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Exhibitors Display Edgy, Elegant Bath Products

Italian tile show unveils contemporary designs and innovative technologies for the bath.

Exhibitors Display Edgy, Elegant Bath Products

Italian tile show unveils contemporary designs and innovative technologies for the bath.

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    Part of the Origami collection, this bathtub from Stocco is made from a composite material called Cristalplant that is so hygienic that it does not need special cleansing products—just soap and water. Shown in the freestanding versions, the tubs may be personalized using metal panels and various accessories, such as this wood extension. www.stocco.it.

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    A partnership between Laufen and Alessi, the IlbangoAlessi One is a collection of innovative washbasins and furniture pieces that experiment with new shapes and ingenious functions. Ceramic pieces, such as this countertop washbasin, come standard with a grime-deflecting coating. It may come with or without the tap holes for wall-mount faucets. www.laufen.com.

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    The IlbangoAlessi One washbasin mounted on one of the line's new wood vanities.

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    One of three new faucets in Hansa’s premium HansaEdition, the HansaLatrava lav mixer brings a new level of sculptural design to the bath. The product’s asymmetry translates to the water delivery, which comes out as a diagonal stream.  Plus, the manufacturer says the product cuts water use by up to 50% compared to a standard mixer. www.hansaamerica.net.

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    VItrA’s Style X faucet line exhibits the type of contemporary forms for which European companies are known, with . high-tech features that are concealed from the eye. Faucets also have a silicon aerator that helps eliminate lime build-up with a single touch. www.usa.vitra.com.tr.

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    Known for highly stylized bath ceramics and faucets, VitrA also produces tile with a restrained hipness. The Istanbul series by designer Ross Lovegrove has been expanded to include Istanbul and Mod in a subdued white color. Both tile patterns are available in concave and convex styles. www.usa.vitra.com.tr.

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    VitrA's MOD tiles.

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    Dornbracht’s Ambiance Tuning Technique is a new technology that allows water to be used to create unique scenarios. It allows a variety of jets to be combined in pre-programmed scenarios of water temperature and volume. The three scenarios—balancing, energizing, and de-stressing—simulate the three human dimensions of body, mind and soul, the company says. www.dornbracht.com.

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    With the tremillimetri collection, Gessi reduces the showerhead to its almost bare minimum. Moving from tridimensional to two-dimensional, the flat line of tremillimetri adds a new chapter to the minimalist elegance, the company says. The polished sheet of steel measures a mere 3 millimeters (or 0.1 inches) thick and still accommodates the rainfall nozzles and a free fall spout or a LED light source. www.gessi.com.

Cersaie is known for the innovative and cutting-edge ceramic tiles it offers, but this yearly event in Bologna, Italy, also is a great place to scope out some of the coolest bath offerings you'll find anywhere.

Unlike the United States, which has separate shows for bath products, tile, and surfaces, Italy, Spain, and Brazil hold their bath product shows in conjunction with their tile show—perhaps because the two categories go so well together. Plus, it’s a great place to see how tiles could complement (or clash with) your bath product selections.

This year, Cersaie hosted a lot of familiar names in the bath products world, such as German manufacturers Hansgrohe, Dornbracht, Vola, and Hansa as well as the Turkish powerhouse VitrA. American household name Jacuzzi made an appearance at the show, as did Italian favorite Gessi.

What’s interesting about this show, as well as many shows outside of the States, is that the designs are always a little edgier, slightly more unconventional, and ever so slightly quirky. It’s partly the reason this year's tile show, the 28th, received more than 83,000 attendees who came to handle the wares and see what’s in store for consumers in the coming years.

Here is a sampling of some of the elegant bath products that were on display at the show.