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AUG 2014

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Product Trend Report 54 | Kitchen & Bath Design News August 2014 tions, often depending on their design scheme, according to manufacturers. "Storage is always a consideration. Often it is not the amount of storage, but the practicality of the storage," says Mucha. Sev- eral of his frm's mid-sized units ofer hidden drawers, he notes. Todd says that in master baths, closed storage is still the preference to keep items out of sight. In guest baths, however, she sees people beginning to embrace the idea of open storage, mimicking what they see in hospitality settings. Open storage, like foating vanities or shelves, helps create the spa-like environment people crave, adds Draper. "Open shelving is a versatile and attractive storage option for a bath- room because it can be tucked into a variety of spaces around the bathroom," she says. In addition, bathroom cabinets are ofering options that have traditionally been used in the kitchen, like pull-out spice racks to store hair dryers and curling irons, keeping these things hidden when not in use, she says. Giford says that the European trend leans to- ward open storage, while in North America, closed storage is more popular. "Brands are always thinking of new and innovative ways to increase storage without increasing the size of the vanities," he says. Roberts adds that storage space will always be a need in the U.S., where houses are larger. Americans use a lot of products in the bathroom, she says, so functional vanities are important. A large amount of closed storage is vital, she believes, but open storage is also becoming more popular. "Consumers like to display their towels, or products they invest money in. I'm start- ing to see clever, new ways to incorporate open storage with vanities, especially wall-hung vanities," she says. "It has to be functional, but people do like to show of certain things," concurs Wells. "Thoughtful storage is really important in a space," he believes, adding that MasterBrand complements storage needs with functional, interesting display spaces, such as racks underneath freestanding vanities or tall cabinets with glass doors and shelves and interior lighting. EFFECTIVE USE OF SPACE Whether it's being chosen for a master bath, guest bath or powder room, a vanity must use the space available wisely. "Vanities haven't gotten appreciably larger, but they've become 'smarter,' says Korneluk. "They have soft-close drawers, built-in drawer organizers and they cleverly hide the plumbing without sacrifcing storage space." He adds that while the width might be diferent for a smaller bath as opposed to the master, all of the functions designed for their larger pieces are also designed into the smaller ones. Todd is starting to see homeowners use smaller but still substantial vanities in master bathrooms, sometimes opting for a 48" rather than the traditional 60" size to allow for more open foor space. In powder rooms, she says, the 24" vanity remains strong. Xylem's new Sherry bath vanity exudes European contemporary style in a streamlined, compact design that features a distinctive, high-gloss elmwood grain. The sleek new 31" wall-mounted vanity is crafted in Spain and works well in small bathroom environments. Storage is maximized in the relatively compact design with an oversized top drawer, dresser- style bottom drawer and vertical side cabinet with shelf. Sherry's modern sensibility is highlighted by elongated, brushed aluminum decorative drawer pulls on full- extension, carrier-style glides. Circle No. 184 on Product Card Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Vanity Grooming Rack meets the practical need for storing blow driers, curling irons and fat irons in addition to their cords. The pull-out uses 12" of space. Stainless steel cylinders in the top rack safely store heated elements while a lower rack provides storage for other bathroom items. Circle No. 183 on Product Card Duravit's Onto Collection is designed by Matteo Thun and pairs locally-sourced wood with ceramic. Available in four fnishes of European oak, dark chestnut, matte white or matte basalt, the collection is made of bonded, anti-warp and zero-emission plywood, made possible by an oil and wax treatment to prevent the absorption of water into the wood. The collection ofers 16 diferent types of furniture solutions, including built-in washbasins, tall and low cabinets, a foor standing pillar- shaped vanity unit with built-in sink, bathtubs and illuminated mirrors. Circle No. 182 on Product Card The WHHIM-2 Medicinehaus cabinet from Whitehaus Collection is a single door anodized aluminum surface- mount medicine cabinet. The durable anodized aluminum prevents chipping and peeling, and is easily cleaned. The cabinet features a single two-sided vertically opening mirrored door with two adjustable glass shelves and a mirror-faced back wall. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Arstar Marble Tops introduces a line of bathroom vanities and combos. The new vanities range from furniture-style cabinets and Euro Combos to Shaker style. Vanities are enhanced by Arstar's matte fnish spray-on granite tops. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Stock cabinetry from Kountry Wood Products provides a range of accessories to give this Harmony Vintage Maple master bath vanity a custom look and feel. Features include his and hers space, matching mirrors and interior cabinetry, utility cabinets with drawers, arch valances, butt doors and crown molding. Circle No. 181 on Product Card StarMark Cabinetry introduces Saddle, a new fnish, shown here on the Riverton door in maple. On the right is Amsdahl, a new inset door style, shown in maple fnished in white. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The Rustic Chic vanity from Fairmont Designs brings a touch of texture to the bath. The vanity showcases clean lines and tactile Silvered Oak veneers, accented with subtle Brushed Nickel fnished knobs. Rustic Chic is available in a range of sizes. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry has crafted a line of classic bathroom cabinetry in cherry with a custom stain fnish. The full-overlay framed cabinet is designed with the Presidential door style. Shown is a design by JL Design in Millburn, NJ. Circle No. 179 on Product Card A custom master bath vanity designed by Michael Misita and built by Wellsford Custom Cabinetry boasts 1"-thick beaded Inset Shaker doors complemented by slab drawer fronts, for a clean yet traditional look. The arched valance adds a soft touch to go with the linen glazed painted fnish. Circle No. 176 on Product Card

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