Products that reflected an Americanized version of the minimalist trend so prevalent in Europe, as well as high-performance toilets, adjustable potfiller kitchen faucets, maximum-capacity sinks, water filtration devices and sanitized surfaces were among those unveiled at the 2005 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show held in Las Vegas in May.
In addition to offering simplified, clean-looking designs on the fixtures, manufacturers presented built-in organizing solutions to reduce clutter in the kitchen and bath.
In terms of finishes, there was a lot of nickel - brushed, polished, satin, even hammered nickel - on faucets, tub fillers and showerheads at the show. Other favored finishes mentioned by manufacturers included matte black, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed chrome, aged pewter, polished chrome, brushed bronze, and brass.
There was talk of bringing more color into the kitchen via colored composite sinks or colored countertops. Coordination remains important. Some homeowners want the sink strainer to match the color of the sink.
Stainless steel and wood continue to invade the bathroom. Stainless steel was wrapped around the base of a toilet and around the base of a whirlpool tub. Other bath fixtures featured wood trim.
Listed below are some of the products that were on display at the show. More will be included in future issues.