Grohe and American Standard Shine at #KBIS2017!
Having sat with squinting eyes, hunched in front of my computer screen all day, I find myself yearning for a long hot and the 2017 introductions by LIXIL’s Grohe and American Standard brands would be perfect.
Read along with me: “The F-digital Deluxe is a multi-sensory shower system that stimulates senses and transforms the bathroom into an indulgent space for physical, emotional and spiritual well being. With just one touch, the user can transform the shower into a personal spa, controlling lighting, steam and music.”
I can feel my back muscles beginning to relax just thinking about it. Are you with me???
While we’re on the subject of showers, in my DXV post [ the luxury side of the American Standard brand ] I mentioned how having all those different diverter controls on a shower wall drives me crazy. Grohe answered my pet peeve with their SmartControl Shower System.
The thermostatic valve and diverter are set in a small horizontal module/shelf that is mounted in front of the shower wall, making any plumbing repairs that might be necessary down the road easy to access – something very important in our older homes here, which can frequently have plumbing issues. (Oh look, a soap dish, too – and it’s removable, so it’s easy to clean!). Water temperature, volume and water flow are all controlled using the two textured buttons on the front of the shelf, making soapy fingers happy, too.
Moving thru the Grohe display it was easy to spot the new Concetto Semi-Pro and Essence Semi-Pro kitchen faucets. They’re beautifully detailed and functional faucets, with a pull down spray hose that locks in place and a single finger tip controlled lever faucet handle.
Personally, I prefer the design of the Concetto because of how the faucet flairs out over the sink a little more as it turns down towards the sink and how the stainless steel horizontal bracket reaches up and out ever so slightly to the faucet outlet.
DESIGNER TIP: Swapping out your old faucet for a nice new one can be a simple cosmetic upgrade in your existing kitchen. (I need to take my own advice!)
Initially, the silicone hoses on these faucets are being offered in velvet matte black, matte marble, matte white and matte gray. Coming soon, however, Grohe is introducing hoses in a kaleidoscope of colors, and during the show there was a fun contest to name the upcoming Grohe hose color offerings called #MyGroheEssence.
Interior designer and blogger Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room won with her clever names, including #Clementine for the orange offering! Love!
Both Grohe and American Standard had several clever introductions. Grohe’s Foot Control, available on their K7 and LadyLux kitchen faucets particularly impressed me. It allows the user to switch the water on and off with a tap of the foot on the activation plate, which is installed in the toe space of the base cabinet. (Am I seeing a little automobile industry influence here?)
While on the American Standard side of the Lixil booth, several items caught my eye. You know how hard it is to precisely measure a quarter cup or half cup of water from your kitchen faucet? I do…and American Standard’s new Measure Fill faucet changes all that. Select the desired amount of water by turning the end of the tap and a flow meter inside the faucet lets precisely that amount of water out of the tap. Very Cool!!!
American Standard’s Acticlean toilet made me think of our son and his young family – two busy professionals and an 18 month old baby. The video below is hilarious! Now I know why it takes Drew and Lindsey take soooo long to answer the front door when Grandma and Grandpa drop by for a visit…)
And on that “happy note”, I’d like to thank #BlogTourKBIS sponsors American Standard and Grohe for the time they spent with us, answering our questions and repeatedly turning faucets and showers on and off so we all could take our cell phone videos.
I hope you, readers, have enjoyed seeing these innovative new products for your own kitchens and baths, and if Sally and I can help you with any aspect of the design of your home in 2017, including bathrooms or kitchens, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact form on our new website, here:
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