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On tap

New bathroom products sure to make a splash.


1–March of the faucets

Fluid’s new Penguin suite is a collection of faucets that takes design cues straight from nature; the upright form, horizontal spout and streamlined silhouette make it easy to see where the product gets it name. Five faucet variations are available, as well as two showerheads and a full range of accessories. These products are fittingly green, too: the Burnaby, B.C.–based Fluid is part of the Sustainable Solutions International family of companies. fluidfaucets.com

2–It’s a small world

Mimo is a curvy new collection from Laufen, designed to maximize on bathroom space. The technically sophisticated series of sinks, toilets, bidets, furniture and tubs is designed in scaled-down sizes that will make the most of a smaller room and offer water savings. With shimmering surfaces in pink, black, white and an exclusive circular pattern, a number of colour combinations are available with this reddot award–winning collection. laufen.com

3–Crafty

Wetstyle’s new M Collection was born from the creation of built-in storage for its popular Cube line. The Japanese-inspired, minimalist and modular series is made up of five components, crafted from renewable hardwoods, which are hand selected and built. Available materials are walnut, oak veneer or lacquer with nine finish options. M is offered in a variety of sizes. wetstyle.ca

4–Star quality

Inspired by the flash of light from an exploding star, Supernova is the newest faucet from Dornbracht. Sieger Design worked with the German faucet maker to create the planar shape and ethereal new finish available in the exclusive pale gold, 22-karat Champagne, as well as polished chrome and platinum. The line includes fittings for tubs (shown), sinks, lavatories and showers, as well as accessories, with the offerings of the line totalling over 60. dornbracht.com

5–Curves ahead

PuraVida is a new bathroom suite from Duravit, designed in collaboration with Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe. The washbasin’s interior is flat and gently bevelled. Consoles, vanity units and tall cabinets are gently rounded and feature a glossy finish. The bathtub features a rim that opens to reveal a white LED light shimmering through; or an alternative version offers a streak of red, black, ebony or aluminum, selected to complement furniture colour choice. duravit.com

6–Good as gold

Kohler has introduced a new Vibrant Moderne Gold finish for bathroom faucets. More intense and vibrant than its previous offering, Vibrant French Gold, the new finish’s deep honey tone closely resembles real 24-karat gold. The finish is available in durable brushed and polished versions, on many of Kohler’s most popular faucets, such as Purist (shown). kohler.com

7–Taking refuge

The Aquae bath collection from Bazzo creates a zen-like environment. Cabinet boxes are made from 100-per-cent-recycled, post-production wood waste. Handle-free drawers, with horizontal details, are made from compressed wheatgrass and finished using a water-based, non-toxic tangerine lacquer; they open automatically with a touch of the finger. Architectural wall panels are in oak eco-veneer, over a compressed wheatgrass core. bazzeo.com

8–Hide and seek

Contemplating what form the bathroom of the future might take, designer Matteo Thun envisioned one in which sink, shower and toilet are hidden away when not in use, serving as modern sculptures to rest on. For Rapsel, Thun has created modules of larch wood and stainless steel to bring his vision to life, in a new collection called One. rapsel.it

9–Fade to black

Designed by architect Wiels Arets, dOt — the second addition to Alessi’s Ilbagnoalessi collection — was introduced two years ago. Part of a collaboration with Laufen and Oras, the name comes from the oblique shapes: nearly every piece includes a circle, or “dot,” in the design. Now, the series of washbasins, bathtubs, sanitaryware furniture and accessories is being offered in matte black. alessi.com

10–Shell life

Boffi’s newest design for the bathroom is the freestanding Iceland bathtub, designed by Pierro Lissoni. Molded in a white, non-porous, durable and recyclable composite material called Cristalplant, it features a smooth, matte finish. Characterized by its graceful, shell-like shape, Iceland measures a roomy 18 by 70 by 35 inches. boffi.com

11–On a pedestal

The new Embossed freestanding basin from Vancouver-based Blu Bathworks was inspired by the first Victorian pedestal basins. The round basin is crafted from a resilient material the company developed. Called blu-stone, it’s a solid surface material — sourced mainly from recycled quartz — that is stain-, scratch- and impact-resistant; it requires less energy to produce than either acrylic or ceramic products. The Embossed basin’s small footprint makes it an ideal piece for compact spaces. blubathworks.com

12–Water, water, everywhere…

Jaclo, the American manufacturer of decorative plumbing products and advanced shower solutions, offers a full line of sleek shower fixtures. Its Gosh Concerto reinterprets the traditional concept of the shower; featuring water jets from above, as well as two separate streams from length of the column, providing a thorough cleaning sensation. Gosh Concerto can be customized with low flow capacity to save water, and also includes a handshower mounted at the side. jaclo.com

13–Ready for your close-up

The clever Aluminum Series Mirror, by Spanish manufacturer Sonia, eliminates the need for a separate magnifying mirror. Here’s how it works: a magnet is placed on the pendulum behind the mirror glass and that magnet attracts another one, concealed inside the small, round magnifying mirror, allowing the user to slide it anywhere on the larger one. When not in use, the magnifying mirror can be pulled off the surface of and stored away. sonia-sa.com


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