Two new products have been added to Zucchetti’s Isy collection of taps and bath accessories: Isyfresh, a tap system, and Isyshower. Designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, Isyshower can be coordinated with all Isy products and includes three different shower columns with thermostatic or traditional mixers. Three hand showers, with different jets that can be combined with slide rail, wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted shower heads, are also offered.
With the Axor Citterio M Collection, “M stands for modernity, metropolis and, not least, Milan, Antonio Citterio’s home,” says Philippe Grohe, the head of the Axor brand. The internationally renowned designer/architect’s M features a comprehensive range of products – including vanity/sinks, bidets, bathtubs, shower and thermostats – scaled down for city living. Shapes have been thought through and refined down to the tiniest detail, where gentle curves give way to clean and even surfaces.
Acclaimed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola originally created this unconventional bathtub for a hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Thanks to Agape, it’s now been made available to the masses. A contemporary restyling of an old-fashioned tub, the free-standing Vieques bath features a white finish on the inside and a dark grey steel finish on the exterior; it can be complemented by a teak shelf and backrest.
4–VILLEROY & BOCH
Delicate floral filigree enhances lean, linear basins in Villeroy & Boch’s Memento New Glory line. Two finishes are available: tone-on-tone white, lending a lavish touch to a minimalist bathroom (shown); and white ceramic with actual platinum detailing, taking a room to extravagant new heights. Two generous sizes are available: a 31 -by-18 -inch washbasin; and a 47 -by-18 -inch dual version for two.
A leading manufacturer of sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture and accessories, Duravit recently introduced a large range of wall-mounted toilets. Wall-mounted toilets and concealed carriers are not only environmentally friendly (saving approximately 11,000 gallons of water per year, per family of four), but also make for better hygiene: once the bowl is mounted, cleaning is easy. Ideal for those dealing with small spaces, these toilets can save up to two square feet of space.
6–DELTA Delta’s Dryden faucet collection’s clean, geometric forms are inspired by the Art Deco period of the 1920s and ’30s. A range of lavatory, tub and shower options are included in the collection, as well as coordinated accessories. Available in Brilliance Stainless, Venetian Bronze, Chrome or Aged Pewter finish, the Dryden look conjures images of the Hollywood glamour of the Art Deco era and is suited for retro or modern baths.
7–JACLO Jaclo showerheads and handshowers merge conservation and comfort, using advanced technology that incorporates flow regulators, rather than restrictors, to keep water pressure and flow strong. The company’s new Lumiere showerheads – Tondo (shown) and Quadro – are composed of a semi-transparent cover in several different damask-style patterns and designs and a variety of colours. Both showerheads pull double duty as LED lights and are constructed of stainless steel.
8–AXOR MASSAUD Hansgrohe’s Axor brand has launched its 10th North American bath collection, created by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. Axor Massaud’s signature piece is the lav mixer, which features an asymmetrical and expansive shelf-like surface. A delicate sheet of water cascades from the edge of the shelf into a white, molded-mineral washbowl; the slim base of the mixer bends upward into a slight curve. Other items in the collection include bathtubs, showers, bidets and accessories.
Cosmic’s new Flow collection, designed by Matin Ruiz de Aza, combines rigid, geometrical forms with soft, undulating lines designed to mimic the movement of water. The natural aesthetic is further enhanced by the materials used, which include wenge, oak and charcoal finishes and Bath Stone in matte or gloss. Taps are included in the collection, as is a new adjustable mirror which can be tilted to change the angle of focus.
Washbasin 08 is the newest addition to Laufen’s Palomba Collection, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. The collection was originally introduced in 2005 and designed to present ceramics as a landscape and as a challenge. The new fixture defies the laws of ceramic production, with an asymmetrical shape created with a variation of thicknesses and curves and non-barycentric support. The generously proportioned sink was a red dot award recipient in 2008.
Alape has introduced the WT. RX line, made up of two stand-alone column washstands. Both the oval WT. RX450.QS and the square WT. RX700 plumb straight into the floor, allowing either to be placed anywhere in the room, a great advantage for the current trend towards larger, more open spaces for the bathroom. Composed of the company’s signature glassed-steel material, the forms are durable and impact resistant.
4–Il BAGNO ALESSI
Il Bagno Alessi brings three European bath manufacturers – Laufen, faucet company Oras, Italian furniture and accessory producer Inda – under the Alessi design umbrella. One, a family of smooth porcelain forms contrasted by straight-lined brass faucets and fittings, was created by longtime Alessi collaborator Stefano Giovannoni. The curvaceous collection includes a freestanding tub, which can also be connected or fitted to the wall; washbasin with integrated pedestal; and freestanding toilet and bidet.
The latest offerings from Italian faucet manufacturer MGS include the Roman Tub Filler, a new floor-mounted faucet. The model includes a handshower and is offered in three different spout options: R spout, SQ spout and T spout. Each is available with hot and cold handles or a single control deck mounted handle. In matte or polished stainless steel finishes.
The new Versatile collection from Sonia puts the mod in modern, with vibrant colours, graphic motifs and groovy forms. The freestanding and fitted furniture pieces allow custom console arrangements to be built to the users specifications. The units are in a water resistant multi-layer marine-grade wood, in walnut, wenge, white and ash finishes, with multiple door options. Coordinating mirrors, hook and accessories are also available.
Kohler’s new Fountainhead VibrAcoustic bathtub utilizes technology-based sound therapy to create an ultimate relaxation experience. The tub features four “experiences” that combine sound, vibration and lighting, and the user-friendly interface also allows the user to listen to the music of their choice by hooking up a computer, MP3 player or radio. Drop-in and exposed deck installation options are available. The tub is offered in two sizes, each with two reclined positions.
Dornbracht’s Tara. Collection r
epresents the evolution of the classic faucet, created by Sieger Design nearly 15 years ago. The updated version is a more precise incarnation, streamlined with sharper lines and reduced handles and rosettes. New additions include a freestanding, single-hole washstand mixer and a strikingly tall shower. Special edition velvety black matte and white matte finishes are currently available, as well as platinum, platinum matte and polished chrome.