The Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association has once again recognized leading luxury plumbing and hardware products, honoring a distinctive few with its Product of the Year awards. The awards were presented at the 16th Annual DPHA Conference and Product Showcase, held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ, in early October.
The awards program recognizes a product’s uniqueness, design, functionality, innovation and technological superiority. The DPHA Plumbing Products of the Year were named in five separate categories: Plumbing Fixture, Water Delivery, Furniture, Hardware and Accessory.
The independent panel of judges selecting this year’s award recipients were: Mary Jo Peterson, Mary Jo Peterson Design; Eliot Sefrin, founding director and publisher emeritus of Kitchen & Bath Design News; Nicole Weiland, project design manager for the residential division at Charleston Building and Development, a luxury custom home builder in the Chicago area; Alissa Ponchione, managing editor, Hospitality Design magazine; and Lindsay Crozier, director of interiors at Made LLC, a design build practice in New York.
Also included this year is the inaugural Dealer’s Choice Award. All DPHA members had the opportunity to vote for the product they believe stood out as the most innovative, design forward, functional and technologically superior among the more than 160 products entered into the 2016 DPHA Product of the Year competition. Voting began Feb. 1 and ran through March 15, 2017.
The DPHA honored the following products:
- First place: Freestanding Tub Backs Against Wall
Created by British architecture and interior design studio Conran + Partners, Victoria + Albert’s Eldon Tub is a back-to-wall bath that has the curvaceous lines of a freestanding tub, yet sits flush against the wall for greater space saving and ease of installation. The tub is wrapped with a crisp edge that forms a natural shelf against the wall to hide pipework and provide a platform where plumbing could be deck-mounted if desired. The Eldon can be installed with or without an overflow.
- Honorable mention: Shower Base Fits Flush to Floor or Above
Fiora Shower Bases from AD Waters can be installed above the floor or flush to the floor for an ADA-compliant design, and cut on-site to fit within an odd-size setting. Made from the company’s proprietary Nanobath technology, which is bacteria- and stain-resistant, the surface is also finished with Metalface technology to protect against damage and wear.
- Honorable mention: Toilet Cleans Itself
American Standard delivers a water closet that cleans itself via the ActiClean Self-Cleaning Toilet. VorMax flushing technology redefines how a toilet flushes, delivering a clean flush with a fully integrated, user-activated self-cleaning process. By pressing a button, the ActiClean system will scour the bowl with cleaning fluid, then soak and rinse for a clean bowl.
- First place: Kitchen Faucet Has Sleek Design
The sophisticated design of GRAFF’s Sospiro Kitchen Faucet earned it top honors in the water delivery category. Available in a single-hole and bridge version, both faucets feature two sleek cylindrical levers for operation. The single-hole faucet sports a pull-down spray head with dual-function spray and stream water flow, while the contemporary bridge design eliminates the traditional third post for a clean look. Sospiro is available with a matching independent side spray with a progressive valve that controls hot-and-cold and on-and-off systems.
- Honorable mention: Faucet Updates Classic Look
The Vaia line of bath faucets from Dornbracht balances traditional and contemporary features for a classic yet modern look. A choice of a functional lever or classic cross handle pairs well with the curved spout and soft, conical shape. Precise craftsmanship is shown throughout, from the integrated aerator to the distinct handle design.
- Honorable mention: Kitchen Faucet Reaches Out
Beauty meets precise innovation in KWC’s Luna-E kitchen faucet. Micro-spray technology directs water exactly where it’s needed, while extensive swivel ranges and extra-long hoses reach every inch of the sink surface. The pull-out spray hose includes a jetclean faceplate that extends nearly 24″, making it virtually self-cleaning. The faucet also showcases water-saving flow-rates.
- First place: Linear Drain Shower System Provides Pre-Waterproofed Design
The USG Durock Brand-Infinity Drain Shower System offers a waterproofed, linear drain shower system that’s easier and faster to install than traditional shower construction, according to the company. The shower system integrates a high-performance, pre-waterproofed, pre-pitched floor and wallboard with decorative linear drains from Infinity Drain. The waterproofing fabric is pre-faced on the floor and wallboard, which saves time, labor and human error, the firm adds.
- Honorable mention: Steam Shower Control Blends Look
MrSteam’s iSteam3 Shower Control’s entire face is created from one sheet of glass that seamlessly integrates with the precision CNC edge of the aluminum housing. The control is only 1/8″ thick, giving the appearance that it is almost flush with the wall. Features including temperature, duration, aromatherapy, chromatherapy and music are hidden until the user needs them.
First place: Hardware Reduces Noise
SilentPac’s acoustically engineered door hardware enables silent lever-return dampening, softening noise from opening and closing doors, ultimately resulting in more peaceful and quiet environments. Available from Accurate Lock and Hardware, the SilentPac Lever Dampening Disc – when paired with the SilentPac 9100Q Quiet Mortise Lock – can achieve a 16 times reduction in decibel levels, according to the firm. The hardware is compatible with most other brands’ hardware for maximum flexibility.
- First place: Options Lead to Custom Vanity Looks
At 30″ high, the Avant Vanity from The Furniture Guild is taller than most wall-mounted units, providing sections with drawer-inside-a-drawer options to maximize storage. Six metal finishes can be combined with 50 other panel finishes for custom looks. Sizes range from 24″ to 72″, with custom sizing available. Fully integrated finger pulls with matching metal trim are also included. Avant uses 1/2″x2″ metal detail, which has a thin appearance from the front and a bolder look on the sides, the company notes.
- Honorable mention: Vanity Plays on Trend
The shell of the WP.FO vanity from Alape is made of glazed steel and encloses the monochrome body, which offers storage space for bathroom accessories. Harmonized material lighting and technological precision is the genesis of WP.FO. The vanity takes its inspiration from current modern architectural trends.
- Honorable mention: Glass Encloses Vanity
Artelinea’s versatile Dama Vanity is fashioned entirely of glass, with an inner color and an outer color glass, either in glossy or matte. A countertop basin is included in the design. Drawers and shelving are available in glass or wood, and can be ordered a la carte to suit multiple interior bathroom design ideas.
DEALER’S CHOICE AWARD
- First place: Lav Faucet Lever Has Knurling Design
Brizo enhanced the faucet lever by adding a knurling design to the single-handle Litze lavatory faucet, increasing functionality without sacrificing design. Three distinctive handle options and a simplistic yet distinctive bent tube spout enhance the faucet’s appearance, which takes its inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. Teak wood accents and a striking brilliance luxe gold finish are among the options available. The textural knurling detail throughout the suite inspired the collection’s name, which means braid in German.
- Honorable mention: Furniture Gets Purposeful Design
The Galley Dresser is a piece of kitchen furniture purposefully designed to work in harmony with The Galley Workstations. The handcrafted dresser is available in four sizes and 13 hand-selected, high-gloss finishes, with nine custom hardware finish options – including four signature finishes by Doug Durbin.
- Honorable mention: Sink Installs Four Ways
Handcrafted from NativeStone, a material that uses a mixture of jute fiber and cement and weighs 40% less than standard concrete, the Farmhouse Quartet kitchen sink from Native Trails can be installed four different ways: apron-front or standard undermount, curved or straight-front. The sink is available in Ash, Slate and Pearl.