The KWC ONO Touch Light Pro Faucet Is Clever, But Is It Useful?


Okay, we’re beginning to see a pattern here. Not too long ago, we wrote about the Moen SmartSense touchless faucet that a user can operate in three ways. And we’ve written about Delta Faucet’s Touch2O Technology that allows a user to start and stop the flow of water with a simple tap anywhere on the faucet spout or handle. Here comes another introduction—this time by KWC, the high-quality Swiss brand.

I typically like European faucets; their designs are hip and stylish and the quality is first-rate. But KWC’s ONO touch light Pro leaves me puzzled. To operate the faucet, a home owner uses a portable wireless touch-operated control that can be positioned virtually anywhere near the kitchen faucet. “The cylindrically shaped device fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, making it easy to operate and convenient to choose one of three, user-programmed, preset temperatures, each with a 100 percent flow rate (1.8 gallons per minute, maximum),” the company’s release states proudly. “Simply touch the device once for the cold temperature, twice for the warm setting and three times for the pre-designated hot temperature.”

And for good measure, the device has a colored light ring that lets the user know the temperature that he or she has selected: blue indicates cold; orange, warm; and red…well, I’ll assume you know what red means.

Very cool, right? But seriously, a remote control faucet! I would still need to walk over to the sink so what’s the point. Plus the remote is relatively small, so if my manual dexterity is limited, the last thing I’m going to want is an even smaller device to manipulate. Let’s not even talk about using it with wet hands. The bottom line is that this product has a cool design, but the Delta that you can operate with your elbow is a more useful product.

The company says the remote control device can be placed anywhere.

Fashion Designer Jason Wu Debuts Faucet Collection for Delta


Except to the fashionistas and a handful of famous and semi-famous folks—Ivana Trump, January Jones, and Amber VallettaJason Wu was a largely unknown but highly talented young designer. But then Michelle Obama came calling in 2008. Today Wu is seemingly everywhere, and now he has launched a full line of bath faucets and accessories for Brizo, the high-end off-shoot of the Delta Faucet Co. The company says the collection strikes a delicate balance between sleek Scandinavian lines and Baroque detailing and ornamentation. Various styles are available, including a single-handle electronic lavatory, wall-mount lavatory, three- and four-hole Roman tubs, and bidet and shower fixtures. Faucets and shower trims are available in a matte black finish, while accessories are offered with either polished chrome or soft Brilliance brushed nickel.

These Cool Faucets Prove Cifial is the Real Deal


A few weeks ago we introduced you to Cifial USA, a Portuguese-based company that knows a thing or two about faucets. As further example, take a look at the Quadra 25 and Techno 25 collections. These products were actually introduced about a year and a half ago, but they’re so cool we thought we’d post them anyway. We love these because they are made from cast brass and feature washerless ceramic disc valves, but also because they are certified under the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program. This means they operate with 1.5 gallons of water per minute as oppose to 2.2 gallons per, resulting in a 30 percent water saving. Techno 25 wall-mount is priced at $425 to $476; Quadra 25 wall-mount costs $450 to $504; and the Techno 25 deck-mount unit costs $245 to $274. www.cifialusa.com.

Techno 25 Wall Mount

Quadra 25 Wall Mount

Techno 25 Lav Faucet

The Bath Drain is Disappearing! … But that’s a Good Thing


Picture it. You just hooked up your bath with this kick-ass remodel, complete with glass tiles, German faucets, and custom concrete countertops. Everything looks fresh—even stupid fresh. But then (yikes!), the separate shower has a pedestrian round drain smack dab in the middle of the space for all to see. Of course, most people don’t think about the drain because they assume it’s a necessary evil. Trust us, it’s not. There are a handful of very slick European-style drains that are way cooler to look at (if you like that sort of thing) but can virtually disappear from view (if you don’t). Brands include Infinity Drain, CeraLine (by California Faucets), Easy Drain (by Easy Sanitary Solutions), and ProLine (by Quick Drain USA). We understand that Schluter is set to release a line drain of its own.

Infinity Drain

Available in a variety of lengths, configurations, and styles, Infinity Drain is a collection of premium-quality linear drains that gives baths a nice architectural flair. The collection allows your installer to pitch the shower in one direction and allows an uninterrupted tile installation. Pieces are made from stainless steel. www.infinitydrain.com.

Infinity Drain

Infinity Drain

 

California Faucets

CeraLine is a decorative linear shower drain that can be a focal point in the bath or can assume a stealth appearance when integrated into the design. Winner of the Red Dot Award and Good Design Award, the product range comes in three cover-plate trim styles and can be ordered in sizes from 32 inches to 52 inches. It’s available in stainless steel, satin gold, satin brass, mocha bronze, satin rose bronze, and graphite. www.calfaucets.com.

California Faucets

California Faucets

 

Quick Drain USA

ProLine is a linear slot drain that allows you to use the very popular large-format porcelain tiles without any interruptions. It can also help you create curbless showers, which are very popular right now. Strainers (the decorative part that you actually see) are made from stainless steel and come in six patterns. www.quickdrainusa.com.

Quick Drain USA

Quick Drain USA

The Savina Bath Collection is Totally Retro…But Totally Hip!


Trend watchers say everything old is new again, which might explain why suede bucks, argyle-print sweaters, and all things preppy are showing up at the fashion shows and The Sartorialist. Word even has it that Ashton Kutcher wants to revive the ascot. (Good luck with that, dude!) Going retro always smacks of opportunism to us because it signals that people are out of new ideas. But there is one retro look that we like: the Savina Collection from American Standard’s JADO brand. Based on 19th century designs, the pieces are—to use the company’s words—“opulent with intricate detailing and rich ornamentation.” We don’t normally dig ornamentation, but we like this line because the pieces look all old timey (reminiscent of a period when people wore stove-pipe hats and monocles without trying to be ironic) but with today’s function, such as the low-flow faucets. Models include pillar taps and widespread faucets, with two-handle, cross-handle, and lever-handle options. www.jadousa.com.

The Grohe K7 Faucet Will Make You Feel Like a Professional Chef


  Grohe

With such brands as Hansgrohe, Dornbracht, and Grohe, the Germans seemingly have the luxury faucet market locked up among high-end consumers, interior designers, and architects. (That’s not to say there aren’t some good American brands though) At any rate, the new K7 kitchen faucet from Grohe shows German design in all its glory. As expected, the professional-looking unit features minimalist curves and sleek lines. A ceramic disk cartridge is standard, and you can choose from an array of custom options such as single-lever mixer with pull-out handspray. www.grohe.com.

products we love: karbon articulating bath faucet


Kohler

The manufacturer has expanded its very cool Karbon articulating faucet line with this wall-mount version for the bath. Its multiple, moveable joints allow you to position water flow anywhere it’s needed. As you would expect, the faucet uses ceramic disk valves—the mark of a good faucet—and metal and lightweight carbon fiber. The price starts at a meager $1,725, but we love it anyway. www.kohler.com.