Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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Newport Brass has added three suites to its kitchen product offering: Adams, Gavin and Jeter (shown). Each of the faucets features a two-function, toggle-control spray engine with a pivot ball fitting that provides enhanced directional control. The faucets are offered in 27 decorative finishes. Circle No. 155 on Product Card The Farmstead sink from Kohler boasts enameled cast iron construction for durability. Three installation options – wall-mount with either traditional or contemporary legs, or top-mount with custom cabinetry – and seven different sink accessories offer functionality. The sink is available in either black or white. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Large, single-basin Pekoe apron-front sinks from American Standard offer an up-to-date spin on the classic farmhouse design. The sinks, available in 30" and 33", are made of 18-gauge stainless steel, finished on three sides for installation flexibility and offer stain, heat and chip resistance, the firm notes. Circle No. 157 on Product Card The Kitchen Collection of faucets from California Faucets comes in an array of black finishes: Matte Black, Carbon (PVD) and Black Nickel (PVD). All of the artisan finishes are produced by hand at the company's California facto- ry. Shown is the Corsano kitchen faucet in Matte Black. Circle No. 158 on Product Card itchen sinks and faucets have a tall order to fill. Often, these hard-working fixtures are used as a focal point, creating demand for highly stylish materials and finishes put together in inspiring combinations. But function is also a top priority, since food preparation and clean-up are the primary work in a kitchen – and you can't do either without a sink and faucet. "Consumers want it all when it comes to selecting a kitchen faucet. They are looking for fixtures that are not only stylish, but functional as well. In addition, homeowners and designers especially are seeking clean, sleek faucets that can add a contemporary flair to the kitchen," says Danielle Radic, product manager at North Olmstead, OH-based Moen, U.S. Sink and faucet styles lean toward contemporary but are often including elements of both modern and traditional design, manufactur- ers agree. "Contemporary styles such as rectangular sinks with clean, precise edges are also popular. Consumers and designers seem to be leaning toward contemporary, clean lines, durable materials and tran- sitional styling that has the best of both modern and traditional arche- types," says Tim Maicher, director of marketing at Blanco in Lumberton, NJ. "For faucets, we are also seeing a return to traditional elements like the bridge design, but with clean, modern lines and functional options like a pull-down spray," he adds. Manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News cite other top trends, including consistent demand for farmhouse sinks, work stations throughout the kitchen, the inclusion of con- venient accessories, a return to color and a steady interest in newer technologies. CLASSIC FARMHOUSE STYLE WITH FINESSE Farmhouse sinks have always had a following, but these days they are trendier than ever, manufacturers say. "What's old is new again, but with a modern twist," states Jake Khoury, general manager at Nantucket Sinks based in North Kingstown, RI. The style, inspired by the deep, sturdy sinks found in farmhouse kitchens before the days of indoor plumbing, is a good match for the current trend that leans toward combining modern and traditional ele- ments. The variety of materials that can be used to fashion these sinks can really make the apron front stand out, adding a sense of personal style to the space as well. "Customers have fallen back in love with this classic style," says Mark Webster, marketing director at Karran USA in Vincennes, IN. "These days you won't find farmhouse sinks made from just cast iron. Quart z, fireclay and stainless steel are some of the materials that we find farmhouse sinks constructed from." Distinctive materials and finishes add a contemporary touch to standard favorites, while current technology and accessories boost convenience in kitchen sink and faucet functionality. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Classic Style, Modern Flair K 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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