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AUG 2017

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Kohler addresses bathroom lighting with the launch of its new Verdera light- ed cabinets and mirrors. The cabinets and mirrors are integrated with task lighting as well as a light guide to de- liver lighting at a consistent level. The lighting can be dimmed as needed, and controlled through Amazon's Alexa. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Paini's Ambra 38" wall-mounted vanity features three soft-closing vanity doors, along with a glass shelf. The right-side corner mount vanity includes a Tekorlux sink top with overflow. Circle No. 160 on Product Card This bathroom mirror with wall pull-out by Wellborn Cabinet offers a mini- malist style yet provides a maximum amount of storage. The lateral slide-out shelving vs. the traditional front swing- ing doors allows users the opportunity to maintain storage and accessibility. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Lenova has expanded its vanity line with eight new styles in a range of fin- ishes. Constructed of environmentally friendly, CARB-certified, zero emissions solid hardwood, they include full-ex- tension, adjustable under-mount soft- close slides for drawers and six-way adjustable soft-close hinges for doors. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Custom bath vanities and storage cab- inet design trends have expanded to now feature built-in vanities and bath furniture. Mouser Cabinetry's custom bath cabinetry provides unique design elements, convenient storage options, accessories and embellishments nor- mally found in luxury kitchen designs. Circle No. 163 on Product Card White Square Furniture showcases its White & Walnut Collection. The SPA2 vanity painted in gloss white with solid walnut structure features a soft-close drawer, interior configurable personal- ized space and five color options. It is available in 36" and 42" and with a 1-¼" quartz top and a porcelain sink. Circle No. 164 on Product Card The Metropolitan vanity by James Martin Furniture offers functional storage in all 24" of this compact design. Minimal modern drawer and door pulls accent this vanity. The Met- ropolitan is hand-crafted from North American Birch hardwoods. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Victoria + Albert's new High Gloss White finish is now offered on three of the company's vanities: Bosa 112, a traditional glass-topped vanity with a full-width single drawer, as well as the Lavello 114 and Mandello 114 models (shown), available in glass-topped or wall-mounted styles. Circle No. 166 on Product Card consumer means there isn't one specific design path for all to follow. There are, however, some elements that show up time and again. Clean and classic lines are becoming the norm as designers are incor- porating mixed materials and unique finishes, and both freestanding furniture-style vanities and wall-mounted floating vanities continue to trend. That's according to manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. CLEAN AND CLASSIC Once a vanity goes in, it's there to stay until the next major remodel. That means it must stay relevant through the ebb and flow of many design trends. A clean, unadorned look with classic lines is the best way to ensure that the vanity will work regardless of other changes made to the space over time, manufacturers say. "Bathroom vanity lines are almost always clean and classic. The last thing someone wants after an extensive and costly bathroom remodel is to learn that something they've selected is on its way out of style," points out Neilson Howard. "While furniture and accessories can be swapped out easily, that's not the case with bathroom vanities, so we find that people more often than not choose a classic, sturdy design that won't show its age when trends shift." Scott Jensen, director of design at Dallas, TX-based James Martin Furniture, says the largest areas of growth continue to be in transitional and modern styles. Rather than a hard contemporary look, he adds, the trend is toward cleaner, softer lines. "Rectilinear cabinets continue to grow in popularity, rather than tapered angles or ornamentation," he notes, adding that there is almost a spartan presentation with very clean lines taking the place of carving and detail work. Shaker style is making a comeback, he adds. "It's a recognizable, historic design, but the clean lines fit today's interiors." Wolinsky sees the concept of minimalist designs being revisited, with softer interpretations of the style emerging. "We're seeing that consumers still appreciate a clean, modern look, but are desiring a look that isn't harsh or cold," he notes. The clean and contemporary look opens the door for both free- standing models that function like furniture as well as floating vanities, manufacturers say. "It is common to see vanity cabinetry treated as freestanding furniture with robust square legs at all four corners and an open lower shelf for towel storage. The other, more contemporary direc- tion taken involves [using] floating vanity cabinetry typically installed wall to wall. These contemporary options many times lack decorative hardware in favor of C-channel construction or touch-to-open doors and drawers," says Artus. August 2017 • KitchenBathDesign.com 89

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