THE APOTHECARY CABINET

I have a weakness for all things apothecary: cabinets, jars, stools, tables etc. I esteem apothecary cabinets for their organizational aspect, but also for their finishes and a layer of history they can add to a space. There are many places that still sell them today. I found two on 1stdibs.com, but I have also seen less expensive versions at Restoration Hardware. If you don’t have the floor space, consider the indigo wall cabinet.

Painted steel and glass apothecary cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60 drawer vintage apothecary cabinet available at Linda Rosen Antiques, $1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polished nickel and glass vintage apothecary cabinet available at Novecento Antiques, $3500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apothecary wall cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TRIENNALE PROJECT

The Triennale Project by Marazzi is a tribute to Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli’s original design of 4-time curved ceramic brick presented at Milan Triennale in 1960. The puzzle shaped tiles are suitable for horizontal and vertical surfaces and are available as stone and ceramic tiles in 8 different sizes. The Triennale can be purchased thru NY Stone showroom in NYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN ACCENTS

Spring is finally here, and I am feeling green.  I feel like picking up a can of green paint and changing my bathroom color scheme to a spring palette.  Who is with me?

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A bathroom with green infusions by Dutch architect Hesther Buunk.

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Carola Vannini uses green on walls and cabinets in this master bedroom / master bathroom suite of an apartment in Rome.

BRONZE, COPPER AND GOLD FAUCETS

Imagine a modern, white bathroom with polished chrome fixtures. We all know what it looks like, we have seen it’s endless, successful variations. Now, imagine the same bathroom with cooper, bronze or even gold fixtures. It would be quite a different effect. Below is a small sampling of faucets in variety of these finishes.

Deck mount faucet in silicone bronze, by Rocky Mountain Hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry low profile three hole lavatory faucet with cross handles, by Waterworks. Avalible in antique and polished copper, unlacquered brass, as well as polished and matte gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry gooseneck three hole deck mounted lavatory faucet with lever handles, by Waterworks. Avalible in antique and polished copper, unlacquered brass, as well as polished and matte gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purist single hole lavatory faucet in vibrant french gold, by Kohler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIRRORED MAGIC

I posted about medicine cabinets before.  In the meantime, I came across a few cabinets with truly stunning designs, and would like to share my findings with other design enthusiasts.

Boffi Medicine cabinet

This medicine cabinet by Boffi uses an opening mechanism that works with a frictional movement of the sliding doors.  The doors rotate by 90 degrees on a central hinge, vertically positioning to allow free access to all the lateral spaces.

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The mirrored cabinet by Hastings has an easily accessible display area for most used items.

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The edition 300 medicine cabinet by Keuco has top-mounted hinges, built in light fixtures and an interior mirror.

 

BLEND

Blend is a new washbasin / mirrored cabinet combination by Portuguese company Sanindusa.  It is a beautiful, compact, minimalist bathroom object.  The streamlined design is pleasing to the eye and features a waterfall faucet.  The mirrored cabinet door slides to the side for easy access to storage.  A great piece for small bathrooms.

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MODERN CONCRETE BATHROOMS

I am continuing with the topic from last week: CONCRETE BATHROOMS. The images below combine some of my very favorite design elements: concrete, color white and color gray. Concrete is beautiful with large white surfaces, wood details and rough stone elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARMTH AND SENSIBILITY THROUGH THE JAPANESE OFURO

We have written about Japanese bathrooms on this blog before.  Today our dear friend and great designer Esther Beke continues the topic with a short essay about the Japanese soaking tub.  Thank you Esther!
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Soaking baths have played an important role in Japanese culture. From the social Sento public baths to the Ofuro (Japanese bathtub) in private homes, they provide a place for rituals that are beneficial and enriching to Japanese society.

Undressing, washing in a shower and then soaking in a tub for thirty minutes to an hour is pretty much how the daily ritual goes. The Ofuro is a deep soaking tub that allows the user to be covered with water up to the chin. The most traditional ones are made of Hinoki, a Japanese cypress. The warm water releases the wood’s natural oils and fragrances and enhances the bathing experience, making it a ritual with very positive effects to the mind and body’s well being.

The Ofuro, together with the Japanese bathing culture, reminds us how important it is to consider design decisions that enhance the quality of our lives.

Bartok Tub

Wooden Hot Tub

Ofuro Tub

Wooden Bath Tub

 

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About today’s guest blogger: Esther Beke has been practicing Interior Design in NYC since 2003. She is currently working on her Masters in Industrial Design and is very much interested in humans’ relationships and interactions with surrounding objects and spaces.