ISH – 2017

DPH AT ISH2The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience took place in Frankfurt last week.  I was fortunate enough to attend!

ISH has everything, from sustainable sanitation solutions to the most innovative in bathroom design.  The fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.

Over 2,400 exhibitors, including all market leaders from home and abroad, launch their latest products, technologies and solutions onto the world market at ISH.

NEW & NOTABLE IN TECHNOLOGY

Electronics in the bathroom is definitely a force!  From remote controls faucets, toilets, etc.. to Drinking water that is cold, filtered AND Sparkling!

Finishes are a BIG THING!  Bronze metalics, Matte black and white, Rose GOLD
Satin GOLD –  Beautiful new and exciting things are happening to faucets of all kinds!

NEW & NOTABLE in DESIGN

I am very excited that the most innovative in Design are companies that are already part of our manufacturing groups.

DORNBRACH – Vaia

ALAPE – Edge furniture

ZUCCHETTI – Closer and Nude

FALPER – EDGE furniture with stainless steel fronts

TEUCO – Seaside tubs

POMD’OR – Mirage Accessories

HEWI –  Bold and beautiful pieces for ADA BATHS

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WHY BUY THE BEST

I find myself discussing design, quality and reliability more often today than ever.

The internet has made us all visual shoppers.  We can not determine, by looking at pictures only, the value of the product.  It is hard to differentiate, and usually we only find out after the purchase, or not even then, as we never get to experience the items we did not buy.

BUYER BEWARE!  ARE YOU GETTING AN APPLE OR A POMEGRANATE?

The showrooms and stores still provide the only way you can comparison shop properly.  Pictures are very deceiving  and the products all look beautiful.  In Plumbing at least, the brand will give you the first clue of quality, but not always.  Just because you recognize the name,  it does not mean quality.  It might mean Company size, or marketing.

The design will also tell you a lot about the product, but you do not see the quality of the execution.  The lack of straight lines, the bluntness of edges or corners are not visible in the screen shot,  but will make a product look and feel inferior once in your hands.

Manufacturing in metals particularly becomes costly when done right.  Less expensive versions have to cut corners in order to produce a cheaper product.  You may not see it in the picture, but the lack of quality is still there.   Metal finishes are also dangerous.  Zinc products in pol chrome look OK, but do not do well  in other finishes.

The beauty of a well designed product sometimes is not apparent at first glance.  The three dimensional perception is lacking when shopping on line,  and we can not appreciate depth or volume when all we have is a flat surface.

The quality of products that are used in a home matter.  These are not products that can be easily replaced.  Once purchased we should expect not to have to change or repair it for a long time.  If the product will not survive the use and abuse of a modern home, why buy it?

COME SEE US!  We will help you choose the high quality product for the BEST PRICE POSSIBLE.

Ada Aldana

NEW POSSIBILITIES WITH LED LIGHTING SYSTEMS

The Technology revolution we have all experienced  in communications  is now also present in Lighting.  Are you aware of the endless possibilities available with LED lights?

We at DPH, are constantly experimenting with the many products available to us.

Strip lighting, indirect lighting, spot lighting, will allow you to create ambiance without sacrificing space, or design.

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Light is a fundamental part of life, one that noticeably affects our well being. Adding lights into furniture, furnishings and even walls, will add another layer to the design, a fourth dimension.

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Low heat emission, small fixture size and long service life make LED’s ideally suited for designing with light.  Subtle nuances in ambiance can be created and specific room areas can be separated or accentuated to create a perfectly composed, holistic effect.

We have added many ideas and continue to update frequently our section on Towel warmers and Lights.  Come visit!

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Who is who?

Who is who at Designers’s Plumbing & Hardware

Let me introduce the group:

Kathrinn –  Her friendly face is the first one you encounter upon entering DPH She has been with us for less than a year, and yet she is part of the family already! Outgoing and vivacious, she has learned a lot about plumbing and can start the process for you, She has other talents… she is a great photographer,  trouble shooter  and makes incredible Cuban coffee. She treats every customer as if they are guest in her own house!

David –  HE IS THE MAN!  In this business for 15 years, he probably knows more plumbing AND Door hardware than most anyone in town.   Plumbers across the So Florida area know of his vast knowledge, and his hidden drawer of secret weapons to fix “things”. He loves design,  and can spend hours talking to you of what is the best option for a soap dispenser, or a shower valve.  His customers really, really love him!

Ada – Owner of DPH, she has been in the business since 1986.  Remembers every customer, and feels very proud of serving multiple generations of the same family. Travels to shows around the world, and makes sure DP has the newest and the BEST to offer our clientele.  She still loves to get involved in daily sales, and see pictures of the finished work.

Vivian – Has been at DP for seven years.  The most gracious lady you will ever meet!  She is patient, persistent and never gives up until its perfect!!!  She worries about her customers project more than if it were her own.   She is the last to leave the showroom every night,  always thinking of one more thing she can do to make things HAPPEN!

Patry –  She has been with us now for five years.  She started doing specs, but quickly got into sales. She LOVES people!  And of course people love her!  Happy, energetic and oh so sweet!   She loves to help everyone.  She will go the extra mile to make sure her customers are happy.

We then have the back up team.

Karla – who follows up and makes sure all the orders arrive on time

Alberto – who manages the warehouse, inspects the merchandise and schedules all deliveries

Christian-  our driver!  Another friendly face, he is a true ambassador as he goes around making his deliveries

Daniel – our high school intern.  He helps everyone in the warehouse… always bright and energetic

Gyllian – Also a high school intern,  She keeps us organized.  Comes every afternoon to make sure all the files are properly maintained, and all the supplies are in their place.

Ana – our off site support in data entry, purchasing, social media, shipping coordinator and more.

Last but not Least – Dayana , currently on pregnancy leave,  but she is our Social Media, Presentation and Marketing person.  We miss her!

 

ICFF IN MIAMI

I am so excited that this show  is coming to Miami.  We at DPH have been attending the New York show every year for the last 5 Years!

It has always been the best show to attend !

I am looking forward to this show because:

  • They do concentrate on Great Design
  • They present it better than anyone else
  • They bring in the BEST manufacturers
  • They bring in the NEW and EXCITING designs

 

We should make sure that they are Succesful, so that we get the chance to see all of this

first EVERY YEAR.

Go to their website and look at the NY show…

Register  for ICFF Miami  ( Oct 5 & 6) and ENJOY!!!!

DESIGN TRENDS

HOUZZ   **  PINTEREST ** NOW YOUR BATHROOM

You have now done your research, spent hours on these sites,  and you have LOADS of ideas of how you want your bathroom to look.  If you are at all like the “average consumer” ,  the internet has educated you, but with knowledge,  comes confusion.  ALL the pictures look pretty!  Why spend $500 when there is similar product for $150?  Why the difference?

You know…. In the internet and in real life, you usually get what you pay for!  There are ways to save, but BEWARE!  If it is unbelievably inexpensive,  WORRY!

You know what to buy when you select a dress, or a shirt, or a pair of shoes.  You have been shopping for those all your life.  Plumbing… well, most consumers will buy a bathroom maybe twice or three times in their lifetime.  Expertise is important!

We at DPH work very hard at determining quality vs price point.  We will not try to fool you into thinking the $200 faucet is the same as the $1200, and we carry both!

Design, construction, brass content, ceramic cartridges, water volume, all of these things matter and you need to take them into consideration when deciding your price point.

We also know that we ALL HAVE A BUDGET –  We will guide you thru the painful selection of style / and price, so that you end up with the best YOU can buy.

You can not accomplish doing that  in the internet.   You can not get that in a BIG box store with people that have little experience. Come and see us with all your new plans!  We will help you sort that one out!

Then, you can make an EDUCATED decision of what is truly right for YOU!

We welcome you to real Knowledge!