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December 18, 2017

Top Five Design Trends to Watch in 2018

A new year is a great time to look ahead, make plans and predictions of things to come. In the kitchen and bath industry, leading trends from the past year are still going strong into 2018. Metallic finishes and organic colors are trending along with innovative shapes and silhouettes. The Art Deco movement enjoyed a resurgence and we expect that trend to continue with the retro vibe gaining influence and bringing a fresh twist to classic designs. It’s an exciting time to be in the decorative industry as leading brands continue to raise the bar when it comes to innovative design and customization! We look forward to seeing these trends develop making this year one to remember!

Clean Lines & Art Deco Design

Trends may come and go, but great design is in perpetual demand. This is especially true in the luxury bath industry where exceptional design is both expected and sought-after. Fortunately, the industry is teeming with an amazingly diverse array of products that exemplify the best elements of exceptional design, including clean lines and a vintage art deco influence.

With its sleek modern vibe, the Riva 406 vanity from The Furniture Guild is a perfect example of this type of motif. It is available in seven configurations, including single and double basins, with sizes ranging from 24 inches to 96 inches. Each unit comes with three drawers, and up to three units can be joined together for expansive counter space and storage. The selection of finishes runs the gamut from beautiful wood textures to dramatic lacquers. The Furniture Guild provides customers with multiple customization options and solid construction, so each finished piece is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

BainUltra’s Nokori Oval 6737 is an oval-shaped iteration of a geometric line of freestanding baths that represents the epitome of contemporary elegance. The exterior of the tub is notable for its absence of ornamentation, while the interior has been smartly designed to accommodate two bathers in total comfort. Measuring 67” by 37” by 24”, the tub holds an impressive 66 gallons of water for an immersive soak. Crafted exclusively of durable white acrylic, the tub has a seamless appearance and a beautiful made-to-last finish in a choice of glossy or UltraVelour, a new matte finish exclusive to BainUltra.

Going Greenery

Greenery continues to be the accent color of choice in home design. This zesty shade of yellow-green sets the stage for designs inspired by the lush colors of nature. This beautiful hue has influenced the evolution of other related trends in the industry, including an elegant aesthetic that emphasizes clean lines, a desire to use pops of color (green) in singular ways, the desire to incorporate natural elements, and a renewed dedication to eco-friendly products and technology.

Nostalgic Warehouse makes it easy to make a memorable entrance to any bathroom with their extraordinary crystal doorknobs and heirloom-quality hardware. Available in brilliant shades of emerald green, cobalt, pink and black, these authentic crystal knobs add a bit of sparkle and drama to any décor. The colorful crystal knobs are available in two of the company’s most popular styles – the Crystal and the Waldorf – and may be mixed and matched with 12 different plates in designs ranging from elaborate scrolls to simple rosettes. The hardware is meticulously crafted from hot-forged brass, providing a strong, durable surface for intricate design work.

Ruvati brings a colorful vision to the kitchen with its Ibiza faucet, complete with brilliant silicone sleeves. Eye-catching on its own with a sleek arched design, the Ibiza comes with three sleeves in Pure White, Jet Black and Ruby Red. Also available are options in Ocean Blue, Navy Blue and Coral Pink. The sleeves slip easily on and off the faucet, making it simple to change colors according to mood or special events. The silicone is extremely durable and made to withstand the rigors of today’s busy kitchens. The faucet itself is crafted from high quality stainless steel with zero lead content and a solid finish that won’t crack or peel. Created by designer Jeremy Layne, the Ibiza faucet measures 20-1/2” tall with a flexible pull-out spout.

All Shaped Up

One design theme that is rapidly gaining new followers is an appreciation for unusual shapes. Many top designers and manufacturers in the industry are experimenting with new shapes, silhouettes and proportions as they look for ways to raise the bar for fresh product lines. It’s all about creating visual interest and taking modern product designs to the next level in terms of style and innovation.

ICERA appreciates the beauty of clean lines as evidenced by the chic look of its new Richmond II toilet with a fully skirted bottom. A redesigned version of one of its most popular toilets, the Richmond II offers a transitional style that works well in any décor. A teardrop lever adds a touch of elegance, while the elongated bowl and one-piece design compliment the sophisticated vibe. The inner workings of the Richmond II are true to ICERA’s superior plumbing standards, including a high-efficiency design with a fully glazed trapway and its signature EcoQuattro flushing system that combines flushing power, exceptional cleanliness and minimal water usage.

YesterTec embraces the functionality of geometric design with its ingenious freestanding kitchen workstations. Its UK66-LE mini-kitchen has an impressive rectangular design from the outside, similar to a handsome armoire. But inside are a multitude of smaller shapes — drawers, shelves and bins. There’s a 120 V induction cooktop, a sink, a solid surface countertop, and options for dishwasher, garbage disposal and refrigerator. These hand-built kitchen stations are a great solution for studio apartments, game rooms and guest suites, and include standard UL Listed safety features.

The new Tableau Collection by Atlas Homewares is inspired by a modernist take on classic geometry. It allows end users to truly unleash their creativity. The pieces come unassembled with shapes and finishes that can be mixed and matched to suit any décor or style preference. The end result is a custom configuration that celebrates clean lines and artistic freedom. The Tableau Collection features round or square bases that work interchangeably with rectangular or arc handles. Choose from three sizes and three beautiful finishes, including Polished Nickel, Brushed Nickel, Polished Chrome and French Gold.

The WOW Factor

“Less is more” has been a popular design mantra, with increased attention paid to monotone palettes featuring one fabulous fixture that makes the entire space memorable. While the style of home design seems to be simplifying, new products are increasingly advanced when it comes to style and sophistication. Today’s designers have a knack for creating streamlined designs and then adding a touch of drama to reflect the style of the homeowner. The secret to pulling this off is a well thought-out design plan and innovative products that deliver that oh-so-elusive wow factor.

Nothing adds style to a space like an unexpected splash of color. MTI Baths greatly expands the color palette in the bathroom with six new organic hues inspired by the earth, sea and sky. Available on a select number of tubs and vessel or semi-recessed sinks, these elegant exterior colors have names that capture the essence of the outdoors, including Blue Lagoon, Nightfall and Moonstone. Offered in a matte or gloss finish, these modern shades of earthy colors are seamlessly combined with selected models from MTI’s Boutique line of products manufactured in luxurious SculptureStone.

Lenova defines a dramatic focal point for the kitchen in the form of its new PermaClean Apron Front Ledge Prep Sink. Offering a modern twist of a classic look with sleek lines and a graceful 10-inch bowed front, this phenomenal sink is a true workhorse in today’s kitchen. Available in a single or double bowl configuration, one of the most notable aspects of the sink is its engineered platform ledge that allows it to easily convert to a food prep center when accessorized with an optional stainless-steel colander, roll-up grid drainer, and bamboo cutting board. Crafted from durable commercial-grade 304 stainless steel, the sink features Lenova’s PermaClean drain system that eliminates unsightly drain lines and creates a more sanitary high-end look.

DuVerre blurs the line between form and function with its new Stacked Collection of cabinet hardware. Created as an original work by renowned Irish designer Clodagh, Stacked is crafted from eco-friendly recycled aluminum and celebrates all that is contemporary, tactile and luxurious. This singular hardware is a perfect example of incorporating unexpected elements into a larger design scheme to produce an extraordinary finished look. The collection is available in oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel, with each piece finished by hand for a one-of-a-kind finished look.

It’s All About the Brass!

The re-emergence of brass, bronze and gold tone finishes is among the top home design trends. Not since the heyday of the 90’s has brass been so prevalent in interior design. Today’s brass is an intriguing interpretation of a retro style that is fresh and modern yet still classic and elegant. Brass and gold-toned finishes offer a traditional look that brings warmth to any room. They also pair well with other “cold” metals such stainless steel or nickel, and they’re especially pretty with crystal accents.

Victoria + Albert has recently unveiled a gorgeous Unlacquered Brass finish available exclusively on their Florin and Staffordshire faucet collections. Known as a “living finish,” Unlacquered Brass ages naturally by developing a unique patina over the lifespan of the fixture. The absence of a protective lacquer allows the durable solid brass to gradually darken and reveal subtle undertones of color and texture. Victoria + Albert developed the Unlacquered Brass finish in response to rising requests from customers, who have been delighted with the refined style of the new finish and the opportunity it offers to create an evolving look that is uniquely their own.

The Sterlingham Company offers its own take on the brass trend with a modern and minimalist towel warmer. Their new Arley features a space- saving wall-mounted design offered in electric, hot water or dual fuel. Available in custom sizes, configurations and finishes, standard finish options include a beautiful polished brass and antique gold. Featuring Sterlingham’s patented low-energy design, the Arley’s exceptional quality and elegance makes it a beautifully practical accent in any contemporary décor.

There’s much to look forward to in 2018 as the kitchen and bath industry works through these evolving trends. The products and designs featured here are certain to provide great value and enjoyment for years to come. We can’t help but wonder what new design trends will reveal themselves in the months ahead. Be sure to stay tuned for even more trend analysis!

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Save Water & Money with FREE Faucet Aerator Offer!

November 10, 2016

Sign up online to receive WaterSense® aerator at absolutely no cost, courtesy of Isenberg.

Saving water has always been a mainstay of the Isenberg brand. Now the company is pleased to announce an innovative program that provides FREE WaterSense® aerators to anyone who wants one. You don’t have to be an Isenberg customer to qualify. All you need to do is complete an online form on their website and pick up the aerator at the nearest dealer location. It’s that simple. Limit 1 per customer.

Aerators are an easy-to-install plumbing/water-saving device that fastens to the tip of a faucet. They control the flow of water from the faucet and allow it to mix with air resulting in a consistent flow that uses significantly less water. The free aerators available through the Isenberg offer will upgrade an existing faucet with a standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute to a more eco-friendly 1.5 (1.2 in California). The potential savings are significant – up to 700 gallons per year for the average family. That represents the equivalent of nearly 40 showers.

“Installing a WaterSense® aerator on an existing inefficient bathroom faucet can make an enormous difference in terms of water usage with very little effect on user experience,” said Abbas Poonawala, Sales Manager of Isenberg Bath Corporation. “Saving water not only protects a precious resource, but it also translates into lower energy and utility bills. A good aerator is one of the most effective ways to conserve water at home, not to mention saving a little money. It’s a win-win deal for everyone.”

Look for the free aerator sign-up form at Offers ends (March 31st. See website for details.


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Victoria + Albert Invites You to Experience a Getaway Stay at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa!

July 12, 2016

To celebrate Victoria + Albert’s 20th Anniversary, the brand is giving away a number of hospitality getaways throughout 2016 to stay in a luxury hotel featuring one of their freestanding bathtubs. All you have to do to enter the Soak and Stay competition is visit the website and sign up. Entry to the competition is free and is open to guests age 18+. The competition is scheduled to run July through August 2016 and a random winner will be selected at the end of August.

The winner will receive a two night stay at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in the Mountain Suite featuring their popular Barcelona bath and Tombolo bath caddy! Designed by Testani Design Troupe, the highlight of the bathroom is the roomy Barcelona tub which invites guests to relax their mind and reconnect at one of the top destination spas in the Continental U.S. and most award-winning luxury resorts in Scottsdale. Complimentary breakfast for 2 people, champagne and one dinner for two are also included.

This year marks Victoria + Albert’s 20th Anniversary and the brand is unveiling a variety of engaging events to share with the international design community. For more information visit

PRIZE: A two night stay at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona in the Mountain Suite with complimentary breakfast for 2 people, champagne and one dinner for two.
HOW TO ENTER: Interested participants should visit

The prize will be issued as a gift certificate valid for one year and subject to availability (restrictions and blackout dates apply). There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable and to be used by the registered prize winner.



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Victoria + Albert Celebrates 20 Years at ICFF with Special Media Event

June 1, 2016

v+a-20-years-logoJennings & Company along with Victoria + Albert were host to a special media event at INK 48, a Kimpton Hotel, in New York City during ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) 2016 to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary. The evening started with rooftop drinks at THE PRESS LOUNGE with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson river. The rain parted just in time for a gorgeous sunset of vivid colors in the sky. An amazing vision and a much needed evening of fresh air and cool breezes after a day of booth set up! Guests then headed down to the first floor PRINT Restaurant into a private dining room and fabulous dinner prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms and local purveyors. A special 20th anniversary champagne toast with Ruinart from France was the conclusion to a spectacular evening!

V+A-Photo-inset-0616The evening was hosted by Jennings & Company and VIP clients Jonathan Carter and Emma Joyce of Victoria + Albert from London. Guests included LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine’s NY and West Coast team and the Azure Magazine team from Toronto. Linda Jennings, founder and owner toasted to the 20th anniversary to thank Victoria + Albert for being such fantastic clients and on a job well done! She also acknowledged the two magazines for being instrumental in the success of promoting the Victoria + Albert brand to the North American market of architects, designers and consumers. Each guest received a crystal engraved USB press kit with Victoria + Albert’s 20th anniversary logo to commemorate the event.

Congratulations to Victoria + Albert and to a successful ICFF show in NY!




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Highlights from KBIS 2016

February 18, 2016

The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is like Christmas morning – the grand poobah of design shows and an event that we look forward to all year. The 2016 KBIS was held in Vegas, and the glitz and glamour of that famous city definitely found its way into the show floor at the convention center where a spectacular array of the latest kitchen and bath innovations were on display. Here are just a few of the highlights that particularly caught our eye.

Isenberg-Cascade-021816The amazing in-wall Cascade Flow tub filler/showerhead from Isenberg features a sleek, modern design that creates a flat arc of flowing water that is mesmerizing to watch and listen to, and its flush-to-the-wall.  As its name implies, this Italian-made beauty can serve a dual function.

Lenova-Vanity-021816Lenova had on display a new line of vanities, with eight different styles and a wide range of finish options to choose from. Constructed of eco-sensitive zero emissions solid hardwood, the vanities are CARB certified and finished with five layers of premium, eco-friendly paint. They also come with many thoughtful touches, pre-drilled tops and a high-quality Lenova square undermount porcelain sink.

Huntington-Brass-021816Huntington Brass impressed KBIS crowds with their sleek Euro Collection. People loved the novel idea of being able to remove the faucet handles and replace them with coordinating buttons for a custom look at a very reasonable price. Finished in polished chrome, the collection includes a wide-spread lavatory faucet, vessel filler, shower head and Roman tub filler.

QuickDrain-WallDrain-021816QuickDrain was on the scene at KBIS 2016 with a mobile booth that attracted some serious attention. Their award-winning WallDrain system is rocking the plumbing world by changing the way water is removed from wet areas.  The system allows for the most seamless design possible by installing the drain in the wall itself and sloping the shower floor to one subtle channel.

Atlas-Campaign-021816There’s nothing like the perfect hardware to finish off a well-designed bathroom or kitchen. Atlas Homewares was front and center in Vegas with a fun new collection with a military inspiration. Known as the Campaign Collection, this industrial look is reminiscent of classic army trunks and offers a fun mix-and-match assemblage that allows users to create their own unique look.

ZEN-Designs-Garage-Pull-021816And speaking of exotic, Zen Design was displaying some very cool collections. They pulled out all the stops for fashionable hardware, even showing leather and laced pulls. Their Garage Collection particularly caught our eye with its mix of materials and colorful hues of red, teal and brown. We love that urban-chic style that manages to be grungy and upscale at the same time.

Lasertron-021816Lasertron Direct used KBIS 2016 to showcase their sustainable line of stainless steel backsplashes, cabinets and countertops. These are so beautiful! The craftsmanship here is impeccable, and the finished products are amazingly strong and durable. They even resist fingerprints!

DuVerre-Argyle-021816Du Verre Hardware made an appearance at Northern Contour’s booth to provide the eye-catching hardware for their bathroom vanities. We particularly love Du Verre’s Argyle Collection, created by owner and designer Gina Lubin.

As you can see, KBIS 2016 was a pretty amazing show. The exhibitors there represented the best of the kitchen and bath industry when it comes to innovation, quality and design aesthetics. We are already looking forward to next year’s show when KBIS returns to Orlando. See you at the show!

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When Creativity Meets Customization

August 17, 2015

MTI Baths Creates a Unique and Fun Business Solutions Challenge for Local High School Students

When Lanier High School asked MTI Baths to participate in an entrepreneurial program CEO Kathy Adams was excited get to on board! Kathy presented the students with a sustainability challenge: what to do with the leftover tiles of Engineered Solid Stone™, the result of MTI’s Counter-Sink manufacturing process. Eleven groups of students studied the problem and presented the MTI team with their innovative solutions, one of the ideas presented was a reptile bowl. The heavy ESS slabs are ideal for feeding dishes because reptiles tend to step on their food bowl, which can tip and spill their fresh food. Also, the front of the bowl needed to be angled for easy access to the food. Iguanas Jose and Cuervo think these talented students were right on target and this unique “extreme customization” project is a big success.

Read more about MTI’s commitment to their community, being environmentally-friendly and customization at:


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Mega Pulls for Mega Style

April 14, 2015

Just when you thought modern style couldn’t get any better, Atlas Homewares launches a new collection of cabinet pulls that go to great lengths to make a style statement. The cabinet trend for both kitchen and bath is… bigger is better… and so it’s no surprise that Atlas has the perfect hardware to pull together the look. The new Mega Pulls come in 2 and 3 foot lengths and are available in 5 finishes and 2 modern styles – the look is all about no fuss.  Streamlined and understated the pulls take the larger cabinet trend and finish it in style.

Mega Magical

Look to Atlas Homewares for hardware pulls that are streamlined, sleek and just the thing to complete a modern make-over. The Mega Pulls live up to their name in both size and style. These long and lean pulls are the perfect balance for larger cabinets, and their geometric design is in keeping with a contemporary vibe. The T-Bar and 3-Part Rail Pulls measure 23.5″ or 35.5″, retail from $69 to $119 and are available in polished chrome, matte chrome, matte black, polished steel and stainless steel. For more information visit


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Victoria + Albert Products Grace Luxury Penthouse Suites in Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

February 18, 2015

The spotlight of Design & Construction Week & K/BIS recently in Vegas shined bright on three Penthouse Suites in The Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Though the views of the world famous Las Vegas Strip from these luxury condominiums were spectacular, visitors were starstruck by the stylish Victoria + Albert’s bath designs. The brand’s ENGLISHCAST® tubs and basins were featured in all three of the Penthouse Suite Showcases. “Victoria + Albert’s bath products were a natural fit in this project,” says Pedram Rahimi of Rahimi, Inc., who designed one of the suites. “Their ENGLISHCAST® is a luxury material and a perfect choice for Mandarin Oriental’s discerning customers.” The designers chose the Ravello, Barcelona, ios and Edge tubs for their beautifully contoured style as well as their compact footprints. The coordinating ios 45 basin, Ravello 60 basin and Maru 42 basin along with the Tombolo bath caddy were the perfect finishing touches.


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Bright Stars Shine in the Big City of Vegas

January 29, 2015

KBIS 2015 pulled out all the stops this year

From the latest accessories for the home to show-stopping “wow factors” this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show had something for everyone. The 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the largest North American platform devoted to kitchen and bath industry design, wrapped its 51st annual show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in larger than life Vegas style! The three-day show introduced this seasoned PR Professional to exciting new products and trends that were truly inspiring!

kbis15-atlasAtlas Homewares launched the season with a new finish. The Slate finish is part matte and all the chic you’d expect from the trend-setting company. This modern alternative to stainless steel is available in Atlas Homewares’ best selling collections, including Ergo, Nobu, Sutton Place, Browning, IT and U-Turn. They also showcased their Steam Punk Collection which is quickly turning into the must-have finishing touch for a home.

kbis15-aquabrass-2kbis15-aquabrass-1Another star of the show for me was Aquabrass. Their booth resembled a super dome you’d see at a playground but inside was pure style! With a DJ spinning and a new limited edition of hand-painted tubs (aptly named Kanvas™) signed by the artist this booth had raised the bar for entertainment inside the show floor! There was even one of the artists on site painting a one-of-a-kind canvas right there! I also loved how they displayed the finishes of their faucet line…so many choices, how could a girl choose just one?

kbis15-quickdrainQuickDrain USA had me seeing double with not one but two booths – one at KBIS and one at IBS! In both they displayed their new Proline Recycled Shower Pan that is the most eco-friendly pan on the market. Made entirely from post-consumer plastic bottles, it brings a welcomed sense of sustainability to the bath. The company also unveiled an ingenious new Wall Drain this year! Walls are the new floors for drains! This new system is easy to install and best of all doesn’t break the flow of your tile design. It’s flexible installation possibilities had me thinking of my own bathroom remodel!

kbis15-lenovaLenova’s booth took center stage at KBIS this year for their new lines that featured both stylish options for the eco-conscious and the budget-savvy! The new Ozone faucets drew rave reviews from attendees (including myself) who marveled at the thought of having an truly effective disinfectant right at your fingertips! Already used worldwide in places like Whole Foods, the amazing water-air patented technology of the Ozone faucets infuses ozone directly into the water through a patented chamber inside the spout. Lenova’s Ozone faucets use the most powerful oxidizer available, which is three-thousand times more germicidal than chlorine and instantly kills pathogens and leaves no chemical residue.  Another star in this booth was their new Apogee, a collection of budget-friendly sinks and faucets.

Such an amazing and inspiring show all around. Can’t wait to see what next year has in store!

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Rounding Out the Circle Trend

December 12, 2014

Circles and ovals are a hot trend in interior design this year, from hardware and accessories to oval tubs… were seeing circles around every corner! With soft curves and a sleek, single line, a circular design can infuse high-end style to virtually any décor.

Halo1TubMTI Baths offers ‘Zen’ style sophistication in a tub that is big on therapy options. Available as a soaker or an air bath, the circular Halo 1 tub offers a deep-set design that allows for full body immersion without demanding valuable square footage. The tub is constructed of MTI’s proprietary Engineered Solid Stone™, a non-porous mixture of natural ground minerals and high performance resin that is 100% solid and easy to maintain. And because approximately 65% of the material is organic, the tub is quite “green” with an upscale organic appearance.

va-argyle-knobsThis diamond in the rough is sustainable hardware at its finest. Designed by Gina Lubin for Du Verre Hardware, the Argyle Collection is crafted entirely from recycled aluminum. Available in three finishes: Oil Rubbed Bronze, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel.

Maru42_semirecessedVictoria + Albert’s Maru 42 vessel basin was inspired by the Japanese word for “circle.” The Maru 42 is has been designed for free-standing use on a countertop or semi-recessed into the counter top with 7 inches of usable depth and a thick 1 inch rim.  It is crafted of a proprietary material known as ENGLISHCAST® which is comprised of finely ground Volcanic Limestone™ mixed with resin and cast in one seamless piece. This unique construction is finished by hand to provide a glossy white surface that is highly durable and easy to clean.

stephen-collection-tfgCreated with touch of sparkle and a dash of art-deco meets modern, the Stephen Collection reflects reflects the quality and customization at its best. Showing off a bold pattern of rings with mirrored insets, the Stephen is designed to suit your own personal style with a choice of 6 sizes and 14 cabinet finishes.  And the Stephen Collection is built to last using only the best materials and superior workmanship that The Furniture Guild customers have come to expect.

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