Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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In addition to the industrial chic signature look with knurling detail, the Descanso series from California Faucets can be customized with carbon fiber handle detail. The black, ultralight carbon fiber is the material used in Formula 1 race car chassis and road racing bicycles, and gives the black handles a cutting-edge look and feel. Circle No. 176 on Product Card The Avila Undermount Bath Sink's rectangular shape and semi-circular sloped bowl display its hand-ham- mered copper texture. Thousands of hammer strikes go into creating the one-of-a-kind bowl from Native Trails, which is crafted of recycled copper. It is available in polished copper, antique copper, brushed nickel and polished nickel (shown). Circle No. 175 on Product Card JSG Oceana is expanding its Oasis series by introducing Oasis Vessel to the line of decorative glass sinks. The rectangular vessel design showcases the Oasis design as well as the bright color of the outside of the sink. The oversized vessel, made from Hard Roc glass, can be installed above the counter with a mounting ring or semi-recessed. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Inspired by 1930s silver service- ware, the 22-piece Boulevard collection from Waterworks is crafted by artisans and includes bath fittings, fixtures, hardware and accessories in Chrome, Nickel, Un- lacquered Brass and Matte Nickel. Shown is the Boulevard Low Profile Three Hold Deck Mounted Lavatory Faucet with cross handles. Circle No. 177 on Product Card From the Dorval Bathroom Collec- tion from Delta Faucets, the Dorval Widespread Bathroom Faucet is inspired by the feminine lines of French architecture and the regal stature of German castles. The fau- cet shown features a Champagne Bronze/Porcelain split finish. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The Myam Decorative Vessels are a series of solid cast bronze sinks from Kallista. The vessels are sculp- tural, elliptical forms featuring slight irregularities that occur naturally during the casting process and will patina over time. Choices include a Matte Black or Matte White exteri- or and three interior finishes. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Duravit expands its Vero collec- tion with Vero Air washbasins and above-counter basins. Retaining the rectangular character of its prede- cessor, the washbasins introduce rimless and c-bonded technology. Washbasins are offered in five sizes that span 19- 5 ⁄8" to 47-¼", while the above-counter basins come in two sizes. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Diamond Spas specializes in the custom fabrication of stainless steel and copper kitchen and bath fixtures. Shown is a custom stain- less steel oval bath sink with partial skirt. The sink's dimensions are 18"x14"x7" with a 4" skirt. Circle No. 181 on Product Card their needs before incorporating technology. What we've found through our extensive human factors research is that technology is important in the bathroom, but it should be integrated in meaningful and subtle ways that don't intrude into the quiet sanctuary that is the bathroom in most people's lives." Some key technological solutions, Gallagher says, include tempera- ture control, water conservation, Internet-connected products, leak detectors, occupancy sensors and voice-activated controls. "More smart faucets [with] motion or touch-control technology are also emerging technologies for the bath," she notes. Features that make products more user friendly for all are also important. "In the past, many manufacturers have achieved universal design-suitable faucets through oversized lever handles, or made the design easier to use through battery-operation," says Ramaker. Another technology impacting faucet trends is 3D printing, Pien states. "3D printing is a trending technology that allows the user to expe- rience water in new and unique ways." "Technology offers a nearly limitless opportunity for manufacturers to create new experiences for consumers, but the most popular and exciting products fuse these modern technologies with authentic design and emphasize the experience and enjoyment of the user above all else," Pien adds. Floating vanities are on the rise, and these are being comple- mented with vessel lavatories in powder rooms and undermount lavatories in the master bath, Mendoza notes. "The floating product trend is growing as people realize how much space they can save by having their fixtures off the floor and how much easier it is to clean and keep clean." Ergonomics plays a role in fixture placement as well. "As peo- ple's schedules remain hectic and they run from event to event, it's important that they have a relaxed, seamless experience when inter- acting with the products in their home," Ramaker says. "Aesthetics only mean so much when ergonomics and performance are not considered." FUNCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY In today's world, the word "technology" often evokes images of screens or gadgets of one kind or another. But when it comes to sinks and faucets, technology should add purpose, rather than simply being the latest gim- mick, manufacturers say. "In the past, we've seen technology impact the bathroom in trendy ways that may not actually create long-lasting value to the product or the people's lives," Mendoza says. "Rather than adding voice commands to our products simply because we can, TOTO considers the user first and May 2019 • 57

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