Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2018

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Drummonds Opens NYC Showroom NEW YORK — Drummonds recently opened its first showroom in the U.S., located in the A&D Building in New York. The showroom houses and displays a number of Drummonds collections including tubs, basins, brassware, bathroom accessories and its newest collections in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki. Each Drummonds' product is made to order by hand using cast iron foundry and lost wax cast brass techniques. The collection styles range from classic to contem- porary and the brand has a bespoke division that produces custom collections; all are created, manufactured and finished within its own factories. An open-house event was held to celebrate the grand opening of the showroom. Founder Drummond Shaw and the company directors from the U.K. were on hand to meet and greet guests at the event. "We are very pleased to have taken this next step in the development of Drum- monds with the opening of a showroom in the A&D building in New York. Our philosophy in manufacturing classic designs to the highest quality is a great fit with the market in America today," said James Lentaigne, sales and marketing director. Franke Opens First Design Boutique SMYRNA, TN — Franke is expanding its presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of a new retail experience – The Franke Design Boutique – in partner- ship with leading plumbing showrooms. The boutiques will immerse architects, designers and consumers in a curated branded experience focused on the Franke culture, its Swiss heritage and commitment to quality engineering and design. The first Franke Design Boutique opened Nov. 29, 2017, in the California Bay area, just outside of San Francisco, in partnership with The Plumbery, a leading California plumbing showroom. The 1,000-sq.-ft. space, designed in partnership with Italian architect and designer Carlo Colombo, emphasizes the art of entertaining through the breadth of Franke products on display. Recognizing the importance of a "touch, feel, live" interaction in the selection of high-end kitchen components, vignettes curated by Colombo highlight how Franke products impact the functionality of the larger kitchen system. Products showcased include the Chef Center Workstation, the Pescara Collection and Absinthe Faucets. "For both architects and consumers, the abundance of product in a traditional plumbing showroom setting can make the selection process a challenging one," says Oliver Bahr, president, Franke Kitchen Systems, North America. "The Franke Design Boutique is inviting; it eliminates the chaos of choice and empowers people to quickly envision living with Franke in their own homes." Throughout 2017 and 2018, Franke will open five Design Boutiques – each in markets known for strong bases of professional designers and architects. In addi- tion to the San Francisco location, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York will soon follow. The new retail concept comes as part of a larger two-year expansion plan to strengthen the brand's presence in the U.S. – one the European leader has identified as having tremendous opportunity. "Our new Franke Design Boutiques have been designed to truly foster and strengthen relationships with the North American architecture and design commu- nity," said Bahr. "We are thrilled to open the doors of our California Bay Area Franke Design Boutique with our esteemed partners at The Plumbery, and to commence a year of exciting growth and development across the United States." Kohler Celebrates Product Launch, Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House KOHLER, WI — Kohler Co., along with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Clubs, co-hosted an evening of cocktails last month at the Kohler Experience Center in New York. The evening unveiled the newest Artist Edition collections pattern and faucet finishes from Kohler, as well as the first-ever Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, a new satellite of the prestigious, four-decades-old show house program, of which Kohler is also a sponsor. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeurvres and conversation at the 10,000-sq.-ft. Kohler Experience Center in Flatiron. Special guests included artist Ashley Woodson Bailey, who collaborated on the design of the new Artist Edition collection. Also participating in the event were Nazira Handal, director of special events and corporate partnerships at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Clubs, Kips Bay Palm Beach designer Michael Cox of foley&cox and Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club director of development Samantha Valerio. 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