Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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Valley Acrylic's air jets are equipped with check valves that only allow fluid to flow through in one direction, which prevents the build-up and release of bacteria into the bath when the jets are activated, the company reports. An automatic purge system clears out pipes, ensuring clean water each time, the firm adds. Circle No. 184 on Product Card The Remedy Japanese Soaking Bath is a stainless steel, double-seat whirlpool and soaking bath from Diamond Spas. The tub measures 42"x72"x36" and is constructed with a custom overflow, curved bench seating behind the knee, bowed top ledge and tapered skirting. Circle No. 183 on Product Card Joining Crosswater London's ex- isting Waldorf collection of fittings, basins and more, the Waldorf Freestanding Bathtub combines European craftsmanship with early 20th-century style. Classic in inspi- ration, Waldorf blends geometric lines with softened edges, and features generous proportions, a center drain and a smooth surface. Circle No. 186 on Product Card Bathhaus acrylic bathtubs are strong, but lightweight, according to Whitehaus Collection. Hypo-al- lergenic and warm to the touch, the angled-back, freestanding footed tub allows for full immersion. Made of Lucite acrylic, the tub includes a chrome mechanical pop-up waste and internal overflow with a flex pipe drain. Circle No. 185 on Product Card The Pembroke Collection is a bath- tub and basin duo from Victoria + Albert created in partnership with Meneghello Paolelli Associati. Made from Englishcast, the tub pro- vides soaking space for one or two bathers. It is available in seven exte- rior finishes including Gloss Black, Matte Black, Matte White, Stone Gray, Light Gray and Anthracite. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Designed by L2 Interior's Jason Lai and Stephanie Leese for Hydro Systems, the Millennium bathtub takes its cue from the form of the Crain Communications Building. Freestanding or built in, the tub allows for different color options for above and below the tub band, with unlimited color options for the band. Circle No. 187 on Product Card VIBE, a contempory acrylic tub from BainUltra, features a sleek, ergonomic profile engineered to fit smaller urban bathrooms, with Hydro-Thermo Massage and Illuzio chromatherapy. The freestanding version is offered in a glossy white, Ultravelour matte or black-and- white finish. It is also available as a drop-in with undermount option. Circle No. 190 on Product Card The Jacuzzi Solid Surface Collection is expanding to include the Karina bath, which features a distinctive ledge that provides a flat surface for storage and serves as a towel bar. Crafted from Luxecast solid surface, a mix of dolomite stone and resin, the tub provides strength, resilience and beauty, notes the firm. Circle No. 189 on Product Card Raisanen agrees that lighting is a top trend, with greater use of low-voltage lighting under benches, in valances and in backrests. He also sees a trend toward mixing woods and colors. The use of glass fronts and smaller designs are also on the rise. "By adding more glass, more low-volt- age lighting and modern controls, more and more homeowners see this as a beautiful amenity in their bathroom as opposed to years ago where it was more of a dark box of wood in the corner of the basement. They are definitely moving upstairs and [becoming] more upscale," Raisanen says. New technologies in sauna include Blackline sauna heaters and Bio-Water-Technique (BWT), according to Gunderson. BWT uses an integrated water tank that allows for adding humidity to the sauna before entering, creating a softer, more relaxing experience that also allows for multiple sensory experiences using the same heater. Raisanen notes, "The deep rock mass heater with the BWT technology is giving a whole new 'game-changer' feel to the sauna experience. The heat envelops the body and the humidity added automatically creates a comfortable feel the moment you step inside. Additionally, being able to turn your sauna on from the comfort of your living room couch or while sitting out on your deck is a new breakthrough for sauna technology. App operation is still limited by some of the safety restrictions, but having it operate through the home Wi-Fi system helps accomplish the necessary safety measures required to get a sauna heater safety listed." ▪ Pien adds that accessible design features can be incorporated into bathtubs and hydrotherapy products in many ways. "Some of the newest accessibility options include everything from full-coverage, slip-resistant surfaces for added safety for the entire family to walk-in tubs that offer luxurious air bath and combo massage systems with convenient outward opening doors for full accessibility," she says. Schrage notes that accessibility issues can be addressed through many of the current trends. "Hydrotherapies are offered on numerous undermounted bath configurations that can be designed with a transfer seat, allowing the consumer to access the bath from a seated position for getting in and out of the bath. Also, access can be enhanced with free- standing baths that are placed adjacent to a wall with the use of vertical and horizontal grabs for step-over confidence," she adds. SAUNA TRENDS The sauna is an increasingly popular wellness feature in homes, and with more compact infrared saunas available, it's becoming more applicable for residential use, according to Kornowa. Gunderson says that demand is high for "custom size, custom design, custom woods!" Top trends include lighting improvements, incorporated music systems and the use of two different types of wood in the same sauna room. 72 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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