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High tech tuchus: 6 smart toilets

AN saw the newest innovations in the toilet sector this past January at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the Consumer Electronics Show. As we look forward to the International Bathroom Exhibit and Eurocucina (technology for the kitchen) at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April, we want to share our favorite toilet designs thus far. From designer spin-offs to the newest, most luxurious features, this latest round up of toilets is top-notch. NEOREST NX TOTO NEOREST made its big debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and impressed attendees with its polite, integrated self-cleansing system that works with warm aerated water. It accommodates users with auto open-close and flush, warm air dryer, heated seat, and a deodorizer.   Tuma by Christoph Behling Geberit Italia Christoph Behling is famous for his Tag Heuer watch designs. That being said, he exercised the same attention to detail in the most important object in every home: le toilet. Tuma is equipped with hygiene water function, seat heating and drying, and an anti-odor filter.
  Numi Kohler Just say the word. Numi can be controlled through voice commands, motion control, or an app. Features include a heated seat warmer, an odor-eliminating charcoal filter, illuminated side panels that can be set to a different colors, and music that can be streamed though its built-in speakers. SpaLet AT200 LS DXV This bionic potty is outfitted with a carbon fiber air shield deodorizer and ionic technology—so the bathroom always smells so fresh 'n so clean. Beyond the odor control functions, there is a two-nozzle water spray system, an air dryer, hands-free flushing, and seat heating. Clean Bidet Seat American Standard Make any latrine hi-tech with a smart toilet seat. At the touch of a button on the remote control, adjust the spray strength and temperature of the two self-cleaning nozzles and turn on the seat heater. Sensowash Stark C by Philippe Stark Duravit French designer Philippe Stark is known mostly for his furniture and interiors, so most readers might not be privy to his darn good toilet design. The goal of this collaborative design effort was ultimate cleanliness. The result? A bidet function that has three different water shower variations: one for the rear, one for women, and a more attentive wash that sprays forward and backward.
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Six lavishly appointed bath fixtures

From classic Italian marble basins to glass-framed showers and designer collaborations, the newest bathroom fixtures and accessories combine luxurious materials with pared-down, simplified forms—a juxtaposition that makes for a downright lavish lavatory. Thurso Freestanding Shower Drummonds

Standing nearly eight feet tall on a cast-iron base, the Thurso shower is complexly enclosed in glass and framed by an ornate metal system. Available in 17 finishes, the autonomous enclosure features a 12-inch built-in showerhead.

Marmoreal Max Lamb for Dzek

Pre-cast in terrazzo marble, the bathtub and sink are from Max Lamb’s Marmoreal collection and ongoing Quarry series. The sculptural works are characterized by their raw and unapologetic appearance, and of course, their generous scale. They are both available in white-background Bianco Verona or black-background Grigio Carnico.

  Aurora Showerhead Alex Miller Studio

Alex Miller Studio designed an entire collection inspired by the ocean, aptly named By the Sea. With an organic shape that nods to tidal ebbs and flows, both showerheads are available in chrome and gold.

Sonar Patricia Urquiola for Laufen

Patricia Urquiola designed the third iteration of Laufen’s SaphirKeramik collection with inspiration from the phenomenon of sound waves moving through water. With a mutable interplay of alterations throughout the nine washstands and one bathtub, she envisioned “wavelength-thin” fixtures with a “dissonant” ribbed surface texture.

Luv Collection Cecile Manz for Duravit

Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz designed a comprehensive series of washbasins, lighted touch-screen mirrors, and other items for open, Nordic-style bathrooms. The basins can be glazed in satin-matte white, gray, or sand, and the table console with drawers is available in six earth-toned colors. Meanwhile, the tabletop comes in quartz stone or solid wood.

JP marble mg12

Milan-based designer Monica Freitas Geronimi conjured a pristine overmount basin from Carrara marble with integrated circular tap handles that are complemented by brass-hued fittings. It is also available in a charming gray Basaltina stone.

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Product> Live Stream: High-Tech Bath Hardware

The newest bath plumbing products are not only designed to produce water, they also provide innovative features like chromatherapy, aromatherapy, and custom temperature and pressure adjustments. Shower Plus Zucchetti. Kos Dedicated to wellness and personal care, the Shower Plus collection includes a wide range of showerheads that are outfitted with colored lighting, three aromatherapy options, and a variety of water jets. The showerheads are available in round, square, and rectangular shapes. Croma Select 
E 110 3-Jet Handshower Hansgrohe This chrome-finished handshower features three spray modes—SoftRain, IntenseRain, and Massage—that can be selected by the push of a button. The Croma Select E 110 3-Jet Handshower features a 2.0 GPM flow, a 30-degree adjustment, and comes with a 63-inch Techniflex Hose and a Showerarm Mount with a handshower holder. P3 Comforts Duravit Duravit has partnered with Phoenix Design to create P3 Comforts, a collection of comfort-inspired bathroom products designed to be experienced by all five senses. The wide-ranging collection includes washbasins, rimless toilets, bidets, bath and whirl tubs, and shower trays. Elbow Spout Sonoma Forge Compatible with ramp-style and small sinks, Elbow Spout produces a straight-down stream of water. New to the WaterBridge faucet collection, the Elbow Spout resembles raw plumbing parts and comes in four finishes—Rustic Copper, Rustic Nickel, Satin Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. The faucet is also available in various sizes, spout styles, and handle styles. W2 Wave Tub WETSTYLE W2 Wave Tub is part of WETSTYLE’s new W2 line that includes three freestanding soaking tubs and Element Furniture—an all-wood bathroom furniture collection. Inspired by a rolling wave, the tub can hold up to 68 gallons and is available in Apollo White, glossy and matte finish options. Flor Mini Lowinfo Part of the Kast family of concrete basins, Flor Mini is a downsized version of the standard Flor model. The basin features a concealed drain, and it’s available in six neutral colors, left- or right-handed basin options, and with or without brackets. Flor Mini is also designed for use with a wall-mounted tap, and it can be supplied with taps, traps, and wastes.
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Product> New and Notable Products for Architects

The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition. Gyptone BIG Curve CertainTeed Ceilings These perforated acoustical gypsum panels can be formed into highly curved ceilings without the cost and time associated with custom fabrication. At only 6.5 mm thick, Gyptone BIG Curve can be dry-bent to a 10-foot radius, and can achieve up to a 5-foot radius by wet bending. The panels are made of 85 percent recycled content and certified for low-VOC emissions, which contributes to sustainable building standards and helps maintain high indoor air quality. Fitted with an acoustical backing tissue, the panels are available in three perforation patterns. Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Recently patented, this walkable photovoltaic floor paver supports 400 kilograms/881 pounds in point-load tests, meets anti-slip standards, and reaches efficiency levels comparable to any other photovoltaic building material. It combines passive elements (its installation on a rooftop terrace, for example, improves the structure’s thermal envelope) and active elements (on-site power generation) to greatly reduce a building's environmental impact while avoiding CO2 emissions. Equally important is the appealing design of the system. It offers a wide range of colors, sizes, and transparency; it can be modified to accommodate LED backlighting. VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs. 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Developed by a team of Spanish architects, this re-envisioning of the traditional wood window features a sash that combines glass and hardware in a single assembly, without a frame. The self-supporting glass becomes a sheer, transparent plane, maximizing light and transparency. Wall openings are framed in wood, the glazing fitting hermetically over the frame using advanced technology in hardware and sealants. Triple gaskets assure maximum thermal and acoustical performance. The double- or triple-glazed window is available in fixed, tilt-and-turn, sliding, and hinged versions. The sliding window allows unbroken openings up to 19 ½ feet long. The interior face of the unit is finished in baked enamel in black, white, or any RAL color. P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here. KITCHENS + BATHS “This is a smart solution for small spaces.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Sottile 18-Inch-Deep Refrigerator Perlick Residential Standard undercounter refrigerators and beverage centers are 24 inches deep. Measuring just 18 inches deep and 32 inches tall, this undercounter appliance brings refrigerated storage to the slimmest of spaces. Featuring the proprietary front-vented RAPIDcool forced-air system, the fridge chills room-temperature liquids in just 30 minutes. Full-extension pullout shelves are adjustable in one-inch increments. Available with solid stainless steel door, a glass front, or fully-integrated overlay panel. NSF rated and ADA compliant. “Beautiful and simple.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design. “It’s hard to find good-looking appliances. This is beautiful and sized right.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention 24-Inch Glass Door Refrigerator Bosch With doors finished in white glass, black glass, or glass on stainless steel, this counter-depth refrigerator brings a sleek look to the small kitchen or ancillary space. The appliance’s appearance in enhanced by its handle-less design and concealed hinges. The doors are reversible, allowing for next-to-wall placement and near-flush installation. The ten-cubic-foot capacity includes three freezer drawers, a wine rack, and a sealed crisper, all lit with LEDs. Energy Star qualified. “Gorgeous. Different.” —Barry Goralnick Honorable Mention VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LIGHTING + ELECTRICAL “Terrific idea. Love the flexibility. Well designed.” —Barry Goralnick “Very smart and elegant.” —Colin Brice Winner Running Magnet 2.0 FLOS Architectural In this new track lighting system, a trimless, extruded aluminum housing is recessed into plasterboard ceilings or walls; it can even turn inside or outside corners. An electrical track is laid into the housing. Next, LED modules—either adjustable spots or flush-mount linear strips—are attached to the track via magnets, creating a tremendously responsive and versatile lighting platform. Fixtures are easily repositionable in the field, as needs change. Honorable Mention Antimicrobial Trim Leviton These stainless steel wallplates and switches are made with an antimicrobial additive to help keep surfaces cleaner in conjunction with regular housekeeping procedures. Silver ions inhibit cell division and prevent bacteria— including E-coli and MRSA—from reproducing. The collection is suitable for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, hospitality venues, commercial kitchens, and other public service areas where surface contamination is a concern. Honorable Mention LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs.
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Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

Assertive style and high performance are characteristic qualities in the latest crop of new products and collections for the kitchen and bath. Often drawing on designs of the past, they nonetheless present an advanced aesthetic. La Cornue W La Cornue The W line dramatically re-envisions cooking appliances. The collection includes a freestanding “oven tower”, an induction “table” with four burners, and a ventilation hood, as well as an armoire-type cabinet and work table of oiled oak. The components are contemporary, yet maintain certain hallmark details of La Cornue, such as the control knobs and the towel bar that runs the length of the cooktop. Designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte.   Urban Kitchen SieMatic With its mix of stylistic elements, the Urban design theme reflects the contrasts and vitality of city living. Central to the program is the SieMatic 29 sideboard; its mitered and rounded side panels and gently curved pedestal are a contemporary update of the traditional piece of furniture. It is complemented by a variety of freestanding cabinet units, featuring open shelving, cupboards, and drawers.   Cape Cod Bath Collection Duravit Part of the Cape Cod suite of bathroom furnishings and fixtures, this console vanity uses a simple palette of materials in an expressive way. The frame is rendered in cool, smooth chrome, while the cabinet boxes and horizontal surfaces are offered in a choice of high gloss white, as well as four wood finishes: American walnut, European oak, vintage oak, and white beech. The vintage oak model brings an extra touch of nature into the bathroom as its countertop features an irregular live edge, making each piece of furniture unique. Designed by Philippe Starck.   Black Steel Finish MGS Select products in the MGS MB Bath Collections are now available in Black Steel, a matte black finish for solid stainless steel fittings. Shown on the MB282 widespread three-hole faucet, Black Steel has a refined yet edgy appearance. Unlike a powder-coat or electroplated finish, Black Steel is produced using Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), a process used in aerospace, military, and high-tech industries. Through PVD, the color actually penetrates the metal, resulting in a smooth, durable finish that is consistent throughout every component of the faucet design.   ILBAGNOALESSI One Laufen One element of a complete collection of fixtures and fittings, the ILBAGNOALESSI One water closet is available in both floor- and wall-mount models. WaterSense certified, the dual-flush fixture features LAUFEN Clean Coat, a glaze-in-glaze finish that ensures dirt and bacteria are easily rinsed away. Designed by Stefano Giovanni, in cooperation with Alessi and Laufen.   Henrybuilt Henrybuilt kitchens combine the integrated design and functionality of a “system” kitchen with the flexibility and personalization associated with custom-designed rooms. Spaces that are refined without being overtly precious, and that are technically sophisticated—without being cold or difficult to maintain—are the result of an individually focused design process.
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Product> Above the Ordinary: Best Bath Fixtures and Fittings

Including an architect-designed element in the bath can elevate the look of the room without breaking the client's budget. Whether a suite of fixtures or a single item, it's an added-value investment. Starck 1 Washbasin Duravit This modern washbasin features a unique faucet hole that is nearly impossible to machine fabricate. The faucet surround of the sink is hand-sanded to create an entirely flat surface on the top and sides of the hole, resulting in a unique appearance. Armonia Console Antonio Lupi Sleekly carved in American walnut, the frame of this console exhibits influences from both mid-century sources and Art Nouveau in its light, fluid lines. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni. Onda Vanity Hastings Tile & Bath The Onda collection combines curves and colors in almost infinite arrangements. The vanities are available in 36 matte or gloss colors or a natural oak finish. Finishes can be mixed within the same vanity; curves can be parallel or asymmetrical. Tops are offered in 36 glass colors and nine solid surface options. In 60 cm, 90cm, and 105 cm sizes. Beyond Crystal THG The Beyond Crystal collection comprises fittings and accessories that feature Baccarat crystal handles in a contemporary rectangular form. The fittings are illuminated by dimmable LED lights. Available in colors as well as clear crystal, the line includes tub fillers and shower sets. Designed by Rémi Tessier. Marc Newson Linear Drain Infinity Drain For zero-threshold applications, these 14-gauge stainless steel grates have a fixed flange that siplifies installation. Available in five finishes. Designed by Marc Newson. Living Square Washbasin Laufen A proprietary new ceramic material, named SaphirKeramik, has been developed with remarkable properties that directly impact design. Its flexural strength, for example, has been measured at 120kp/sq. mm, which is comparable to steel, and twice as high as that of vitreous china. The hardness of the recyclable material enables the creation of extremely thin (1-2mm) walls and tight corner radii (2mm) that characterize modern design.
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Product> Trade Secrets: Architects Share Their Product Picks

From Andre Kikoski to Leo Marmol to David Mullman, top architects spill the beans on their favorite products—glazing, surfaces, and finish materials. Lasvit Liquidkristal A molded-glass sheet suitable for interior and exterior applications, the relief pattern is continuous between panels. “In Sophie’s restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, we installed a wall of digitally-engineered Liquidkristal by Lasvit. The optical effects of cascading ripples of glass create playful reflections, painterly distortions, and elegant abstract patterns that are beautiful in their subtlety and striking in their boldness.” —Andre Kikoski, Andre Kikoski Architect, New York City lutron_1of2 Lutron Dorma Digitally controlled commercial lighting-control and monitoring system. Compatible with dimming ballasts. “Lutron and its EcoSystem node allows for multiple lighting atmospheres that enable us to create unique spatial environments, while saving our clients money on their electrical bills.” —Ricardo Alvarez-Diaz, Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon Architecture and Interior Design, Miami/San Juan duravit_HappyD2_2of2 Duravit Happy D.2 Offered in pedestal, console, and surface-mounted models; with or without tap platform. “We love the simplicity and rounded corners of the Happy D.2 sink from Duravit. It has enough presence to stand on its own as a wall-mounted unit, but can sit happily atop an elegant modern vanity as well. It’s our go-to sink!” —Susan Doban, Doban Architecture, New York City health_ceramics_1of2 Heath Ceramics Sun Valley Bronze Seven in-stock collections of field, trim, and dimensional tile; custom orders accepted. LEED eligible. “We love the handcrafted, high-quality products that Heath creates; its wonderful tile adorns many of our projects, and we share a set of core design principles that celebrates the efficiency and elegance of modern design.” —Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles luceplan-trama-parete-soffitto-2 Luceplan Trama Available as suspension and ceiling/wall model, in 20-inch or 25-inch diameter. Aluminum with polycarbonate diffuser. “The Luceplan Trama fixture gives lots of beautiful light and it’s amazingly easy to change the bulb. For us, it’s often the vendor that is as significant as the product; nothing is more important than good service and help when you need it.” —David Mullman, Mullman Seidman Architects, New York City vorwerk Vorwerk Re/Cover Green SPVC-free, roll-based floor covering. High slip-resistance. Offered in 30 solid colors and patterns. LEED eligible. “Engineered textiles sourced from sustainable materials—like the Re/Cover line by Vorwerk—is what made us select Relative Space as a design partner at Barclays Center.” —Ayumi Sugiyama, SHoP Architects, New York City nawkaw Nawkaw LiTHIUM Concrete and Masonry Stains Suitable for use on masonry and pre-cast concrete surfaces, the stain is offered in 40 colors, as well as metallic and reflective finishes. “For exteriors where we can’t match the brick color or where some stucco or coating has been applied to the masonry, one of products that we like a lot these days is LiTHIUM by Nawkaw. It’s similar to paint, but it’s not a film; it actually forms a chemical bond with the surface of the masonry.” —Jerry Caldari, Bromley Caldari Architects, New York City hansgrohe_CromaGreenShowerpipe Hansgrohe Croma Green Showerpipe Assembly includes both Raindance S 150 AIR Green 1-jet showerhead and Croma E 100 Green 3-jet handshower. “In hotel renovations, we see a trend to replace the traditional bathtub with a shower. The Croma Green Showerpipe, with its all-in-one, outside-the-wall design is easy to install and service—things which are always a concern, especially in the hospitality sector. The handshower is not only great for guest bathing, but also ideal from a housekeeping perspective.” —Foreman Arden Rodgers, TVS Design, Atlanta
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Product> Small Spaces and High Design in the Bath

Designing for a smaller spaces shouldn't translate to a reduction in quality finishes and fixtures. Following are a selection of bath fittings that serve as exceptional finds for tight rooms. Open Space Shower Duravit Vienna-based Eoos has collaborated on a folding shower that’s perfect for a bathroom with limited square footage. Available in clear or mirrored glass, the four walled unit folds into a chrome frame that conveniently hides all fittings, including shower and fixtures, when not in operation. The bottom can be outfitted with Duravit’s shower tray or set onto a tiled floor with a drain. Maris Wall-Hung Toilet TOTO Toto’s trim Maris wall-hung toilet offers space-saving solutions for powder rooms or small bathrooms. Besides adding nine inches of floor space, the hidden tank and dual flush system optimizes water efficiency without sacrificing performance. The bowl is protectively coated with Sanigloss, which makes cleaning a breeze. Roman and Williams District Tile-Crown Molding Waterworks Robin Standefer and Stephen  Alesch’s new R.W. Atlas fittings line of bath fixtures for Waterworks includes a tile collection as well as District Tile Trimmers, hand glazed ornamental tile details that come in a range of 16 shades, and in 14 sizes. The addition of crown molding to a tiled wall can add architectural interest while creating the illusion of a master bath, even in a tiny abode. Gentle Single Lever Dornbracht Italian designer Matteo Thun’s Gentle fixture collection now includes everything a proper bath requires: a towel rack, hook, tub handle, and soap dish. The single lever wall-mounted faucet in polished chrome takes up limited wall space and can be switched on with a flip of the wrist. Quadtwo Boffi American designer Jeffrey Bernett has created the perfect solution for a tight squeeze. Quadtwo, an all-in-one sink and cabinet combination, is made from MDF, lacquered in a matte finish, and offered in 15 colors. The surface is manufactured from Cristalplant with drawers that have the option to be specified on the left or right side. Kilo Sink Hastings Hasting’s new Whitestone collection of ceramic sinks comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, all recessed, inset, and wall-hung. Offered in 25 styles and cast from clay, the Kilo sink’s thin construction creates the illusion of lightness while the support is knockdown sturdy.
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SHFT+ALT+DEL: January 27

Stephen Cassell, principal of Architecture Research Office, has been elected Chair of the Van Alen Institute Board of Trustees. Cassell takes the reins from Abby Hamlin, president of the real estate development company Hamlin Ventures. Gretchen Bank, who currently serves as the Marketing & PR Committee Co-Chair at AIA New York, steps into the position of Director of Business Development & Marketing at Cosentini Associates, effective February 6. Architect and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) alumnus Peter J. Romano has joined NYIT's Board of Trustees. With his wife, Jane, Romano established an endowed scholarship fund for students attending NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design. The bathroom fixtures company Duravit has appointed Frank Richter to succeed Franz Kook as  Management Board Chairman; Kook has retired after 41 years with the company.  Have news on career moves in the architecture & design universe for SHFT+ALT+DEL? Send your tips to people@archpaper.com!