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My name is Margot Austin and I am the editor-in-chief of The Design Edit, a collection of the best design stories I encounter in my life as a stylist and design communications specialist. Read on to meet top talents, get inspired by beautiful spaces, find out about innovative products and  maybe even try one of my dead-easy DIY projects. I look forward to connecting with you, a fellow design hound.

KBIS 2017: Bathroom Design Inspiration and New Releases from Lixil Brands

KBIS 2017: Bathroom Design Inspiration and New Releases from Lixil Brands

Contemporary Beach bathroom by Gen Ghaleb/XYContemporary for DXV.

Contemporary Beach bathroom by Gen Ghaleb/XYContemporary for DXV.

Lixil may not be a name you've heard before (that is, if you missed this post), but you are likely familiar with many of its brands. Lixil is a parent company banner for familiar names like American Standard, Grohe and DXV. And in case DXV isn't yet in your lexicon (tsk tsk tsk) the quick primer on that is DXV debuted in 2014 to celebrate the 15th decade of American Standard. DXV is a design-driven premium division of American Standard. OK, now that you are up to speed, let me bring you The Design Edit picks from the Lixil brands exhibit at KBIS 2017. 

Contemporary Beach Bathroom by Geneviève Ghaleb

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For the last few years DXV has been engaged in a very innovative marketing effort called the DXV Design Panel. Each year a handful of designers are chosen to design rooms using DXV products around a particular theme. Each room is built at DXV head office, photographed and filmed and is used in the DXV marketing efforts for the following year. At KBIS in Orlando this January versions of each of the rooms from 2016 were constructed in the DXV booth. It's no surprise that my favourite is by Montreal design phenom Geneviève Ghaleb. Gen and I go waaaay back to much earlier days of cool design chats on Twitter (before it became a hot bed of political news and trolling, sigh). But it wasn't until just last year that Gen and I met in real life at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. Kindred spirits united! I had seen photos of her Contemporary Beach bathroom inspired by post-'90s Miami before attending KBIS but loved seeing the room, and Gen, in person. Here's a tour: 

To see the rest of the Design Panel 2016 designs, visit the DXV site here.

DXV Design Panel 2017

The DXV Design Panel for 2017 was announced at KBIS. They are Michele Alfano, Corey Damen Jenkins, Kati Curtis and Canada's own Alison Habermehl. They've already started designing their spaces. Follow along on social media with #DXVDesignPanel for sneak peeks.

Here are the rest of The Design Edit picks from Lixil at KBIS 2017:

Modulus Bathroom Collection by DXV

Modulus bathroom collection by DXV at KBIS 2017

Modulus bathroom collection by DXV at KBIS 2017

I was pretty blown away by this new bathroom collection from DXV. It epitomizes one of the overarching trends touching kitchens and baths that I spotted at the show: customization. In so many realms of interior design manufacturers and suppliers are now offering designers and homeowners an entire menu of options so that each can tailor the final look to their own tastes. DXV has you covered in that regard with Modulus.

Above, this long cantilevered sink counter with one drawer wall-mounted below is just one look for Modulus. The blond wood, leather drawer pull and matte black faucet are very now. This sink is made from solid surface material. Here's a closer look at Modulus.

More Notable New Releases

The American Standard ActiClean toilet seemed to be one of the most buzzed-about products of the show. To summarize: it's a self-cleaning toilet. Well, actually, you do have to press a button. But that beats the heck out of those stupid brushes right? Praise be! The smart birds at AmSt enlisted noted germophope Howie Mandel as the pitchman and he took his duties very seriously (sadly I did not meet him). This product is a natural for him and reportedly he is pushing the brand to develop even more great products to appeal to all of our inner germophobes. Keep up the good work folks!

Measure facuet

This clever MeasureFill faucet from American Standard is so new that it won't even be available until later this year. It includes a selector for popular measures in ounces or cups. You just set the selector for the amount of water you need, touch the faucet to turn it on and it dispenses precisely the set amount and then turns off. So handy. When not needed to dispense specific measures, the MeasureFill functions as a regular single-handle faucet with a touch control option. 

Speaking of clever, the new K7 from Grohe includes a convenient Foot Control feature. Just wave your foot in front of the sensor at the bottom of your sink cabinet to turn it on and off. Truly handsfree.

The Grohe Essence Semi-Pro faucet was probably the most photographed and social media'd faucet of the show thanks to this fun display. Attendees were asked to shoot and post their favourite colour, then give it a name for a chance to win the faucet. My favourite was the black. Haha, typical Margot. Ok fine, green or yellow. 

Grohe SmartControl RainShower. Photo by Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

Grohe SmartControl RainShower. Photo by Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

The Grohe SmartControl RainShower operates with the simple push of a button. (And it includes a small handy shelf right on the riser). 

Lowell console sink, DXV.

Lowell console sink, DXV.

You already got a little sneak peek of the Lowell collection by DXV when I told you about the Morning with Lixil event from a couple of weeks back. Please enjoy it again. So pretty. Love the wood and leather combo on the console and the styling is quite lovely here too. 

My trip to KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Fla was partially sponsored by Lixil brands. Special thanks to #BlogTourKBIS organizers Modenus/Design Hounds. The ideas, words and design of this post are all my own.

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