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MAY 2018

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Offering sleek design and high- tech features, the Concetto faucet collection features Grohe's SilkMove cartridge, providing smooth handling for precision operation. The faucets are both WaterSense- and CEC-certified, offering 1.2 gallons per minute. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Featuring cylindrical shapes, Moen's Align suite blends modern looks with functionality. The Brushed Gold finish accents the faucet's curves, delivering a modern look. The collection is avail- able in a variety of finishes, including Brushed Gold, Brushed Nickel, Chrome and Matte Black. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The spacious rectangular forms of the Verge sink from Stone Forest feature a thin-walled profile and subtle patterns of honed Antique Gray Limestone and Italian Carrara marble. The Verge sink can be used in a console or utilized as a wall mount or stand-alone vessel sink. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Porcelanosa expands its range of special finishes for bathroom faucets and fixtures with an elegant matte black finish. Matte black is available for the Round faucet, along with an assortment of other items – including showerheads, towel rails, handshowers and more. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Fantini's Icona Deco is a reinter- pretation of the classic faucet, with horizontal lever handles that are flat on the top surface and rounded at the bottom. The tap is available in a Black Metal Finish that follows the chromatic process, making it corrosion resistant and durable. Circle No. 163 on Product Card This 2018 THG Paris bath collection, created with Gilles & Boissier, is based on the styling of a Baccarat crystal lamp they designed for the Baccarat Hotel. The line displays timeless design suffused with French elegance, and is available with cross or lever handles in various configurations for basins. Circle No. 164 on Product Card The Clodagh Collection is the inaugural faucet line from Speakman, designed in collaboration with luxury product de- signer Clodagh. It features a minimal- istic spout and three distinct handles. Finishes include: Polished Chrome, Nickel and Brass, Brushed Nickel and Bronze, Matte Black and Oiled Bronze. Circle No. 166 on Product Card Designed by Sieger Design, Alape has developed bath basins whose conical forms evoke the archetype of the washbasin – the classic enamel bowl. The Scopio series is available in a worktop basin, floor-standing or wall-hanging washstands, with or without a tap wall bracket. Circle No. 165 on Product Card concrete material, used for sinks and tubs, is sealed with a highly stain-re- sistant nano-sealer. She notes that the MetalProtect sealer can be applied to copper and other metal finishes to maintain the finish over the long term, whether antique, polished or brushed. Phil Cunningham, v.p. of marketing for Mansfield Plumbing in Perrysville, OH agrees that, more and more often, organic and natural materials are being used to make sinks. Though Mansfield has been lim- ited to ceramic, it's a trend the firm is watching, with an eye to expanding its offerings. "People are trying to incorporate more natural beauty into the bathroom," he notes. "A trend I'm anxious to look at is incorporating living plants into the design." Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, v.p. of design for Piscataway, NJ-based LIXIL Americas, the business unit under which the brands American Standard, DXV and Grohe operate, sees bathroom sink and faucet trends heading toward "warm minimalism," with a move to simpler design lines and neutral tones. "Popular sink and faucet styles high- light clean aesthetic shapes complemented by natural materials and warm, metal finish accents. These minimalist styles provide a certain calming effect to their environment and an inviting, approachable set- ting for the user," he states. "The depth and soft contrast of a bathroom faucet's finish can create an inviting focal point as compelling as the faucet design itself." WARM CONTRAST Manufacturers see continued interest in tried-and-true colors and finishes: white and neutral tones for sinks; classic finishes like polished chrome, brushed nickel and satin nickel for faucet finishes. But that doesn't mean there's no room to get creative. Cunningham says most people continue to opt for a white sink. "I don't see the craziness that we saw in colors in the '70s and '80s," he says. Rather, while there are small pockets of people who ask for grey or black, he believes most people use a white sink as an accent to whatever the main color is in the bathroom. Neilson, on the other hand, sees "a big movement toward designing bathrooms with boldly contrasting finishes – the opposite of what was acceptable 10 years ago." She is seeing the strongest growth in transi- tional styles and variants of modern styling, such as Industrial Modern or Modern Rustic designs. "Polished nickel, matte black, earth tones, brushed brass and rose gold are hot right now," she maintains. "Consumers are becoming more adventurous with regard to experi- menting with color and on-trend finishes. Specifically, gold finishes, as an old style, get a contemporary upgrade," says Everson. "In the past, gold fixtures have been associated with traditional design, but now, the finish is also being incorporated into homes with a modern aesthetic, for a fresh take on a classic finish," she adds. May 2018 • 65

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