Bathroom suppliers you should know

Bathroom suppliers you should know

The residential sector continues to remain top in the interior spend in the GCC followed by the commercial sector while the hotel sector is the one to watch out for as the major growth sector in 2016, shows the latest report by Index International Design Exhibition and Ventures ME.

According to the report, Saudi Arabia is the biggest interior contracting and fit-outs sector, including kitchen and bathroom fittings, followed by UAE and Qatar while Kuwait is slowly emerging as a growth market in terms of likely project completions this year.

“Oman and Bahrain have shown a decrease in interiors and fit-out spend, and project completions due to stringent budget cuts by their governments,” says the report.

The Building Services Research and Information (BSRIA) report on the global bathroom market shows that 24m baths were sold in 2014 and the market is predicted to grow at an annual rate of just below 5% until 2019. The report goes on to say that the Europe, Middle East and Africa market accounts for over 62% of the world baths market, followed by Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the shower trays, segment sales to EMEA accounted for around half of all commercialised units. The ranking changes in the taps and mixers segment, where Asia-Pacific is the largest market, accounting for 43%. This is followed by EMEA at 34%, and the Americas at 23%.

As sustainability has become a major issue, the fit-out and interior industry in the region has experienced increased pressure to implement environmentally-responsible practices.

“As interior designers we are always looking for ways to reduce the impact of our designs on the environment,” explains Rania Mahmoud Hamed, principal at Dubai-based VSHD Design studio. “This is done through re-using, refinishing, or reconfiguring existing materials in our renovation projects. Also considering passive design strategies such as daylight, natural ventilation and solar energy.”

When it comes to bathroom design trends, designers are now placing a premium on features and products that promote energy efficiency and lower water consumption. Hamed adds that smart features are constantly being incorporated into the modern bathroom.

With this in mind, Commercial Interior Design speaks to bathroom suppliers you should know about their recent projects and water efficient products that embrace sustainability.


Tell us about your company

Kaldewei, a family-run company for four generations, was founded in Ahlen, Germany by Franz Kaldewei in October 1918.

It has developed into one of the leading manufacturers of high-end bathroom solutions shaped from a special enamel, which is produced to a proprietary formula in its own melting furnaces. The material, Kaldewei steel enamel, is much harder than acrylic. Burning and smoldering objects such as cigarettes or candles do not leave marks on the surface.

The company is currently present in more than 80 countries and all products are manufactured exclusively in Germany. Constant expansion of the company’s market position in international competition is an integral part of Kaldewei’s strategic alignment, whereby optimum product solutions, corporate responsibility, and competence form the basis of trust that clients worldwide place in the premium manufacturer.

What are your latest products?

A very special highlight is our new segment washbasins made of Kaldewei steel enamel. Our new washbasins are highly scratch, abrasion and impact resistant. Unlike ceramics and mineral composites, steel enamel is uniquely robust and withstands significant mechanical stress without breaks or cracks. This quality promise for washbasins and all other products made of superior steel enamel is underlined by Kaldewei with a 30-year guarantee.

What projects have Kaldewei been part of?

For many years, Kaldewei has been demonstrating its expertise as an international partner for project business with high-end bathroom solutions. In Dubai, Kaldewei steel enamel has been used in successful properties such as the Grand Hyatt Dubai and The Address Sky View, which is equipped with more than 1,200 Kaldewei bathtubs. The stylish Peninsula Shanghai Hotel and the Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel in Singapore as well as the Waldorf Astoria Berlin – to name just a few– equally rely on the bathroom manufacturer’s superb quality.

What trends do you see in bathroom design?

The hotel bathroom today is much more than a functional room. The hotel bathroom is increasingly becoming an integral part of the space in which we live and an individual room of wellness and style.

Design and generous sizes play an ever greater role in bathroom architecture. When planning the new hotel bathroom, everything needs to blend seamlessly. Kaldewei products made of steel enamel are optimally matched for a stylish oasis of wellbeing, with enamelled shower surface, bathtub and washbasin in a harmonious design and quality.

The floor-level shower has become a megatrend thanks to its exclusive design language, advancing to feature as a standard in modern bathrooms. With generous space to move around and barrier-free access, it promises a special shower experience.

Quality also plays a major role in the hotel bathroom. Shower surfaces and baths are sensitive areas, and therefore, must be particularly hygienic and easy to clean. What is needed is a bathroom solution that guarantees uncompromising quality, durability and secure installation.

The distinct surface of Kaldewei products equally appeals to its special hygiene properties. Not even the microscopically tiniest scratches appear on the hard, pore-free surface of Kaldewei enamel, preventing the build-up of lime scale and dirt particles. Cleaning is quick and easy requiring all but a soft, damp cloth.

Kaldewei Hedaquarters — + 49 2382 7850 —


Tell us about your company.

Based in Germany, Hansgrohe is one of the most recognised names in high-tech, luxury bathroom and kitchen design. Boasting 34 companies and 22 sales offices worldwide, the mixer and shower specialist enjoys a global reputation with the “Made in Germany” quality stamp.

What are your bestselling and latest products?

Hansgrohe recently launched several new products:

Metris Select and Talis Select kitchen mixers for the first time combine a pull-out spray head with the innovative Select technology. This solution increases the operating range around the sink, making work in the kitchen considerably easier and they both fit in well with a variety of kitchen design styles. The Select button is located on the top of the pull-out spray head and is thus ergonomically positioned to accommodate the thumb.

The Croma collection features Select technology, making it easy to switch between spray modes. The Croma Select multi-hand shower has three different kinds of spray: a soft rain shower, a powerful intense rain mode, and a pulsating water jet massage.

Axor One – All in One is created by London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. This is a thermostat module for the shower which, due to its simplicity, flatness and size, creates a new feeling of spaciousness. It features generously proportioned paddles and all functions are concentrated in one central control unit.

What projects have you been involved in?

Hansgrohe supplied the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, located on Pearl Jumeirah, with its PuraVida collection, Croma Select and Raindance Select for the showers using the Select technology.

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

In dry regions with a harsh climate, such as the Middle East, water saving obviously plays a major role. Building initiatives such as LEED and Estidama work towards water and energy saving – this is why Hansgrohe’s Eco Smart ranges of showers and mixers are very popular in this region.

Integrating Trading Company, Dubai, UAE — +971 4 3307774 —


Tell us about your company.

The globally operating Geberit Group is a European leader in the field of sanitary products, providing the added value when it comes to sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics. With more than 12,000 employees in over 40 countries, the production network encompasses 35 production facilities.

What are your bestselling and latest products?

Geberit concealed cisterns and flushing systems are distinguished by their extreme reliability and durability, thanks in part to Geberit’s experience (established in 1874 and has over 50 years experience with concealed cisterns) and 25year guaranteed spare parts availability make them our best selling product.

Geberit is constantly adding sustainable innovations in its product portfolio each year.

Available in the Gulf from this month, the new Preda and Selva urinal ceramics come with attractive new partition walls, all designed at the studios of Christoph Behling Design in London. Flexibility is the signature feature of the new Geberit urinal system, a suitable solution is available for virtually any requirement and any construction task with planning, installation and maintenance of urinal systems greatly simplified.

A world first where the ceramic does not have to be removed from the wall for service and maintenance – the practical docking station offers easy access to the control unit. Thanks to an automatic water stop function, the water supply does not have to be shut off allowing continued operation of in-row installations.

We have new flush actuation plates, a brand new sand colour Monolith and the installation has been simplified. In piping, we have over 50 new articles.

In ceramics, we have new Rimfree WC and bidet designs. In the premium range, we have the new Citterio Rimfree WC – easy to clean and environmentally friendly.

What projects have you been involved in?

Address Residence Sky View – Downtown Dubai
Hard Rock Hotel – (Marina 101)
Al Fattan Crystal Towers – Rixos
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
Dubai Opera House
Khalifa University Abu Dhabi

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

In regards to design, designers in the Middle East set the trends and the rest of the world follows the Middle Eastern projects with interest.

Swiss Tower, JLT, Dubai — +971 4 4470914 —


Tell us about your company

Sanit is part of the Aliaxis Group, a worldwide manufacturing conglomerate with a turnover of $3bn. It has existed for more than 70 years producing technically advanced sanitary plastic products. All Sanit products are manufactured in Germany by 480 staff working under strict quality controls to ensure compliance with all the latest German and international standards.

What are your bestselling and latest products?

Sanit is best known for high-quality ranges of concealed and exposed cisterns with accompanying push plates that give interior designers numerous solutions for high quality hotel and residential buildings. The LIS illuminated push plate is one of a wide range of push plate designs. The illumination function gets triggered with an HF sensor and solves bathroom lighting requirements for prestigious projects.

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

Although concealed cisterns are widely used in European bathrooms, Middle Eastern markets have only recently embraced the concept. There have been concerns about quality and accessibility of the technology in case of maintenance. However, Sanit has proven itself as a reliable solution due to German quality standards and easy access to the flushing mechanisms. Sanit also provides project assistance in the Middle East with local technical support and long lasting warranty.

What projects have you been involved in?

The company has an extensive project reference list in the region including many known hotel chains such as Kempinski, Hyatt, Mövenpick, Rotana and Viceroy Hotels. Some of the latest projects include the Sparkle Towers in Dubai Marina featured by Swarovski as well as Hyatt Hotel developments in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Indigo Tower, office 702, JLT, Dubai — +971 43629423 —

Mac Al Gurg

Tell us about your company.

Established in 1974, Mac Al Gurg, part of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg group of companies, has been serving the building and construction industry in the UAE for more than 40 years.

As a market leader, we are well known in supplying internationally recognised products conforming to the highest standards of quality and performance. Our brand promise originates from our strategic principles and values.

As company with the best team, Mac Al Gurg harnesses the power of relationship between the client and technology. This helps us create innovative, sustainable solutions that enhance the quality of life today and in the future.

Through different brand touch points, the Mac Al Gurg brand stands for value-adding partnerships, quality and sustainability.

What are your bestselling and latest products?

Mac Al Gurg brings the reputed brands of bathroom fixtures, including Armitage Shanks, Delta Faucets, Brizo, Franke and Sanco.

The Kingsley range and Special care models of sanitary wares from Armitage Shanks and The Touch 2O technology faucets from Delta are popular among the designers and clients.

The Exos range of washroom accessories from Franke is set to redefine the way we look at public washrooms.

The Splash range from Armitage Shanks seeks to enhance the comforts of kids both in school and at homes.

With renovated contemporary showrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Mac Al Gurg caters to the rigorous requirements of the designers and end clients.

What projects have you been involved in?

We have been a part of the UAE growth story for the past 40 years. Recent projects include: The Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi; The Midfield Terminal for ADAC; The Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital; Casa Community Villas for Emaar; The Maleeha Military Hospital; and the Swiss International School.

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

The Middle East market has the consultants and contractors from across the globe operating here, thus making the selection process more demanding and always looking for upgraded models and designs. This is where Mac Al Gurg finds its strengths through the various brands it represents.

P.O. Box 672, Al Ittihad Road, Dubai — +971 4 266 1291 —


Tell us about your company

The product range of Duravit includes sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, shower trays and bathtubs, whirl and wellness systems, shower-toilets and accessories. We focus on the forward-looking interaction between useful design and technology that is used intelligently. This results in premium, smart bathrooms that enhance the quality of life of their users on a long lasting basis.

What are your best selling products?

The awareness for renowned brands and high quality increases in the Middle East. There is, thus a high demand for the whole Duravit portfolio.

This year, we will launch a new technology during Salone Milano called “c-bonded”. This very promising novelty involves connecting the ceramic furniture washbasin to the surface of the vanity unit to create a perfect whole. This completely new look produces an exceptionally-sleek washing area.

What projects have you been involved in?

There are currently some interesting projects in Dubai and throughout the region, in which Duravit is involved. Our latest projects in the Levant and Gulf areas are the Hidd Al Saadiyat Villas located in Saadiyat Island (Abu Dhabi), the Najmat Abu Dhabi Twin Towers designed by Foster & Partners, the Opus project (Dubai) designed by Zaha Haddid, the AL Ossaimi Hotel and Resort in Jumeirah Palm (Dubai) and the new Doha International Airport.

DURAVIT Middle East SAL Off Shore – UAE Rep Office — +97144274080 —

Ideal Standard

Tell us about your company.

Ideal Standard Gulf is the sister company of Ideal Standard International, a leading international company offering total bathroom solutions as its core business for over 100 years. Ideal Standard designs, manufactures and supplies ceramic products, sanitary brass, furniture and accessories, bathing and shower solutions for residential, commercial and institutional buildings. By using the best materials and skilled craftsmanship, Ideal Standard ensures every product is made to the highest quality standards.

What are your bestselling and latest products?

Ideal Standard offers a wide range of bathroom solutions to cater to discerning tastes of its customers. Among the latest and high selling products on offer from the company’s portfolio is the Tonic II bathroom solution of ceramics, fittings, furniture and bathtubs created by German design studio, Artefakt. The range has achieved success across the Middle East since its launch in 2015, with its clean, aesthetic smart storage solutions coupled with a wide choice of products and layouts. The versatility of the range, which is equipped with water saving technology, integrated ambient lighting, ingenious spacious storage options with soft-close features, allows the users to create the perfect large bathroom or small cloakroom.

AquaBlade flush technology was also introduced recently and has created quite a buzz in the industry. The AquaBladeM technology uses Microslot technology, a newly engineered system of channels that creates a cascading wall of water from the top of the toilet bowl opening, giving optimum water flow on every flush, covering every inch of the ceramic, thus keeping the toilet bowl clean.

Another product on offer from Ideal Standard is the IF award winner Ceraplan III, a range of brass fittings, basin, bidet, shower, bath and shower as well as kitchen mixers, which come with water and energy saving technologies.

A bestselling bathroom range of ceramics, fittings, furniture, accessories and shower trays is the Connect. A creative design that offers options between different styles of basins – Cube, Arc, Sphere.

What projects have you been involved in?

With its innovative bathroom solutions, coupled with its optimal mix of design and functional excellence, the company has won a number of projects across the GCC, including: Burj Al Arab; Burj Khalifa; Financial Centre; Etihad Towers; Emirates Palace Hotel; Abu Dhabi Mall in the UAE; Le Meridien Towers and Rosewood Corniche hotel in KSA; Bait Al Reem in Oman, Ahmadi Hospital; Chabd-Jaber Stadium; and Crowne Plaza in Kuwait.

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

We have been associated with bathroom solutions for over a century and have been in the Middle East for nearly 50 years. Naturally, we have engaged skilled craftsmanship across the region, ensuring that every product of ours is made to the highest quality standards. Our products targeting MENA region incorporate the latest water and energy saving innovations and cutting-edge design.

Ideal Standard Gulf FZCO Jebel Ali, Dubai, Jafza View 18 Building — +971 4 804 2400 —

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