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AUG 2019

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The new JSG Oceana Vanity Collec- tion features high-gloss finishes and a variety of sizes. The 36" Navy Skylar, shown, showcases brushed gold trim and hardware. The European-style vanity features abundant storage and includes a sealed granite top and deco- rative glass sink. Circle No. 159 on Product Card The Alma collection from Chameleon Concepts is highlighted by its high- gloss lacquer sheen and drawer panel design. It is available in three sizes and six colors, and may be accessorized with one-of-a-kind decorative legs and hardware. The vanity shown features Blum hardware and dual-drawer design. Circle No. 160 on Product Card sieger design is bringing its innovative spirit to Duravit with the new collection of XViu furniture. The series is marked by its signature metallic profile in matte black or champagne, with three-dimen- sional, tapered legs that are so slender that, from certain angles, they almost disappear, the company reports. Circle No. 161 on Product Card The sleek shape of the Escondido Vani- ty from Thompson Traders showcases the unit's hand-hammered copper combined with brass legs by Palmer Industries. Escondido celebrates the history of coppersmiths in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico who have created the new signature matte black finish. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The new MPRO Wall-hung Vanity from Crosswater London provide generous storage in a space-saving design, according to the company. The vanity is available in 24", 28", 39" or 48", finished in White Gloss, Storm Grey Matte, American Walnut or Driftwood and completed with the MPRO Basin. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Solid oak paired with NativeStone makes a transitional statement via the solid oak Solace Vanity from Native Trails. The Solace Vanity is offered in Midnight Oak, a black-colored oak fin- ish and Sunrise Oak, a light-colored oak finish, as well as a 30" size for smaller spaces or 48" for a bigger statement. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Kartell by Laufen is a pairing of storage with basin, tub and furniture creations by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. The vanities and sideboards in the collec- tion feature a sleek silhouette, mounted with the company's sinks fashioned from the proprietary SaphirKeramik. It is available in two finishes. Circle No. 166 on Product Card design take precedence over fussy details. Shaker-style and flat-panel doors are most requested, but the overall shape of the vanity can vary, depending on personal style as well as the usable space in the bath. "Some markets lean ultra-contemporary and some are still quite tra- ditional, but overall, Shaker style strikes that perfect transitional balance that most homeowners are looking for," says Spence. A Shaker-style vanity is a chameleon of sorts in that it can adapt well to its atmosphere from paint, to wallpaper, down to the accessories," he notes, adding that design lines correlate to these popular Shaker styles by being straight, clean and classy with little curvature and few ornate flourishes. Mary Baber, design and training manager at Marsh Furniture Co. in High Point, NC agrees that Shaker or modified Shaker styles are still the most popular, and flat-panel doors are also on the rise. "Simple, clean lines are what the majority of our consumers continue to gravitate to- ward," she says. Stand-alone furniture-style vanities are currently popular, she continues, and shorter vanities without toe kicks are being used to create "floating" looks. Naomi Neilson, founder and CEO at Native Trails in San Luis Obispo, CA is also seeing more straight, clean lines in the bathroom as interiors embrace modern and transitional styling. "To balance this out, vanities are b eing designed with rich materials that soften these lines and bring warm tones to the bathroom, contributing to an inviting feel," she explains. Other manufacturers see a hybrid of styles and softer shapes emerg- ing. "People are tending to choose curves over hard angles in all forms of design, especially vanities," says Linda Yang, senior staff designer at Robern in Bristol, PA. "Floating vanities rather than vanities on legs are trending in the market," she adds. One of the driving factors behind these shifts is the concept of using less space overall, according to Yang. "Vanities are taking on various shapes in order to accommodate the bathroom's footprint. Vanities de- signed with a shaped corner, cylindrical and a mix of curves and corners are components being used to accommodate the space." "With restraint, there is a very creative mixing of style characteristics in today's home fashions," states Wilcox. For example, he says, farm- house style, when accented by modern decorative hardware and metal accents, morphs into 'Modern Farmhouse.' "This is taking place with a lot of styles and finishes and hardware," Wilcox maintains. "It's a lot of fun for the consumer and it creates some great looking products, although it is somewhat harder to define the style." CREATIVE COMBINATIONS With transitional and "hybrid" styles on the rise, manufacturers also see a move toward the use of mixed materials and finishes to create a unique look. White and gray painted vanities still dominate the overall market, The Ambassador vanity from Fairmont Designs delivers solid geometric lines, strong oak veneers and a deep Burnt Chocolate finish to create an artful aesthetic. Removable drawer dividers, interior shelf with built-in power station and brass tone trim and legs add practi- cal, stylish details. Circle No. 163 on Product Card August 2019 • 87

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