Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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The Bonne Maman vanity by Herbeau showcases the trend of furniture-style fixtures in the bath. Handcrafted from premium ash wood, the vanity has an heirloom look that is enhanced by a white fireclay countertop and back- splash. The vanity is offered in three solid wood finishes. Circle No. 151 on Product Card The Avento freestanding vanity from The Furniture Guild builds on the Avant design, adding a row of drawers and an open shelf for storage. Design options include six metal finishes and more than 50 panel finishes, including traditional and exotic woods, textured surfaces, high-gloss acrylics and Fenix NM. Circle No. 152 on Product Card Designer Kayron Brewer, CMKBD, used Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry's Framed Cabinetry Charlotte door style with flush inset hinging in White Dove enamel to create this multifunctional bath storage cabinet, which features open storage on the end of the cabinet with adjustable shelves. Circle No. 153 on Product Card The shell of the WP.FO vanity from Alape is made of glazed steel and encloses the monochrome body, which offers storage for bath accessories. Harmonized material lighting and technological precision is the genesis of WP.FO. The vanity takes its inspiration from modern architectural trends. Circle No. 154 on Product Card he vanity is sometimes the unsung hero of the bathroom. It's where homeowners get ready to face the day in the morning, prepare for bed at night and store their essential toiletries, personal care tools and much more. The vanity must be organized in a way that makes all of these functions easy. At the same time, the vanity needs to fit seamlessly into the overall design aesthetic of the room. The idea that the vanity can be more a piece of furniture rather than a simple cabinet is taking hold. "With bathroom furniture versus the traditional cabinetry, the homeowner has more options to give their space a unique and personal look," says Nathaniel Mucha, executive v.p. of bath for Cerritos, CA-based Fairmont Designs. "We are seeing bathroom furniture going in all bathrooms throughout the home. No longer is the freestanding look only relegated to the powder room. Large sizes such as 60" and 72" and accessory items such linen towers ideal for the large/master suites have increased in popularity over the past few years." No matter what look designers choose for the vanity, storage capac- ity must be considered. "Storage is key," says Jesse Lemel, styling space product manager at Kohler in Kohler, WI. "Consumers want vanities that not only match the aesthetic they are looking for, but [also] offer the pre- mium storage features. Integrated electric, compartmentalized storage, combinations of drawers and doors, the ability to customize storage to fit a particular need – these are all crucial elements that make vanities functional and efficient." Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, v.p. of design, LIXIL Americas, home to American Standard Brands and DXV, based in Piscataway, NJ, says, "In terms of overall design, we see the most popular bathroom furniture as fa- voring clean, contemporary styling, with minimalist shapes that provide an inviting, approachable setting for the user and bring a calming ambience to the bathroom. Taking a smarter approach to storage – from size optimi- zation to ease-of-access – is also becoming more and more important." Manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News note that other top trends include a move toward wall-mounted vanities; wood and painted finishes that include brighter color options; using materials and finishes that create visual interest, and larger vanities, especially in the master bath. KEEPING IT CLEAN Manufacturers continue to see a slow shift away from traditional designs. "Styles are continuing to move to more transitional and modern designs. This has been the trend for the past several years," Mucha notes. With this trend toward a more modern look and feel comes a greater desire for simple, straight lines. "Specifically in bathrooms, we are seeing straight clean lines and consumers are leaning more toward unfussy Vanity design melds form and function with clean lines, interesting aesthetics and a blend of open and closed storage solutions. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Functional Furniture T 88 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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