Hardware & glazing systems
A sprinkle of what’s to come
By Mike Davey
A look at the latest shower and bath products
By Mike Davey
There was a time when merely having hot water and a chance to bathe
regularly was considered the height of decadence, something available
only to the wealthy.
There was a time when merely having hot water and a chance to bathe regularly was considered the height of decadence, something available only to the wealthy. Luckily for us and for our neighbours’ noses, times have changed.
However, there is still luxury to be found in what is sometimes euphemistically called “the smallest room.” Over the next two pages we present some of the most up-to-date glass products for the modern bathroom.
|Merletto, part of the Robert A.M. Stern collection from Bendheim, draws inspiration from some of nature’s most dramatic forms – electrical pulses and biomorphic forms – as well as the modern visual arts. Its distinctive, fine linear design gracefully adds sparkle and punch to interior spaces. |
Robert A.M. Stern Collection | Bendheim
Bendheim has collaborated with Robert A.M. Stern Architects and OmniDécor of Italy, to create a new collection of glasses for the international design/build market. The new collection was designed for installation in partition walls, doors and windows, shower enclosures, building facades, and decorative features.
The Robert A.M. Stern Collection for Bendheim includes four etched pattern glasses offering varying levels of obscuration. Intricate designs on both sides of the glass lend a strong sense of dimensionality and movement, allowing the glass to dynamically interact with light and surrounding design elements. The permanently etched glass surfaces are non-coated and naturally resistant to fingerprints and staining over the lifetime of the product.
The collection is produced on ultra-clear low-iron float glass, utilizing sophisticated production methods, with particular attention to the strictest environmental protection standards. The collection can contribute points to LEED v.3: EA Credit 1 “Optimize Energy Performance” and IEQ Credits 8.1 and 8.2 “Daylight & Views.”
The glass is available in three standard thicknesses: 1/4-inch (six-millimetre), 3/8-inch (10-millimetre) and 1/2-inch (12-millimetre) and in sheets up to 88.5 inches by 126 inches (225 centimetres by 320 centimetres). Additional thicknesses and colours, including bronze, amber, blue and green, can be custom ordered.
|CRL Hydroslide Kits come in four finishes: chrome fittings with a brite anodized sliding track, polished brass with a brite gold anodized sliding track, brushed nickel with brushed nickel anodized sliding track, and oil rubbed bronze anodized sliding track. Each kit comes with complete fabrication and installation instructions.|
Hydroslide Sliding Shower Door Kits | C.R. Laurence
C.R. Laurence says the Hydroslide Sliding Shower Door Kits were designed for full standing showers or above bathtubs. The Hydroslide System can accommodate a wide range of shower designs with fixed glass panels on either end, or at both sides at 90 or 180 degrees. The Hydroslide System also accommodates the option of floor-to-near-ceiling glass panels with a sliding door.
Kits are available in either 60- or 84-inch (1,524- or 2,134-millimetre) widths. Installers can cut the width to size, and height is optional as long as the sliding door glass weighs less than 88 pounds (40 kilograms). The 180-degree wall-to-wall installation requires only the 180 Degree Standard Kit for the installation. Individual or replacement parts can also be ordered. Bottom glass attachments, thresholds, and handles or knobs must be ordered separately.
CRL Hydroslide Kits come in four finishes: chrome fittings with a brite anodized sliding track, polished brass with a brite gold anodized sliding track, brushed nickel with brushed nickel anodized sliding track, and oil rubbed bronze anodized sliding track. Each kit comes with complete fabrication and installation instructions.
Roda by Basco | Basco Shower Enclosures
Basco Shower Enclosures has recently launched Roda by Basco, a collection of luxury shower enclosures. The company says the Roda brand was designed to not only meet the needs of consumers looking to create their own personal haven, but also to make the experience of purchasing a shower door intuitive and easy. Every Roda enclosure is backed by Basco’s lifetime warranty.
The eight collections of Roda offer a number of different styles, configurations and accessory options:
Geolux: Unique, striking geometric profile and solid hardware
Vonse: Luxurious motion and ingenious, wave-like beauty
Rolaire: Architectural elegance and high-tech functionality
Evo: Industrial perfection with urban sophistication
Celesta: Streamlined and unencumbered elegance
Dresden: Harmony between function and minimalist design
Tresor: Timeless traditional design with rich, enhanced accents
Preceria: Elliptical elegance combined with solid, curvilinear hardware
|The Revolution from Groupe VFG is a panel concept made entirely of glass. The product uses no hinges and features ultra-silent handling, easy maintenance and high durability.|
Revolution | Groupe VFG
According to Groupe VFG, the Revolution is an innovative panel concept made entirely of glass. The product uses no hinges and features ultra silent handling, easy maintenance and high durability.
The Revolution is the result of extensive research by Quebec-based Groupe VFG. The company says this product is ideal as a shower door, a bath enclosure or an interior partition. In fact, it can even be used to replace traditional French doors. The panels can be customized to customer requirements.
Groupe VFG is a Quebec-based family business that also offers the Leclerc line of glass shower doors.