Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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The Victoriahaus WHV024-L33 rectangular basin china console from Whitehaus Collection features a backsplash, overflow and single-faucet drill hole. Leg supports with a towel bar are available in four finishes. It is shown with the Waterhaus WHS0111-SB, a solid stainless steel, single-lever faucet. Circle No. 183 on Product Card Watermark Designs' Elements boasts more than 380,000 design combi- nations, comprised of Covers, Bases, Inserts and Bodies. There are 14 handle styles, called Covers, in four categories: Raw, Rock, Lumber and Forged. Each Cover has a Base, and there are two In- sert options, all available in 24 finishes. Circle No. 184 on Product Card The AXOR MyEdition line from Hans- grohe pairs sleek tub filler bodies with six different cover plates, including leather, wood, two types of marble and a mirrored or black glass. With the AXOR FinishPlus program, an addi- tional 13 finishes are available, offering nearly 300 extra design combinations. Circle No. 185 on Product Card Victoria + Albert's Soriano stainless steel line is a collection of Italian-made fixtures in collaboration with Meneghe- llo Paolelli Associati, with inspiration from Boolean coding logic. The faucet is available in a variety of configurations and features the company's newest finish: brushed stainless steel. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The Kubista bathtub filler 1495.1 in a polished chrome finish works well with a free-standing bathtub. Newly updated to better accommodate the user, Lacava's Kubista Includes a two- way diverter and hand-held shower head with 59" flexible hose. It is also available in a brushed nickel finish. Circle No. 187 on Product Card Valse, which means 'waltz' in English, is the name of this wall-mounted lavatory sink by Herbeau. Handcrafted in France out of fine vitreous china, the sink showcases an authentic 19th century shape and is sized to fit a smaller bath or powder room. The sink is shown with the Retro tap and Sphere trap cover. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Led by a vision to blend design with technology and simplicity with imagi- nation, Nasoni has introduced a foun- tain faucet. The faucet incorporates the company's patented Dynamic Fountain Flow technology, which redirects the path of water from the downspout to the fountain nozzle. Circle No. 189 on Product Card The Artis collection of washbasins is defined by clear lines and expressive colors. Designer Gesa Hansen collab- orated with Villeroy & Boch on the col- lection, available in 16 colors and four shapes. The collection is made from the company's Titan Ceram, which allows for thin walls and defined edges. Circle No. 190 on Product Card "Master baths take on styles and products that have long-lasting, more universal appeal and that are more functionally focused," says Mendoza. "Most grooming tasks are performed in the master bath, which demands a highly functional space that is easy to clean and keep clean. A master is also the most expensive and inconvenient for home- owners to remodel, so it is best to keep the look of the master as timeless as possible," she adds. Powder rooms, on the other hand, can showcase trends that may pass more quickly, and tend to be more about how they look than pure function. "The powder room is the homeowners' opportunity to reflect their design taste. Powder room lavatories are typically only used for hand washing as opposed to shaving and brushing teeth, so cleanability is not as much of an issue in a powder room," Mendoza says. This makes the powder room a great place to try out a vessel sink. "Vessel sinks do well in powder rooms where they can create a stylistic impression that reflects the owners' taste," she notes. "Powder rooms are the perfect place to make exciting design state- ments that showcase [the client's] own personal style, since this is the bathroom most of the guests will see. Choose faucets and fixtures that push boundaries and celebrate iconic design to take full advantage of the opportunity to express personalized design," Pien concludes. ▪ PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC SPACE Bathrooms are unique in that the way each is used has a great impact on trends for that space. What homeowners desire for the master bath, their own personal refuge, is quite different than what they want in the powder rooms used for entertaining, and guest baths tend to be more functional than fashionable. "The master is the place of retreat, self-care, wellness, while the pow- der room is typically the most 'public.' The guest baths are more about essential functionality – so I think that the scale for trend expression varies across these different spaces," says Rohl. Because the master is seen as a private refuge, designs trend toward calming elements and functional features specific to the homeowner's needs, but with universal appeal. "We know master baths are viewed as a sanctuary, a space to incor- porate distinctive materials and finishes, as well as luxury amenities. This room often provides the space to accommodate a double sink with dramatic widespread faucets," says Pien. "In a master bath, homeowners may want to consider a two- handle faucet, as counters typically offer a generous amount of space or fixtures with a higher arc style, which can make everyday tasks, such as brushing teeth or shaving, a little easier," Everson explains. 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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