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The new collection of black matt bathroom products made by KEUCO is designed to be both elegant and extravagant.

The new Black Selection offers fittings and accessories in a uniform black matt, including matching handles on mirror cabinets. The contrast of the matt black with light tones is particularly powerful and creates a perfectly staged setting in terms of interior design.

The unique feature provided by IXMO enables several functions to be grouped together in one area
creating a clean, chic, minimalist appearance, as only a limited number of the fitting elements are required on the wall. In combination with the extensive range of black matt shower accessories, such as an overhead shower, a hand shower with matching hose, the most desirable shower solutions can become a reality.

The design elements of IXMO in matt black continues through to the washbasin. Available in three styles: Flat, Soft or Pure IXMO provides washbasin fittings to suit different living styles, either as single-lever mixers or wall-mounted fittings. Also in the range is a touch-free IXMO sensor fitting for the washbasin. The entire bathroom can be styled with black matt accents, as the fittings are also available to match the bidet.

Black Selection accessories
Accessories can add a special touch especially when it comes to bathroom design, high-quality bathroom accessories are now part of a harmonious overall picture. The ROYAL MODULAR 2.0 mirror cabinet is now available with a black matt finish, and with matt black elements from KEUCO’s PLAN and REVA collections complete the picture, whether it be the shower basket, cosmetic mirror, lotion dispenser or toilet paper holder.

Black Selection

British bathroom specialist Aqualisa has introduced a range of matt black models to its premium Downtown™ taps collection. With a refined and contemporary finish, the matt black Downtown taps make a bold and punchy impact, adding contrast to any modern interior, and continuing the ongoing industrial trend for black bathroom brassware.

Each tap features an angular, soft square lever style with ultra-smooth movement, allowing precise and effortless operation. The matt black surface is both easy to clean and scratch-resistant, ensuring durability and longevity. Available from the end of April 2022, the new line-up includes a small and large pillar mixer tap, a deck-mounted bath filler and a bath shower mixer.

Aqualisa Downtown Matt Black Small and Large Pillar Mixer Taps
Available in small (130mm) and large (147mm) sizes, these elegant basin mixer taps are equipped with an integrated aerator for a softer, non-splash flow. Suitable for both high and low-pressure water systems, each model is machined from high-quality brass with a zinc handle, and comes with a matching, flush-finish metal click clack waste.

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Aqualisa Downtown Matt Black Deck-Mounted Bath Filler
Engineered to the same soft square design as the individual pillar taps, the Downtown deck-mounted bath filler incorporates dual levers for hot and cold water. Engineered from brass with zinc handles, this durable bath filler can be used with high and low pressure systems, and thermostatic technology ensures a safe temperature for family bathrooms.

Aqualisa Downtown Matt Black Bath Shower Mixer
Adding the convenience of a high-performance 65mm hand shower, this stylish shower mixer features a thermostatic brass body, zinc handles, a 1.25m matt black smooth hose and wall-mounted handset holder. The hand shower is equipped with rub-clean jets for easy maintenance. This unit is also suitable for high and low water pressure systems.

Downtown Midas black

Aqualisa Midas™ 220 in Black with Downtown Taps Combination
In addition to the individual models, the Downtown large pillar tap will also be available as a combination with the Aqualisa Midas 220 in Black mixer shower, with a choice of overhead shower column and adjustable head, adjustable shower only or bath shower mixer.

All models in the Aqualisa Downtown collection are quick and efficient to install, with the reassurance of Aqualisa’s long-standing reputation for reliable and trusted bathroom solutions that are built to last. The full range is WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approved, and each product carries a five year manufacturer’s warranty after registration, plus the backing of Aqualisa’s in-house sales and service support teams.

For further details on the Aqualisa Downtown taps range – also available in chrome – please visit: https://www.aqualisa.co.uk/products/type/bathroom-taps/downtown-taps.html

Pricing and availability
The Aqualisa Downtown Matt Black collection will be available from the end of April 2022. For pricing and more information, trade partners can contact their Aqualisa representative or the Aqualisa Customer Support Team on 01959 560020 or 01 864 3363 (Ireland).

International Bathroom brand VitrA has launched Root, a comprehensive collection of brassware with over 130 SKUs including basin, shower, and bath mixers, all in four different finishes. Two different design choices are available – Root Round and Root Square.

Every product is available in chrome, gold, copper, and brushed nickel. The hardwearing colour is applied using an advanced VitrA process that gives a resilient and beautiful finish.

The versatile range includes deck-mounted or built-in basin mixers in a range of sizes including compact, standard, and tall. The range also includes several bath and shower mixer options, including deck-mounted and floor-standing bath mixers and a range of built-in shower mixers, diverters, and spouts – complemented by wastes and bottle-traps as required.

Root Medium built in copper
Root Round – built-in – copper

The bath and shower mixers in the range are compatible with VitrA’s V-Box concealed thermostatic valve.

Root brassware features an exclusively designed flow regulator and the collection’s Unified Water Label certified mixers reduce water usage by 60% even in the lowest consumption category (5 litres/minute water flow). The basin mixer cartridge with heat regulator and flow rate control provides extra savings in both energy and water consumption. Being able to control the amount of water and energy used helps to conserve natural resources and reduce heating bills.

“We believe that Root brassware will be a great success in the UK market, says Margaret Talbot, VitrA Marketing Manager for UK and Europe. “The Root range is elegant and stylish, and the sheer breadth affords retailers maximum design potential.  The Root collection will be joined by new bathroom furniture later in the year – a range like the brassware that will be comprehensive, striking, and hardwearing.”

Root Medium Rounc basin mixer
Root Round medium monobloc basin mixer shown in chrome.

Pictured Top: Root Square deck mounted mixer in brushed nickel

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The upgraded Eurosmart range from Grohe promises optimal comfort, contemporary design, and easy installation. New features include a redesigned Loop Lever improving grip for those with mobility needs, models with extra-long levers to allow ‘elbow taps’ for health sector workers, and safe stop technology for residential settings.

“Eurosmart evolves with every generation, which is crucial if you want to bring meaningful products to the market. Our environment is constantly transforming, and we need to react to changing needs with new product solutions“, says Jonas Brennwald, Leader LIXIL EMENA and Co-CEO, GROHE AG.

“Right now, a global health crisis is forcing the world to rethink hygiene standards. Therefore, we have developed a hybrid version of Eurosmart, which combines hygiene-enhancing touchless and manual operation. Another example are the lever variants, which reflect the complexity of different living situations and the fact that every consumer has different requirements. Long levers simplify the daily work of doctors, while loop levers are perfect for children, the elderly and those with reduced or limited mobility.

“Eurosmart is the perfect proof that innovation is not limited to new lines. Innovating in a relevant way also means reinventing core products. Only these human-centric solutions enable us to create better homes.”

Eurosmart Loop Lever

The Eurosmart Loop lever simplifies gripping thanks to the cut-out centre – ideal for those with limited or reduced motor skills and for care homes, allowing everyone to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Extra long levers

Models with extra-long levers are are ideal for serving the health sector. Doctors and health professionals are able to operate the tap with their elbow, minimising contact with surfaces. The different lever variants directly relate to people’s lifestyles and needs and are a perfect reflection of GROHE’s human-centric design approach.

Anti-scald safe stop

To make things even more convenient, especially for households with children and older generations, the Eurosmart line is now also equipped with a new safe stop technology. Thanks to an integrated thermostat, the temperature can be limited to help reduce the risk of scalding.

Water & energy saving

Water and energy-saving technologies integrated in the Eurosmart range support growing efforts to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. GROHE EcoJoy, for example, reduces water flow while enriching the water with air, ensuring a voluminous flow while saving valuable resources at the same time .

The Eurosmart range has also been updated for the kitchen with a refreshed contemporary look; from models with pull-out hoses to unique wall-mounted taps for the ultimate space-saving around the sink area.

grohe Eurosmart

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According to Hansgrohe, AirPower is a unique shower experience that ncreases the enjoyment of the shower whilst reducing water consumption. The innovative technology AirPower enriches each water droplet with air to produce plump droplets creating a velvety touch on the skin.

Hansgrohe recognises water is a valuable resource, extensive time and research has gone into establishing AirPower technology to help reduce water consumption. When using the shower, air is sucked in through the spray disc that stirs up the water. Enriched with fresh air, the droplets are noticeably lighter, creating more enjoyable showers whilst helping save both water and energy.

Showers

AirPower technology is featured in a vast range of Hansgrohe products including collections Raindance, Vernis, Vivenis and Croma through basin taps, overhead and hand showers and shower systems.

Wash basins

With AirPower, the basin taps from Hansgrohe encourage them to work reliably by adding volume to every droplet of water whilst noticeably reducing splashing. The soft water droplets make for a pleasurable washing experience, whether that’s washing hands, washing hair or caring for children’s sensitive skin.

Hansgrohe presented its latest ranges, including Pulsify, RainDrain, Finoris, Vivenis, AddStoris and AXOR One. For some of these products, HIX represented the first time they were available for viewing at an event in the UK.

Hansgrohe comprised its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, to showcase its latest innovations in bathroom design. With working water displays and its latest products on show, visitors were welcomed to the stand. As one of the founding sponsors of HIX 2021, Hansgrohe sponsored the talk, ‘Quietness with Attitude’, in partnership with Hotel Designs at the event.

Jay Phillips, Managing Director at Hansgrohe UK comments: ‘Designing for wellness has never been more important. The mental and physical health impact of the last 18 months has opened up important conversations around personal and corporate wellbeing, so much so that designers and architects need to work increasingly harder to create spaces that calm, rejuvenate and cocoon its users.

“Whether through applying biophilic principles, using clever lighting and layouts, or simply harnessing the restorative power of water when it comes to bathroom planning, good design has the power to transform the guest experience. Hansgrohe, with its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, is delighted to be sponsoring this event where such an important topic is top of the agenda.’

Hansgrohe Pulsify

VitrA showcased Liquid, the new bathroom range created in collaboration with acclaimed British designer, Tom Dixon, at the newly launched Hotel Design Interiors (HIX) show.

The Liquid collection, a full bathroom range, is ideally suited to hospitality settings and is the latest addition to VitrA’s portfolio of designer collaborations.

The comprehensive range includes sanitaryware, furniture, taps, tiles, shower systems, and accessories. All of the products are designed to be able to work together or as stand-alone pieces.

Tom Dixon drew inspiration from a variety of sources. From the “big chunky taps and fat tubes” of Victorian bathrooms to the round-edged aesthetics of his recent work, which is reminiscent of the work of Claes Oldenburg and Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog.

The functionality of the range is designed to be intuitive so that users instinctively understand how to operate the products, a facet of the collection which is particularly suited to hotel and hospitality environments.

Speaking about the need for this Tom commented “I wanted the collection to look like a kid’s sketch of a bathroom basin or a tap, displaying a clear logic and simplicity in looks and usage”.

Consciously choosing to offer only white ceramics, the range combines different materials including fluted glass and metal mesh for the furniture units. Taps and showers are available in chrome or for contrast, a new gloss black finish that is atypical in modern bathrooms. The range also includes distinctive wall tiles, available in five designs with colour options of white, black, grey, sage green and ecru.

The collection is perfectly suited for commercial projects where longevity is an important consideration. The collection can be combined in multiple styles to suit various purposes and environments, ensuring flexibility in a wide range of hotel and hospitality settings.

Levent Giray, Managing Director of VitrA UK, comments: “We are delighted to take part in the first ever HIX
event. It is the ideal setting for us to introduce the Liquid range to a commercial and hospitality focused
audience.

“Our extensive manufacturing, design and innovation capabilities have ensured that there is a unity to the breadth of the Liquid collection. At a time when there is a greater emphasis placed on the role of the
bathroom in hotel and hospitality settings, this cohesive range has a generosity of design that will sit
comfortably in many different environments.”

VitrA Tim Dixon Liquid bathroom ranges

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The new RAK-Sorrento basin mixers are available in four finishes and three sizes, delivering flexibility for a variety of design requirements.

RAK Sorrento

RAK-Sorrento has a timeless elegance, with a long body and spout combined with single lever control for a modern twist. As well as Polished Chrome, the brassware can also be chosen in on-trend Brushed Gold, Brushed Nickel or Matt Black.

The RAK-Sorrento basin mixers are available in three sizes – standard, medium and tall – enabling the brassware to be combined effortlessly with any washbasin, with a wall-mounted basin mixer also included in the range. For the bath, RAK-Sorrento offers an abundance of choice, including deck-mounted, exposed and freestanding options.

The sleek styling of RAK-Sorrento is carried through to the shower, with a choice of thermostatic valves that complete the streamlined look.

Giving any bathroom a stylish makeover, RAK-Sorrento delivers excellent performance and is backed by a full manufacturer’s warranty.

Contact:

RAK Ceramics UK

01730 237850

www.rakceramics.com/uk/

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D-Neo Minimal is a new bathroom range by designer Bertrand Lejoly for Duravit. With a pared-down aesthetic designed to counter-balance the current fast pace of life, the range includes bathroom furniture, taps, a washbasin, bathtub and mirrors.

The clear, minimalist and geometric forms are complemented by muted brown and subdued beige colour tones. tones that work equally well In all bathroom schemes, from Scandinavian to urban.

Duravit considers the design elements to suit urban individualists whose lifestyles are defined by jettisoning anything superfluous. for this demographic, the bathroom is a haven of peace with clear forms and minimalistic design that make the daily rituals a regenerative experience.

Taps & washbasin

The D-Neo faucets feature a clear-cut design that holds its own in any room. they pare beautifully with the 800 mm asymmetric washbasin, a highlight of the D-Neo range. The vanity unit with open racks and a drawer provides plenty of storage space. With four glass shelves, the semi-tall cabinet also offers ample storage in a compact space.

Bathroom Furniture

The new Oak Black finish furniture is calming to the eye and designed to open up the room.

Bathtub

The 1600 x 750 mm free-standing D-Neo bath has the velvety look and feel of the DuraSolid® material, which was developed by Duravit, making the piece an eye-catching choice for bathrooms of any size.

Mirrors

Circular mirrors from the Universal Light & Mirror range provide indirect lighting to pleasantly illuminate the washing area.

About Duravit

Founded in 1817 in Hornberg in the Black Forest, Duravit AG is today a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms. The company is active in more than 130 countries worldwide and stands for innovation in the fields of signature design, comfort-enhancing technology and premium quality. In cooperation with an international network of high-profile designers such as Philippe Starck, sieger design, Christian Werner, Cecilie Manz and young talents such as Bertrand Lejoly and Kurt Merki Jr., the company develops unique bathrooms that enhance quality of life for users on a sustained basis. Duravit’s product portfolio comprises sanitary ceramics,
bathroom furniture, bathtubs and shower trays, wellness systems, shower-toilets, tap fittings and accessories as well as installation systems.

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Global bathroom brand VitrA’s Liquid is a new comprehensive range designed in collaboration with Tom Dixon. Liquid is the first-ever bathroom range by the acclaimed British designer. 

The range is the latest addition to VitrA’s portfolio of designer collaborations, part of a long-standing programme of working with world-renowned designers to create distinctive, modern bathroom collections.

For Tom, the collaboration with VitrA has allowed him to explore new design opportunities while gaining an appreciation of the complexities of manufacturing products for the bathroom. Creating a fully comprehensive range was key for the designer so Liquid covers all elements of the bathroom – sanitaryware, furniture, taps, tiles, shower systems, and accessories.

For Liquid, part of Tom’s inspiration was Victorian bathrooms.

“I like the feeling of permanence in Victorian bathrooms, with their big chunky taps and fat tubes,” Tom notes. “It’s an aesthetic that’s closely connected to a whole tradition of British engineering and influenced the development of the bathroom.”

The fact that clay is readily available and extremely durable resonated with Tom, particularly from a sustainability perspective. He found it fascinating “the way a bit of grey and greasy earth can transform into something so white, clean and shiny.”

VitrA Tom Dixon

Like much of Tom’s recent work, the new collection is aligned with his increasing use of round-edged aesthetics. The designs have been inspired by elements of pop art, such as Jeff Koons and his Balloon Dog and the work of Claes Oldenburg, as well as the sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s geometry of soft forms and use of rounded marble.

Cloe up Shower VitrA

Over months of close collaboration, VitrA and Tom Dixon explored lots of new ideas. “I think design should always increase the potentials,” says VitrA’s design director, Erdem Akan. “If you get the core pieces right, you can create combinations and potentials – creating more with less.” The final result is Liquid, a range that is wholly new and yet somehow familiar.

Levent Giray, managing director of VitrA UK, comments:

“We are delighted to introduce Tom Dixon’s innovative and contemporary collection as part of our ongoing collaboration with world-renowned designers. Our extensive manufacturing, design and innovation capabilities have ensured that there is a unity to the breadth of Liquid, the VitrA x Tom Dixon collection. At a time when there is a greater emphasis placed on the bathroom space, this cohesive collection has a generosity of design that will sit comfortably in both domestic and professional environments.”