Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2018

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Historically authentic, the Empire bath collection by Herbeau is inspired by the French Empire style. A square Empire vitreous china washbasin is paired with the new Royale Etoile faucet. Both the faucet and the Empire washstand are available in 15 metal finishes. It is shown here in French Weathered Brass. Circle No. 158 on Product Card A modern, minimalist vibe exudes from Kohler Co.'s Veil bath collection, softened by gentle lines and sculpted, asymmetrical shapes and the Supramic technology thin walls. The line includes a tall vessel sink that pays homage to ceramic vases, which can be paired with the optional pedestal. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Named after a town in Northern Italy, the Novi Lav Faucet by Artos blends contrasting finishes to add sophisti- cation to this minimalistic piece. The faucet is made from solid brass and has a progressive cartridge that delivers a 1.2 gpm flow rate. The faucet is also available in a vessel version. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Watermark Designs' faucet collection, Elements, offers 14 handle styles, called Covers, and every Cover has a base with 24 finish options and two options for inserts. The decorative inserts are offered in Bridge and Scallop style. Both the insert and base are available in Watermark Designs' 24 finishes. Circle No. 157 on Product Card anding on the right combination of style and functionality for each bathroom in the house can be tricky, but with all the choices avail- able, designers have an opportunity to give clients exactly what they want. Paying attention to what the space will be used for, the personal style of the clients and practical details, designers can create bathrooms that stand out. Sinks and faucets can be a springboard for the design of a bath- room space. "Whether it is a minimalist powder room or a spacious master bath, the faucet is an easy and affordable way to update a space and create a personalized style statement," says Julie Everson, wholesale bath product manager at Moen, U.S. based in North Olmstead, OH. "The faucet has grown in importance as an impactful architectural detail that completes a bathroom's redesign or improvement model," says Céline Marcotte, business development manager for Graff in Milwaukee, WI. "Often, the faucet determines the overall design of the space and sets the tone for styles that bleed into other rooms of the home." "I think people certainly want to create that 'wow' factor in their pow- der rooms or guest bathrooms," says Alicia Kauffman, sales & marketing coordinator for Jeannette Specialty Glass/JSG Oceana in Jeannette, PA. "When a customer is in the process of remodeling, they are focused on a 'look' they want to go with in terms of paint colors for the walls, the vanity, the toilet, etc. We want customers to not think of a bathroom sink as an afterthought; rather take some time, do the research and find what will work best," she states. Bathroom sink and faucet design, like bathroom design overall, has been moving toward transitional and modern design for a few years now, which means sharper angles and simpler detailing. Mixing and matching of finishes and materials is increasingly common throughout the bath. Whether master bath or powder/guest bath, aesthetics and functionality are both important, though in slightly different ways, depending upon the space. That's according to manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. NATURAL BEAUTY Frequently, bathrooms are a refuge; it's the one place in a home to be truly alone. In master baths, homeowners crave a spa-like, serene setting. Even guest baths and powder rooms are trending toward a warm and welcoming feel, with earth tones and natural materials on the rise. "We are seeing a big focus on earth tones and natural materials in sinks," says Naomi Neilson, CEO & Founder at Native Trails in San Luis Obispo, CA "Natural materials such as concrete and copper are now avail- able with incredibly durable finishes," she adds. The firm's NativeStone Functional sinks and faucets with natural elements and creative contrast set the tone for bathroom design BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Simple & Modern L 64 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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