HORUS FLEUR

I was looking for some washbasin faucets for a new project, and I came across this intriguing faucet by the French company Horus.  I can imagine using it for a kids bathroom, or in a guest bathroom at a summer house.  Magnifique!

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DREAMING OF A TUB FILLER

I like to play this game and imagine the perfect bathroom.  A bathroom that I will have one day.  It turns out that I may need to build more than one bathroom for myself, as there are so many options, and they are all tempting.  For example, should the tub be free-standing with a floor mounted tub spout?  Or should it be placed by the wall, with a wall-mounted tub filler?  Today I want to focus on the latter.  I have a short list of wall mounted tub fillers. The type I like best, with a narrow rectangular back plate.   And still, it is hard to decide.  Which is your favorite?

Boffi Cut tub filler

Boffi Cut tub filler.

Vola two handle tub filler

Vola two handle tub filler.

Lacava waterblade tub filler

Lacava Waterblade.

Dornbracht Symetrics tub filler

Dornbracht Symetrics tub filler.

Dornbracht Elemental Spa tub filler

Dornbracht Elemental Spa tub filler.

 

AXOR URQUIOLA

When we visited the new Axor showroom last week, one room display caught our special attention.  It was featuring the Axor Urquiola line of fixtures and accessories, designed by Patricia Urquiola.

Patricia Urquiola is one of the most talented designers of our times.  Her work is sophisticated and beautiful, with soft lines and good proportions.  The product line she created for Axor is simply astounding.  Gently curved, somewhat nostalgic and very functional, this series cannot be mistaken for any other.  It is beautifully presented in the NYC showroom, and we enjoy sharing some shots with you.

Axor Urquiola Single-Hole faucet

Axor Urquiola ingle-hole faucet

Axor Urquiola Freestanding Tubfiller

Axor Urquiola freestanding tubfiller

Axor Urquiola wall-mounted washbasin and faucet in the NYC showroom

Axor Urquiola wall-mounted washbasin and faucet in the NYC showroomAxor Urquiola shower system in the NYC showroom

Axor Urquiola top-mounted washbasin and faucet in the NYC showroom

Axor Urquiola top-mounted washbasin and faucet in the NYC showroom

Axor Urquiola shower system in the NYC showroom

Axor Urquiola shower system in the NYC showroom

INDUSTRIAL BATHROOM

I have been working on a design for a loft office bathroom and industrial fittings and raw materials have been on my mind. Stainless steel, concrete, exposed pipes, lights meant for outdoors are the essential ingredients of such a bathroom. Most of these materials and fixtures are quite affordable. Some successful examples:

Bathroom designed by Heather Johnson found via Elle Décor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bathroom in Cottage in Burnet, Texas designed by Mell Lawrence Architects found via http://luxuryforthehome.com/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chicago Faucet wall mounted wide spread faucet.

 

Kohler exposed pipe shower, about $400.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Industrial shower found via www.sunset.com

Bathroom designed by a Swiss firm AFGH, found via Platforma Arquitectura .

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LIQUID LIGHT BY PASCAL ANSON

Happy Fourth of July!
Fireworks over water made me think of Liquid Light by a UK born designer Pascal Anson.
Liquid Light is a unique concept that combines light and water in a very simple yet clever way. There is a super bright LED light source inside the spout and a small hydro-electric generator inside the faucet body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The higher water pressure the brighter the light.

 

The styling of the faucet is simple: it has a black chrome finish, and the taps are meant to feel like light dimmer switches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICFF 2011

Few interesting things at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this year. All of them happen to be prototypes yet to be developed further or mass produced.

First one up is from Modproducts, a New York City based company whose motto is “we know our sh*t”. This appears to be an accurate statment. Brett Teper and Rich Williams presented a toilet seat: LOU Jr – the kids toilet seat. The seat also features recessed handles and a reminder to close the lid. Something for everyone in the family.

 

AF Supply Lab collaborated with 3 design firms and presented a few exciting concepts.

 

One of my favorites was a concept developed with Yoshimi Kono: a bathtub designed for an alcove installation, but done in such a way that it appears freestanding. The shower and its controls are in a cabinet above it, the cabinet’s door when open would serve as a partition while showering. The details and materials are still to be worked out. Both great ideas, that don’t quite go together in my opinion, but would be promising beginnings to separate collections.

 

Desai / Chia came up with a clever washbasin design called Lavatory Unit. We recently featured and admired Recess Lav by the same designer. Lavatory Unit is an equally great solution for small bathrooms and for people who don’t necessarily want backsplash tiles. The Surface Series bathtub was quite beautiful and super functional as well, with built in shelves on either end eliminating need for additional wall niches or shelves for shampoo and soap.

Building Blocks by Messana O’rorke – geometrical facets. Clean lines and elegant proportions.

 

Infinity Drain presented 2 new designs. The new linear drain is only 1 inch wide and it is very discrete. The other new design is square and it comes in two different sizes. The standard finish is matte stainless steel, which can also be polished. Other finishes are available upon request.

ENGLISH BATHROOM IS ALL ABOUT DETAILS

I am visiting my sister in England this week. I couldn’t help myself and snap few photos of her very English bathroom. We are talking about exposed plumbing pipes, individual taps for cold and hot water for the sink and the bathtub, painted white wood floor, freestanding claw foot tub and lots of quaint details.

Thermostatic pressure valve.

Claw foot tub detail.

English flush lever.

Washbasin tap.

Light pull.

QUADRO OCEAN FAUCET LINE

I recently came across this beautiful line of bathroom fixtures designed by Danish designer Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for Quadro.  The line is called “Ocean” and is inspired by the ocean, although the analogy is very abstract.  On the Web site the designer states: “Ocean is the powerful sea and the rolling waves”.  The geometric shapes indeed make a strong statement and the handles are round, but not very “wavy”.  However close the objects may be to their inspiration, it is a gorgeous series.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean faucet.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean deck mounted faucet.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean faucet.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean wall mounted faucet.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean shower set.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for QUADRO: Ocean shower set.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer's studio.

Now here is the best part.  The above faucet line (along with many other creations by Hans Thyge) was conceived in this unbelievably beautiful “studio”.   The studio was designed by owner Hans Thyge Raunkjaer and architect Claus Hermansen in 2007.  It is located in the village of Norsminde, on the east coast of Jutland.  You can check out more photos here: http://hansthyge.dk/the-studio. One more reason to move to Denmark!

 

FLUIDE FAUCET LINE

We have been discussing minimalism lately, so I though it only fitting to share with you a line of bathroom faucets by Italian company ST Rubinetterie.  The line is called Fluide and was designed by Italian architect Simone Micheli.  It is a very beautiful and refined series. I also found the backdrop colors of the images very exciting. Spring is in the air.

Fluide Washbasin Faucet by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

Deck mounted washbasin faucet

Fluide Washbasin Faucet by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

Floor mounted washbasin faucet

Fluide Washbasin Faucet by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

Wall mounted washbasin faucet

Fluide Bathtub Spout by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

Deck mounted bathtub spout

Fluide Bathtub Spout by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

Wall mounted bathtub spout

Fluide Shower Post by Simone Micheli for ST Rubinetterie

And what could this be? Any guesses? Believe it or not, this is a freestanding shower head. Brilliant.