Category: Bathroom Design

Kohler in Bloom at the Art League of Long Island

Blackman Hosts Kohler in Bloom at the Art League of Long Island

We love to host a good party! Last weeks Kohler in Bloom event was no exception. Many of our closest A&D friends joined us as we launched new faucets and sinks from Kohler and Kallista at the Art League of Long Island. Customers previewed the latest Kohler products including the new Ombre faucet finish and Kohler Components faucet collection. Our guests were also able to enjoy the Art League’s impressive gallery space.

The Art League of Long Island

Established in 1955, the Art League of Long Island, located in Dix Hills NY, is a not-for-profit visual arts organization offering classes and workshops for children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. Their Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery hosts a dozen exhibits per year, featuring contemporary works by many local artists. When we visited the space we instantly knew this was where we would host our Kohler in Bloom Event.

Kohler and Kallista product displays were artfully placed within the airy two-story art gallery. Big Picture works were currently on display and did not disappoint!  Local artists from Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Queens were invited to submit applications to show large works in the League’s spacious gallery. Out of 259 works submitted by 115 artists, 39 works were selected to exhibit in the gallery by Exhibition Juror Bruce Lieberman.

Guests mingled and enjoyed drinks and a luxurious spread from La Promenade of Teaneck, New Jersey. Attendees entered to win a gift certificate from the Art League of Long Island and a floral-themed Kohler Dutchmaster sink. Our favorite DJ Twilo was onsite dancing the night away; a video booth created an even more festive atmosphere for this electrifying evening. Local artist and friend of the Art League, Larry Aarons joined the fun sketching portraits for our attendees.

The Kohler Blackman Partnership

“The collaboration between Kohler and Blackman paid dividends for this amazing event! What a great way to promote our new faucet product introductions in such a beautiful venue with key customers on Long Island,” said Jill Mueller, Associate Channel Manager at Kohler.

Setta Tavitian, Senior Sales Executive at Kohler, agreed. “Incorporating the new faucets and sinks from Kohler and Kallista in the art gallery setting and treating like them like they were pieces of art drove home the point that the faucets in a bathroom are the jewelry with which you accessorize the space,” she noted. “I loved that no detail was overlooked and that even though the event was in an art gallery setting, the mood was fun an upbeat with a DJ, video booth and the inviting way the caterer displayed the food.”

Event Success

That upbeat mood contributed to a successful evening, according to David Lyon Vice President Retail at Blackman. “I just loved how everyone was interacting with the products displayed and the art at the Art League!”

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Remodeling: From Southampton to West Palm Beach, Blackman Creates Luxury

Remodeling Project in Florida Puts Southampton Sales Consultant Lauren Regan on the Map!

Lauren Regan, Sales Consultant at Blackman Southampton, has been a Blackman team member for over 18 years. Her experience in remodeling and design was recently showcased in an outstanding West Palm Beach residence for one of her longtime clients.

At Blackman Plumbing Supply we are well-known for our luxury remodeling products. We are also highly in touch with our customers and their important needs. Our experienced Sales Consultants develop relationships and connections with their clients, that transcend geography. Our amazing clients continue to visit our showrooms for their home improvement projects near and far.

The Florida Project

We recently caught up with Lauren to discuss the details of her stunning remodeling project. “The home was for clients I have worked with on several different projects over the years. The magnificent home was located in Delray Beach and was my clients winter home. They frequently come back and forth between the Hamptons and Florida and have worked with me on projects in the Hamptons before. Last Summer, when they were ready to work on the Florida project, they visited me in the Southampton Showroom. We got right to work! We selected the bathroom and kitchen fixtures, as well as tile and lighting throughout the home.”

The home’s open concept lent itself beautifully to items like our modernist starburst lighting fixture in the entrance foyer, sleek Kallista integrated sink in the kitchen’s center island and contemporary polished chrome faucets in the bathrooms. “We enjoy working together and come up with gorgeous results,” Lauren shared.

Showroom Resources

Her clients appreciate the resources available in the Southampton Showroom, and the fact that they could be delivered to their Florida home. “They loved that they could come to this showroom and put their whole house together,” Lauren added. “The Southampton location has the most beautiful showroom with the latest trends in materials and fixtures at your fingertips. It makes designing and creating a truly hands-on experience. You’re able to really make the vision come alive.”

Experience Luxury

The showroom experience is something Lauren takes great pride in sharing with her clients. “I love to put the whole room together from tile to lighting and everything in-between. Our showrooms give you the opportunity to work on projects all over the country and beyond. I have work on projects in Jamaica, Florida, Los Angeles and Mexico to name a few.”

Now that their home is completed in the Sunshine State, Lauren says her clients are looking forward to a future design project in the Hamptons. “My clients are very excited with the results of their Delray Beach home and can’t wait to work on their next upcoming project in Bridgehampton!”

Blackman’s new West Palm Beach Showroom is also just a few miles north of their resort home in Delray Beach, giving this family a local resource when they are in Florida.

Work With Lauren

To work with Lauren on your next remodeling and design project visit our Southampton Showroom.

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Summer Bathroom Ideas

Enjoy our latest bathroom ideas for summer!

Dreaming about remodeling your bathroom this summer? Here are some bathroom ideas to brighten up your bath. Visit your local Blackman showroom to meet with a design consultant and make your dream bathroom a reality!

Elevated Finishes

Make your bathroom cool for the summer with elevated finishes. Consider an exciting new finish like matte black, brushed gold or brass. Trendy finishes like these make a bold statement in the ever popular white bathroom.

No matter which finish you choose, all of them look breathtaking in traditional and contemporary designs. These finishes can elevate a space and add a sophisticated, luxurious feel; yet are budget conscious.

Fun Florals

This summer you can incorporate a personal, artistic touch to your bathroom remodel with floral patterns. Two ideas include utilizing a floral wall covering or installing floral fixtures.

Kohler’s Dutchmaster Basin is the epitome of floral bathroom design. This sink is inspired by Dutch master paintings of the 17th century and was created in collaboration with “florography” artist Ashley Woodson. This floral sink could be the focal point of your bathroom, in addition to the other elements of design complementing this central feature.

Pops of Color

Thinking of adding a pop of color to your bathroom? It’s a great bathroom idea! You can add color to your backsplash, flooring, walls, and cabinetry by selecting a colorful fixture. The Vola HV1 Bathroom Faucet is a great choice and is available in over 20 colors. This faucet is simple in design and will add a pop of color to your bathroom.

Clean Lines

Even if your bathroom is traditional, consider clean lines to help visually declutter your space. The new DXV by American Standard Modulus is a 55-inch lavatory countertop slab and wall-mount drawer may be your fix! The Modulus is characterized as minimalistic, yet is highly functional. This fixture is seamless and is customizable by design, showcasing the best in clean lines.

The Last Word

In conclusion, find your personal style this summer and enjoy your new space! Have fun and dare to try a new finish or fun floral pattern.

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Interior Designer Spotlight: Amy Hill Designs

Amy Hill: Home is Where The Heart Is

Amy Hill owns and operates Amy Hill Designs, a full-service residential interior design firm serving clients in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and the Hamptons. From fabrics, furniture and floor plans to windows, walls, and accessories, she works closely with clients to create interiors that reflect their individual tastes and lifestyle.

How would you describe your design style?

It’s a little bit of everything, but casual elegance sums it up.

How does that style translate into the design elements you choose?

Since some of the areas I work in are near the beach, I like to integrate that beachy feeling but not in a kitschy way. I like more organic pieces paired with refined pieces, like a beautiful oversized teak coffee table with an elegant chandelier. About 90% of my Amy Hill Designs clients have second and third homes; they are sophisticated, well-traveled and very intelligent. They also have kids, guests and pets, so they want something that’s not fussy yet still chic and elegant.

What is the best part of your job as a designer?

I am absolutely so fortunate to have the most amazing clients who are fun to work with and down-to-earth. We have become great friends, so I feel very fortunate. I wake up every morning and love to go to work. Whether I am meeting with a builder, advising my clients, or going to a Blackman showroom, I am passionate about my job.

What is your professional background?

I have a master’s degree in psychology and had a private practice. Furthermore, I went on to get my real estate license and later worked with builders staging houses. I eventually moved to the interior design field about six years ago and started Amy Hill Designs.

How do you continue to be inspired when it comes to designing interior spaces?

I can be inspired by walking on the beach or walking down a block in the Hamptons and looking in the shop windows. I like to travel, visit amazing resorts and figure out what gives you that welcome feeling of being home. That’s the most important part of my job, identifying what feels like home for my clients and giving that to them.

Is there anything else you’d like share about Amy Hill Designs?

I am very passionate about what I do. I tend to go above and beyond for my clients. Once I set a Thanksgiving table for a client, I like to take their breath away. A lot of people call me up crying because they are so happy with their home. I try to go that extra step. Once I had a client whose son had to be gluten-free. Before they came home, I set up a table with a gluten-free food section, flowers, food, and even something for their dog. I want all my clients to feel like they’re at home, since your home equals your escape.

To connect with Amy Hill of Amy Hill Designs visit her website.

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Bathroom Remodeling Made Simple

U By Moen Shower

Bathroom Remodeling Made Simple

By Gwen Donovan and Francesca Messina

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom? After watching countless home renovation programs on HGTV, leafing through home magazines, and scanning Pinterest for inspiration, you know your bathroom needs an upgrade! We have the resources to get your bathroom remodeling project underway. Whether it’s a simple fix like a new bathroom vanity with stylish hardware or a complete bath overhaul, our design consultants are ready to work with you.

Blackman bathroom remodeling showrooms have everything you need. We display the latest floor and wall tiles, vanities, tubs, showers, toilets, faucets, lighting, mirrors and more. Our friendly design consultants will assist you in your bathroom remodeling project every step of the way.

Ask yourself the following questions before you get started:

What Do I Want?

There are many different styles and design options to choose from when remodeling your bathroom. Traditional, urban, industrial, rustic chic, ultra-modern, transitional; to name a few. It’s all a reflection of your taste, there is no wrong choice. Remember to consider the size of your bathroom. Many of our customers are opting to remove a bathtub in favor of a roomy walk-in shower, while others are choosing graceful stand-alone tubs and steam showers enclosed by frameless clear glass. Vanities range from space-saving and modern to expansive double sink styles. When you select the design elements of your bathroom remodeling project that feel right to you, your bathroom will become be a relaxing retreat. It is important to think about what works and what doesn’t work in your current bathroom to ensure a successful outcome.

What Is My Budget?

Having a dollar amount in mind for your bathroom remodeling project is smart. But, determining that number can be tricky. Visit us to learn about price ranges, product lines, and installation costs. We have products at every price point. Your design consultant will help meet your budget needs. Some of our customers create a spreadsheet to compare costs. Others make a simple list, noting their favorite design elements and price points. Knowledge is power, so make sure your dream bath budget is an amount you are comfortable with.

What Is My Time Frame?

Yes, it only takes 30 minutes for a bathroom to be renovated entirely on television. In the real world, things move at a slower pace. Simple jobs like a new sink or toilet replacement typically take a few hours. A full bathroom remodeling project from the floor up is likely to take a month. Plan accordingly and remember that the bathroom will be out of commission for a period of time, although the results will be worth the inconvenience!

Start your Project!

Start your new bathroom remodeling project today by visiting a Blackman Remodeling Showroom. Our design consultants are ready to help. Our amazing displays will inspire you. Your result, the bathroom of your dreams turned into a beautiful new reality.

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5 High-Efficiency Plumbing Products

Energy Efficient Kohler Toilet

By Gwen Donovan and Francesca Messina

Starting new construction or a remodeling project? Here is a roundup of our favorite energy efficient plumbing products. From a new app aligned with Smart Home technology to on-demand tankless water heaters; consider these high-efficiency plumbing products for your home.

The Taco SmartPlug

Jimmy Frey, Manufactures Representative from Taco, revealed how their new SmartPlug ups the efficiency of a water heater. “The Taco SmartPlug is a high-efficiency plumbing product designed to upgrade any hot water recirculation system.”  The Taco SmartPlug replaces inefficient timers and aquastats typically used in recirculation systems. With the SmartPlug, homeowners can learn when hot water is used in their home. The Smart Plug uses technology to determine a household’s ongoing hot water needs. The pipe-mounted temperature sensor records daily hot water usage patterns during the course of a week. Recorded data is used to automatically run the circulator at the same times the following week, resulting in hot water available when needed. If usage pattern changes, the SmartPlug adjusts automatically, no programming required.

All Things Navien!

Navien is considered the leader in high-efficiency condensing technology,” said Gregg D. Chambers, a manufacturer’s representative for Navien. The NPE series of tankless water heaters have an unsurpassed efficiency rating of up to 99% with a turndown ratio of 10 to 1, meaning modulating input rates from 19,900 to 199,900 BTUs. They provide continuous flow rates of up to 5.1 gallons per minute at a 77-degree rise. Multiple units can be cascaded and manifold together to create up to nearly 3.2 million BTUs of input if more hot water is needed. All units are field convertible from natural gas and are approved for both residential and commercial applications. Most importantly they offer up to a 15-year warranty.

Another innovative product from Navien combines hot water and residential heating in one unit. The NCB-E tankless combi-boilers provides continuous hot water at up to 4.5 gallons per minute at a 77-degree rise. It also provides up to 112,000 BTUs for home heating needs, all at 95% efficiency. The NCB-E is rated for single-family, residential use only. They have an amazing 10-year warranty resulting in a no-brainer for any homeowner!

Kohler Konnect: “Alexa tell Kohler to turn on my kitchen faucet.”

Kohler is introducing a new app that fine-tunes everyday experiences in the home: KOHLER Konnect.The new app uses voice commands, hands-free control and personalized presets on its app. Options include operating a kitchen faucet, controlling the features of an intelligent toilet, adjusting the lighting embedded in a bathroom mirror, running a post-workout shower, and automatically filling a bath to a desired depth and temperature, all by using simple voice commands.

“Voice services and connected devices have become integrated into every facet of the home –with the notable exception of the bathroom– until now,” said David Kohler, President, and CEO of Kohler Co. “We provide thoughtful design and technologies that offer convenience and functionality to enrich your personalized experiences, making them easier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Whether you are getting ready for work, helping your children through their evening bedtime routine or simply in need of some personal relaxation, KOHLER Konnect is the next evolution of our leading-edge kitchen and bathroom innovations that help make these everyday moments better.” KOHLER Konnect offers support in select products for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit to bring technology into the bathroom in meaningful ways.

Conserve H2O with Dual Flush by American Standard

The American Standard Elongated Right Height Dual-flush Toilet is a great choice for the energy efficient family. This toilet is rated best (4 out of 5) in flush power.  This high-efficiency plumbing product saves water and provides power. The dual-flush feature maximizes water savings resulting in a savings of both water and money. Its sleek, clean design works well in a variety of bathroom décor styles. This toilet is EPA WaterSense-certified toilet, it uses 1.6-gallons per flush, without sacrificing performance. The partial flush option uses 37.5% less water than a conventional toilet. Additionally, the toilet is fabricated in American Standard’s EverClean finish, which inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface. Most importantly, American Standard offers a high-efficiency plumbing product that will work in any home.

Recirculate Water with Grundfos

A typical family of three wastes 16 thousand gallons of water a year. They also spend a whopping 24 hours a year waiting for hot water at a faucet! The Grundfos Comfort PM AutoAdapt high-efficiency plumbing product provides access to instant hot water. It efficiently reduces the annual waste of your home’s water, and reduces power consumption. With a hot water recirculation system, you can guarantee your family the luxury of instant hot water therfore saving water each day. Water is an increasingly scarce resource, save water with recirculation and enjoy the added benefits of instant hot water.

Visit a Blackman Remodeling Showroom to purchase these and other high-efficiency plumbing products for your home.

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Watermark Designs: The Heart and Soul of Brooklyn


By Michele Keith

What is Watermark Designs?

There are companies that are “in” a location, and then there are companies that are “of” a location. Watermark Designs is the Brooklyn-based manufacturer of plumbing fixtures. They create bathroom accessories, lighting and elegant hardware for luxury commercial and residential markets. As president and third-generation owner Avi Abel relates, “Brooklyn is as much a fiber of our being as our products.”

Why Brooklyn?

What has kept Watermark in Brooklyn since it began nearly 40 years ago? “We’re very close to the highest concentration of architects and designers in North America,” says Abel. “This helps us keep our finger on the pulse of new trends and designs. We also have access to skilled artisans from around the world. They come to this country for a better life, bringing with them skill sets that are hard to find elsewhere.”

Most Watermark employees are local Brooklynites, with many walking to work, Abel says, though quickly adding with a laugh, “Living here is not a pre-requisite for working here! We encourage a family atmosphere, celebrate our different cultures and enjoy a warm, safe environment.” Working at Watermark is nearly a rite of passage for many since it helps new arrivals assimilate into the community at large.

Watermark Designs is always searching for new ways to reach out to neighborhood residents.  They post job openings at local colleges. They encourage graduates with engineering degrees to consider them for a career. In addition, the company liaises with nearby employment centers, features a dedicated email for resumes on its website, and is an active member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and East New York Development Center.

Abel believes strongly in staying local, saying, “We source as many of our raw materials here as possible—I actually do get my brass from a business down the street—and we manufacture each and every product here.” It’s a point of pride for the company that is expressed in big and small ways, like the tape used for sealing boxes which boldly states: “Made in Brooklyn.”

“We prove again and again that manufacturing in the USA, and Brooklyn in particular, is a thriving and worthwhile endeavor.” Spoken like a proud New Yorker indeed!
Watermark is available at all Blackman Plumbing Supply Showrooms.
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U By Moen Digital Shower Controller

The Reviews Are In: U By Moen Digital Shower Controller

Make your morning shower a smart shower

Written By: Gwen Donovan 

Called “The Shower of Your Future,” the innovative U By Moen digital shower controller is getting high marks from happy customers. According to Jim Teixeira, Territory Manager for Wholesale Sales at Moen Incorporated, the number of five-star reviews at is a testimony to this product’s appeal.

Customizable shower technology combines convenience and a high-tech approach resulting in the ultimate showering experience. Use your smartphone to set your shower to the perfect temperature and pause it until you are ready to get in. Compatible with Amazon Alexa (you can tell Alexa to start your preset morning shower), electronic controls allow you to change the water temperature with pinpoint accuracy for a truly customized experience.

First-hand experiences tell the story, too. Here are some of the amazing U by Moen reviews we have collected:

Tony in Rochester, New York said “Going for a shower in the morning is a joy, and not a shivering slog waiting for hot water or trying to adjust the temperature under the freezing/boiling spray! With the addition of a Bluetooth speaker and Alexa, I may never leave the shower. This also allowed me to install my shower head (rain shower) and my wife’s shower head (fire fighter nozzle) together! Resulting in total comfort.”

ShowerSam from Columbia, Missouri was equally impressed with the product as well as Moen’s outstanding customer service. “I love being able to remotely activate my shower, allowing it to get up to the preset temperature without having to step into the shower itself. Additionaly, it holds the temperature exactly even if someone flushes a toilet in the house. I also like to increase the temperature by a couple of degrees after my body has gotten acclimated to the temperature. A side bonus is having a kind of night light in the bathroom from the controller display.”

Taylor from Montana also raved about the U By Moen digital shower controller. He said “Decided to upgrade into modern day and pull away from the typewriter years. Absolutely love a one button push and my shower is exactly the temp I want. Don’t understand why this isn’t in every house today. It saves water, simple to use. It gets five stars when it integrates with Siri and plays music. Love it!!”

If you are looking for a product that makes life magical, consider the review of Ron from central New Jersey. “I thought of a digital shower controller about 20 years ago and finally Moen makes one that is great. It works with WiFi on your phone and actually works like it’s supposed to. Furthermore, It truly makes my life magical and fun to take a shower again. Thanks Moen for making a product that does what it says it’s going to do right out of the box. All my fixtures will be Moen going forward – I am a Moen customer for life.”

The Last Word!

In Conclution, with reviews like these, it makes the U By Moen digital shower controller a tempting buy for the bath. Visit a Blackroom showroom today for more information about this highly-rated product line from Moen.

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Custom Shower Doors by GlassCrafters

Custom shower doors by GlassCrafters are the locally sourced centerpiece of an amazing bathroom. 

Written By: Diana Mosher

As bathrooms become larger and more luxurious, the shower doors have moved from supporting role to center stage. For 24 years Carlstadt, NJ-based GlassCrafters has been ahead of this curve. They provide consumers and designers a large variety of custom shower doors that are precisely crafted. GlassCrafters shower doors are handmade in New Jersey.

More About GlassCrafters Shower Doors:

Annie Cano, vice president/ owner shared, “The Metropolis Series is the newest product in our shower door line up. This is our fully framed hand-crafted grid design.” The Metropolis shower doors are inspired by Tudor window architecture. This style fits in a broad range of traditional, transitional and Art deco styled spaces.

All of GlassCrafters’ products are designed by the award-winning in-house product development team. Furthermore, GlassCrafters won 2016 & 2017 ADEX awards (Award for Design Excellence) by the Design Journal. Their design inspiration comes from observing trends in architecture and interior design as well as staying current with new technologies and manufacturing processes.

GlassCrafters Shower Doors are produced in NJ and installed by GlassCrafters’ technical staff.

The business has grown over the years, but customers continue to enjoy the benefits of hands-on service by a local manufacturer plus quick delivery times throughout the NJ/NYC Metro Area.

“My husband Joe started this business in 1994 in a tiny two-car garage with just one truck and no money, but he had a lot of drive and vision to create a cool product that could really be something special in the bath space,” says Cano.

“Our signature product and also the biggest seller is our Majestic Series which is our frameless enclosure,” adds Cano. Solid brass pivot hinges eliminate the need for bulky headers or channels. “The Majestic Series has been around since the beginning. It continues to be a success for us all of these years later.“

GlassCrafters shower doors are available at all Blackman Plumbing Supply showrooms in NY, NJ, and FL. Find a location today! 

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Coming Clean: Planning A New Bathroom Design

Coming Clean: Planning A New Bathroom Design

By Javier Sandoval and Gwen Donovan

Javier Sandoval, Branch Manager at the Blackman New York City, shared his thoughts about planning a new bathroom design in the space-challenged apartments his NYC clients are renovating. With all the choices to be made, he said there is one design element that is key to defining the aesthetic of this room.

Where to Start?

“When designing a bathroom, the first thing I like to ask my client is to pick out their sink faucets. Most manufacturers make full suites based around a faucet design. With the faucet, you see the handles that will carry over into your shower control design. You will also see the spout,” Javier said.  “If a client looks at the shower designs first, they may like the handles. But, when the client looks at the spout they may not like that design.”

After the faucet is chosen, the other bathroom design elements usually fall into place. “Once a client falls in love with a faucet design, the client will allow us to select the matching shower components. At that point we can get down to details as to what they are looking for in a shower.  Detail like adding steam or a rain showerhead. These are the easy decisions since the design has already been decided.”

What about Size?

Sizing is important to know when selecting fixtures. This is especially important in New York City where every square inch is important. “If clients have a tub/shower combo then they have a 60-by-30 inch tub.  At that point, they only need to select whether they want cast iron or acrylic. We can help with that.”  For sink vanities, sizing is important. Just because a bath can accommodate a certain size, the maximum size shouldn’t always be used.  “Some bathrooms just aren’t sized for larger vanities even though they may fit,” Javier explained. “Having some openness in the bathroom may be more beneficial than having wall-to-wall cabinetry which can look heavy in a small space.”

City Spacifics.

Javier shared, the same theory applies to medicine cabinets. “Medicine cabinets should be centered over the sink vanity in either the same width or slightly smaller. Some clients think because they have the wall space to do more than that they should, but unless you are going to recess the cabinets into the wall, it can look very heavy and distract from the tile design you may have done on the wall.”

In New York City, toilet sizes are important once again due to limited space, Javier said. “Most toilets are designed for use across the United States, but in cities such as New York, you need a slightly smaller back-to-front measurement than the rest of the country. A typical two-piece toilet, while it may be less expensive, will cost you at least two inches more than a one-piece design. That could make a difference in being able to open a door or in your leg room. We always recommend one-piece designs for New York City. Not only do they look better, but they are space savers.”

Shower doors come toward the end of the bathroom design, Javier said.  “For tub/shower combos we suggest either a sliding door, shower curtain or fixed glass panel. We try to avoid doing a pivot door on a bathtub as it can limit access to the controls or be too large of a swing for the door to open properly.”  It’s not unusual for shower doors to be custom-ordered since so many bath spaces are unique. “Clear doors are the most popular and all you would need to do is select your hardware and our glass door partners will take care of the rest,” Javier added.

You can get a FREE consultation with Javier by clicking here!

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Award-Winning Grid Collection from KALLISTA


The Grid Collection by KALLISTA: Bold, Beautiful with a Modern Twist

By Stephanie Ames

The Grid Collection by KALLISTA won Best of Show at the 2018 Kitchen Bath and Industry Show. Well-represented in this new collection are form, function and scale. The collection features a sink faucet, wall-hung console, lighting and accessories.

De Stijl

The Grid faucet’s minimalist design is a testament to the pared-down quality of De Stijl (which means simply “the style” in Dutch). Which embraced the utopian vision of art and its transformative potential in the post-World War I years of the early 1900s. “Intrigued by the fundamentals found in the De Stijl movement and how it embraced the de-massing of a design has always sparked my imagination as to how it all comes together,” explained Bill McKeone, Design Studio Manager at KALLISTA. “The same curiosity is behind my work on the Grid spout design, which became a reality through 3D technology. I was challenged to design the ideal faucet. What makes it work? As a designer, the challenges that Grid created led me to see things through a different lens and explore the possibilities. I could not be more pleased with the result.”

Grid’s daring stylistic approach pays homage to the architects, designers and artists that stepped away from 19th century design norms, setting off an artistic revolution that literally took the world by storm. It was this shift from ornamentation and pomp toward the look of spare, restrained forms that began a new genre in design. It represented a trend that continued to grow throughout the 20th century.

3D Printing

The faucet employs 3D printing, resulting in Grid’s unique design elements. They defy the standard requirements of external housing to incorporate internal components. Through this process, KALLISTA can achieve the faucet’s open form and discreet interior channels that allow the water to flow easily through the base. The cube handles, understated and perfect open squares that are scaled appropriately to comfortably conform to the hand. They are created by employing the investment cast process. This technique allows for masterful recreation of intricate designs with precision.

Another outstanding aspect of the Grid Collection is its chic matte black finish. This statement-making shade can take center stage within a room or create a neutral backdrop to support larger interior design statements. Currently exclusive to the Grid Collection, matte black is a powder-coated finish. This finish has been renowned within the high-end outdoor furniture industry due to its resilience and durability against the elements. KALLISTA matte black is gently textured, making it sensuous to the touch. Its composition provides a hardworking finish that withstands the daily rigors of use, resisting water spots and fingerprints.

The Last Word.

Each element of the Grid Collection resonates with tailored elegance. This harnesses the visual impact negative space can command by stripping away the confines of traditional design. The intrinsic beauty of simplicity and bold lines characterizes the aesthetic of this modernist line of bath products.

The Grid Collection is now available at Blackman Plumbing Supply Showrooms. Click here to find a location.

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Loud & Clear: Voice Technology Available In KOHLER Konnect Bath Mirror

Voice Technology Available In KOHLER Konnect

Written By: Gwen Donovan

Ashley Pantel is Associate Channel Manager for Cross-Channel Strategies at Kohler, a position that focuses on Styling Space categories. KOHLER Konnect is one of the newest products her company is offering. KOHLER Konnect combines Smart Home technology with pure performance in the bath.

“The Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror with Amazon Alexa is the first mirror in the industry to feature voice control technology,” Ashley said. “With Amazon Alexa built into the mirror, it saves valuable counter space. It is able to serve the same functions as an Amazon Echo, meaning it can activate over 20,000 Alexa skills.”

As a result, this mirror is a major multi-tasker, Ashley added. “It improves the comfort and functionality of time spent in the bathroom to be hands-free, seamless and more convenient, and it will also be able to interact with other connected products in your Wi-Fi network using KOHLER Konnect.”

Customers report that the mirror has been a game changer when it comes starting your day on a positive note. “Imagine a morning routine where it’s entirely hands-free. Well, this mirror enables that. A user can improve their morning experience by listening to weather or traffic info while putting on their makeup with the right lighting. They can also easily add lipstick or shaving cream to the shopping list with a simple voice command. Instead of fumbling for the light switch, the motion activated nightlight makes it easy to navigate the bathroom in the dark.”

Day or night, the KOHLER Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror is an innovative product. It is quickly gaining popularity among consumers based on its ability to streamline daily tasks, Ashley said. “Some voice commands include adjusting the lighting, playing your favorite music, checking the news, adding items to your shopping cart… and many more!”

Additional KOHLER Konnect bath products present the same voice-enabled technology for the shower, bathtub and faucet. The cutting-edge line includes the Sensate Faucet, DTV+ Shower, Touchless Response Toilet, Numi Toilet and Perfect Fill option for the bathtub which assures the perfect depth and temperature for an indulgent—and personalized—soak in the tub.

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