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TRENDS
1. MTI Baths' Boutique Collection Teak Bench is available with Parsons-style legs or waterfall-style sides. It can be used both indoors and
outdoors and is made from engineered solid stone with a teak inlay.
Circle No. 219 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
2. Steamist is adding ShowerSense to the Total Sense selection of options.
The Total Sense TSC-450 touchscreen digital control can be used to select
one of two shower temperatures, programmed to match each user's preferences. Circle No. 220 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
3. Kohler's DTV+ integrates water, sound, steam and lighting elements
for a multi-sensory shower experience. Controlled with a touchscreen interface, it allows users to select a two-, three- or six-outlet digital valve to
control water delivery. Circle No. 221 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
4. MGS' S0604 showerhead offers rain shower and waterfall options that
can be used simultaneously. All MGS showerheads feature thermostatic
mixers to incorporate volume control. which is operated independently
of temperature control. Circle No. 222 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
5. Attract hand showers with Magnetix technology from Moen have an
easy release and put back. They offer a dial so consumers can switch
among six high-performance spray options, and each setting features
optimized pressure. Circle No. 223 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo

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More (Simple) Technology, Less Stress
Society is immersed in technology, and the argument goes that less
tech also equals less stress. On the contrary, shower manufacturers maintain
that technology makes our lives easier when it is simple and easy to use.
"Consumers are exposed to more and more technology throughout
their lives and have become extremely comfortable using it," said Reffner.
"I don't believe more technology necessarily equals more luxury. As technology proliferates, it may be viewed as expected versus luxury."
Digital shower controls set personal preferences for all of those shower
options, making the experience simple and fast, which saves time and
water. Additional accessories, like televisions and remote-control activation, can also boost a shower.These high-tech details are still up and coming, however, and often designers find that preferences are regional.
"Our clients shy away from added technology in showers," said Barry
Connolly, a designer at Seattle-based Chermak Construction, Inc. "Our
clients seem to want an experience away from the digital interaction their
days are filled with already."
Instead, Connolly predicts that adaptable and integrated lighting
details will become more popular in the coming years, and the more
obvious technology in the shower will fade.

What's In and What's Next
Contemporary styles and streamlined designs translate into simpler
looks in the shower.
"Contemporary design means less is more," said Bergossi. "In Europe,
where many residential structures are hundreds of years old, it is not uncommon to install contemporary designed products. In fact, it is refreshing
to see."

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Exposed and semi-exposed shower systems and valves have been the
mainstay for European bathrooms and are now seeping into American
design. Aside from aesthetic merit, having the exposed plumbing makes
installation, servicing and functionality easier. With the added exposure,
plumbing and showerheads have also become more artful. More highend finishes are being embraced in the shower, and eco-luxury products
are entering the mainstream alongside therapeutic shower systems.
"Manufacturers are trying to think outside the box on how they can offer therapy in new, exciting ways," said Audrey Loder, director of showrooms
at Wilkinson Supply Co. "Whether it be the multi-functional shower for the
person looking for a jet at every turn, to the eco-conscious consumer who
wants a single low-flow showerhead, to the baby boomer adding a handheld shower as they plan on aging in place - everyone is most looking for
a customizable shower that seems made just for them." ■

September 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com

- By Erinn Waldo


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KBB - September 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - September 2015

KBB - September/October 2015
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Better Business
Before & After
Sustainable Design
2015 Design Award Winners
Cover Story
Kitchen of the Year
Bathroom of the Year
Showroom of the Year
Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
Trends
Products
Learning Corner
KBB - September 2015 - KBB - September/October 2015
KBB - September 2015 - Cover2
KBB - September 2015 - 1
KBB - September 2015 - Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 3
KBB - September 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 5
KBB - September 2015 - Editor’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 7
KBB - September 2015 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 9
KBB - September 2015 - People & Places
KBB - September 2015 - 11
KBB - September 2015 - Better Business
KBB - September 2015 - 13
KBB - September 2015 - Before & After
KBB - September 2015 - 15
KBB - September 2015 - 16
KBB - September 2015 - 17
KBB - September 2015 - Sustainable Design
KBB - September 2015 - 19
KBB - September 2015 - 20
KBB - September 2015 - Cover Story
KBB - September 2015 - Kitchen of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 23
KBB - September 2015 - 24
KBB - September 2015 - 25
KBB - September 2015 - Bathroom of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 27
KBB - September 2015 - 28
KBB - September 2015 - 29
KBB - September 2015 - Showroom of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 31
KBB - September 2015 - 32
KBB - September 2015 - 33
KBB - September 2015 - Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - 35
KBB - September 2015 - Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 37
KBB - September 2015 - Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 40
KBB - September 2015 - KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
KBB - September 2015 - 42
KBB - September 2015 - 43
KBB - September 2015 - 44
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KBB - September 2015 - Trends
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KBB - September 2015 - Products
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KBB - September 2015 - Learning Corner
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