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Trends may come and go, but great design is in perpetual demand. This is especially true in the luxury kitchen and bath industry where exceptional design is both expected and sought-after. Smart consumers and designers recognize that their investment in high quality, eco-friendly and well-designed products offer the best return in long-term value and enjoyment. They know that “great design” refers to much more than outward aesthetics and also includes engineering techniques, materials and functionality.
Fortunately, the industry is teeming with an amazingly diverse array of products that exemplify the best elements of great design. Many will likely go on to receive awards and accolades at design shows throughout the world.
Here’s a look at the some of the timeless new products in the kitchen and bath market that will never go out of style.
Named after the picturesque seaside town in Northern California, the Pescadero tub captures the beauty of the ocean with its distinctive wave design. The smart, sculpted swage details on the inside and outside of the bath create crisp shadow lines that accent the dynamic contours of the rim and pays homage to the seaside lifestyle. Crafted from ENGLISHCAST, a finely ground volcanic limestone mixed with resin, the tub is cast in one seamless piece that won’t crack or flex. The unique construction is finished by hand to provide a glossy white solid surface that is highly durable and easy to clean. Also, new and exclusive to the United States for 2016, the Pescadero tub is available in six distinctive new external finishes including: gloss black, anthracite, stone grey, light grey, matte black and matte white.
Bewdley towel warmer
Sometimes a lack of space leads to creative space-saving solutions. The Bewdley towel warmer by The Sterlingham Co. Ltd. is a perfect example. Designed by the company’s general manager Andrew Healy, this compact-yet-stylish rack has been cleverly engineered to fit neatly in tight spaces where it serves the practical-yet-luxurious function of providing freshly warmed towels. It’s just right for strategic placement on a narrow wall next to a shower or bath. Available in bespoke sizes and configurations, the Bewdley pays tribute to traditional English decor with its classic styling and ball joints. Custom finishes and details are available including standard finish options such as polished brass, polished chrome, polished or matte nickel, antique gold, copper and bronze.
Meg 11 sink
Designed by Antonio Pascale, the Meg 11 from Galassia, Italy is a wall-mounted, modern day utility sink with a fresh take on functionality. Characterized by clean, fluid lines with a design that is urban and classic, the Meg 11 utility sink is made from a single block of ceramic and wall-mounted to create a modern, accessible space. An elegant wooden ash grate adds to the versatility of this utility sink.
150 Series accessories
Isenberg’s new 150 Series is an excellent example of the mix-and-match trend. Including 20 matching pieces, the line is destined to add grace and elegance to the bath with its bold contemporary shape and lines smooth as satin. The 150 Series has a sculptural quality that catches the eye, while its clean simplicity allows the collection to blend well in any bathroom décor. Whatever configuration you might imagine for the bath, Isenberg’s 150 Series has the fixture you need to pull off an impeccable finished look.
Nokori therapeutic bath
Bain Ultra pays tribute to classic cube design with the revelation of its newest therapeutic bath collection — Nokori. These free-standing tubs capture the purity of minimalist design with a geometric silhouette that blends with nearly any architectural style. Simple rectangular lines permit a remarkable flexibility of design, allowing the tub to be placed floating away from the wall or fitted against one, two or three walls creating a spacious or cozy bathing experience as desired.
The Furniture Guild unveils its new Winston vanity. Known for extraordinary craftsmanship, the Furniture Guild has just expanded their line from heirloom wood bath vanities to include the highest quality metal construction as well. The Winston, shown in unlacquered brass with sea serpent automotive finished panels, is the first design to come from its new metal line. The new model includes an elegant walnut interior complete with glass dividers, suede leather lining, glass jar compartments and an integrated power option. Crafted from brass — not just a brass finish — and paired with an automotive quality paint, the new Winston vanity is designed to last in demanding bath environments.
Lenova’s new Apogee Bath accessory line lets you create a brand new style without having to undergo all those complicated renovations. Offered in design styles to suit any décor, from sleek and modern to traditional, this collection of bath accessories includes everything you need for an updated and coordinated bathroom. Each of the three new collections include a towel bar, toilet paper holder, robe hook and a towel ring in either a brushed nickel or polished chrome finish. Designed for beauty and built to last, these accessories are an irresistible choice for a budget-conscious bathroom update.
Crystal Collection decorative hardware
The beautiful Crystal Collection from Topex Design is a stunning example of jewelry for the home. Adorned with glistening crystals and wrapped in gold and chrome, the new line of elegantly modern shapes adds a sparkling sensation to any décor. Headlining the new collection are the Small Bright Knobs, featuring a dazzling arrangement of princess-cut crystals joined to create an exceptionally unique piece of decorative hardware. Resembling a classic cuff link, the knobs are the ultimate in opulence for the well-dressed home. Available in gold, black nickel or chrome, the Small Bright Knobs are gorgeous examples of functional art at its finest.
K2002 kitchen faucet
The K2002 kitchen faucet by Cinaton is completely touch-free. The faucet features a swivel spout, dual function pullout spray head, and three user-defined preset settings for convenience. Cinaton’s iSense technology makes it easier to turn on the water flow when hands are messy or turn off the water when it is not needed, thereby saving water and keeping the faucet cleaner while helping to reduce the potential for bacteria. The K2002 kitchen faucet touch-free design utilizes five advanced sensors to put water into motion and allow the user to adjust water temperature. It also features a center easy sensor pause, or disable function, for cleaning the sink area. The faucet is available in either a polished chrome or satin nickel finish.
Addison 5 tub
MTI Bath’s new free-standing Addison 5 tub is a remodeler’s dream. Finding a free-standing tub that fits into a standard 60-inch space can be a task. The new Addison 5 comes in at just 58 inches long, yet because it is made of the company’s signature ESS material, the tub walls are only 1-inch thick. This allows the Addison 5 to offer a very generous interior bathing area with a smaller exterior footprint than a cast-iron or acrylic tub with double-walled construction. With elegantly concaved ends that are gently contoured to be supportive and extremely comfortable, the Addison 5 reflects the clean lines that have made MTI’s Boutique Collection so popular.
iWash bidet seat
Icera’s iWash S-10 bidet seat was designed to convert your existing toilet into a bidet and take it a step further by including a heated seat with adjustable water temperature, a warm air dryer and a LED nightlight. What truly sets this innovative bidet seat apart is the instant water heating system. iWash offers a limitless warm water supply in the price-range of competitor’s tanked models, which offer only 45 seconds of warm water. This tankless model also features two power-saving modes and a seat sensor to ensure the unit will only operate when occupied.
Chunky Collection accessories
Atlas Homewares’ Chunky Collection of sleek knobs is all about making a strong visual impact with a hip geometric design that demands attention. The Chunky Collection comes in round and square configurations and three sizes, ranging from 1 inch to 113/16 inches. Finish options include brushed nickel, polished chrome and polished nickel.
Maestro kitchen faucet
Known as the Maestro RVF 1225BN, Ruvati’s pullout spray kitchen faucet may be installed in countertops up to 2-inch thick with one- or three-hole installation options. The faucet offers a solid brass construction for exceptional durability and is individually tested and inspected to ensure the highest quality. As with all Ruvati faucets, it features a splash-free aerated stream, a drip-free Kerox ceramic disc cartridge, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Considering all the examples listed here, it’s obvious that innovation and a commitment to quality are integral values in the luxury kitchen and bath industry. Consumers benefit from these values and reward those companies and manufacturers with impressive brand loyalty. As industry members continue to seek new inspiration and improved methodologies, we look forward to seeing what heights of design standards they will reach in the months and years to come.