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AUG 2017

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Inspired by early American design, Native Trails' Americana Vanity is made from sustainable hardwood with practical storage. Each vanity is handcrafted by artisans who use reclaimed wood from old barns, homesteads and fencing. The 48" vanity is available in Anvil, Chest- nut, Driftwood and Whitewash finishes. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Designed by Italian design house Pininfarina for Ronbow, the Vento collection – which means wind in Italian – showcases a sinktop design inspired by smooth snowdrifts carved by fast, strong winds. The sinktop sits atop a vanity available in two sizes: 30" and 42", and two finishes: Graphite and Chene. Coor- dinating pieces are available. Circle No. 167 on Product Card MTI Baths has added new options to its waterfall-style vanities, crafted in the company's exclusive Sculp- tureStone. The firm has increased customizability of the line by adding an optional shelf and a half-waterfall vanity for special applications. The 2"-high shelf attaches to the inside of the waterfall sides and is available with teak insert or smooth top. Circle No. 170 on Product Card StarMark Cabinetry's Milan door style comes in full internation- al overlay and is available in an extra-wide width. The door features a veneer flat panel on an optional five-piece drawer header. Seen in this transitional master suite is StarMark Cabinetry's Milan door style in Alder finished in Hazelnut with Ebony glaze. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Dura Supreme offers Plumbing Drawers, available for all of the firm's drawer box types, including stainless steel. The drawers utilize the space under the bathroom sink by adding storage around the plumbing fixtures. They are includ- ed in standard locations in the float- ing vanity program, bath furniture collection or as a modification. Circle No. 172 on Product Card The Furniture Guild's wall-hung Riva 406 vanity is available in multiple configurations, with single or double basins, in sizes ranging from 24" to 96". Guildstone tops are available, which integrate the sink bowl(s) with the countertop and offer options in the number, size and placement of the bowls as well as thickness of the material. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Bath cabinets from Bertch are created to be combined in configu- rations to fit any lifestyle. Standard sink bases are placed on either side of a drawer stack to create a 90" vanity. The louvered inset Kingston door style allows a stock linen cabi- net to be recessed into the wall. The soft Eggshell solid color completes the look. Circle No. 174 on Product Card The Montlake Collection from Strasser Woodenworks is USA made and features all-wood con- struction, soft-close European hing- es and soft-glide European drawer mounts. Pieces in the line are available from 18" to 72" wide and options include matching medicine cabinets and linen towers. Shown are cabinets in Chocolate Oak. Circle No. 173 on Product Card Designers are getting creative with color, texture and materials to reflect the individual tastes of homeowners. "The trophy still goes to white and gray, but we are seeing upticks in black and darker mahogany colors," says Jensen. Decorative, exotic veneers add visual interest, he notes, with both American walnut and cerused finish white oak on the rise. "There has been an explosion of interest in exposed metal-frame vanities, but the specialized look is not for everyone," he adds. "Color is attractive, eye-catching and interesting, but white, and even gray, are still dominating the bathroom," proclaims Wolinsky. "Real wood finishes have emerged as an incredibly popular trend in the bath, with oak leading the way. Natural oak and lighter tones often associated with the Scandinavian trend are most popular, alongside classic walnut." "At the Architectural Digest Design Show [held earlier this spring], it was clear that, even in a contemporary market such as New York City, designers still look for pieces that add texture and character, such as natural wood vanities," says Neilson Howard. Black finishes are also popular, she believes, as they respond to the call for more industrial looks. "The black-and-white bathroom is trending, as there is less of a tendency to 'play it safe,' and we are seeing bold, contrasting colors and textures being paired." Lindsay Farnsworth, sales designer for Crown Point Furniture in Claremont, NH says the clean and simple lines of free-floating vanities create a more modern feel. Since the flooring is visible under the vanity and to the wall, these vanities open up the room and make it appear larger, she states. Trevor Tran, director of marketing of Ronbow, Inc. in Fremont, CA agrees. He sees the U.S. market paying more attention to the wall-hung style now, which has been popular in Europe for many years. "Wall hung gives customers flexibility to install to whichever height they'd like. Additionally, wall-hung vanities make the bathroom feel spacious and airy, and it's easier to clean underneath. In terms of style, wall hung offers a nice clean line with updated design that can fit any style of bath- room," he notes. With both freestanding and floating vanities, storage is not the im- portant focus, says Yana Alentyeva, in-house designer at Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. in Monroe, WA. "The desire is to create a contemporary look with clean lines," she states. UNIQUE AESTHETICS Nothing is likely to bump white and gray from their status as top finish choices anytime soon. That doesn't mean, however, that there's no room for other finishes that provide the unique character consumers crave. 90 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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