CUP O’ JOE – Winter

Cup o’ Joe: Report from the Shows, New Exclusive Bath Line, Kudos for a KLAFFS Lighting Designer

By Joe Passero, Chairman of KLAFFS

Photograph by PWP Studio

It’s hard to believe that the holidays, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day are all behind us. I don’t know about you, but the dead of winter is always a busy time for us here at KLAFFS. It’s trade show season and we’re on the road checking out the latest trends and brands to bring back to our showrooms.

Recently our lighting manager Candace Pereira posted a report from the Dallas International Lighting Show. I traveled to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Florida, the biggest gathering of the year and to our Forte Buying Group meeting in Palm Springs, California. I’m happy to share some highlights to keep you up there on the leading edge with us.

This year at KBIS, I was thrilled with the new designs from Kallista, one of our top kitchen and bath product brands. They have wonderful new consoles from their “ONE” collection, including a beautiful new vanity from Laura Kirar, crisp and clean in design.

There were exciting new faucets from their collaboration with Saint-Louis of Paris to create a magnificent set of crystal handles for the Per Se series. Also featured were the new “Script Decorative” faucets with hand-enameled designs in a variety of finishes – fired four times for beauty and durability. All very exciting.

On a less decorative side – and definitely interesting – American Standard introduced its “ActiClean” toilet. This toilet cleans itself through the tank top! The company also presented one-piece toilet models with its award-winning VorMax™ flushing technology. American Standard is very committed to producing water efficient and ADA compliant products.

The bath and kitchen faucet and sink brand Rohl never disappoints. This year they’ve added several new options in contemporary bath and kitchen, expanding on their “Modern Series” and “Lombardia” line. This company is also highly committed to sustainability.

Finally, we loved the new “LMK” series from UK brand Samuel Heath, a beautifully designed industrial-style faucet collection. It’s available in dramatic finish combinations. This offering is a complete suite of fittings. To learn more about this collection and KLAFFS long-standing exclusive relationship with this outstanding company, please read the article they recently contributed to KLAFFStyle magazine – if you haven’t already.

If Samuel Heath is one of our most enduring brand relationships, our meeting with our Forte National Buying Group yielded a new exclusive relationship for the members with a highly successful UK bath fixture manufacturer that’s just entering the US market. Crosswater America is the US division of Bathroom Brands Crosswater. They’ve opened US headquarters in Boston.

The line is top quality and competitively priced. We’re currently in the process of installing Crosswater displays in our showrooms. We’ll let you know when they’re ready so you can come in and see their stunning and unique designs in person. Be among the first to incorporate Crosswater products into your spring bath renovation.

This month, I want to say a few words about one of our top staff members – lighting designer Monica Cotton. Monica works on our largest projects and for very good reason. She’s a dynamic lighting designer with 20 years of experience and knowledge that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere. She is trusted to specify lighting for some of the best architects, builders and designers in the area. And this is how trusted she is: currently Monica’s working on all the lighting throughout renowned Norwalk architect Bruce Beinfeld’s own new home. For another example, watch KLAFFStyle. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be featuring a project that Monica collaborated on with Duffy, the excellent Greenwich-based building firm. It’ll be in the Projects and Details section.

Architect Bruce Beinfeld Consults With Monica Cotton

To wrap up the column, I’d like to share another personal passion. Those of you who have been reading Cup o’ Joe know that I love getting into the kitchen and cooking. Not too many people know that in my youth I studied and played jazz drum. Today, listening to jazz – especially by some of the great masters past and present — is still one of my favorite things to do and to share.

With spring just around the corner, thought I’d help you to blow the winter blues away by sharing a great tune, “Blowin’ the Blues Away” by the late, great pianist Horace Silver. Horace was a native of Norwalk and one of the top composers of jazz standards.

He recorded this tune in 1959 and it’s still included in jazz repertoires in 2017. Horace is joined by fellow jazz greats Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor sax, Gene Taylor on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. Jazz lesson over! Enjoy the music!!

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