornate accents. Nowakowski adds that, as spaces get smaller, people���s needs change. Manufacturers, then, must look to create something that���s not only new but still functional, such as Webert���s 360�� faucet that, rather than pulling out, rotates in every direction. ���As space shrinks, you don���t need a pull-out that stretches three or four feet,��� says Nowakowski. The size and layout of sinks is also seeing some shifts. Howard says, ���Typically, we are seeing a primary sink anywhere from 28" to 36" wide and a secondary prep sink, often in a different material. It���s a way to get creative and show personality in the kitchen ��� at least one of the two sinks is often handmade or artistic.��� While double bowls are still the most requested, single-bowl conpgurations are on the rise, says Fey. ���The sheer work area of a large single-bowl kitchen sink cannot be denied,��� he says, adding that double-bowl designs are trending more toward a 60/40 split than the standard 50/50, due to the more qexible work space. Emens adds that unique shapes allow homeowners to move toward the single bowl without losing the comfort of the doublebowl shape. ���Homeowners need a transition from the double bowl, which has become obsolete as far as utility but which still o���ers a comfort level and familiarity. Homeowners who feel they need that separation in the sink now have more options with multi-level sinks.��� The PF-6000 Potpller Faucet from Franke Kitchen Systems features handcrafted, elegantly styled handles and silversmith detailing. The potpller is available in four pnishes. Circle No. 183 on Product Card The KWC America Saros range of single-lever kitchen faucets features clean lines and a cylindrical body, as well as selfcleaning technology that keeps its spout free of mineral deposits that hamper performance. The line consists of three faucets, all with water-saving qow rates of 1.8 gallons per minute at 60 psi. The smallest unit features a reach of 6-1/2" and a swivel spout that rotates 160 degrees. The two larger faucets feature a pull-down spray and 360�� swivel spout. Circle No. 184 on Product Card 44 | Kitchen & Bath Design News March 2013 Schrage says Kohler has learned through market research that homeowners prefer kitchen sinks with a unique basin shape, for both aesthetic and functional reasons. ���While we continue to see large homes and even multiple kitchens, the unique uses of the space do demand specipc functions from the sinks and faucets chosen,��� she adds. LIGHTENING THE LOAD Working harder than necessary doesn���t top anyone���s to do list, and work in the kitchen is no exception. Consumers are looking for designs and products that make their jobs easier, and it���s up to designers to point them in the right direction. Rottinghaus says consumers are looking for products that solve everyday problems like keeping the sink clean or organizing frequently used items around the sink. ���When you think about it, a person spends a lot of time at the primary kitchen sink; whether cleaning, preparing or just rinsing, the tasks can take a lot of time,��� she says.. Schrage adds, ���The kitchen is a very demanding environment. It���s all about adding hard-working elements that seamlessly integrate into the product design so the space works better and looks better, too.��� Products must be easy to use, she continues, and faucets with a pull-down design pt the bill, continuing to be a popular choice. Fey also sees a rise in cutting boards custom-pt to the sink. ���The added work space allowed by these increases overWatermark Designs��� contemporary kitchen faucets feature valves and trim made of solid brass, all fashioned in the U.S. The faucets are available with a hand spray and volume control, in Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel and 33 other pnishes. Circle No. 187 on Product Card The Minta Touch kitchen faucet from Grohe can be uniquely operated in two di���erent ways. As a touch-sensitive C-shaped faucet, users can operate simply by touching the spout or the faucet body. Minta Touch can also be operated using its conventional lever. Circle No. 185 on Product Card The Fuse Kitchen Collection from Delta Faucet Co. features a split-pnish pull-down faucet, which is o���ered in a combination of a Brilliance Stainless pnish with Cracked Pepper, Chili Pepper or Snowqake White (shown). Among the faucet���s features are MagnaTite docking, free-moving hose weight, Diamond Seal Technology and Touch-Clean soft rubber spray holes. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The WaterBridge Bar and Kitchen faucets from Sonoma Forge employ the same aesthetic as the company���s classic bridge designs, with spouts from its WingNut and Cuvee faucets. The pnal look can be further accessorized with choice of di���erent handle designs, such as tee, lever and cross handles. Products in the WaterBridge Collection come standard in Rustic Nickel, Pizzazz Nickel, Rustic Copper and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Strom Plumbing by Sign of the Crab presents this authentic reproduction of the original farmhouse drainboard sink. The 5' reproduction with cast iron and porcelain coating features a deeper sink than the original, with large drainboard area on both sides. Circle No. 189 on Product Card

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