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New metallic finish boosts towel rail design credibility

Indoor climate solutions provider, Zehnder Group UK, has unveiled new metallic finishes for its already-popular Zehnder Alban towel rail.

Previously only available in Stainless Steel Mirror, this modern towel rail will now boast new finishes in Brushed Black Chrome, Brushed Brass and Brushed Bronze thanks to an innovative Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating process.

The new finishes will allow customers to make a standout statement by matching fittings across their room design – from taps and stoppers to showerheads and now their towel rails – creating a cohesive and striking look.

New finishing techniques have pioneered radiator design in recent times and now allow for even more options than ever. PVD coatings, also known as thin-film coating, is a process in which a solid material, such as chrome or bronze, is vaporised in a vacuum and deposited onto the surface of the radiator tubes.

These coatings are not simply metal layers, however, but a process whereby compound materials are deposited atom by atom onto the surface, forming a thin, bonded, metal or metal-ceramic surface layer that enhances the appearance of the radiator.

The Zehnder Alban is the latest in Zehnder’s Studio Collection to get the treatment.

The Zehnder Alban is the rectangular version of Zehnder’s popular Chime towel rail, which is also part of the Studio Collection and available with PVD finishes. The Alban boasts the same sparkling appeal as its round-barred partner but with a perpendicular style. Cantilevered rails allow for even the plumpest of towels to be slid on and off – and it can be installed with rails facing left or right. This flexibility not only ensures a perfect fit, but also adds a distinctive look to a space allowing for a touch of style, rather than purely delivering on function.

The Zehnder Alban doesn’t just perform in the style stakes, however. Its narrow profile from wall to front face is a mere 100 – 125mm projection and its heat output can boast up to 417 watts depending on its size.

With decades of experience and design credibility in home heating, which includes the creation of the first ladder towel radiator in 1980, Zehnder’s commitment to design and function is unwavering. Inspired by bold design principles and powered by technical expertise, the Zehnder Studio Collection showcases an exceptional fusion of form and functionality.

Each model in the Studio Collection is a testament to Zehnder's dedication to innovation, aesthetic appeal and unyielding quality. The development of its already popular Zehnder Alban towel rail is the next evolution in this inspiring portfolio of innovative products, which deliver design and technical expertise into living spaces.

The entire Studio Collection, which includes the Zehnder Alban, Zehnder Chime and the newly added Zehnder Pera, signifies a major milestone for Zehnder - bringing together ground-breaking designs and unwavering technical expertise. It is testimony to Zehnder’s commitment to innovation and ability to challenge the norm in the interior design space.

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29 February 2024


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