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Two of the hottest design shows came together in the heart of New York City in November, and the Jennings & Co. team was excited to be there! The 11th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) fair joined forces with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) for a two-day marathon of tours and networking, which offered endless inspiration.
The shows set the stage for unveiling the newest product introductions with a first peek at inspiring designs and trends from the most progressive companies in our industry. We’ve found that boutique hotels are often predictive of residential designs as people experience luxurious amenities and want to incorporate them into their homes. Here are a few of our favorites from the 2021 event.
MTI Baths pulled out all the stops at BDNY with its textural masterpiece fit for a king — Bowie. Immediately eye-catching for its unique pleated exterior, the Bowie adds unexpected texture. The tub and coordinating pedestal sink were developed in collaboration with Source, a prestigious Atlanta-based design firm.
The plumbing manufacturer also introduced its new DoloMatte material at the show. An innovative thermoformable solid-surface solution, DoloMatte is luxuriously beautiful, incredibly strong and velvety-soft to the touch. This incredible new material is available on Designer Collection freestanding tubs and low-profile shower bases.
Mixing metal finishes is an on-trend design choice that is rapidly gaining in popularity, particularly when it comes to the kitchen. On the leading edge of this movement is HamatUSA with its new Imagine faucet featuring a striking split finish that pairs an array of today’s most requested metals.
Measuring just over 17 inches in height, the Imagine split-finish faucet has a sophisticated style with elegant lines and graceful curves versatile enough to compliment any décor. The kitchen faucet is offered in five distinctive finish combinations, with the body of the faucet in one finish and the handle and concealed spray head in coordinated contrast.
Mockett showcased the latest in fine architectural hardware with its Impression Collection. Designed by Hannah Eckersley of Boone, N.C., CH59 was the winner of our 2018 Design Contest. Not only a hook, but a stunning statement piece as well. This art deco inspired coat hook takes an ordinary stamped triangle plate and layers it by bending out additional interior triangles that serve as multi-level hooks.
The triangular beauty is available in matte black, matte white, metallic silver and satin stainless steel. The company also showcased the new Pergola hardware. This raw, textured cast iron is shaped into a lean, low-rise handle with a contemporary shape and exquisite contours.
Swiss bath manufacturer Schmidlin unveiled its sculptural Riva Frame tub. Characterized by a flowing oval design and elegant shape, this freestanding bath is supported by a classic powder-coated steel frame. What sets this bath manufacturer apart is the product’s material — high-quality titanium steel that is coated with glass enamel in the state-of-the-art production facilities.
Like nothing on the market, these steel and enamel products combine perfectly to form glazed titanium steel. Glazed titanium steel is extremely robust and durable, and an inorganic material, so no bacteria or pathogens can grow on it. The shiny enamel surface is easy to clean and looks great for a lifetime. Sustainably designed, all Schmidlin products can be reused or recycled.
Simas USA debuted its new Vignoni rimless, wall-hung toilet at the show. Handmade in Italy, the contemporary Vignoni collection features a softness through its oval, egg-shaped lines, designed to achieve a light and thin profile. This wall-hung toilet features rimless technology for a more efficient flush and comes with an extra slim, slow-close premium seat.
Needing only 1.2 gallons/flush, the Vignoni employs only gravity and precision engineering to complete each powerful, quiet flush. Featuring a hidden fixing set, the toilet elegantly combines performance with easy-to-clean practicality. The oval bowls offer maximum comfort and accessibility, while the precision jets reduce splashing to deliver a superior hygiene bowl. The Vignoni is offered in anthracite, black or white gloss and matte finishes.
Known for its innovative faucets and showers, Jaclo introduced a new accessory to make shower installations on a sloped ceiling a breeze. The angled/sloped adjustable ceiling escutcheon is made from an all-brass construction that works perfectly for slope ceilings up to a 45-degree angle. Available in Jaclo’s rainbow array of 35 stunning finishes to complement any bathroom décor.
Its plating facilities use some of the most sophisticated finishing processes in the world. Every one of the brand’s 35 finishes not only meets all industry standards, but is sure to meet the standards of even the most discerning customers.
It’s not surprising that boutique hotels are at the forefront of innovative design, with looks and products that are a step ahead of what’s available in residential markets. The combined BDNY/ICFF was a great experience and a wonderful sneak peek into future design trends we expect to see making their way into home applications and consumer showrooms across the country.
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