Last Wednesday NY Stone Manhattan hosted a party to celebrate the opening of their new Marazzi showroom. NY Stone is located at 30 W 21st Street and the new Marazzi showroom is on the second floor in the same building. The ground floor features incredible stone slab collection from around the world, but the ceramic tile collection upstairs is equally impressive. The tiles are uniquely proportioned. There is a subtle palette of grays and naturals as well as well balanced vivid color palette. Marazzi also offers textures and 3 dimensional solutions.


This week I am on vacation, and for this occasion I would like to share with you some dreamy outdoor shower destinations.  Enjoy.

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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


Chicago Faucet wall mounted wide spread faucet.


Kohler exposed pipe shower, about $400.


Industrial shower found via

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




I am going on vacation next week and I have been thinking more about the great outdoors than the small indoors, lately.  I went to Rhode Island for a couple of days earlier this summer, and there was an outdoor shower we could use to wash off the beach sand.  It was a wonderful experience to get clean after a day at the beach and then sit down for dinner on the deck.

I researched a bit and was pleased to find some elegant and modern outdoor shower systems that will complement the summer house of any modernist at heart.

Inox Square Outdoor Shower by d'Un Jardin a l'Autre

Inox Square Outdoor Shower by d'Un Jardin a l'Autre.

Waterfall Shower by Jane Hamley Wells

Waterfall Shower by Jane Hamley Wells.

Pila Outdoor shower with teak handles by Calazzo

Pila Outdoor shower with teak handles by Calazzo.

Well Well by Atelier Tradewinds

Well Well by Atelier Tradewinds, too

Well Well the plug and spray minimalist outdoor shower by Atelier Tradewinds.


Summer is in full swing and there is nothing, that compares to a simple pleasure of an outdoor shower. Here are some inspiring examples of showers surrounded by mountains, trees, dunes and grasses.

An outdoor shower in Cantilever House designed by Anderson Architecture. Mimicking the cantilever of the house, the outdoor stretches out gently toward the surrounding woods.


An outdoor shower from Atelier Tradewinds: "The acacia wood frame is set on a couple of nylon gliders so that the shower can easily be moved. The shower tube itself is made of galvanized steel; a simple tap attached to the tube regulates the water pressure.


An outdoor shower in Sky Ranch House designed by Miller Hull Partnership. Found via Dwell.


An outdoor shower on a deck of Surfside Residence in Bridgehampton designed by Stelle Architects.


An outdoor shower in The Orchard House designed by Anderson Archietcts.


Large washbasins are nice, but what to do if space is limited?  For those with spatial limitations we found some of the smallest sinks out there that still look and feel fabulous.  Most often used in powder rooms (or half baths) these sinks will work also in very tight full baths.

Bissonett ICE 20

The ICE 20 sink by Bissonett: 15.75" long by 7.9" wide by 6.7" high.

Hasting C1 30 Basin

The C1 30 Basin by Hasting: 15" long by 11.8" wide by 7" high.

Hasting Series CX Basin

The Series CX Basin by Hastings: 13.75" diameter.

Lacava Aquababy

The Aquababy by Lacava: 15" long by 11.5" wide by 6" high.

Nameek Next 40/B

Next 40/B basin by Nameek: 16" long by 19.7" wide by 5.3" high.

Nameek Scarabeo

The Scarabeo by Nameek: 15.6" long by 8.9" wide by 5.4" high.


The reason subway tiles never go out of fashion is because they are versatile and can be quite affordable. They can be stacked or staggered, horizontally or vertically, or arranged randomly. They can be polished or matte. They come in a wide variety of materials: ceramic, glass and stone to name a few. Today we are focusing on the most affordable ceramic subway tiles, which can be found for as little as $ 1.50 per square foot.




















































Although I would not necessarily use this product in any of my own designs, I think it is a very smart idea.  The Vertebrae Vertical Bathroom System by UK based Design Odyssey takes up the floor space of a toilet bowl and contains (almost) everything needed in a bathroom.  The top segments contain two shower heads and a water cistern, the mid section holds the washbasin and storage space, the base is the toilet.  Each component swivels around a central core.  I salute the concept of compressing all necessary functions into the smallest footprint possible.  This idea is definitely worth developing further.

Vertebrae vertical bathroom system

Vertebrae vertical bathroom system functions


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.