I always make it a priority to continue to provide my customers with the best construction materials and remodeling advice our industry has to offer.
This January I’ll be attending Design & Construction Week in Orlando. This is the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry that features the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
This year brought us the use of matte black fixtures in the bathroom with the declined use of oil-rubbed bronze. Matte gold finish gained ground in fixtures, lighting and accessories – especially in higher end homes.
In 2014 contemporary bathroom design requests surpassed traditional. For 2015 I expect clean, contemporary design will still be most popular with curbless showers and suspended vanities incorporated into designs for continuous sleek tile floors.
LED lighting will not only be used in lighting fixtures on the ceilings and walls but also underneath suspended vanities and recessed to accentuate free-standing tubs.
My prediction for the most significant shift in 2015 will be in the request for semi-recessed tubs.
Homeowners want bathrooms that are easier to clean and the corners and crevices behind free-standing tubs can be difficult to reach. Installing a tub in a semi-recessed design allows the bathroom to look more spacious and modern while eliminating the need to clean behind the tub.
In addition to providing easily accessible storage for bath salts and other bathing items, the partial platform allows for additional plumbing options for the tub filler placement.
The semi-recessed tub installation requires skilled installers that can carefully craft a deck that follows the contour of the tub.
As the 2015 progresses, more manufacturers will make installation easier by offering half-skirts to consumers. Cladding the surrounding decking will become faster and easier.
The semi-recessed tub can also be installed at variable heights providing customization for homeowners and plumbing solutions for drain configuration in bathroom remodeling.
Leave a comment if you think this trend will take off or if you think it’s too custom to get a foot-hold and will flop. Here’s to a prosperous and creative 2015!
Gessi, the Italian firm that has been creating and manufacturing exclusive bathroom fittings for more than 20 years, has adopted sustainability as the cornerstone of its design and production system. It is an integral part of the values, the culture, the creativity, the technology and the entrepreneurship of the company, and is fundamental to all of its planning, production and control decisions.
Their products are not just “Made in Italy,” they are “Made in Gessi.”
The entire production process is carried out in an integral fashion within the Gessi Industrial Park itself, including the design, engineering and manufacturing of the products and their components (even the plastic parts), as well as all of the graphic art and videography.
Gessi is succeeding at reducing its ecological and social footprint upon the Earth through the environmental and social performance of its products, both during production and during the lifetime if their use though advanced solutions for water and energy saving.
“Gessi’s mission is to create products with an enduring style that can be truly appreciated every day for years to come. To help achieve this, Gessi has evolved its own refined design language, based on elementary primary shapes, such as the rectangle and the oval.”
Larry Allen, CEO, managing director of Gessi USA has observed an increasing interest in simple, yet sophisticated high-quality bathroom environments.
Rettangolo and Ovale, two Gessi classics, along with Goccia which was inspired by a water droplet; all contain the same essential shapes, clean forms and harmonic proportions sought after by today’s homeowner.
I seriously love the ceiling mounted towel bar with the ceiling mounted towel bar in the dark finish! I’ve only shown examples from three collections. Gessi has so many exquisite luxury bath fixtures I suggest you check out their website.
Gessi was a BlogTour London 2013 Sponsor but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. Unlike BlogTour LA that went to the Westedge Design Fair , Gessi was not exhibiting in London so I did not get to see their beautiful products in person. I hear the Platinum covered vessel sink was amazing.
If you walked by this sink in someone’s guest bath would you make an excuse to use the bathroom. I sure would.
This incredible free-standing illuminated sink from Rapsel is named “Vision” and is constructed of Alicrite. I really didn’t know what Alicrite was so I looked it up. It is eventually acrylic that has been brought to different temperatures to obtain prepolimerization. The heated mixture is then colored and poured in a special way that makes a pattern and it is cured into panels.
I think the following description I found says it best:
Surfaces from Alicrite are modern or retro: from the decorative motifs of the twenties, via the fine expression of the sixties towards the psychedelic look of the seventies, achieved by the possibility of retro illumination.
The internal light of the Vision wash basin really catches the eye in a seductive way that is hard to resist.