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AUG 2017

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Robern has enhanced its Cartesian line of modular floating vanities with the turnkey Curated Cartesian Vanities. With nine pre-configured offerings, the line includes options such as glass fin- ishes and Silestone, spacious drawers and tip-out storage, in-drawer electric, hot storage and UL-listed LED nights. Circle No. 155 on Product Card A large basin and ceramic top are a key feature of this bath piece from Cielo. The top, of Terre di Cielo, is available in 16 colors, along with a coordinating storage drawer. The framework is made of steel and available in matte black or brushed bronze. The piece can be completed with wooden or lacquered drawers. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Wetstyle's Deco Collection com- bines geometric forms with rounded radii. Aged satin brass or black matte accents combined with wood finishes and matte lacquer finishes are featured on floor- or wall-mounted vanities of various sizes along with freestanding or wall-mounted storage cabinets. Circle No. 157 on Product Card Chameleon Concepts' Parsons Collec- tion is an addition to its customizable bathroom vanity options. Using a door frame that can house different inserts, the vanity enables clients to personalize the stock vanity. Offered in various sizes, colors and finishes, the freestanding vanity can also be wall mounted. Circle No. 158 on Product Card oday's bathroom vanities are often expected to pull double duty. Not only do they need to convey a clear visual message about the homeowner's lifestyle and taste, but they also have to pro- vide space – and storage – for a wide range of self-care tasks. Neither is a simple matter, and each drives the demand for a wide range of options to best suit the visions of designers as well as the needs of the homeowner. Design styles are increasingly moving toward transitional or con- temporary throughout the house. Therefore, every element must reflect these simple, modern desires, with bathroom vanities no exception. "When it comes to vanity cabinetry being specified in today's bath de- signs, designers are favoring unadorned, transitional and contemporary styles," says Jason Artus, v.p. of sales & marketing, Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry in New Holland, PA. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder & CEO at Native Trails in San Luis Obispo, CA says there are two things driving vanity trends in her end of the market: extremely unique styling and authentically hand-crafted pieces. "These items are for consumers who want a statement piece with a story, and for whom craftsmanship is a critical prerequisite. More designers and homeowners are seeking and sourcing bathroom vanities that have all the quality and sharp design you would expect from a fine piece of furniture," she says. "As the kitchen and bath continue to be showcases for great design – with a focus on functionality – designers are looking to turn up the dial in every nook and cranny of these spaces. Vanities made from composite wood aren't cutting it anymore. What's in demand are vanities made from real wood and other materials that will stand the test of time." Vanities have come into their own and are becoming a central player in the kitchen and bath market, says Mark Wolinsky, president of Wetstyle in Montreal, Ontario, Canada. "This shift can be attributed to a desire of users to make the bathroom a design focal point, and not just a room of function. As a result, vanities are taking on new styles and intricate details, which include everything from the inclusion of orga- nizers to high-quality woods and lacquers. The use of unique materials is a key part of this trend and has inspired the inclusion of exotic woods in Wetstyle's new Deco Collection, which pulls in Torrified Eucalyptus and Mozambique." More important than any other consideration is style, according to David Tyler, v.p. of marketing & product management at Bossier City, LA-based Hardware Resources. He explains, "Storage space is often a consideration, and size is always a consideration, but with so many vanity options to choose from, the primary consideration is falling in love with a style." Having a size, style and finish that will meet the demands of any Vanities are increasingly contemporary with clean, classic lines, while finishes and materials add a touch of flair to these bathroom essentials. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Vanities With Flair T 88 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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