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AUG 2018

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Our great-grandparents were grateful for in- door plumbing. Our parents and grandparents were delighted to have choices in faucet finish- es. Our generation is seeking entertainment and enlightenment at our sinks and showers. And the industry is only too glad to indulge us. Don't be surprised if your next client asks about the "wellness" showerhead, the faucet with the cool water flow they spotted online or the benefits of chromatherapy in their master suite. POWDER ROOM "Several manufacturers have introduced faucets in the past that have an open spout so that you can watch the water flow (Kohler comes to the forefront, although several manufacturers have similar type faucets – i.e. ROHL, Dornbracht and KWC, just to name a few), and some companies like Dornbracht have focused on the way water is delivered by eliminating aerators to create a 'clear' stream of water instead of the misty white of many aerated flows," shares Jim Babbitt, executive director of the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association. DPHA's members include companies like those, as well as companies that sell their products. Perhaps the same impulse that draws us to Niagara Falls' majesty, Walden Pond's serenity, Hawaiian rain showers or Maine's crashing surf inspires us to seek a soothing or dramatic cascade of water in our homes. Shadowbrook, one of DXV's trio of pioneering 3D-printed faucets, could be your choice if nature-inspired water movement is called for. "The design of Shadowbrook focuses on the presentation of water delivery; its meticulously adjusted 19 separate waterways release water to mimic a shallow stream bouncing off pebbles," says Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, v.p. of design, LIXIL Americas, DXV's parent company. Babbitt notes, "For the most part, it seems that faucets with unique water movements are found more in the powder room or guest bath- room, as opposed to the master bath. There are several reasons for this," he explains, with the primary one being that "faucets with unique water movements tend to have a somewhat lim- ited water flow, and in particular when talking about a master bath, this means that a tub will take a much longer time to fill." Another factor is limited offerings: "Since the specifier and customer are trying to coordi- nate the faucetry and accessory look throughout the [master bath], this usually means that the limited flow water delivery faucet styles are not used." Thus far, for example, Shadowbrook is only available as a lav faucet, making it a styl- ish conversation starter for your next powder room project. Another really interesting 3D-printed faucet with unique water flows is the Sphere, which was shown by Delta Faucets at its 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show booth. It was only introduced as a prototype, so don't expect to be able to specify it any time soon, but its wellness design inspiration (as shared by the KBIS team) and unique architecture of water flowing over a clear orb make it noteworthy nonetheless. Lorin Moch, showroom manager for International Bath and Tile's two San Diego area showrooms, observed about Sphere, "The lav set is made of glass and metal. Most faucets deliver a stream of water, whereas the Sphere delivers water like a rain showerhead at a flow rate of one gallon per minute, which makes it suitable for California. This is only a concept, but has not been produced for sale as yet." Fortunately, there are other offerings that blend soothing nature and unique style, and the shower seems to be their primary destination. Water Features Enhance the Bath BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS Water is increasingly being used as a design element in the bath through unique faucets, showerheads and light/shower combos that add visual excitement while enhancing function. Delta's unique Sphere lav faucet prototype blends 3D printing with a soothing water flow. Kohler recreates the invigoration of a deluge with its Real Rain release. Dornbracht adds light and fragrance to its Sky showerhead. Photo: Dornbracht Photo: Delta Faucet Co. Photo: Kohler Co. Photo: ThermaSol Steam showers, like the ThermaSol model shown here, have long added light to water for therapeutic benefit. 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 TREND SPOTTING

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