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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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.
In the residential bathroom, "transitional" style—an admittedly ambiguous label, but one that has nonetheless persisted in the industry—has lately and happily edged closer to contemporary. The shift is certainly attributable to design trends found in the hip hospitality sector. Here's a selection of items that are new to the market. Sunstruck Tub Kohler With a 17-inch bathing well, wide deck, and integrated lumbar support, this oval soaking tub offers comfort and easy access. The center-drain, 66-by-36-inch acrylic fixture is available with straight or fluted shroud. Diva California Faucets Offered in 30 finishes, the sinuous design is made of solid brass. The collection includes high- and low-profile faucets, as well as a full complement of tub fittings. Made in California. Kartell by Laufen Laufen Pairing transparent polycarbonate accents with ultra-thin ceramicware and fittings, this collaborative bath collection is available in six colors. Pléo Wall-Mount Toilet Kallista Offered in Stucco White or Linen, this sleek toilet has 1.6 GPF/1.0 GPF dual-flush capability. WaterSense certified. Hydrati Shower Brizo Secured with a magnet, the hand shower docks into the traditional showerhead, extending the functionality of the fitting without breaking into the wall. 2.5 GPM; available in four models in a variety of finishes. Arris Tub Filler Moen Proprietary mounting plates resist wobble after installation. Available in chrome and brushed nickel. ADA compliant.
At Salon del Mobile, the specialized trade show Eurocucina focuses on innovation in kitchen systems and appliances. This year, trends include a fascination with dark woods and the evolution of wall cabinets from closed boxes to open shelves. On the bathroom front, exhibitors at the Salone del Bagno were promoting unusual finishes and materials for plumbing fixtures and fittings. Valcucine Riciclantica Acciaio Now available with a glass worktop, ultra-thin doors, and a redesigned backsplash panel that facilitates installation around utility lines. Designed by Gabriele Centazzo. Snaidero Ola 25 In Ferrari Red lacquer, this limited-edition design commemorates the quarter-century anniversary of the kitchen manufacturer. Designed by Pininfarina. Scavolini Foodshelf Designed specifically for open-plan residences, the storage is modeled after living room furniture, rather than traditional kitchen cabinets. Designed by Ora-ïto. Leicht Xtend+ Automated louvered cabinet fronts can be raised and lowered via remote control or smartphone. Elmar @home The black walnut cooking island is modeled after a Venetian rowlock. Suspended steel cylinders house ventilation, lighting, and audio speakers. Designed by C+S Architects. Cesar Kalea Aluminum door-frames can be fitted with glass, wood, or ceramic panels in a variety of colors and finishes. Designed by G.V. Plazzogna. Kreoo Gong Available in four marbles, this 32-inch-by-13-inch basin can be installed as a countertop vessel or on a compatible pedestal. Designed by Enzo Berti. Dornbracht MEM in Cyprum Finish This new rose-gold-colored finish is a nuanced interpretation of polished copper; available on select fitting collections for bath and kitchen. MEM was designed by Sieger Design. Rexa Esperanto This component-based system provides flexible design alternatives that can be adapted to baths of different sizes and configurations. Designed by Monica Graffeo. Geberit Monolith A compromise between bulky floor-mounted commodes and in-wall installations, this toilet features a shallow tank that is sheathed in white or black glass. Axor Axor Starck V Fabricated of glass, this bathroom mixer puts hydrodynamics on display, with a swirling vortex created whenever the tap is turned on. Designed by Philippe Starck. Laufen IlBagnoAlessi One Offered in 35-inch and 47-inch versions, the curves of this console basin complement the strong lines of the walnut vanity cabinet. Designed by Stefano Giovannoni.