Best in Bath
Fancy finishes, showy showers, low-flow and high style—get a look at the best bath products from from the 2008 International Builders' Show
Fancy finishes, showy showers, low-flow and high style—check out the best bath products from the 2008 International Builders' Show. Unfortunately for attendees, most of these bathing beauties weren't hooked up to the plumbing. All the more reason to splurge on them for yourself.
This larger-than-life cascade demonstrates Delta's new Diamond Technology—a valve that promises no leaks, no lead, and no worries. The integrated risers eliminate the need for separate supply lines, and the materials purport to last “10 times longer.”
Booth guests scooped up Kohler's sample finish chips like party guests grabbing hors d'oeuvres. We couldn't resist pocketing a Vibrant Brushed Bronze for ourselves, but only because it was so nicely represented on the leaves of the hardware tree (INSET) shading the bowls of metal.
Undulating counters and warm under-cabinet lighting showed the elegant yet affordable new additions to Danze's faucet line. Striving to reach an audience that's sophisticated, but “not yet ready for formal European mimimalism,” Danze hopes its new Bellafleur model (INSET) will reach the "casual, contemporary" customer.
Or is it more of a shower flower? Kohler has an eye-catching way of arranging items in their booths, like this column out of some otherworldly locker room. Here, they're displaying new showerhead styles and "valve trim" (read: handles). From left: Stillness, Pinstripe, and Purist.
Replace your powder room's cultured marble with something truly cultured—a beautiful basin from Copperhead Sinks. A far cry from fiberglass, these hand-hammered Texan creations can have textures like armadillo shells, or motifs like the lone stars from their home state. Said one of the hammerers/owners at IBS: “These are NOT manufactured overseas.”
The press release that accompanied this image of Moen's new Rothbury faucets and showerheads claims their new collection blends vintage design with “classic masculine lines.” And they're not kidding—not only do the fixtures offer a low-flow 1.5-gpm aerator, they'll apparently lead you to chiseled abs and waterfront views as well.
Pay no attention to the angel flying in the background of this photo—its subject is the affordable pot filler in the foreground. Fresh from Brizo, this elegant fixture, meant for large-volume containers, can either stem from the deck of a countertop or mount to the wall above the range. About $550 as shown.
At one corner of the Kohler booth, this sampling of toilet seats greeted visitors like a gallery of wagging tongues. Some new options included the Starflower (second row up, third from right) and Spring Tides (immediately to its right). A man overheard at this exhibit said to his companion: “You can tell it ain't real, 'cause nobody left the seats up.” $60 and up.
Made of two seamless pieces of Staron solid surfacing, this eye-catching custom vanity appears to float. It also offers some storage on the inside, where an alternate Staron pattern gives a visual contrast. Said one editor who happened to watch “A Clockwork Orange” before the show: “It's how I'd imagined the bathroom at the Korova Milk Bar.”
Joining the Wicker Park and Allerton lines, Gerber's new Logan Square collection represents the company's Chicago roots. Sold separately or as a set with vanity and sink, these faucets caught our eye for their sleek modern lines, yet with an understated look that wouldn't be out of place on a classic pedestal sink.