The Ava tub, which has a 35-inch door opening for easy access, drains up to 70 gallons of water in under 30 seconds. The door automatically raises up and down and features tempered, double-pane glass. It offers hydrotherapy options and also has an air bath feature. 800.877.2005. Aquatic. www.aquaticbath.com.
The Solon compost system provides homeowners with a place to store organic waste below the counter. Made of recycled stainless steel, the unit has a hygienic seal that seals off odors. It can be installed as a drop-in design version or can be flush-mounted into stone tops. Blanco. www.blancoamerica.com.
Affordable luxury is the company’s focus, and the new Corsair pull-out kitchen faucet fits right into that message. It has a feminine design (the company’s words), three functions for stream, spray, and pause, and an ergonomically designed handle. It comes in chrome and stainless steel finishes. Danze. www.danze.com.
The company that brought you the dishwasher in a drawer has unveiled a unit specifically designed for the U.S. market, which tends to like more space. Part of the new Modular Kitchen, the dishwasher measures 36 inches wide (as oppose to 24 inches) to allow for a flexible arrangement with cabinets and other appliances in the line. Fisher & Paykel. www.fisherpaykel.com.
PuraVida is a new line of modern bathroom faucets and fixtures. Inspired by many things (including the iPod), the line has a design that is at once soft and modern, with a flat, tapered edge. A variety of pieces are available, including this 15-inch-by-10-inch 400 showerhead, which has a flat and rounded-rectangular shape. It comes in chrome or with a dual white and chrome finish. Hansgrohe. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.
A new integrated, eye-level wine storage unit, the HWS 1800 holds 18 bottles and has insulated glass doors, UV protection, and a charcoal filter to protect wine from odor. A touch control system allows users to adjust the temperature from 41 degrees to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The product also has dimmable LED lighting and solid beech wood shelves. Liebherr. www.liebherr.us.
Dual-flush is fine, but if you want to show you’re really serious about saving water check out the new ultra high high-efficiency toilet that has only one flushing mode--0.8 gallons of water per flush at all times. The Water Sense unit uses a technology that compresses the water in the bowl rather than the tank for an effective flush every time, the company says. Niagara Conservation. www.niagaraconservation.com.
The Sparkle LED stand-alone shower features 20 white LED lights embedded between two panels of glass. Part of the Elysium collection, it can mount from the wall at a maximum length of 59 inches. The lights tie to any regular 110 volt wall switch and have a 25-year life rating. Novellini. www.novellini.com.
The manufacturer has launched a new line of vanities as part of its M Series, including this 48-inch unit. Satisfying the “increasing appetite” for contemporary styling, the collection is produced in glass and aluminum. Pieces are available in 24-, 30-, 36-, 48- and 60-inch sizes and feature soft-close drawers. Optional features include night lights, electrical outlets, hair-dryer organizer, and removable glass bins. Robern. www.robern.com.
Do you have a need for Euro hardware? Check out the manufacturer’s new Italian Design Collection of 11 pulls. Ranging in price from $10 and measuring from 4 inches to 9½ inches, the line includes square, rectangular, and wave shapes, and thin profiles. Pieces are available in satin nickel, polished chrome, and polished satin nickel. Topex. www.topexhardware.com.
One of Great Britain’s premiere hardware brands is raising its profile in the U.S. market with a broad introduction of new products, including The Leather Composite series. Pieces appear to be handstitched leather, but are in fact a faux look that results from a casting of composite resin and dyed marble. Mocha or espresso finishes are available, but custom orders are availabe. Turnstyle Designs Ltd. www.turnstyledesigns.com.
InvisiLED Classic LED tape light is a 24-volt outdoor system that’s ideal for outdoor accents, display lighting, and even around or submerged in water up to 5 feet in depth. The light measures only 1/8 inch thick and 1/2 inch wide making it easy to conceal in designs. The LEDs offer up to 50,000 hours of life and come in sections measuring 1 foot, 5 feet, or 10 feet. WAC Lighting. www.waclighting.com.
The latest European import is the WOLO (pronounced VO-LO) collection of bath faucets from Italy. Inspired by aircraft design, the unit has a sleek shape that suggests an object poised for flight (or already in motion) and a simple body and lever. It’s available in a variety of styles and comes in chrome, satin gold, white with chrome, and black with chrome. Webert. www.webertusa.com.