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Classic styles are our favorites for a reason. Their timeless appeal looks good anywhere. When it comes to remodeling projects or new construction, it’s fun to get inspired by new products, especially those that put an innovative spin on the favorites we’ve always loved.
Leading manufacturers in the plumbing industry give designers and consumers so many options to choose from with classically designed products to balance a fresh style and that all-important functionality. It’s a bit of old and new mixed together — think of a classic with a modern update! These are the types of additions that breathe life into a tired design space.
Whether it’s a new shape or color or a new function, the appeal of these products can’t be denied. Here are a few of the latest innovations catching some serious attention.
Art Deco Decadence
Open shelving in the bathroom is a wonderful way to combine decorative style and practical functionality. Sterlingham makes it easy with a beautiful Art Deco Shelf from its Craftmaster Collection. Measuring a generous 24 inches long, this wall-mounted glass shelf is fitted with a guardrail to secure displayed items in place. It’s the perfect solution for keeping soaps and lotions close at hand while blending seamlessly with the bathroom décor.
Crafted from heavy-gauge brass, the hexagonal cast brackets are carefully assembled and polished by hand to gleaming perfection. The Craftmaster Collection pairs well with its sister company’s Barber Wilsons tapware and includes a variety of other useful components including a towel holder, double robe hook, towel rail and mirror.
Cascading in Black
The shower experience has expanded in new, spa-inspired ways, allowing users to build a shower system that meets their needs and expectations. Isenberg offers a line of shower components that deliver luxury and ease while creating a dramatic design focal point.
We particularly love its 20-inch rain showerhead with cascade waterfall. Crafted of stainless steel, its flush-mount installation is sleek and sophisticated, and the mesmerizing water flow is oh-so relaxing. Complete the ensemble with a solid brass hand-held shower and a 3/4-inch thermostatic valve with three-way diverter and trim for precise control of water temperature and volume.
All this impressive plumbing technology comes in a new matte black finish that adds a spectacular touch of drama to any fashion-forward bathroom. This ceramic finish is eco-friendly, amazingly durable and easy to maintain. The soft black hue is perfect with all-white baths and is a great alternative “neutral” to suit both vintage and contemporary decors.
Sinks of All Sizes
Sinks serve different functions, from large-capacity chef-inspired kitchen sinks to compact models geared for powder rooms. Ruvati recognizes the need for size variations and has expanded its popular Gravena Series to include a variety of new options.
Designs range from a sizable 33-inch kitchen sink that can easily accommodate stacks of dishes and larger pots to a smaller 13-inch unit that is great for entertaining and use in game rooms, wet bars and outdoor kitchens. All sizes of Gravena sinks are sleek, stylish and are beautifully finished for long-lasting good looks, using 16-gauge premium 304 stainless steel for remarkable durability.
These undermount sinks have a slanted bottom for efficient drainage and gently curved inside corners for easy cleaning. Ruvati sinks include thoughtful standard features such as a bottom rinse grid and deep basket strainer with a decorative cover. The sinks’ NoiseDefend, heavy-duty sound guard padding and undercoating also offer thermal insulation.
An innovative tweak in shower base design from MTI Baths is a big hit with remodeling professionals. While at first glance it appears to be a traditional shower base, the drain cover conceals an offset drain — which allows the base to replace an original narrower base or tub without having to reposition the drain plumbing. It’s an excellent solution for residential and commercial remodeling projects, saving time and effort.
Measuring 60 inches by 36 inches, the acrylic base includes an integral tile flange on three sides. Choose a left- or right-side drain with stainless steel or white powder-coated cover. The base itself is available in white, bone or biscuit with a glossy finish or an optional white matte finish.
Icera puts an economical spin on extraordinary design with its new Huntington toilet. Targeted to appeal to budget-savvy consumers, this two-piece toilet is notable for its traditional elegance with simple lines and a classic silhouette. Designed with comfort and style in mind, the Huntington brings refinement to the bathroom and delivers exceptional performance with every flush.
This high-efficiency model requires just 1.28 gallons/flush and features Icera’s trademark EcoQuatro flushing technology. The Huntington includes an ADA-compliant elongated bowl, a silent-close lid, quick release seat and a chrome tank lever. Each toilet is treated with MicroGlaze anti-microbial finish for easy cleaning. All Icera toilets are 100-percent factory flush-tested and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Reaching New Heights
Thoughtfully selected hardware can make a significant design impact on any space. The Tall Plates Collection by Grandeur Hardware creates a stunning impression with elegant lines, perfect proportions and a lovely selection of finishes. Tall Plates are ideally suited for taller doors, creating a visually pleasing balance with a timeless appeal. The Tall Plates Collection may be paired with any Grandeur knob or lever to create a custom look.
Crafted of solid forged brass for impressive durability, Tall Plates are available as entry sets with a built-in deadbolt for added security or as interior sets with passage, privacy, and single- and double-dummy configurations. The collection includes three distinctive styles — Arc, Carre and Fifth Avenue.
Grandeur Hardware is known for creating artisan-quality hardware that feels substantial to the touch, performs flawlessly over time and looks like a beautiful heirloom.
A new iteration on a favorite product is a great way to give any design space a boost. We appreciate the innovation demonstrated by the plumbing industry and the cool new products showcased here. As avid trend watchers, we look forward to seeing new designs in the months ahead and discovering fresh takes on classic favorites in the future.