Launch Slideshow

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show: Day 1

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show: Day 1

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    Courtesy Bertazzoni

    The Design Series segmented cooktop offers a versatile and less expensive way for consumers to attain induction technology. Measuring 36 inches wide, the product offers a gas dual-burner, a rapid or semi-rapid burner in the middle, and a two-zone induction. The combinations are factory assembled for a seamless cooktop with a single cut-out for ease of installation. us.bertazzoni.com.

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    Courtesy Native Trails

    The Trinidad vanity’s carved horizontal slats are reminiscent of the louvered window shutters on Caribbean cottages. Made from woven strand bamboo, it comes with metal-wrapped feet and two soft-close drawers. Two sizes are available: 24½ inches and 36½ inches. www.nativetrails.net.

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    Courtesy Moen

    MotionSense uses advanced sensors incorporated into an elegant design to detect movement in two zones. As a result, waving your hand or placing a cup beneath the spout activates water flow. Shown here on an Arbor faucet, the system is powered by a battery pack that utilizes six standard AA batteries or an optional AC power adapter. www.moen.com.

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    Courtesy Toto USA

    The Washlet G500 system incorporates a personal cleansing system on a sensor-operated dual-flush toilet. It features automatic open, close, and flush functionality and comes with a touch pad remote control. Offering 1.28 gallons per flush or 0.9 GPF, the toilet is glazed with SanaGloss nanotechnology that helps improve bowl sanitation. www.totousa.com.

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    Courtesy Delta Faucet Co.

    Representing the convergence of fashion and faucet design, the manufacturer unveiled its new Jason Wu for Brizo Collection by the up and coming fashion designer. Combining contemporary Scandinavian design and Baroque detailing, the 1.5-gallons-per-minute Odin faucet shown here comes in matte black, polished chrome, and brushed nickel. www.brizo.com/jasonwu.

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    Courtesy Fleurco

    The 36-inch-by-60-inch Alessa expands the manufacturer’s shower base collection. The acrylic product features a bench that can be used as a seat or footrest (or storage underneath). The linear drain cover comes in a chrome finish. www.fleurco.com.

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    Courtesy Element Designs

    The manufacturer’s Parapan doors are made from formaldehyde-free, high-gloss solid surface that is highly durable. Measuring 18 millimeters thick, the solid surface material is UV- and fade-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. It comes in 20 colors. www.element-designs.com.

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    Courtesy Hardware Resources

    The Concord bath vanity by Jeffrey Alexander is a transitional looking product that will appeal to modern-design lovers who also are drawn to traditional design, the company says. Measuring 30 inches wide, the birch (solid and veneers) unit offers a rectangular porcelain undermount sink, two drawers, and satin nickel hardware. It comes in two finishes. www.hardwareresources.com.

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    Courtesy Robern

    The Compact Vanity collection is designed for small bathrooms but still offers ample storage. Featuring modern styling on the outside, the unit’s standard interior components include a hanging tray and glass bin, dividers and crossbar, glass and aluminum construction, and slow-close drawers. Standard and special order colors are available. www.robern.com.

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    Courtesy Artistic Tile

    Part of the manufacturer’s Jazz Collection, Foliage is a handcrafted mosaic product that is made from stained glass. The pieces are mounted on an interlocking mesh measuring 14¾ inches by 14¼ inches and can be used on shower and interior walls and light-traffic floor applications. http://artistictile.com.

Chicago—The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show kicked off yesterday, and the mood among attendees and manufacturers was guarded but optimistic.

The show floor seemed abuzz early, but the booths with the most traffic tended to be the manufacturer’s with more cool products to show, such as Kohler, Moen, Hafele, and others.

If there’s a theme this year among many manufacturers, it’s that consumers aren’t satisfied, so companies have to work harder than ever for home buyers’ business. "They just want more," says Ali McKinney, a product manager at Delta Faucet Co. The demanding consumer is one reason Delta is offering more finishes, easier installation, and more customization with color.

It’s not enough to provide innovative features and affordable pricing; consumers also want a wider variety of finishes, durable performance, and ways they can add their own flair to the products they buy.

The first day brought such refreshing offerings as a modular cooktop from Bertazzoni, a motion-sensing faucet from Moen, and a new dual-flush toilet from Toto USA.

Here are 10 products that caught our eye on Day 1.