Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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Fitzgerald faucets and accessories from DXV, part of LIXIL, showcase an updat- ed perspective on traditional design. The collection includes single-lever, widespread, vessel and wall-mount- ed lavatory faucet models, as well as shower trim and tub fillers. The faucets are available in three finishes. Circle No. 159 on Product Card AK/25 by Paik Sun Kim is the latest under Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini. Standing out for its distinctive design and method of water flow, it is available in a Matte Gun Metal PVD finish. The collection includes wall-mounted and deck-mounted faucets, tub fillers and showers. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Franz Viegener has expanded its popular Buzz line. The faucet is now available in both widespread and wall-mounted styles. The widespread faucet features a vaulting pyramid base that leans back slightly before it flares into a spout, with a square escutcheon and distinctive rhomboid handles. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Lenova's FTS01SS Free Standing Tub Faucet features a compact design that consumes little square footage, displaying graceful lines and an elegant silhouette. Crafted of stainless steel, the faucet includes a full swivel spout for ease of use. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The Silestone washbasins feature all the characteristics of Cosentino's Silestone engineered quartz, including high scratch resistance and durability. Shown is Exclusive, a rounded basin that can be used as a vanity top. Circle No. 164 on Product Card The organic form of TOTO's GO faucet family is paired with a distinctive top- or side-mount single handle. Water- Sense labeled, the brass faucets flow at 1.2 gpm, and offer the company's Comfort Glide technology. They are available in a range of settings and handles, in four finishes. Circle No. 165 on Product Card The Kartell by Laufen Bathroom Collection of sink basins are made of SaphirKeramik, a material that is thin- ner than traditional fireclay ceramics but offers greater flexural strength, according to the company. Kartell was created under the direction of Ludovica + Roberto Palomba. Circle No. 166 on Product Card Crosswater London's industrial-in- spired Union sports knurled detailing on the spout. The faucet is available with either a wheel or lever handle with a red option, and is offered in Unlacquered Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Black Chrome and Brushed Nickel. Circle No. 163 on Product Card Lea Mendoza, design manager at TOTO USA in West Hollywood, CA agrees. "With the growing cultural trend of 'less is more' and [people] leading a more organized, simplistic lifestyle, as promoted most notably by Marie Kondo, we are seeing an increase in simple, contemporary, clean lines that are softened to promote ease of cleaning," she says. Industrial style sinks and faucets are also trending, she points out. These faucets have simple silhouettes and refined subtle detailing such as knurling around the handles and coining around the escutcheons. Peggy Gallagher, senior product manager, trade bath for Delta Faucet Co. in Indianapolis, IN, says that unique faucet handle designs and textures are also trending, such as wheel, cross, helo and knurled handles. Wilson adds, "The traditional style aesthetic is not what you remem- ber. Gone is the heaviness and over-wrought style of yesterday, in favor of smaller design details and simplified elegance. Lavatory sink drains should impact, not detract from the space." SPECIALTY FINISH SHIFTS Classic finishes will always have a place, whatever the current craze. In recent years, matte black has been the specialty finish of choice, a trend that remains, but manufacturers are starting to see a shift. Champagne gold continues to be a top choice for more traditional designs, but other metallic finishes are on the rise as well. And, there's a move toward com- bining finishes and metals for a unique, highly personalized look. "Chrome is timeless and continues to remain our most popular finish. However, we are seeing a huge shift toward specialty finishes in both the kitchen and the bath," says Gallagher. "A couple of trending spe- cialty finishes [at Delta] are the Champagne Bronze and Black Stainless finishes. These really satisfy the household trends toward black and gold," she adds. "While classic finishes like polished chrome and satin nickel are still popular with consumers, new metallic finishes are perfect for a more daring bath design," Pien notes. "Designers can now choose from finishes that range from matte black and brushed brass to exciting new options like graphite. These new, unexpected finishes elevate a design-centric bathroom and provide a sophisticated twist on the everyday experience of water. Faucets with rich, textured finishes are also growing in popularity in luxury settings," she adds. "Today's homeowners want pieces in their homes that stand out, and they're becoming more adventurous when it comes to experimenting with color," Everson shares. Although matte black and champagne gold are still very much in de- mand, manufacturers say they see change on the horizon. "Finishes make the space. While matte black continues to dominate the contemporary May 2019 • 55

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