First things first: I goofed in my last post when I said the last day of the ICFF show was Monday. It was actually yesterday, when it opened to the public. Sorry about that. (It’s been a little nuts here.)
As I mentioned previously, several European—and non-European—plumbing companies that did not show at KBIS were on hand with their latest, which made the show that much more rewarding for me. In terms of ICFF’s audience and strong focus on design, I can understand their decision to appear here. It’s a very different crowd that attends each year and the show has a very different feel.
One of my first stops was Dornbracht’s booth, which offered up a range of kitchen and bath products, among them electronic systems for the shower and the kitchen, as well as Deque, a new collection of sleek, funky bath faucets designed by Sieger Design “from the inside out,” as Esther Perman, of Veeder Perman, noted. I like the line’s clean, squat look and think it well complemented by the PearlStream water flow, which features a cascade of strands of beaded drops.
First-time exhibitor Villeroy & Boch had a modest booth that featured its Subway 2.0 line of bath products, which includes vanities and sinks in rectangular and round shapes,
Another first-timer, Blanco was serving a mocha (it was mocha, wasn’t it?) drink when I stopped by. The beverage was similar in color to its Truffle finish, which is being offered on the Silgranit II sink and as an accent on the Silgranit II faucets.
Seeing a product “in the flesh” is always much better than seeing it in photos, which was certainly the case with Altmans’ Spira collection. I first came across the lav faucet when it was entered in last year’s K+BB Product Innovator Awards, where it was passed over. The real thing is pretty cool, but unfortunately, my camera doesn’t do it justice. (Hopefully, I’ll get some professional photography soon.)
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