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Bathroom suppliers you should know

Bathroom suppliers you should know

The bathroom is no longer a space that is purely driven by function. Today, designers and suppliers alike can offer a number of new ways to approach bathroom design, as the space itself has been gradually expanding to accumulate more space and more importance.

The developing bathroom is a trend happening worldwide, and isn’t solely related to upscale design. Sustainability and environmental principles, along with advanced technology, are also playing a large role.

Design superstar Philippe Starck continues to pioneer such developments with his original bathroom taps that boast green properties. Take for example, the Organic tap, which Starck designed for bathroom brand Axor.

According to Starck, the Organic tap creates a new type of water, one which has been referred to as “empty water”. By combining water with air, the innovative tap dramatically reduces water consumption without affecting the genuine feel of how much water one is actually using.

Bathroom innovation isn’t only occurring in Starck’s mind, as the UAE has witnessed a number of new initiatives that encourage environmental bathroom design.

In recent months, Delta Faucet discovered new local talents by hosting a bathroom design competition. While the competition brought together students from the American University of Dubai, the objective was to compete in designing sustainable bathrooms.

Of the 22 competitors, three were chosen for their distinct designs. The first prize winner was Anne El Meri, whose project established an eco-friendly public washroom that applied the Reed Bed system by incorporating plants to recycle and restore water.

El Meri said: “I enjoyed working on this challenge and have learnt that incorporating simple, yet effective design solutions into every day household products can have a lasting impact on the planet that we call home…I also believe that the use of modern technology for the betterment of the environment is essential in order to promote sustainable living for future generations.”

Aside from environmental design solutions, the use of technology in bathrooms is also an upcoming trend. A number of bathroom brands are incorporating the advantages of automation such as Dornbracht, who developed the Ambiance Tuning Technique (ATT), a series of jets that are pre-programmed in choreographed settings of water temperature and volume.

From advancing the experience of water, to bathroom aesthetics and comfort, technology allows us to redefine and revolutionise what we can expect from bathroom spaces.

As Andreas Dornbracht, CEO, Dornbracht said: “Technology also allows us to divide the bathroom into specific water zones to address people’s personal needs and individual spaces more intimately…The digitisation of the applications in the bathroom offers exciting possibilities for product and interior design.”

Geberit

Tell us about your company?
Geberit is the leading sanitary brand focusing on two product lines: sanitary systems and piping systems. Geberit represents long traditions, vast know-how, reliability and innovation. As the market leader in sanitary technology, we pioneered the concealed cistern and wall-hung WC solutions.

What’s new?
Geberit always improves its current products with new innovations. There is a lot of sustaining innovation happening in our product portfolio every year. Be it with new designs for push plates or self-sustaining electronic faucets. New to the Geberit Monolith portfolio for WC and bidet solutions is the Monolith for washbasin and taps.

New as well the Shower Element, that enables seamless drainage in the wall, compared to an unaesthetic “hole” in the floor of the shower. Other very exciting new products that have recently been unveiled are: New shape Sigma50, Sigma10 with stop and go flush, Sigma10 WC-Control IR/manual, Geberit AquaClean Sela, Pluvia outlet for small concrete & stainless steel gutters, Geberit PE expansion socket.

What projects have you been involved in?
New Doha International Airport, St Regis Hotel in both Abu Dhabi and Doha, Jabal Omar Mecca
with the Conrad, Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott Hotels, King Abdulla Financial District KSA, New York University Abu Dhabi, Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, Mafraq Hospital Abu Dhabi, Salam Tower Dubai, Jumeirah Park Villas, Dubai, Burj Al Arab Dubai, Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi, Zayed University Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Missoni Hotel Kuwait and the EPA headquarters Kuwait.

What sets you apart?
Geberit provides a tight support network of Technical Consultants for its customers being well positioned with presence of our experts locally throughout the Gulf region.

With our experts we apply competence and expertise at every stage of the building project, from working with the interior designer and architect, planning with the MEP consultant to the final implementation and delivery on the building site with the MEP contractor.

What differentiates us from the competition is this support network that works closely with interior designers, architects and MEP contractors and focuses on demonstrating the superior quality and value of the Geberit products, and the ease of installation and maintenance.

Where do we find you?
UAE: +971 4 447 0914
KSA: +966 2 668 3468
Kuwait: +965 6 672 8102
Qatar: +974 4 495 4605
sales.gulf@geberit.com

Hansgrohe
Tell us about your company?
Hansgrohe is one of the world’s leading luxury bathroom and kitchen fitting specialists. Whether showering, bathing or washing your hands, you will immediately notice the excellent quality of Hansgrohe products.

Hansgrohe and its designer brand Axor, represent innovative, design-oriented products, and are considered one of the world’s leading trendsetters when it comes to forward-thinking bathroom concepts and environmentally-friendly kitchen and bath technologies. The recipe for success—tradition-based innovation coupled with sustainable corporate thinking – is enhanced by Hansgrohe’s great passion for the element of water.

What’s new?
Hansgrohe recently unveiled its newest “Select” button range. First launched in 2009, the Select range moves away from the twisting of nobs in order to change the spay setting, to the simple touch of a button. This means that switching between various sprays is now possible by simply pushing the Select button, ergonomically placed at the base of the shower head. The new Raindance Select hand shower range combines three shower options in one: a gentle RainAir spray, a forceful Rain spray, and an invigorating massage jet.

What projects have you been involved in?
Hansgrohe has been very successful in the project business and has won some remarkable projects in the region. Some of these prestigious projects include the Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Regent Hotel in Qatar, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, The Royal Opera House, Oman, and the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, among others.

What sets you apart?
Intrinsic green values and care for the environment has always set Hansgrohe apart long before sustainability or corporate social responsibility became buzzwords. Design at Hansgrohe is always created in conjunction with technological opportunities to achieve the highest levels of aesthetic and functional quality.

In the continuously updated company ranking of the independent International Forum Design, Hansgrohe leaves its competitors from the sanitation industry far behind. This is due to Hansgrohe’s German quality and engineering which has long been recognised as a distinguishing feature over its 112 year history, as demonstrated by its designer Axor range.

Contributing to its on-going resilience the company benefits from a flourishing culture of innovation, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of people enter their bathrooms with pleasure every morning.

Where do we find you?
Hansgrohe is in the process of setting up more flagship stores throughout the Middle East following the inaugural launch of the Hansgrohe showroom on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, and Bahrain distributor, Al Abbas and Al Haji Galleries’ newly renovated showroom in Segaiya. Currently Hansgrohe are working with Saudi partner, Alshaya, to update all showrooms in KSA. You can find Hansgrohe locations and a list of regional distributors by visiting our

website:
www.hansgrohe-middleeast.com/13358.htm.

Laufen

Tell us about your company?
Swiss bathroom company Laufen has been at the forefront of design, quality and function for over 100 years and leads the market in developing beautifully crafted ceramics, furniture and brassware for the contemporary and classic bathroom setting.

What’s new?
Being rolled out to showrooms throughout the region very shortly will be the results of a very exciting collaboration of two of the biggest brands in furniture and bathroom manufacturing – the Kartell by Laufen Collection. The collection combines durable, innovative ceramic fixtures with a series of translucent polycarbonate furniture and accessories to create open, flexible bathroom spaces.

This is also the first complete collection to include washbasins made from SaphirKeramik, a new lightweight material that is completely unique to Laufen and produces basins with super-thin radii and in sizes that have never before been possible with ceramic.

What projects have you been involved in?
Laufen bathroom solutions can be found in hotels the worldwide, with a few of our most recent prestigious projects including the Grand Kristal and Beirut Gardens in Lebanon, the Hilton Dead Sea in Jordan, the Radisson Blue Resort Sohar in Oman and the ABG Tower in Bahrain.

What sets you apart?
Working with some of Europe’s leading architect-designers, including Dutchman Wiel Arets and Italian architect-designers Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Laufen offers complete bathrooms designed from the tap to the toe of the bathtub, as well as modular concepts that integrate flawlessly into any bathroom space.

As well as investing in product development, Laufen has also developed a business infrastructure that has made it into a global brand, with an export team in place that ensure its products and high levels of customer service can be enjoyed globally.

Where do we find you?
Call us on +41 61 765 76 09 or visit www.laufen.com.export.

RAK Ceramics

What’s new?
RAK Ceramics has launched the new design Wood Art Tiles Collection to promote eco-friendly tiles as an alternative to natural resources. Further, we have launched Cementina tile that has a clean and crisp cemented appearance which enhances the design of its surroundings.
Available in three colours, the tile can be used in a variety of internal and external application, especially, on floors where strength and durability are the prime considerations.

RAK Ceramics has launched RAK Smart Design Application, which is an excellent interior design tool for professionals and laymen in getting perfect tile layout with photo realistic quality in real time.

The user-friendly application has professionally designed layouts and presets which are completely customisable and can easily edit designs with a variety of tools eliminating the need for choosing complex and costly tiling applications. RAK Smart Design is available for download from App Store on iPad.

What projects have you been involved in?
RAK Ceramics has recently supplied tiles to Dubai International Airport Expansion in UAE, Barwa City in Qatar, Financial Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Damac Properties’ Al Jawarah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

What sets you apart?
RAK Ceramics positions itself as a leading ceramics innovator where we have the widest collection of tiles ranging from 10cm x10cm to 120cmx120cm with 8,000 tile designs. Further, we offer European and Middle Eastern influenced bathware collections along with water-saving faucets, kitchen fittings, tile grouts, adhesives and eco-friendly paints making RAK Ceramics a one stop interior solution provider.

Where do we find you?
RAK Ceramics
P.O. Box 4714
Ras Al Khaimawh, UAE

TOTO

Tell us about your company?
TOTO was established in 1917 in Japan. Today TOTO is a global company with manufacturing and sales office around the world. TOTO is a $5bn sales turnover company with 30,000 employees. Our value is to provide high quality products, our mission is to enhance the conformability of our user’s, and our overall goal is to meet our TOTO Green Challengewith our environmentally friendly products.

What’s new?
The new eWater function mists the water closet bowl after each use, making a clean bowl easier to maintain and reducing the need for chemicals during cleaning. TOTO has developed a self-cleaning Washlet with its new Actilight technology.

Actilight consists of two phases that actively fight waste and bacteria. Prior to the first use, the Washlet sprays the toilet bowl with water. Once the toilet is flushed, the Washlet sprays the bowl with electrolysed water.

This water has an antibacterial effect and prevents waste from accumulating. The toilet bowl also has a special hydrophilic zirconium-coated surface, which helps the electrolysed water simply wash the waste away.

The toilet lid features a UV light which is activated once the lid is shut. This light triggers the decomposition process of the waste particles on the zirconium-coated surface. The result is a toilet that stays clean over the long term.

What projects have you been involved in?
Dubai International Airports, Dubai Mall, Dubai Metro, Emirates Office Towers, Bahrain Financial Towers, DFC Intercontinental & Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai Festival City, Jal Hotels, Dubai Marina Mall & Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, Dusit Hotel, Conrad Hotel, Al Ain Mall, Four Seasons (Qatar & Saudi Kingdom Tower) Cleveland Hospital, Conrad Hotel Dubai, Dubai Airport T2 Expansion, Saudi Universities just to name a few.

What sets you apart from your competitors?
Our products are manufactures with the highest care by choosing the premium and selective raw materials. The easy accessibility is one of the key features of our products enjoyed utmost by national and international crowd.

We provide the most modern and reliable technology backed up with timeless design aesthetics, which have placed us in the topline of international standards.

We provide a luxurious lifestyle through our wide collection for wellness ranges, where performance and uniqueness bind with a minimal maintenance cycle. The energising products with highest safety levels are found to be user friendly, providing flexibility to different age levels and communities.

Where do we find you?
TOTO Asia Oceania (Middle East Branch)
LOB 19- 1701/1702
Jebel Ali Free Zone, PO Box 261804, Dubai
Tel: +971-4-8865983,
Fax: +971-4-8865986
www.asia.toto.com

Delta Faucet

Tell us about your company?
Delta Faucet Company is one of the largest and most awarded American manufacturers of residential and commercial faucets. Founded by the Masco Corporation in 1954, with the introduction of the single-handle taps, the manufacturer owns the Delta and Brizo faucet brands and has an extensive line of residential and commercial products, both manual and electronic.

What’s new?
This year we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Touch2O Technology, an award-winning innovation that is a perfect example of how we are providing a smarter way to experience water. Delta Faucet Company has been at the forefront in research and design of touch and hands-free faucet technologies in the home for more than a decade.

Since 2008 when the Delta brand introduced Touch2O Technology, the first faucet technology of its kind, Delta Faucet has continued to enhance the way consumers interact with their kitchen and bath faucets. In recognition of this five-year milestone, hundreds of showrooms across the globe now demonstrate the wide breadth of Delta kitchen and bath faucets with Touch2O and Touch2O.xt Technologies.

As part of our commitment to our customers and our shower expansion initiatives this year, we are excited to launch Delta’s new line of shower heads and hand showers. With a full range of options to meet the needs of any homeowner, H2Okinetic showerheads are now offered at a rate less than the industry standard of 10 litres per minute thus using up to 40% less water than their standard counterpart’s showerheads.

What projects have you been involved in?
Delta Faucet can be found in hotels, commercial buildings, and public building all around the world. Delta Faucet Company sells products in more than 53 countries including 11 markets in the Middle East. Within the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait, the company’s faucets are sold through retail stores and wholesale showrooms.

What sets you apart from your competitors?
As a company born out of innovation, we take pride in continuing to innovate and lead in the areas of new technology development, consumer research and design. Water consumption in the Middle East is extremely high compared to the global average, for this reason we think it is important to introduce products that place a high priority on environmental sustainability. The brand is extremely committed to designing products that improve the way people interact with water and this is the basis behind our award winning technologies and water-saving features.

Where do we find you?
All our products are available on our website: http://worldwide.deltafaucet.com/international/home.html.
For a full list of Delta worldwide distributors please visit:
http://worldwide.deltafaucet.com/international/where-to-buy/index.html.

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