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May 22 2012

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What I recall of KBIS: Part 3

Is it just me, or do some of the latest bath faucets seem to lean more toward the classic or traditional than the modern?

Similarly, for the kitchen, Rohl showed Cinquanta, a refreshed version of its Italian Country Kitchen Faucet. The name is a reference to the 50th anniversary of the faucet maker Nicolazzi, which is based in Alzo, Italy, a town also known as the “Village of Faucets.”


A modern kitchen faucet was also on display, as were a dual-flush toilet, water-saving showerheads, a Shaws apron front sink with casement edging


and of course, the eye-catching copper stainless sink.

But back to classic inspiration. Amerock showed Abernathy, a mixed material hardware collection that I guess could go traditional or somewhat contemporary (even though it feels more the former to me) and features 1-in.-sq. knobs in three finishes: oil-rubbed bronze, antique silver and satin nickel (below):

For use in large spaces or on appliances, Amerock has introduced 48 oversized pulls, which range in length from 3 in. to 18 in, as well as large knobs in a diversity of shapes. The new hardware comprises extensions to several of the company’s collections, such as Candler, Extensity, Atherly and Essential’Z.

Top Knobs’ Sanctuary II is European-inspired and consists of 30 pieces that can be mixed and matched for a customized look. The line comes in six finishes, including white, aluminum and stainless steel.


The company also showed Cobblestone, which I found interesting.


At the Berenson Hardware booth, I saw the new collections inspired by and named after breast cancer survivors, as well as offerings from R. Christensen, a brand with which I was not familiar. I’m always excited when I come across a company that’s new to me, especially one producing several attractive contemporary-style knobs and pulls:


Finally, I always end up visiting the Kohler booth on the last day of KBIS. I’m not sure why except for the simple reason that it isn’t as crowded and noisy then. As KBIS regulars know, the company’s booth is consistently mobbed each year, and sometimes, seeing new products and learning about them can be a little difficult. And there’s always a lot to see, so I’ll just limit this post to three.

First up is Gilded Meadow, the newest pattern to be added to the company’s Artist Editions collection of bath sinks. It’s available in two colors: Translucent Cashmere and Translucent Blue, both of which are offered with gold or platinum accents.


The sinks measures 16 1/4 in. in diameter. Coordinating 2 1/2-in. x 8-in. tiles are also available.

Although Kohler’s VibrAcoustic sound therapy technology is not new (we ran a piece on it in the magazine—I’ll have to dig it up), it is now available in its Underscore tubs, which comprises nine acrylic models that range in size from 60 in. x 30 in. to 72 in. x 42 in.,; a 48-in. x 48-in. cube-shaped design is also available.


As part of the booth tour, I had the opportunity to try out the Bask heated surface—also offered on the Underscore tubs—which warms the neck and back and offers three temperature settings.


While it’s an oh-so-comfortable feature not only for conventional tubs, I imagine that it would also be great for walk-in models, which require bathers to sit and wait for the tub to fill and drain before and after a bath, respectively.

Look for more post-show coverage in the May/June issue of K+BB Magazine.

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