Hanley Wood product editors combed the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, held last week in Chicago, in search of innovative and interesting introductions for you and your clients. Here is another batch of noteworthy introductions that were on display.
Geberit. Drains are one of those products that you usually don’t notice until they stop working. But the manufacturer’s new PushControl bath waste and overflow cable drain is notable for its simplicity: Just a push on the new style’s push button opens and closes the drain. Critical working parts are outside the waterway and away from the flow of water to help prevent clogging, according to the maker. A smooth drain design improves drain rates, and a Teflon-coated cable delivers trouble-free service, the company adds. Contoured handles are available in molded plastic or solid brass and in nine finishes to match a variety of decors. 800-566-2100. www.geberit.us.
Elkay. The manufacturer showed that the sink can be a design element with a variety of unique products at the show. The Mystic Twist (pictured), for example, features a softened geometry that swirls downward toward the center drain. The distinctive curves provide a distinguishing design element that can enhance a kitchen or bathroom, according to the maker. The sink is available in “soft textured,” a new stainless option that provides a more distressed, matte finish. It is also available in two lavatory sink options and two food prep or bar sink models. 630-572-3192. www.elkayusa.com.
LG. The four-door refrigerator has dual doors at eye level and double drawer freezer compartments below, providing users with more convenient organization without sacrificing space, according to the maker. The refrigerator is the first product with its configuration to include a built-in ice and water dispenser, the company says, adding that the dispenser also is the industry’s tallest at nearly a foot high. The upper “EveryDay” freezer drawer provides easy access to frozen foods consumers reach for most, while the lower drawer lets users store larger items and is useful for longer-term storage. Because there are two drawers, each is lighter and easier to open than a standard bottom freezer drawer, the manufacturer says. 800-243-0000. www.lgusa.com.
Symmons. Along with a new look, logo, and tagline—the company’s first new brand introduction since 1939—the manufacturer offers two new premium suites of fittings and accessories for the bath. Inspired by Japanese culture and the ebb and flow of bodies of water, the Naru suite (pictured) offers contemporary design and waterfall flow. The suite includes a widespread lavatory faucet with waterfall flow, a Roman tub faucet with waterfall flow and handspray, tub/shower trim, and complementary accessories. The second new suite, the Oxford, is a more transitional design inspired by England’s ornate towers and steeples. 800-796-6667. www.symmons.com.
NuTone. In response to an increase in the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication by teens and young adults, NuTone introduced a line of locking medicine cabinets. Included in the Hampton Series, the cabinets have durable hinges, the maker says, and feature an inconspicuous lock that opens with a key. The cabinets come in oil-rubbed bronze or satin nickel finishes. 888-336-3948. www.nutone.com.
Duravit. An extreme take on the vessel sink, the Bacino cylindrical console washbasin measures 18 1/8 inches high and 14 5/16 inches in diameter. The eye-catching piece was designed to pair with bath furniture in the company’s Fogo collection, which has a modern style. 888-387-2848. www.duravit.us.