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Big Trends from KBIS Part II

The Modenus Blog Tour recaps continue! Last post I shared some of my kitchen trend discoveries from KBIS2015, the 51st Kitchen & Bath Industry Show held last month in LasVegas.  Today I’ve got the scoop on what’s trending in the bath.

Gorgeous sculptural free-standing tub by Clark Architectural
Gorgeous sculptural free-standing tub by Clark Architectural


I have to say it, personalization is also at the top of the list for bathroom style and function.  I saw lots of new options for faucet finishes.  Were you getting tired of brushed nickel? Nice to see something new in that arena.

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Satin gold finish from the Michael Berman Collection by Rohl


I saw a lot of contemporary design for the bath, minimal clean lines, simplicity but with quality materials.

Affordability is definitely achievable.  For example you can have the quality of Kohler with their basic Sterling line or luxury of their exclusive Kallista line.

Kohler’s new Sterling Ensemble Shower and Freestanding Seat. This is designed to replace a standard 60″X32″ shower/tub to allow aging in place without moving walls.  Great idea!

Black Crystal, Mother of Pearl, Calcedonia Azul, Lapis Lazuli (shown below), Tiger Eye, and Malachite.
Kallista’s Per Se Collection allows you to personalize your faucet levers with inset stones. You have a choice of Black Crystal, Mother of Pearl, Calcedonia Azul, Lapis Lazuli (shown here), Tiger Eye, and Malachite.

Brizo introduced its new Rook collection for the bath, with a subtle reference to chess.  Its their latest suite of luxury faucets, fittings and accessories for the bath. This collection combines a low spout architecture and crisp octagonal details for a stately yet modern design.

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The Rook collection by Brizo has a steampunk vibe, no?

Brizo also has something for you if you’re a little “twisted” and I love it.  It’s the Virage Collection


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Free standing tubs and tub fillers-  The popularity of free-standing tubs created a whole new plumbing fixture, the tub filler.  They were everywhere!

Comfy tub by Villeroy & Boch with TOTO tub filler as seen on the show floor at TOTO
Comfy tub by Villeroy & Boch with TOTO tub filler as seen on the show floor at TOTO

Creativity with tile- It’s not just subway tile anymore although there are even a lot of interesting variations on this popular style.

Something a bit different but with a subway tile vibe by Florida Tile
Something a bit different but with a subway tile vibe by Florida Tile


Tilt by Walker Zanger is mid-century inspired
Tilt by Walker Zanger is mid-century inspired

I can’t leave you today without a nod to the number one booth in my opinion.  I wasn’t alone as it was also voted most innovative booth of the show.  The award went to AquaBrass for their Buckminster Fuller inspired geodesic dome.  This innovative concept wowed me but they went all the way with my favorite combination art + design.  With and artist on site creating beautiful artful bathtubs!  This was to introduce their new Kanvas collection.  It brings art to the bathroom in a limited series of hand-painted freestanding bathtubs, each one signed by the artist. The tubs are stone resin and offer a choice of three hand-painted exteriors: bright and bold Graffiti has a youthful, urban edge; nature-inspired Pax invites bathers to a soothing Zen-like experience; and architectural Mosaik brings timeless elegance with its classic yet modern look.


Aquabrass also introduced something that’s going right on my dream list. The Aquazone,  a revolutionary shower and bath concept that provides the best of both worlds. Molded into a single, space-saving wet zone unit requiring only 60″X60″ of space. North American-built, its strong, one-piece construction is solid Lucite acrylic with a reinforced base. And with two integrated wheels and six adjustable levelers, it rolls into place easily, saving time, materials and labor costs.

My sentiments exactly

Not only was the  booth full of great new products and finishes with the occasional thoughtfully placed message, they thought outside of the box and into the dome!! Kudos to the creators and congrats.

Up next: We’re not done in the bathroom yet! Here’s the Jeopardy question: “The number one plumbing fixture supplier in the world” Who is ??????


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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