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What's Trending in the World of Plumbing

What’s Trending in the World of Plumbing


The ISH Trade Fair, held every other year in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s largest exhibition of plumbing products. At the last ISH Fair, there were 4,454 manufacturers from 96 countries. More than 142,000 people attended the fair, and they saw new, cool and cutting edge products that will soon be available to you to help you create spaces that will wow your family and friends and provide a great sense of personal satisfaction. Here are several of the prevalent trends that were front-and-center at ISH.

Gessi Faucet in brushed brass.

Gessi Faucet in brushed brass.

  • Finishes are being taken to new heights.

    • Almost every faucet and fixture manufacturer showcased new bronze and brass finishes with faucets and shower systems finished in bronze, gunmetal, pewter and black nickel. There were also lots of transitional pieces in bronze and brass finishes produced from manufacturers known primarily for their contemporary offerings.

    • Gold finishes were huge and in numerous varieties, polish gold, satin gold and rose gold, to name a few.

    • All shades and textures of black also were among the head-turning trends at the fair.

Detail in texture is now being added to enhance experience.

Detail in texture is now being added to enhance experience.

  • Design elements, such as rings and cuts, are being incorporated into faucet bases.

  • Mixed textures were another significant trend. Manufacturers finished lavatory bowls and tubs with matte exteriors combined with different colored polished and glossy interiors.

Furniture Guild Wall Mount Vanity

Furniture Guild Wall Mount Vanity

  • Small wall-mounted sinks were the rage.

  • The industrial look remains strong.

Thermasol Therma Touch. Digital Thermostatic System that can control every function in your shower, add music, croma therapy, and fully functional apps.

Thermasol Therma Touch. Digital Thermostatic System that can control every function in your shower, add music, croma therapy, and fully functional apps.

  • Look for smart shower systems where at a touch of a button you can listen to music, adjust water temperature, experience light and aroma therapies, produce steam and just about anything else you can imagine in a shower.

  • Technological advancements.

    • Push button technology is becoming an industry standard.

    • The S box introduction makes using a pull-out kitchen faucet easier and enhances its functionality. The hose is housed in a box and operated  on a pulley system. This results in much smoother operation for pulling out and returning the faucet head. It also enables the faucet to be used as a pot filler.

    • A BioTracer watercloset is expected to be introduced in Europe. It is billed as the first app-controlled toilet for urine analysis. The toilet will send a report to a smart device providing an analysis of ten important health indicators ranging from blood glucose levels to the amount of protein in your system. The BioTracer reflects the exploding trend of health and wellness in the bath.

    • One manufacturer has developed an electronic shut-off value that will send a message to a smart device if any pipe or fixture in your home is leaking.

Are you interested in capitalizing on these trends to make your home more enjoyable and valuable?

Phil Hotarek