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DEC 2018

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3 AGAINST-THE-WALL FREESTANDING TUB "Freestanding tubs are definitely having their moment," says Jonathan Carter, marketing director for Victoria + Albert Baths. "We see a lot of pull-through from homeowners finding inspiration at luxury hotels and spas who want to recreate this look at home." However, not everyone can fit a conventional freestanding tub in their bathroom, so Victoria + Albert developed the Eldon to provide a solution to multiple installation challenges. As a back-to-wall design, the Eldon is a break with convention for Victoria + Albert, notes Carter. "However, its clever design keeps all the appeal of a freestanding tub with smooth organ- ic lines," he says. The success of Eldon is due to its simple, yet intelligent design, Carter maintains. "We were delighted to work with Conran + Partners for this project, who brought their expertise designing for residential and hotel bathrooms," he notes. The tub is crafted from a one-piece casting of the company's signature ENGLISHCAST material, a composite of Volcanic Limestone and resins that is white, durable, easy to clean and comes with a host of features to make installers' and specifiers' lives easier. To maximize ease of cleaning, the tub features a full-width ledge that runs along the back wall. It features a tile upstand to help make a watertight enclosure. The rear ledge can be custom drilled anywhere along its full width for a choice of deck-mounted faucets or left factory stan- dard for wall-mounted fillers. As a final nod to installers, a generous void space underneath the tub makes for easy installation on either concrete or timber substrates. Circle No. 217 on Product Card 4 BARRIER-FREE BRACKETS It's easy to create the increasingly popular, in-demand floating surface designs throughout the home or organize a variety of spaces with the patented Float-Frame series of brackets from Scott Systems, indicates William Bowser, veteran owner of the company. "Whether a kitchen or bath counter, kitchen island or shelving for garage storage, Float-Frame brackets elevate and levitate surfaces for a unique, barrier-free design without compromise," he states. The innovative surface support solutions for underneath counters and islands are made and manufactured in the U.S. and are available in 12", 18" or 24" lengths. They easily attach to finished or unfinished walls to create open, airy designs with heavy materials, and are e-/powder-coated for moisture resistance. Brackets are made from 12g steel and each one supports 750 lbs., enough to support marble, granite, quartz manufactured stone or concrete. "Using their patented tubular design allows for adequate strength and durability, especially in an ADA-frame situation," says Geremy Craft, sales consultant. "Whether working to achieve ADA-compliance (in accor- dance with Accessibility Guidelines) or to stretch the design imagination, Float-Frame brackets are the solution for architects, designers and builders who seek beautiful, functional, open- space options clients will utilize and appreciate for years to come," Bowser adds. Circle No. 218 on Product Card 5 (TIE) ARTISTIC GLASS COUNTERTOPS ThinkGlass is all about making visions for decor come to life using glass in the home, of- fice or just about anywhere else, according to Michel Mailhot, glass artist and president. Each of the company's artistic glass countertops is unique and personally signed by Mailhot, including the countertop in this kitchen designed by Jacqueline Drake, ASID of Jacqueline Drake Interiors in collaboration with architect Ray Maestas, AIA. "No one can have the same countertop because they are all tailor-made," he says. "Each is really an exclusive piece of artwork." The custom-made countertops are non-porous, hygienic and resistant to stains. They are also functional, durable and easy to maintain and clean. In addition, the com- pany's technique of thermoformed glass makes it possible to offer pieces of glass much thicker than the standard glass of the market, according to Mailhot, who collaborates with 25 other team members to continue evolving the art of glass design in furniture and decor. "Our technology makes it possible for us to mold the glass to whatever thick- ness and size a client desires," he says. Clients also appreciate that thermoformed glass is versatile and timeless. "Some of our clients have their glass kitchen countertops for 20 years and are still in love with them," he notes. "During my career, I have always combined artistic quest and technical develop- ment with equal passion," Mailhot continues. "The fusion of these elements is vital to help me fully express my creativity." Circle No. 219 on Product Card December 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 51

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