Posted by: Fonte Dei Marmi | March 30, 2010

Visit to Grohe at KBB

Dazzled by bright lights and shiny chrome brassware I stepped in to the world of Grohe and their new products.

I had promised Scott Evans I would join him for a coffee to charge up for a long day. We have known Scott for many years now, with his great sense of humour and gangster pinstripe suit, he is a real friend to many showrooms I am sure! Having his finger on the pulse of the industry simply by knowing most of us in it, when new products arrive Scott will inevitably walk in to Fonte Dei Marmi with a big grin and announce “wait until you see this!” Passionate about design? you will have to ask him.

Again, as we are a Grohe Ambassador dealership I am very warmly welcomed to their stand, meeting James Blood, Grohe’s training manager and Mark Doulton, Grohe’s Marketing Director. After a chat and coffee Scott gave me a tour of displays and the run down on Grohe’s newly launched products and design and technical features.

The first thing you need to know is that Grohe have introduced new low pressure brassware  in an expanded range of deck-mounted bath fillers and bath/ shower mixers – see our photos of them mounted around a Laufen Form bath. These bath fillers work on 0.1 bar and above which is very useful in the U.K as there are occasions when the water pressure is desperately low and the customer will want high quality brassware, most of which requires 1.0 bar at least before it will perform at a reasonable flow rate. The low pressure deck mounted brassware will be available from June 2010.

Examples of the new low pressure bath/shower mixers

Examples of the new low pressure bath/shower mixers

Grohe have some stunning new wall mounted flushplates for concealed cisterns; using real wood veneer surrounds set in a chrome frame. The push button plates come in a  range of light and dark wood and also frosted, black and white glass – see photos. While talking about flush plates we should mention the “Nova Light”: a flush button with an orientation light best described as a night light. With either a fixed light colour or colour-changing, this button could be a finishing touch which changes your bathrooms apearence to classy and can add to the” feel good about my home” factor! see photo.

Flush plates galore

Flush plates galore

Even more new flush plates

Even more new flush plates

The Nova Light - also available without the image of Scott Evans

The Nova Light - also available without the image of Scott Evans

The Grohe “Fresh” system has established itself since being launched recently. “Fresh” combines a cistern and a rapid SL concealed wall  frame with a disinfectant delivery system designed to keep the WC pan hygenically clean and fragrant as a great alternative to the blue disinfectant tablets or pan fitted eyesores.

Scott Evans is the face of Grohe on the road, so now he has appeared on the new “Scotty” limited additionNova Light Flushplate in chrome which is out on April 1st! see photo.

Scott Evans - the travelling face of Grohe

Scott Evans - the travelling face of Grohe

Grohe’s shower range continues to hold its ground with the square “Rainshower Next Generation” which comes in two sizes, the square shape presenting itself as the ideal” ceiling tile style” of overhead shower. The new Grohe “Rainshower” handsets with the doughnut-shaped circular heads are making waves too, arriving in many colours and chrome finishes. Very popular in North London already and I can see why: family homes are buying these to get there youngsters in to the bathroom, being bright colours and fun to adjust with dual spray.

Some of the colours available in the new Rainshower handshower

Some of the colours available in the new Rainshower handshower

Continuing the colour theme, Grohe announced and demonstrated two product products with colour-theme names: the Grohe “Blue” – a filtered water kitchen tap system, and Grohe “Red” – a boiling water solution also for the kitchen. Filtered water taps have been around the industry for a while already and Grohe have come to the party with a very sleak-looking product that is sure to sell well. The more interesting of the two however is the “Red”, on show for the first time ever (so new in fact that it was only the week before the show that the Grohe staff knew for sure that it would be there and working). Available in four and eight litre capacity versions, the Red is a instant boiling water tap that, using an electric element, heats cold water and stores it under pressure so that instant 100 degree water is available the moment the lever (in the case of the demonstration tap) is pulled. Unlike other boiling tap offerings from competing companies, Grohe have been able to engineer a solution whereby the boiling water solution is integrated into a standard kitchen tap design.

We are told that the engineers at Grohe are currently working on a tap that combines the normal kitchen tap functions and those of Blue and Red … who knows, it may even have a tea bag dispenser on it too because let’s face it, once you have all of those functions that would be the only bit missing before it could make the tea for you!

The Blue is available from April with the Red following on later in the year with an estimated available date of June 2010.

Grohe had a great stand at KBB, and we here at Fonte Dei Marmi were very pleased with our decision to get up to Birmingham and see the products first hand.

Some of the other pictures from the Grohe stand:

Some exposed bath/shower mixers

Some exposed bath/shower mixers

Grohe trimsets for Rapido concealed valve

Grohe trimsets for Rapido concealed valve

Standard shower heads on slider bars

Standard shower heads on slider bars

The new Rainshower hand showers

The new Rainshower hand showers

Single lever mixers
Single lever mixers
The new deck-mounted bath/shower mixer line up

The new deck-mounted bath/shower mixer line up

Single lever basin mixer

Single lever basin mixer

Rainshower F shower tile

Rainshower F shower tile

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