American Standard, Porcher and JADO Bring Ingenuity to New Designs at Kitchen/Bath Show


New Bathroom and Kitchen Products Focus On Making Consumers' Lives Better, Easier

LAS VEGAS, May 8 - KITCHEN/BATH INDUSTRY SHOW - Comfort, conservation, convenience and chic styling mark the new standard for what consumers can expect from bathroom and kitchen fixtures at the 2007 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS). American Standard, Porcher® and JADO have set the bar high by introducing new products with unexpected features that help make consumers' lives easier, while adding beauty to their kitchens and baths.

Whether it's a new next-generation flushing system for toilets, showerheads with water conservation features or handcrafted bathroom furniture that installs without tools, it's all on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center today through Thursday.

"These new products demonstrate our commitment to making life better in the bathroom and kitchen for consumers," says Jeannette Long, director of marketing communications, American Standard. "Our exclusive technologies and innovative designs show how American Standard has put ingenuity, quality and performance to work for them."

Following is an overview of what's new from American Standard, Porcher and JADO at K/BIS (#C3735).

Champion® 4 Flushing System

The next-generation Champion 4 flushing system laps the competition - and American Standard's own previous breakthough - with the widest waterways in the industry, virtually eliminating clogging, noisy flushes and the dreaded overflow. Featuring a four-inch opening between the tank and the bowl, it creates incredible water power by pushing water into the bowl three times faster than the standard two-inch flush valve and one-third faster than a 3 1/4-inch flush valve. Its wide-open, fully glazed trapway can move almost 70 percent more mass than a standard two-inch trapway.

FloWise® Toilet and FloWise® Showerheads

FloWise®, the first toilet to reduce water usage by more than 20 percent without a dual flush, has now earned it the right to bear the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSenseSM label. Much like the ENERGY STAR program for appliances, the program makes it easy for consumers to select water-efficient products. To earn the WaterSense label, a toilet must use only 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf), down 20 percent from the 1.6 gpf found in conventional toilets. Similarly, American Standard introduces three new FloWise showerheads that use only 1.5 gallons per minute or 40 percent less water than the current code for showerheads.

Stylish Preassembled Bathroom Furniture

A new collection of five handcrafted vanities from American Standard comes pre-assembled, yet ingeniously folded down, making it easy for consumers to carry the furniture, maneuver it through doors and upstairs, and install without tools. The vanities arrive folded, yet fully assembled, in a flat box. To install, simply unfold. The furniture is available in three chic, natural hardwood designs including Cardiff, a modern, contemporary style; Jefferson, a clean Colonial style; and Cambridge, a transitional design that evokes an English country feel.

Porcher/JADO Design Experience Contest Winners

Winners of the first-ever Porcher/JADO Design Experience Contest will be in the booth to showcase their winning design concepts. Porcher and JADO invited designers from across the nation to share their ideas and talents by entering design concepts for either a powder room or a master bathroom, and to incorporate Porcher and JADO products and accessories into their designs. John Kim and Tai Moy of KIMOY Studios, New York, N.Y., won in the master bathroom category and Alex Gil of Alex Gil Design, Brooklyn, N.Y., won in the powder room category. Both category winners received a grand prize package valued at $15,000 including $5,000 in cash, a four-day trip to Paris to visit the Porcher showroom, and the opportunity to informally discuss their designs in the booth in Las Vegas. The designers will make an appearance in the booth on May 8 and 9 between 1-3 p.m.

Also in the booth will be these featured products from American Standard, Porcher and JADO.

Copeland(TM) Collection Faucets

The new Copeland collection of faucets, a uniquely American transitional style, includes centerset and widespread lavatory faucets, deck-mounted tub fillers with or without personal shower, as well as bath and shower trim and valve kits.

Moments(TM) Collection of Contemporary Faucets

The Moments collection reflects minimalist European design trends. Created by award-winning German design studio Artefakt, the line includes faucets, valves and escutcheons for bidets, baths and showers.

Undercounter Bath Sinks

Two new vitreous china sinks - the Tudor and Rattan undercounter lavatories - feature subtle, linear design lines around the basin that are reminiscent of the S-curves used in furniture and architecture. Both are engineered without crevices for dirt to hide.

Afwall® FloWise® and Madera® FloWise® Commercial Toilets

Two new 1.28 gpf commercial toilets are high efficiency flushers, consuming 20 percent less water than the industry standard of 1.6 gpf. Both offer water conservation without compromising performance. Available for use with American Standard's new Afwall FloWise and Madera FloWise 1.28 gpf toilets, the new Selectronic valve automatically compensates for fluctuations in water pressure.

Cadet® 3 Compact Toilets

Cadet 3 toilets fit elongated comfort into a round front space. The one- and two-piece compact toilets feature American Standard's fired-in, permanent, antimicrobial EverClean(TM) surface that helps them stay cleaner longer.

Fashion Forward Tropic(TM) Toilet

American Standard's new Tropic two-piece toilet demands attention with an artfully designed tank and trip level to complement the popular Tropic faucet collection. Its unique design makes a statement that goes with the flow in any design environment.

Green Tea(TM) Collection of Whirlpools, Faucets

A new collection of whirlpools and faucets from American Standard helps restore the balance and serenity to life within the privacy and comfort of the bath. The Asian-inspired design is elegant, yet unadorned in its purity.

Porcher's Fifth and 57th Line of Luxury Bath Furniture

New York City's Fifth Avenue, famed for the world's most exquisite shopping, is the inspiration for a new collection of elegant bathroom furniture from Porcher. The line features art deco styling with elegant, clean lines, rich wood tones and sculptural hardware.

JADO Nickel Finish Bathroom Faucets

German-engineered JADO bathroom faucets are now available in Antique Nickel finish. Nickel finishes are among the most popular for luxury fixtures, fine hardware and lighting.

JADO Glance(TM) Kitchen Faucet

JADO'S Glance collection now has a kitchen faucet in addition to its popular bath offerings. Making its stateside debut, the faucet features a single-handle monoblock with the collection's signature "joystick" slender lever handle.

JADO IQ(TM) Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet

The clean lines, curves and workhorse functionality of this faucet were born from the inspiration of Matteo Thun, former creative director for Swatch. Multi-tasking gourmets will love its contemporary design combined with functional prowess.

JADO IQ(TM) Faucet Series for the Bath and Kitchen

With an aptitude for minimalism that offers an understated verve, the new IQ series faucets for the bath and kitchen stand apart from cookie-cutter contemporary rivals.

FCMN Contact: hcolcord@americanstandard.com

Source: American Standard Companies Inc.

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