“The emerging trends are for warmer metals – rose gold, brass, copper, and antique gold – so it’s conceivable that we may introduce new finishes in the future,” says Rea. “But at the moment we have polished stainless steel and powder-coated black.”
Rea says that Heirloom also looked very closely at practical considerations, particularly the installation process, when they were developing its new Strata range.
“I believe that our mountings and our fittings are one of the easiest to install and are potentially more robust than any of the others on the market,” he says. “Also, being powered by 12 volt transformers gives it an extra degree of perceived safety over mains voltage units.” Rea, however, is quick to point out that all Heirloom products – 12 volt or mains driven – are designed, manufactured and tested to NZ standards.
Rea sees the market for the new Strata range of single bar towel warmers as wide ranging in the residential sector, be it group housing or for one-off architectural projects.
“The common theme will be the more design-focused projects,” he says. “And I see exciting new design possibilities, especially with the Loft and Heiko models, which are quite stunning. I haven’t seen anything like them on the market – the Heiko in particular, in chrome or black, looks as if they just float on the wall, and are absolutely spectacular.”
Visit Heirloom on ArchiPro here to find out more about the new Strata range, and how to create an integrated highlight in your bathroom.