1. ROHL, EMPIRE ROYAL. The simple, single-lever operation of this piece from
ROHL’s Jörger collection makes it accessible for a wider audience. Each piece is
handcrafted by German artisans dedicated to the ROHL and Jörger family traditions of
aesthetic and technical perfection. 2. NEWPORT BRASS, GRAB BARS. Designed
to complement any existing bath collection, the new grab bars are available in seven
length options, ranging from 12 inches to 42 inches, and are offered in 27 decorative
finishes and a variety of styles. The company also has made sustainability a driving
force for its overall production and product development; efforts include the utilization
of a low-emissions finish process and the achievement of WaterSense certification for
its low-flow faucets. 3. TOP KNOBS, GRACE. Inspired by ageless beauty, the aptly
named Grace collection celebrates Top Knobs’ 25th anniversary and offers 276 options
divided into six different series, ensuring all user needs are met. Top Knobs emphasizes
its complete transparency with regard to base materials and offers a search tool that
allows designers and consumers to search by brass, bronze, iron, etc. 4. BELWITH-KEELER, CULLET. Shattered shapes lead to a design that offers both textural and
visual cues for end-users. Easy-to-grab shapes and sizes add to this style’s ease of use.
Belwith-Keeler has been designing hardware since 1893 and has in its history expanded
its work to create hood ornaments for Ford, along with other goods.
OFTEN RELEGATED TO THE CATEGORY OF
DECORATIVE ELEMENTS, THERE IS A LOT MORE
TO THE HARDWARE AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET
TODAY. Gone are the days when a designer or homeowner
had to choose between form and function for hardware
that can be utilized in a variety of applications and spaces.
Grab bars have evolved to be not just functional but stylish as
well and can add peace of mind and safety for homeowners,
as well as guests, in a number of hospitality settings and public
spaces, like entertainment venues and retail locations. And, ease
of use, be it via a simple lever operation or easy-to-grab handles,
is a major factor and benefit in this arena, as is the use of texture
to provide both visual and tactile cues for those who may have
The right product can mean a homeowner is able to live and
age in place or welcome elder relatives into their homes and, on
the commercial side, can ensure travelers and restaurant-goers
of all ages and ability levels are comfortable and safe while away
from their homes.
For more on creating baths that are both ADA compliant and
aesthetically pleasing, see “Beauty and Safety for All,” page 54.