Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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The First Wave Glass Rinser from Delta Faucet washes residue from bottles, cups and glasses by pressing them down on the spring-loaded pad, forcing high-pressure, centrally located water jets upward. The unit, available in stain- less and chrome, mounts in a counter- top hole, connecting to a water line. Circle No. 159 on Product Card The Riobel AZ101 Azure Kitchen Faucet with Spray features a streamlined con- temporary look, with gooseneck spout and a single handle. The faucet includes a one-jet pulldown spray with braided nylon hose. It is available in Chrome and Stainless Steel (PVD) finishes. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Part of the TOD Collection from Watermark Designs, the TOD 7 ⁄8" Single Handle Deck Mounted Kitchen Faucet with Side Spray features solid brass construction and a choice of over 20 finishes. The spout reach is 9- 5 ⁄8", and the overall height is 13- 1 ⁄4". The faucet's maximum flow rate is 1.5 gpm. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Colorful silicone hoses are the hallmark of Grohe's Essence Semi-Pro sin- gle-handle faucets. The hoses – avail- able in 10 different colors – are easy to change to suit the user's mood. The faucets feature a spring arm that allows for 360-degree mobility, and switch between normal water flow and spray. Circle No. 162 on Product Card A sleek Profi-Type faucet with pull- down spring handle, THG's Primo accomplishes general tasks and clean- up with minimal detailing, the company notes. Primo, featured here in chrome, adds modern style to the contemporary kitchen. Circle No. 163 on Product Card Danze's Foodie Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet features a spring-action wand and has a 20- 9 ⁄16" high spout with 8- 7 ⁄8" spout reach. By twisting the spray head, the user can toggle between a single water flow and a powerful spray. The faucet operates at a rate of 1.75 gpm. Shown is the Foodie Caliente. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Graff's Corsica Faucet pairs with both traditional and modern design schemes. Featuring a graceful form, its timeless appeal is made possible with ornate detailing and applied rings at the top and base of the faucet set. The fau- cet also offers a matching side spray. Circle No. 165 on Product Card From Fantini USA comes the Icona Classic, with a graceful, arched design accompanied by low-profile cross handles. Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen created an ergonomic rounded edge. The faucet is available in chrome and three PVD finishes (gun metal, copper bronze and British gold). Circle No. 166 on Product Card Katty Pien, chief marketing officer at Piscataway, NJ-based LIXIL Americas, home to American Standard, DXV and Grohe brands, notes that the farmhouse style is a popular choice among consumers looking to make a design statement. "These types of sinks highlight simple lines that never go out of style, and also offer homeowners a roomy basin for tackling most kitchen tasks. Farmhouse and other apron front sinks also provide a more comfortable work setting because there is no counter edge to act as a barrier between the user and the sink bowl." She adds that stainless steel, when used for an apron front sink, delivers a unique, contemporary take on a classic design. MAKING A STATEMENT While functionality is a primary concern in kitchen sinks and faucets, manufacturers say that consumers and designers also use these fixtures as a focal point. That's one reason the farm-style sink is in such high demand; the apron front draws attention, especially when unique materials are selected. The use of color for sinks is also on the rise, and combining finishes creates visual interest as well. "We are seeing more and more color, texture and material options as the trend for sinks," says Khoury. "We have found that customers who were not willing to jump into a bold kitchen color design statement are willing to look past the standard white fireclay offering and dip their toe into a unique sink color or finish," he states. "As consumers keep testing the waters in their kitchen designs, we will keep creating new design offerings for evolving design palettes." Webster has also seen a move toward greater use of color. "Concretes and greys are popular, as they have a similar color palette to stainless steel. Blacks and browns are bold and make a statement in any kitchen," he notes. Radic says that, when it comes to finishes, bolder is better. "Designers and homeowners alike are looking for statement pieces that will stand out in a space and get noticed." The rising trend of combining various finishes and textures led Moen to create a sophisticated Brushed Gold finish, she adds. "Historically, gold fixtures equate to traditional design, but now, homeowners are incorporating the finish into their homes for a modern aesthetic." "Additionally, homeowners continue to give in to 'the dark side' by incorporating dark finishes into their spaces," Radic points out. "Our customers want unique finishes that make a statement, and Matte Black offers a modern look that allows them to experiment with fresh ideas." Ryan Wilson, director of product marketing at Delta Faucet Co. in Indianapolis, IN, says, "Stainless and chrome finishes are still the most popular, but golds, blacks and black stainless finishes are growing in popularity. Style wise, more transitional and contemporary styles are in most demand." January 2019 • 55

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