Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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In White Tec, the Wave bathtub is a reinterpretation of the angular bathtub fashionable in bathrooms of the 1950s. The updated version from Devon&Dev- on modernizes the look with elegance of line and proportion, the firm notes. The tub is available in both left-facing and right-facing versions. Circle No. 159 on Product Card The Air Jet Massage System is a new option available from Barclay Products for bathtub customization. The re- mote-controlled system, which can be added to most of the company's acrylic, copper or resin tubs without claw feet, adds 16 strategically placed air jets that provide a complete body massage. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The Ino collection, designed for Laufen by French designer Toan Nguyen, is a fresh interpretation of classic washba- sin forms, notes the firm. The collection is made of the company's SaphirKera- mik, which features soft yet stable walls. The collection includes washba- sins, furniture and two bathtubs. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Drummonds' Tweed bathtub is a compact freestanding cast iron roll top, based on an 18th century bateau bath. Each tub is manufactured using a tra- ditional process: casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enameling with a dry-frit process. Tweed comes to order with four bespoke finish options. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Elite Steam is a steam shower package from Steamist that provides greater ac- cessibility to in-home steam products. Homeowners can select a generator size and a control finish, and choose from four preconfigured bundles. The compact design allows for installation in most small spaces near the shower. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The Japanese-inspired design of Amer- ich's Beverly 4848 features a rectan- gular interior and integral seat. Part of the Drop-in Collection, the acrylic tub is available in all of the firm's standard colors, with options including chroma- therapy, grab bars, iBath sound system, whirlpool and airbath and heater. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Amerec provides a range of steam packages to fit custom steam bath in- stallations. The Olympic Package com- bines the AX generator with ADX Auto Drain and ADP Drip Pan with the A6 Touch Control and ComfortFlo steam head. The Cascade Package adds aro- matherapy and chromatherapy. Circle No. 165 on Product Card MTI Baths has expanded its Designer Collection with the addition of five freestanding tubs made of MTI's proprietary mineral composite material with a high-gloss white finish. Available as a soaker or air bath, the tubs feature generous proportions, deep bathing wells and strategic lumbar support. Circle No. 166 on Product Card opening up bathroom design possibilities. This allows for a unique focal point as well as a spa-like hydrotherapy experience for consumers." Combination hydrotherapy experiences, which offer multiple experiences in one unit, are popular, she adds. "This allows bathers to choose one or both of the experiences each time they bathe, and also allows each bather in the home to choose their own experience." Erica Moir, v.p. new product development & engineering for Jacuzzi Luxury Bath in Chino Hills, CA says jetted tubs have evolved from their original drop-in limitations, becoming available in more freestanding tubs. Jets are sleeker, and tubs are quieter to promote better relaxation, she notes. "Soaking tubs have also developed, with the introduction of devices that maintain the water temperature so you can stay in longer without having the water turn cold on you," she adds, noting that infrared sauna and in-home wellness rooms are growing. "Often, a hydrotherapy circuit is created in a wellness room that includes a sauna, a shower and a hydromassage bath," she points out. Moir continues, "People love the lit neck-massaging waterfall feature that we offer. I think that, and the LED-lit jets we offer that make the bath water turn into liquid color, are amazing custom options that we see continued growth in." Don Clarke, president, Clarke Products, Inc. based in Colleyville, TX says that since 2009, the therapy tub market has been diminishing. In the mid-2000s, the firm produced around 300 therapy tubs per day, but presently that is down to 90 to 100 per day, a pattern he suspects is similar industry wide. Of those produced, whirlpools account for approximately 65% of the total, but "air tubs are growing slightly and appear to have a better future than traditional whirlpools," he believes. As far as features go, Clarke sees a lot of requests for inline heaters and adjustable jets. "There is also positive feedback about built-in tem- perature gauges that we put on some of our therapy tubs." Louisanne Bourgeois, product manager, American Bath Group (which includes Aquatic and MAXX brands), based in Savannah, TN agrees that jetted tubs are b ecoming less popular, but those looking for hydro/air ther- apy are looking for minimalist jet design, and air therapy tends to be more popular. "Hydro/air therapy used to be perceived as an element that would increase a house value, but now it's all about freestanding tubs," she says. Kornowa, on the other hand, says people are tailoring their experienc- es by selecting hydrotherapies beyond a simple soaking tub. "This directly correlates to people viewing bathing as an essential part of their pursuit of holistic wellness," he states. Lighting adds to the overall experience and is being used in a variety of interesting ways in conjunction with hydrotherapy products. Bourgeois sees integrated lighting being used more frequently on freestanding tubs, such as under the skirt to create an impressive effect. March 2019 • 69

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