Models carrying faucets danced on a runway. An internationally renowned fashion stylist performed makeovers. Refrigerators, lavatories, toilets and shower doors sported artistic designs. Water splashed in or spurted from jetted tubs, assorted showerheads and a wide array of faucets. Agile acrobats performed stunts combining the grace of a dancer with the daring of a circus performer from high above product displays. The 2004 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show held at Chicago's McCormick Place April 1-4 provided attendees with a provocative preview of products created to bring beauty and functionality into homes and businesses.
In Part I of our K/BIS coverage, we will look at some of the new products unveiled at the show.
“The brand is more than just a name,” says Ray Kennedy, senior vice president/sales and marketing, at Delta Faucet Co. “It tells a story of inspiration, beauty, performance and reliability.”
The Floriano Collection for the kitchen is one of BRIZO's newest product lines. Floriano's single-handle, high-arc faucet has a transitional, pull-down design. Its organic form complements the trend toward symmetry and horizontal lines in home décor.
Lasco Bathware showed its new acrylic drop-in mount jetted whirlpool/Champagne Bubbler combination tub, featuring traditional styling with a beveled edge. The 66-inch by 44-inch tub is also available as a soaking tub with a low-profile deck.
Lorenz Industries introduced Vachner luxury showerheads and hoses with built-in Microban® antimicrobial product protection. The multi-function showerheads are adjusted by turning a control ring. They can be cleaned by rubbing the soft rubber jets while the shower is running. The hoses are Microban protected inside and outside.
Rinnai displayed its whole-house tankless hot water system at the show to attract the attention of designers doing kitchen and bath remodels. A tankless hot water system saves space and is more energy efficient, particularly for handling custom baths and showers or larger capacity tubs, according to Robert Kirkpatrick, national sales manager, water heater division. “We have whole house systems that can handle a 3-1/2 bath home, where you can run three standard showers at the same time,” he said.
Look for more news from the show in the Bath & Kitchen News section beginning on page 13 in this issue and further coverage in the July issue.