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February 8, 2022
A review of new residential products ahead of this February’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) suggests manufacturers are betting big on users’ need to cocoon.
By: Kelly Beamon
Throughout the pandemic, American spending on home improvement has stayed robust. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University forecasts that spending on renovations and repairs could total $433 billion in 2021 and continue to grow by 8.6 percent through the middle of 2022. In response, innovations center on basic creature comforts and visual delight. Italian manufacturer Fantini has seized this moment to roll out its first-ever line of bath fittings by a North American design firm (Toronto- and New Yorkbased architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg). It’s no coincidence that the collection’s name also references a soothing pastime: sailing.
Yabu Pushelberg based the design of this faucet set, part of a collection of tub and shower mixers, on the mooring cleats that sailors lasso with rope to secure boats at dock. Starting the first quarter of 2022, every piece in the collection will be available in three finishes.
This ebony wall plate can be installed without hardware to extend Legrand’s popular adorne collection with an unusual material option. The finish emphasizes the range of custom patterns, colors, and materials that add greater design freedom.
03 POP CULTURE COLLECTION
Durable porcelain field tiles in graphic patterns like Feathers (shown) are designed to work in tandem with glass mosaics in Walker Zanger’s Pop Culture collection. The eight-by-eight-foot frost-resistant field tiles can be used for exteriors and interiors.
WALKER ZANGER walkerzanger.com
04 SIDE DRAFT RANGE HOOD
Constructed from tempered glass, Fotile’s latest exhaust hood features motion detection for optional hands-free operation, a two-minute-delay automatic shutoff, and a streamlined profile for installation on a wall or under a cabinet. The glass is available in black or white.
With this floor-mounted console made in Venice, Hastings Tile & Bath has extended options for its European-style vanities for the U.S. market. A shelf and an optional towel rack add function to the solid-surface basin.
HASTINGS TILE & BATH hastingstilebath.com
The Pantone Color Institute’s 2022 Color of the Year, Very Peri (which the forecaster reports “displays a spritely, joyous attitude”), is being applied to some unlikely household items as designers surround users with colors that calm.
06 TEARDROP CHANDELIER
Tracy Glover Studio can customize the colorways for these six handblown glass pendants. Designers can request glass swatches or order a finished chandelier.
TRACY GLOVER STUDIO tracygloverstudio.com
07 RETRO DISHWASHER
Periwinkle is the latest color offered on Big Chill’s large kitchen appliances, including its Slim and Beverage Fridges, Retro Stove, and Dishwasher (shown).
BIG CHILL bigchill.com
Embellished with a fabriclike texture available in six geometric patterns, Play features a porcelain tile body in 12 colors and three sizes (4 inches by 12 inches, 4 inches by 24 inches, and a 12-inch square mosaic sheet).
NEMO TILE nemotile.com
Gold finishes are trending as tastes in residential hardware are skewed toward adornment rather than flat function.
09 SCHWINN ORIGINALS
Michael Graves designed this recyclable pull fashioned from a zinc alloy. Part of the Originals collection, it comes finished in matte black and gold (shown).
SCHWINN HARDWARE schwinnoriginals.com
10 KINDRED COLLECTION
A new diamond knurled finish distinguishes Baldwin’s latest collection of knobs and levers. Made from solid brass, the handles are finished and polished by hand.
BALDWIN HARDWARE baldwinhardware.com
This sleek collection of shower valves and controls is engineered to align with global standards that make it universally compatible for easier updates.
Among ten finishes offered in the Skyline faucet set, Polished Gold PVD coating amplifies its high-performing mechanicals. Solid-brass valves and ceramic cartridges are all WaterSense–compliant.
FRANZ VIEGENER franzviegener.com
Inspired by the art of blacksmithing, this chandelier features manufacturer Buster + Punch’s signature knurled finish and LED bulbs. Stainless-steel aircraft cable suspension also makes it adjustable.
BUSTER + PUNCH busterandpunch.com
14 GRILL SERIES 9
An infrared rotisserie burner and integrated 12-volt lighting elevate the performance of this built-in outdoor grill.
FISHER & PAYKEL fisherpaykel.com
15 COLLECTION 2021
Unique cladding options including terrazzo, glass, and marble distinguish kitchens by German cabinetmaker Poggenpohl. Storage and pulls can be specified in the same rich materials.
16 ENDEAVOR WHEEL PULLDOWN
This faucet is a celebration of American automotive design with its innovative pulley braking technology, which retracts the sprayer. It’s built in the United States.
Commercial versatility on a residential scale is the benefit of this Room & Board credenza with refrigeration by True Residential and an optional surface by Cambria. It’s available in oak or white walnut and in sizes of 42 to 72 inches wide.
ROOM & BOARD roomandboard.com
18 FCB LINEAR DRAIN SERIES
Infinity Drain’s latest offering is available as a complete kit with decorative grate and channel components. The pre-pitched channel can be specified in seven grate styles, five finishes, and six lengths.
INFINITY DRAIN infinitydrain.com
19 PROFESSIONAL SERIES
To expand pro performance and style for smaller kitchens, Bertazzoni continues to extend its brightly colored ranges in compact sizes of 30 and 24 inches wide.
20 BEHR COLOR SYSTEM
An alternative to bulkier sample systems, Behr has rolled out a new compact Color System, edited down to eight binders of five-inch squares with QR scanning on the chips. Two-day delivery is powered by Swatchbox.
BEHR PAINTS behr.com
21 SINTERED STONE
Impervious work surfaces are a hallmark of kitchens by sintered stone manufacturer ABKSTONE. Slabs are a proprietary mix of natural materials fired at a high temperature for a nonporous, waterproof, and scratch-resistant finishes.
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