Cool Runnings

Stainless-steel bathroom products to help you chill in style
By Ellen Sturn Niz
October 27, 2010

While warmer metals are getting hotter in the bathroom, cooler stainless steel is still seeing a lot of play. Check out these ultra-sleek products to make a bath shine.

[1] Minimalist Magic
Neo-Metro’s contemporary Neo-Tub/Double Wall utilizes the classic look of stainless steel to achieve a minimalist, über-modern character. Manufactured entirely from 14-gauge stainless steel, the 105-gallon-capacity soaking tub measures 71 1/2 in. long, 29 1/2 in. wide and 18 in. deep, offering plenty of space to unwind in comfort. The added benefits of the double-wall construction include a built-in sloped-back integral seat and heat-extending insulation, not to mention the perfect hiding space for a therapeutic air-jet system piping (therapeutic air jet system optional). In addition, the use of stainless steel makes the tub environmentally friendly, as it contains recycled content and is easily recyclable.
Neo-Metro’s bath collections also feature stainless-steel washbasins, bathtubs, toilets, urinals and other fixtures. The miniLOO, for example, is an attractive, space-saving toilet made of 80 percent recycled stainless steel. The miniLoo is designed with an in-wall dual-flush mechanism, which minimizes water wastage by allowing users to select either a 1.6- or 0.8-gallon flush, for an average of 1.2 gpf. This sleek design is mounted off the floor for easy cleaning, eliminating hard-to-reach areas typically seen in conventional tank toilets. The miniLOO is available in a high polished or satin finish, and can be powdercoated in black matte, white gloss and other custom color options. For more information, visit www.neo-metro.com.
[2] Geometry Lesson
Fabricated with a contoured bottom and bowed sides, the Diamond Spa’s Stainless Steel Contemporary Oval bath is Art Deco at its finest. The stylized form and geometric designs combine with stainless steel to create a freestanding tub that is sure to be the center of any bath décor. The luxurious tub features a mid-contoured bottom and a slight rise under the knee for ultimate relaxation. Measuring a roomy 46 in. x 72 in. x 24 in., this particular bath is designed for two bathers with a sloped reclining back on each end of the bath. A matching oval vessel sink completes the look. The entire Diamond Spas line is fabricated from recycled sheet metal. For more information, visit www.diamondspas.com.
[3] Modern Mosaics
Susan Jablon Mosaics offers a large selection of stainless-steel products in various sizes, shapes and layouts. Rated for exterior and interior applications, Jablon’s stainless tiles can be used in a swimming pool or shower, on a backsplash or bathroom floor. The construction of the tile features a porcelain core that is completely encased in stainless steel and then glued to mesh for easy installation. Many styles are available in both a 4-mm (3/16 in) and an 8-mm (5/16 in) thickness. For more information, visit www.susanjablonmosaics.com.
[4] Softer Side
Kohler’s Bachata undermount lavatory creates a soft stainless-steel aesthetic in the bathroom. It measures a standard 17 in. x 14 in. and comes in two models—with or without an overflow. The overflow version has a unique foursquare design with a plastic shell channel to subdue the sometimes clumsy look of overflows. For more information visit www.kohler.com.
[5] Tantalizing Texture
Stainless steel is fused to durable porcelain tile to produce Crossville’s Stainless Steel Series for walls and floors. Rugged enough for commercial kitchens and bars, the tiles also make for a chic home kitchen or bath. The tile comes in nine textures, with a variety of trim pieces available. Square and triangular in shape, they range in size from 2 in. to 24 in. and can be used individually or mixed with traditional porcelain stone tile. For more information, visit www.crossvilleinc.com.
[6] Sculptural Statement
Aquabrass’s  Coleman stainless lavatory faucet collection by Italian designer Antonio Bullo makes a sculptural statement in the bath. In addition to a widespread option (shown), the faucet is available in a single-hole lavatory version, a single-hole vessel version and a wall-mounted version. Coordinating tub filler, handshower, shower column and grab bar are also available. For more information, visit www.aquabrass.com.

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