Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2018

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modern styles, manufacturers say. "Trend wise, traditional bathrooms have turned into modern bath- rooms, integrating elements that play to both aesthetics and function- alities. Transitional styles often are the result of the merging of these trends," believes Marcotte. "There is strong demand for transitional and modern-leaning design in bathroom sinks and faucets," Neilson agrees. Size varies by location, she says, with sinks often smaller in large cities due to space limitations. "However, high-end homeowners also don't want their options limited because of size restrictions – creative designers know how to fit in a larger bathroom sink if it's important to the homeowner." Many manufacturers say angular styles are preferred. Kauffmann sees a trend toward clean lines and lots of hard angles, in simple and modern designs. Squares and rectangles have been the trend for the past two to three years, she notes, and JSG Oceana launched both a rectangle under- mount and a square undermount model in 2017. "People want something clean cut, something unique and different." When it comes to installation, she says, a semi-recessed look is becoming very popular. "People like the idea of having an above counter sink, but not a complete vessel." L'Henaff notes that his firm's most popular sink styles are also under counter models, rectangular and moderately sized. "This style of sink provides a clean look and maximizes bathroom counter space. With "A lot of interesting, new metal finishes are emerging to support the warm minimalist styling – from the current trend with matte black and warm golds, to up-and-coming matte metallic coatings," L'Henaff points out. "Faucets with rich, textured finishes are also growing in popularity in luxury settings," he adds. "In recent years, we have seen many new finishes introduced into the faucet market, such as Unlacquered Brass, Brushed 24K Gold, Rose Gold, Black Matte and White Matte," says Marcotte. While black matte and brushed 24K gold have been popular in powder rooms, she has noticed a resurgence of polished chrome in the master bathroom. "End-users still choose polished chrome for its classic shiny look, as well as its inherent durability that allows for simple maintenance," she explains. A move away from having all fixtures perfectly coordinated has opened the door for experimenting. "Consumers want pieces in their homes that stand out and get noticed, and with the trend of combining different finish- es and textures on the rise, Moen's Matte Black and Brushed Gold faucets allow these consumers to try new design styles without worrying whether the finish will coordinate with the rest of their décor," notes Everson. SHARP ANGLES & MODERN DESIGN Style and shape are personal choices, and there are plenty of options to choose from. But overall, trends are leaning toward transitional and Kallista partnered with 3rd Dimen- sion to create the Grid bath faucet using 3-D printing, which creates the open form and interior channels that allow the water to flow through the base. The faucet is paired with the Cube handles, open squares that are scaled to conform to the hand. The Matte Black finish is exclusive to the Grid Collection. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Aptly named Deco, Wetstyle's bath collection is inspired by the glamour of the Art Deco age. The collec- tion's designers, Joël Dupras, Pierre Belanger and Wetstyle Design Lab, infused the collection's sinks with softened geometric forms and finish details. The integral lavatory sinks and above-counter vessel sinks match the vanities. Circle No. 167 on Product Card The Maestro Round vessel sink by Native Trails highlights arti- san-crafted copper, with texture wrought from an estimated 30,000 strikes of the hammer. Maestro Round is forged of high-quality recycled copper, and is available in Antique Copper, Tempered Copper, Polished Copper (shown), Brushed Nickel and Polished Nickel finishes. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Crosswater London has expanded its MPRO collection to include two new finishes – Brushed Brass and Matte Black – alongside the introduction of a knurled detail. The Brushed Brass finish sports a warm tone, while the Matte Black finish adds an industrial edge. The new knurled detailing provides a tactile surface. Circle No. 169 on Product Card The Widespread Lavatory Faucet with Open-Flow Spout from the Vettis Bath Collection by Brizo com- bines a solid form with the sensory experience of a waterfall. The faucet sports a rectangular shape, and the open-flow spout provides a con- trolled stream of water cascading from all four sides of the chamber. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Newport Brass adds the clean and edgy Dorrance faucet, a widespread tap offered with lever or refined cross handles. The widespread faucet surpasses WaterSense stan- dards with 1.2 gpm, and is available with a full line of matching bath accessories. Dorrance is available in 27 finishes, including a selection of PVD choices. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Featuring a design inspired by mod- els of the 1940s, the Black Morris taps and fittings from Devon& Devon are simple while having a distinct identity. The handles sport a cylindrical, flared shape that is simultaneously retro and contem- porary. Finishes include chrome, light gold and polished nickel. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Bath sinks in the Natura collection, available in a matte finish, feature contemporary silhouettes and slender edges. Made from Kraus' mineral composite material with Nanocoat Gel Coating, the non-po- rous surface is engineered with anti- bacterial properties and is resistant to mold, mildew and waterspots. Circle No. 173 on Product Card 66 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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