From your living room to the showroom, Canada’s leader in lighting and plumbing offers an elevated retail experience
If there’s a silver lining to 2020, it’s that the experience of quarantine and lockdown has fostered a greater appreciation of our homes. In a year where they’ve doubled as offices, gyms and more, functional, well-designed living spaces mean more than ever. And while furniture and interior decor complete the ambiance, lighting and plumbing are vital to enhancing the look and livability of any environment. Thanks to Canada’s Robinson, upgrading residential plumbing has never been as easy – or as stylish.
Complementing Robinson’s industry-best selection of lighting, an equally impressive plumbing collection combines proven quality with cutting-edge technology and on-trend design. The carefully curated selection of products includes some of the world’s most respected brands, including Bain Ultra, Duravit, Brizo, Delta, Blanco, Riobel and Kohler. Across Robinson’s national network of 32 showrooms and warehouses – including a pair of newly renovated locations in Toronto and Burlington – the latest in plumbing is showcased in modern and elegantly designed spaces.
From popular matte black, brushed gold and rose gold finishes – as well as an impressive variety of the striking matte white hues increasingly favoured by designers – to voice-activated, sensor-enabled faucets and water-saving design, an emphasis on aesthetic sophistication is met by an equally strong commitment to technical innovation.
Consider sensor faucets. While sensor technology has been pioneered over the last decade, Robinson’s offerings also include Kohler and Delta’s touchless soap dispensers, as well as new voice activated faucets – including Delta’s Alexa-compatible VoiceIQ and Kohler’s app-enabled Konnect line.
Robinson is among the select Canadian showrooms to incorporate a Kohler Finish Turntable – showcasing Kohler’s full range of finishes in faucets, vanities and countertops. A global leader in plumbing design, Kohler products are a natural fit at Robinson. Alongside the Konnect line, voice-activated Verdera cabinets and mirrors offer the convenience of checking e-mails, playing music and more during the morning routine. Similarly, Kohler’s DTV+ system brings smart controls to the shower, while the flagship NUMI intelligent toilets seamlessly sync with phones and laptops to activate a wealth of functions including a bidet, night light and heated air.
It doesn’t end in the bathroom. In a year where sanitary design has become more important than ever, Robinson’s selection of anti-bacterial and exceptionally non-porous Silgranit kitchen sinks from Blanco and Franke offer a timely innovation. And as families spend more social time at home, Robinson’s introduction of new outdoor kitchen options help extend the outdoor months year-round.
It’s an impressively comprehensive selection, and thanks to Robinson’s highly knowledgeable, friendly staff, homeowners, designers and builders are guided through the process and the product portfolio in a friendly and approachable context.
“Building or renovating is stressful, so we make it easy and enjoyable,” says Robinson’s VP of Showrooms, Matt Robinson. “With over 80 years in business, we’ve seen just about everything come our way. Our focus has always been about providing the customer with an outstanding experience.”
Now that much of the consumer landscape has migrated online, so too has the Robinson experience. Convenient and comprehensive, Robinson’s dynamic eCommerce website translates the showroom to the screen, offering a Project Tool that gives designers and homeowners an easy way to collaborate. It all makes for a seamless – and even fun – process.
“We believe in an integrated customer experience,” says Robinson. “The process may start online with customers selecting products from the comfort of their homes and then move into one of our showrooms, where they can experience our lighting and plumbing collections first-hand. Back at home, they can then refine their selections using our website’s collaboration tool that allows customers to create a project and share it with their designer, renovator, builder or friends.” In other words, the first step in designing a dream home is just a few clicks away.