1—CAN YOU FEEL IT?
The latest Graff faucet is Sento, which means “I feel” in Italian. From the lavatory single-level mixer to the widespread faucet, the series stays true to its namesake, with minimal yet sensual design and no useless element or detail. graff-faucets.com
For THG, French designer Alberto Pinto has created Le 11, an elegant and unadorned fixture with either cross or lever handles. As water flows from the spout, the fitting’s water blade forms a perfect, harmonious 90-degree angle. thgstyle.com
Axor, the design brand of German manufacturer Hansgrohe, recently launched new pieces from the Milan-based architect and designer Antonio Citterio. Boasting tall and lean silhouettes, the Axor Citterio fixtures – available in chrome and brushed-nickel finishes – include a single-hole faucet and a single-hole tall faucet, along with showerhead and thermostatic shower pipe. hansgrohe-usa.com
One of Swiss manufacturer Laufen’s most elegant collections is Ilbagnoalessi One, designed by Stefano Giovannoni. The latest addition is the Tuna washbasin, borrowing from the graceful curves of its namesake. With soft and fluid lines and a clean white finish, this “catch of the day” is available with or without a top hole, allowing a faucet to be positioned on an adjacent wall. laufen.com
5—IN THE MIDDLE
Toto brings to market two new lavatory designs that reflect and reinterpret mid-century modernism. The Maris suite comprises an under-counter lavatory, with a deep basin, available in two sizes (shown); and a semi-recessed vessel lavatory, with gentle curves and clean lines. Colours are Cotton White, Colonial White, Sedona Beige, Bone and Ebony. totousa.com
Stone Forest creates both bath and kitchen designs from stone, bronze, bamboo, copper, iron and hardwoods. A new drop-in version of its award-winning modular Sync series, the Sync Drop-in Sink is available in bamboo (durable, renewable and water-resistant) as well as honed basalt and multi-coloured onyx. stoneforest.com
With its sleek surfaces and clear-cut contours, the ultra-slim Living Square washbasin appears to hover in front of the wall. Part of the Laufen’s modern Living Square range of bath furnishings, it was created by Andreas Dimitriadis of Platinumdesign. laufen.com
Darling, a popular Duravit collection first created by Dieter Sieger in 1994, has been reimagined by his sons, Michael and Christian Sieger of Sieger Design. To the original circular form, the brothers have added a flat rim to create a delicate new visual motif on the washbasin, toilets, bidets and bathtubs. duravit.us
Thermasol’s Fog Free Mirrors – suitable for placement in the shower, over a vanity or anywhere in the bathroom – remain perfectly clear, even in steamy, non-ventilated spaces. The newest addition to the collection is the Rhombus, a non-bevel rectangular model. thermasol.com
10—A LULU OF A LAV
Kohler’s new toilet, the Numi (full name: Numi Comfort Height One-Piece Elongated Toilet), is truly revolutionary. A touch-screen remote control, about the size of an iPod Touch, controls flushing, cleaning, drying, heating and even music, plus other settings and preferences. Compact and streamlined, with a pleasing block-like shape, it also features location sensors that detect a person’s presence; LED lights for illumination; two flushing modes; heated air to warm a user’s feet on chilly mornings (yes, please!); FM radio and stereo speakers; and much more. No wonder Numi’s cost is steep: approximately $7,500 Canadian.