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MAY 2018

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"The master bathroom functions as more of a sanctuary. It demands that special attention be paid to distinctive materials and finishes, and often provides the space to accommodate a double sink with dramatic widespread faucets," notes L'Henaff. "Guest room baths are used less frequently, and their compact size de- mands smaller sinks and space-saving single-handle or centerset faucets," he adds. And the powder room, though smaller like guest bathrooms, is typically on the main floor of the home and requires highly durable materials, fixtures and faucets due to high usage, L'Henaff points out. "Powder rooms are also the best place to showcase your personal style, since this is the only bathroom most of your guests will see." "People are more willing to be bold with their choices in secondary baths vs. the master bath," says Neilson. "Even though people love the bold styles and finishes, they often view the master bath as more of a peaceful sanctuary." Everson agrees that powder rooms, primarily used by guests, should be highlighted as a showcase area. "Homeowners could make a statement by incorporating a finish previously associated with traditional design, such as Brushed Gold, and pairing it with unique cabinetry or hardware, for a contemporary upgrade on a classic style," she concludes. ▪ Kauffman believes the USA-made glass sinks manufactured at JSG Oceana provide a decorative upgrade over white porcelain and stainless steel, and are maintenance free. Cunningham cites customer research showing that, because of the overwhelming amount of choices in bathroom design, consumers tend to pick one thing they like and build the rest of the design around that. At Mansfield, he b elieves, they are looking at how to incorporate organic fea- tures into their traditional ceramic offerings to help bring some life to the bathroom. They are also focusing more on concealed drains, as opposed to the typical round drain, which can give a nice, new look to the bathroom. Water-efficient performance is another must-have feature for bath- room sink faucets, says L'Henaff. "Whether homeowners are interested in greening their home, meeting local water use restrictions, or simply want to save money on their water and energy bills, we always recommend choosing a water-saving faucet," he says. PRIVATE REFUGE OR SPLASHY SHOWPIECE Whether a bathroom will be used solely by the homeowners or is a space guests will see makes a big difference in what's trending for the space. The master bath, says Cunningham, is all about relaxation, a spa-like getaway and, as a result, it's a very personal space. The powder room, on the other hand, is all about functionality, he states. Danze has added its Satin Black finish to the Mid-town Collection of bath faucets. The unique angles and thin profile of the single-handle, single-hole configuration works as a statement piece in the modern bathroom. The faucet's Satin Black finish is a striking contrast to white tile or cabinetry or other trending design elements. Circle No. 184 on Product Card The Leawood tap and show- er collection was designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds. The hallmark flattened end on the lever controls was derived from observation of how tools were developed to comfortably fit the human hand. The tap is available in polished brass, polished chrome and polished nickel. Circle No. 183 on Product Card Franz Viegener has designed Shoreline's curved spout vertically, mimicking the shape of waves breaking on the sand. The faucet features brass construction and is available in Polished Nickel and Polished Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Brushed Nickel, Matte Black Chrome, Rose Gold, Polished Gold and Brushed Gold finishes. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The coco blu∙stone vessel sink showcases a circular design with a thin profile rim. Made from Blu Bathworks' signature eco-friendly blu∙stone material, which is crafted primarily from quartzite, blu∙stone provides the look and feel of natural stone but is durable and repairable. It is available in a highly tactile white matte finish. Circle No. 185 on Product Card The bath components in the DXV Modulus collection include single-lever, vessel, wall-mount and low-spout widespread faucets. These faucets are available in pol- ished chrome, brushed nickel and polished nickel, and include a brass ring at the base that can provide a distinctive two-tone aesthetic by adding a contrasting finish. Circle No. 188 on Product Card The Artis collection of washbasins, created by designer Gesa Hansen in collaboration with Villeroy & Boch, is available in 16 color options and four shapes, including oval, rectan- gle, square and circle. The collection is made from the company's Titan Ceram, which allows for extremely thin walls and clearly defined edges. Circle No. 187 on Product Card This basin, with its bold contempo- rary design, is handmade in the U.S., cast from OMOXO Solid Surface for interesting shape and durability. Diamond by Clarke Architectural includes an integrated overflow and is part of a full collection of solid surface designs. Circle No. 190 on Product Card The Studio S bath faucets by American Standard showcase a geometric silhouette, in monoblock, widespread and vessel faucet configurations. The single-lever and vessel faucets feature a nested han- dle design that eliminates the gap when in the open position, while the widespread faucet sports a high arc and two handle options. Circle No. 189 on Product Card 70 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT Continued

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