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SEP 2018

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The Hidden Drain Shower Base is an end-drain shower base with single, dual or triple threshold. Uniquely designed with a removable drain cover for clean design, the base is constructed using MTI Baths' proprietary SculptureStone material, featuring a matte surface that meets ANSI standards for slip resistance. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Ultra-Thin Showerheads from Califor- nia Faucets measure 5 ⁄16" thick and are available in square and round styles in 6", 8", 10" and 12" sizes. Each fitting features 80 to 121 self-cleaning rubber jets with a maximum flow rate from 1.5 to 2.5 gpm. They are available in 30+ finishes, including 15 PVD finishes. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Inspired by the heritage of classic American architecture styles, the Town Square S shower faucets from American Standard highlight stately silhouettes and incorporate a signature crown molding effect. The collection is available in Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Brushed Nickel and Legacy Bronze. Circle No. 157 on Product Card The WaterBridge Exposed Shower System from Sonoma Forge blends in- dustrial chic and rustic country styling, resulting in an artful interpretation of raw plumbing parts. Made in America, the shower system is available in Rustic Nickel, Rustic Copper, Satin Nickel and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Circle No. 158 on Product Card othing says relaxation like the spa-like sanctuary of a custom designed shower system. More and more, consumers are looking to designers to create ideal spaces for health and wellness, with the shower at the forefront. "Homeowners are looking to create bathroom spaces that are relax- ing and calming, and that include elements of luxury, even on modest budgets," says Katty Pien, chief marketing officer at Piscataway, NJ-based LIXIL Americas, home to American Standard, Grohe and DXV. "The bathroom is more of a reconnection place, with a spa-like atmo- sphere," adds Tinisha Gold, marketing manager for Dornbracht Americas Inc. in Duluth, GA. The showering experience is very personal, and elements that allow for customization are crucial, manufacturers agree. "Trends run the whole gamut for showering, with consumers wanting an easy update that improves their existing shower to creating a custom dream shower with multiple water delivery ports," says Eric Moore, senior designer at the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, WI. Multifunctional components, digital controls, uncluttered looks with classic finishes, an open, spacious feel and attention to both Universal Design and water consumption are other current trends. That's according to manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. UNENCUMBERED SPACE The shower is often seen as a refuge, functioning as far more than simply a way of getting clean. With more focus on relaxation and spa-like features such as music, chromatherapy and aromatherapy becoming more commonplace, the space can't be cramped. Many manufacturers say they see showering space growing, developing into open space without heavy doors. "We are seeing larger, open-concept shower spaces with available dry spaces," says Bridget Hatter, product manager, Delta showering at Delta Faucet Co., based in Indianapolis, IN. "Dry spaces are defined as areas for individuals to step out of the water to lather and shave while enjoying time in a spacious setting. We are seeing these larger shower spaces in both new builds and remodels," she states. Gold says trends include an increase in glass walls and doors, with a minimalist, open feel. She sees natural lighting being used more often, and notes that more mirrors or larger mirrors are being added to aid in the movement of this natural light. Lucia Bayt, brand manager for Indianapolis, IN-based Brizo also sees a move toward spa-like showers enclosed in glass. She says spaces are being designed for experience and emotion, rather than just function. "Designers should think about the overall experience of the space," she suggests. No longer contained within a shower/tub combination design, showers have evolved into customized, multi-featured havens for wellness and relaxation. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Personal Refuge N 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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