Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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Each hand-decorated porcelain basin from London Basin Company is made as a one-off. Anna Callis draws inspira- tion from her travels, creating her own interpretations of traditional patterns. Shown is the Adriana, which features flowing oriental themes and rich colors with glints of gold. Circle No. 157 on Product Card The Transitional Round Tub Filler, crafted in Europe and featuring brass construc- tion and ceramic disk cartridges, is now offered in a matte black finish. The unit, available from Jacuzzi Luxury Bath, also includes a hand shower and single-lever handle. Additional finishes include Polished Chrome and Brushed Nickel. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Turin, Italy's famed Palazzo Bellia, with its shapely balconies, arched windows and slender turrets, is the design inspiration for the ROHL Italian Bellia Series of faucets, tub fillers and acces- sories. The line is available in polished chrome, polished nickel, rose gold and satin nickel. Circle No. 156 on Product Card The MyBag Furniture Composition from Aquatica Bath features a crossed leg stand similar to a suitcase holder, with a basin suitcase that completely closes, tucking the faucet safely away into the basin and delivering a flat sur- face. The basin is available in ice, green, turquoise and yellow. Circle No. 158 on Product Card athroom design is entering new territory with the plethora of options available in both features and finishes for sinks and faucets. With this ever-growing array of options, designers can create cohesive spaces that reflect individual style while catering to specific user needs. Custom design that communicates the personality of the homeown- er is crucial, especially in spaces used for entertaining, like the powder room. "Consumers are looking to create spaces that are perfectly suited to their individual style," says Julie Everson, wholesale bath product manager at North Olmstead, OH-based Moen, U.S. "For baths, I think the 'must have' feature is design that's not boring. The 15" oval basin and non-descript widespread or anonymous single- lever faucet simply won't do," says Greg Rohl, v.p., design leader at The House of ROHL in Irvine, CA. "The House of ROHL alone offers sinks made from natural fireclay and volcanic limestone in myriad functional and aesthetically interesting shapes and colors. Our faucet offering is even more diverse in style and finish. Designers are more empowered than ever to employ distinctive products to tell their clients' own story," he says. Some trends carry over from one bath to another, while others are unique to how the space will be used. "It's all about the experience for the space – each should be seen as a blank canvas, waiting for a vision to be executed," states Chris Wilson, product manager at Brizo in Indianapolis, IN. "The master bath is the 'kitchen' of the upstairs. It's not solely func- tional or utilitarian, but rather stands as its own personalized, stylized and highly decorative space. The powder room is an opportunity to showcase personal style or make a design statement. It's less about the function, more about the design." Other top trends in bathroom sinks and faucets include simple, clean lines and minimalist design; new finish choices that include mixing and matching to create customized looks; unique options for fixture place- ment, and innovative, functional technology. That's according to manu- facturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. SIMPLE AND UNCLUTTERED In line with trends throughout the kitchen and bath, current design for sinks and faucets favors clean lines and simple elegance. "The most popular sink and faucet styles right now are those with clean, simple design lines, as they are easy to clean and bring a calming, uncluttered effect to the bathroom," says Katty Pien, chief marketing offi- cer at Piscataway, NJ-based LIXIL Americas, home to American Standard brands, DXV and GROHE. "Neutral tones, natural materials and warm metal finish accents are also popular, as they complement minimalist shapes and provide an inviting and approachable setting," she adds. Current design for bath sinks and faucets favors clean lines and simple elegance, with new fin- ishes, technology and creative sink placement offering endless design possibilities. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Simple Elegance B 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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