Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2019

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The Sonoma line of vanities from James Martin Furniture is crafted from kiln-dried white oak veneers and birch hardwoods. Available in 48", 60" and 72", the floating vanities boast soft-close hinges and slides and satin nickel finish door and drawer pulls. Shown is the 60" single vanity in Silver Oak finish with Classic White Silestone Quartz top. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Floating vanities have been a trend- ing look for small bathrooms to impart an open, airy and expansive feel. With Dura Supreme's floating vanity program, vanities and even linen cabinets are suspended on the wall, leaving a sleek, clean look that works for both transitional and contemporary styled bathroom designs, the firm reports. Circle No. 175 on Product Card The Marsh Furniture Company vanity and bath furniture product line offers storage essentials includ- ing tower cabinets that maximize space, notes the company. Drawers in varying sizes remain popular for custom storage solutions, and multi-use tower cabinets add a thoughtful design element for creat- ing functional rooms, the firm adds. Circle No. 178 on Product Card British furniture designer William Garvey delivers a portfolio of hand- crafted luxury wooden vanity units and washstands. Shown here is a custom integrated vanity unit that makes full use of a bare wall, cre- ating much needed storage space. The vanity features parallel shelving and is finished in oak. Circle No. 177 on Product Card The Class vanity from Hastings Tile & Bath is part of a modular system. Cabinets and drawer inserts feature a choice of wood or lacquered finishes, and the drawer inserts are also available in glass, porcelain, a cement look or wood finishes. Sink cabinets come with the option of one or two drawers in four sizes. Side cabinets come in five sizes. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Ribbed wood, Quatre Saison marble and steel meld in a vanity design that mixes contemporary and retro style. Kobol from Visionnaire features metal supports that set off the space around the console. Infinite configurations are possible, according to the firm. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Brass legs with knurled fittings support a combination of stone, wood and steel components in the Elemental Collection of vanities and integrated sinks from Stone Forest. The modular concept allows for the combination of sinks, drawers and shelving in unlimited configu- rations. Brass legs and fittings are available in two finishes. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Bertch Cabinet has added a Panel End to its various vanity styles, providing a more finished look, as the end panel will match the designated door style. Shown is a furniture-style vanity with finished end panel in the company's Light- house color. Circle No. 181 on Product Card STORAGE CONSIDERATIONS One of the essential functions of a bathroom vanity is the storage space it offers. Space is at a premium, especially in smaller bathrooms, and there's abundant need to stow away the essential toiletries and supplies the con- sumer requires in the space. Both open and closed storage options have their place, and designers must consider a number of factors when choosing which type of storage is best for their designs. A combination approach of- fers a balance between hiding away essential, but unattractive, items and showing off decorative elements that convey the homeowner's personality. "You need closed storage to keep things neat and tidy and out of sight, and you need open storage to display and enhance the interior visually," says Wilcox. "From a design trend perspective, I think that a mixture of open and closed storage is more visually interesting and enhances the benefits of our products." Yang agrees that storage is still a mix of open and closed. "Finding the balance between both seems to be where trends are currently following," she says. "Storage capacity is becoming more relevant with the space issues people are having. The half open shelving and half drawers seem to be the classic mix in the vanity market." Baber says that while the choice between open and closed storage depends on the clients and their habits, closed is still by far the most pop- ular. "There may be open areas to highlight artwork or decorative items, but typically we are trying to conceal grooming products," she says. However, she adds, there's a trend toward stacking or rolling towels in open cabinetry or floating shelves. "This trend is good for accessi- bility and also frees up space inside the cabinets." Tower cabinets with drawers that sit on the countertops are attractive options for additional storage, she adds. The emphasis on clean, minimalist design has an impact on storage needs as well, and these needs will vary depending on which bathroom the vanity is installed in, Neilson notes. "In the master bath, there is de- mand for a fair amount of closed storage to conceal clutter. The plethora of toiletries and other items that need to be stored in this space render true open storage impractical," she believes. In bathrooms beyond the master bath, Neilson adds, there is much more room for play, and less need for closed storage. "Creativity and designs that 'wow' tend to be more of a focus in powder rooms espe- cially," she says. Lacava agrees that type of bathroom impacts storage needs. Powder rooms and half-baths normally require less storage, while full bathrooms August 2019 • 89

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