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May 15 2012

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What I recall of KBIS: Part 1

If you’re wondering why I did not blog about KBIS while in Chicago, it’s because I was sick for much of the show. I did do a day of walking the show floor and fulfilling appointments. I also managed to snap a few shots of UNcontained, but by the second day, I was struggling to get from one booth to the next without disgusting people—and myself—with throaty fits of coughing. Much is a blur, but I recall seeing quite a few noteworthy products during booth visits.

One such product is Moen’s MotionSense kitchen faucet, which comes with two sensors to allow for hands-free operation—a welcome convenience in the kitchen. Moving one’s hand over the Wave Sensor at the top of the faucet or placing an object within sensing range of the Ready Sensor at its base turns it on and off. A side handle provides control of water temperature and flow, as well as manual operation. MotionSense is powered by six standard AA batteries or AC power adapter and is offered on the Arbor pull-down faucet.

Here’s a video on the technology:

I liked the look of TOTO’s Wyeth faucet (below) and thought the Neorest Shower Booth was interesting.

But I guess what made my ears perk up—in addition to the announcement about its alliance with Villeroy & Boch—was its 1G, a gravity-fed 1.0-gpf ultra-high-efficiency toilet that incorporates the company’s Dual Cyclone flushing system as well as a proprietary water-propulsion technology. Yes, Niagara Conservation makes a 0.8-gpf toilet, but I like that the 1G comes with two nozzles—instead of rim holes—and SanaGloss coating to ensure the toilet bowl and rim stay clean and free of residue, stain and limescale buildup, even with the reduced water flow.

You may recall having seen Odin, a bath/powder room collection designed by Jason Wu for Brizo. I loved the finish and the way the handle manipulates, as well as the touch and touch-free functions, but I guess I wasn’t sure how I felt about its proportions. Interestingly, seeing the new additions to the line has made me better appreciate the original. These include a tall single-handle version for vessel sinks (below), three- and four-hole Roman tub faucets, bidet and shower fixtures.

I especially like the widespread model, whose starkly simple handles, along with their very blunt ends, vaguely resemble runes (which, I guess, makes sense), lending the design a primitive, earthy elegance.

In addition to the Fuse kitchen faucet, which has earned quite a bit of ink, Delta also showed Compel, a new bath collection that comprises lav, shower and tub faucets, as well as coordinating accessories and a bidet. The lav faucets are WaterSense-certified. All are inspired Mid-century Modern design, according to Allison McKinney, Delta brand product manager. For me, there’s something vintage aeronautical about the lav faucet (below).

Here’s my shot of the widespread:

And here are images of planes from the 1950s:

Don’t see it? Maybe it’s just me…

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