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The Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association hosted its first-ever virtual conference recently; the two-day event was a great way to view the newest products and ideas in decorative plumbing and hardware. Originally scheduled at a New Orleans venue, concerns over COVID-19 and travel restrictions prompted organizers to go virtual and their efforts were a success.
In a year marked by change and reinventing how we all do business outside of traditional brick and mortar, this online event provided a great opportunity to network and learn. We loved the engaging seminars, live-stream designer panels and interactive product showcases — not to mention the virtual cocktail hours for both East and West coasts!
From start to finish, this show did not disappoint. We commend the DPHA for putting on this event at a time when we honestly needed to bond with peers more than ever. This pivotal conference platform was a wonderful way to connect, discover and elevate. Here are some new products that were standouts from this unique virtual event.
Go bold in the bathroom with a pink or mint-green faucet. Or how about lilac, coral or red? All are among the colorful new options offered by Jaclo. As a family-owned company with more than 100 years in the plumbing industry, Jaclo is known for making extraordinary faucets.
Now it is taking things up a notch with a rainbow of 12 color options that are decidedly bold and vibrant, such as plum, azure blue, limón and amber. All are architectural-grade coatings that are extremely durable and exceptionally beautiful.
The coating is available on all brass and bronze fixtures and can be mixed and matched. So, a mint-green faucet with a matte-black handle is no problem. The color combinations are nearly endless and are suitable for both residential and commercial settings. What a great way to add a color pop in the bathroom!
This one falls into the category of “things we didn’t know we needed,” but now we cannot live without them. The Sterlingham Co. Ltd. released a new collection of electric Robe Rails that are the ultimate luxury for any bathroom. They would be equally perfect in a mudroom, bedroom or ski lodge, for that matter, or anywhere you want to enjoy the pampering of a gently warmed robe or coat.
The vertical rails put wall space to good use as they lightly heat a robe for those chilly mornings or after a soothing bath. With five different styles to choose from, Robe Rails are a natural extension of the brand’s signature line of premium brass towel warmers. They are available in custom sizes and come with two adjustable hooks and an optional dimmer switch.
Comprised of 32 mm-diameter tubes with concealed wall mounts, the rails are offered in a lovely array of classic and contemporary finishes, including brushed nickel, polished gold, matte white and dark bronze.
The industrial look continues to be among the most in-demand styles. Creating this look is all about bold details and the deliberate mix of contrast and texture. The Furniture Guild imparts the essence of industrial chic with a metallic trim option known as Campaign Inlay.
Here this distinctive trim is used to add an industrial style element to one of the company’s most popular freestanding vanities, the Avalon. Featuring a sleek, 1/4-inch metal trim around the doors, Campaign Inlay is notable for hand-crafted details such as decorative corners that include either a slotted or knurled screw.
The contrast of the metal against the vanity adds interest and definition and a hint of urban glamour. This striking metal trim is offered on all vanity designs and comes in eight attractive finishes such as antique brass, satin nickel and polished chrome.
Lenova brings unparalleled control to shower operations with its industry-first thermostatic shower system. Users may set their preferences and accurately maintain water temperature within a single degree for a safe and soothing shower experience. A single valve controls three functions — temperature, pressure and volume — to create an immersive spa-inspired shower that is consistent from beginning to end.
Created as part of a $35 million R&D project, this innovative system pairs advanced engineering with cutting-edge technology. Lenova can deliver a perfectly controlled shower environment, even when using multiple water outlets at the same time. This shower system is manufactured in keeping with Lenova’s high standards for construction and performance excellence with solid brass valves and beautifully durable finishes.
Users can choose a preset system or build a dream shower by selecting components such as body jets, hand-held sprayers, showerheads and more.
Toilets on the wall are a big trend right now, and we are definitely on board. Icera gives us lots to love with a new collection of four wall-hung designs, each with its own look but all sharing the brand’s trademark plumbing technology and outstanding performance.
Wall-hung toilets are increasingly popular with today’s emphasis on smaller spaces, sustainability and minimalist design. Icera delivers on style and with thoughtful details such as DuroPlast silent close seats and an antimicrobial MicroGlaze finish. Each toilet comes with a fully concealed mounting system for a seamless profile and can be easily installed at a standard or ADA height.
Like all Icera toilets, these units are highly water-efficient and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
With the current emphasis on hygiene and germs, hands-free technology is getting a lot of attention. Gessi unveils a new line of no-touch sensor faucets that automatically trigger the flow of water as hands approach the spout. Known as the 316 Collection, these high-tech faucets are available in an array of elegant, modern designs with sleek arches and gentle curves.
The faucets may be ordered as deck- or wall-mounted installations in a range of fashion-forward finishes. The water sensor may be incorporated into the tap body or the spout and can run off electric power or a discretely placed lithium battery. Gessi sensor faucets are perfect for at-home use and are a smart choice for commercial settings, too.
Creative Brass Creations
Deco & Deco celebrates the beauty of brass with its extensive collection of finely crafted hardware for cabinets and doors. With the amazing durability of brass and its inherent antibacterial properties, this popular metal has long been the standard for quality door hardware.
But the company takes brass hardware to a new level with artistic designs spanning an array of styles. From bold, contemporary looks to traditional elegance, there is something for everyone in its design library. Using the latest technology and time-honored techniques, the company produces meticulously detailed knobs and pulls in a variety of sizes, textures and finishes.
Deco & Deco is a global brand with production facilities in Italy, Germany, Austria, India, Taiwan and the Czech Republic.
Steam showers are rapidly increasing in popularity as people discover the health and relaxation benefits of steam. We are big fans of the award-winning Linear SteamHead offered by MrSteam. This patented design mounts flush against the wall and silently directs a flowing ribbon of steam upward into the shower like an inverted waterfall.
The steam head can be tiled to virtually disappear into the shower wall, with only a narrow opening remaining visible. The system comes with an aroma tray that may be used with the optional AromaSteam System to add essential oils’ soothing scents.
Available in two sizes, the Linear SteamHead offers an easy installation process that makes this unit ideal for bathroom remodeling projects. With no moving parts, this amazing design is whisper-quiet and delivers a smooth flow of steam for a spa-like steam experience with all the comforts of home.
Textured metal and mixed finishes are both hot trends in today’s market. Frank Allert & Co. Ltd. captures the best of both looks by unveiling its Allert Precision Collection at the convention. The renowned manufacturer of premium English hardware generated considerable virtual buzz with its new line of fine-cut architectural hardware with engineered knurled patterns.
The textured designs are distinctive and intricate, a marvel of modern artistry. Patterns include spiral, starburst, diamond mesh, linear, groove and more. The collection comprises a full range of levers, handles and pulls. All are available in a choice of 30 different metal finishes and patinas, including antique silver, hand-burnished nickel, pearl chrome and rose gold.
With so many options to choose from and a full license to mix and match, customers can easily create custom looks to suit their preferences and style.
While the 2020 DPHA conference might have been different from all previous ones, it was absolutely worthwhile and filled with the inspiring products and ideas we have all come to expect from its members. The opportunity to connect and collaborate with industry peers was especially meaningful after this year of so much change.
Although we hope future events will safely return to their original format, we are grateful for this year’s conference and hope you enjoyed a closer look at some of its highlights.