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AUG 2019

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Bathrooms have evolved from outhouses to throne rooms, latrines to spas. Not just for hygiene and the call of nature, they're now spaces to relax, refresh and recharge, both ourselves and our gear. Architects, designers and contractors, how are you equipping the bathrooms you design for your clients? Manufacturers, distributors and retailers, what new releases are you planning this season and next? If you're tracking trends – and you probably are as a reader of this publication and space – these might be among the choices you're making for bath storage this year. Many have been spotted at European shows like LivingKitchen and Salone del Mobile in Milan. Some have already made their way across the pond to KBIS and ICFF. If they haven't yet, many of these trends should be coming to a showroom near you soon. Here's what to keep an eye out for, according to trend-spotters across the industry, including: • Tim Schroeder with Duravit USA • Bob Gifford with Hastings Tile & Bath • Dean Larkin, AIA of Dean Larkin Design • Linda Yang with Robern • Shari McPeek with Rev-A-Shelf • Scott Kaminski with Häfele America • Anna Paola Snaidero with Snaidero USA CONFIGURATIONS There are still clients who request the floor-to-ceil- ing vanity wall, but the trend is definitely toward floating and modular. Tall cabinets install on walls feet above the floor for a lighter look, typically level with the vanity cabinet for symmetry. Modular components can include an inte- gral sink-counter combination, LED-illuminated mirror, base cabinet, tall and wide wall cabi- nets and, increasingly, open shelving. "Open shelving is very in for storage," points out West Hollywood-based architect Dean Larkin. It's becoming more common to see multi- ple counter heights that incorporate the sink on one level and base cabinet tops extending below it on another. (This may accommodate increased accessibility for wheelchair users.) Modular systems offer flexibility, comments Snaidero: "The system gives the customer the freedom to design the units that will best suit their home, both functionally and aesthetically. Interior designers, architects and their clients can configure modern storage units that have at once a very delicate look and an undeniable architectural presence." Hastings' Gifford adds, "Experts also want to know that they can customize vanities to suit indi- vidual needs. Whatever the application, personal- ization and flexibility in the bathroom is key." "The design principle of modularity to bathroom styling expands the functionality of the space, allowing designers to select the ideal building blocks for a flexible storage solution," notes Robern's Yang. WELL-EQUIPPED "A major trend we're seeing in storage includes integrated, innovative options for any sized bathroom," observes Duravit's Schroeder. "With the increase in urban and small house living, smaller bathrooms require smart storage Bathroom Storage Gets Organized BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCTWC The latest bath storage trends include floating or modular vanities, integrated storage with power access, technol- ogy features, modern design themes and a wide range of finish options. Open shelving is trending strongly in bathroom storage. Stone looks are gaining favor in bathroom cabinetry. Under-sink space is being optimized in storage now. Waste bins are moving off floors and into cabinetry. Floating formats and modern curves are both trending. Photo: Snaidero USA Photo: Hastings Tile & Bath Photo: Hastings Tile & Bath Photo: Duravit Photo: Häfele America Co. 30 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019 TREND SPOTTING

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