27 February 2015

Design by Committee

I can guess at the logic behind the quorum of 369 members; there's no chance of a tie should the designers have to vote on whether to include the mirror or the swinging stool on the final list of features for this 1925 cabinet. But just who were these women? High-school home economics teachers? Housewives? FOBs [Friends of Boone]? Assembly-line workers at the Campbell-Smith-Ritchie Company? Anonymous ninety years after the fact, they deserve our belated thanks for recognizing the critical importance of the built-in coffee mill.

26 February 2015

Planes Talking

The design of this bathroom suggests an unfolded origami work in the way it mixes flat planes and angled panels of mirror, wood, and solid surfacing. The shifted perspectives relieve the boxed-in feel of a small room, without compromising on storage capacity. I think it's ingenious. uda.it

25 February 2015

A Catchy Hook

Yes, the Clamp certainly recalls the naked landscape of winter, but it's redeemed [in my eyes, at least] by its artistic, almost no-tech approach to storage. Tighten the poplar-wood unit to a surface and hang what you need—towels, cups, utensils—where you need it. layerxlayer.com

24 February 2015

To Tell the Truth

Originally I planned to feature the Pinocchio faucet during election season, but then life took one of its unpredictable turns. First we had Lyin' Brian Williams twisting the truth. Now bloviator Rush Limbaugh seems to have come down with a case of the misremembers. So, following my nose for newsworthy products, it's time to reveal this playful fitting. Designed by Bruno Negri, Pinocchio mercifully does not feature a pull-down spout. He is available in a chrome finish as well as wood. emmevi.it

23 February 2015

Making Change

One of the reasons why winter is so depressing is its monotony. Days on end of overcast skies, afternoon snowfall, and subfreezing temperatures collude to numb the senses. In an effort to snap out of this funk, I present the Neo Salon kitchen, which was introduced last month at Passagen during the LivingKitchen show in Cologne. Jittery with pattern and reflection [yes, that's a mirror-covered island], the design by Mike Meiré is just the thing to rouse me out of my seasonal somnambulism. Sculptural niches, display pedestals, and other elements not commonly found in the kitchen signal a new way of thinking about the room and its role in our homes and lives. Stay tuned. nolte-kuechen.de

20 February 2015

The Ice Men Cometh

Actually, Frigidaire, I don't need an introduction to your ice makers, as I am well acquainted with Old Man Winter's expertise in this department. It looks like the parka-clad fellows who do inhabit this freezer would be up to the brutal conditions we in the Northeast are facing now; windchills in the -30F° neighborhood have kept man and beast indoors. Certainly we are not frost-free, as is this 1973 fridge—yet another snow is predicted for tomorrow. About the only ice I would welcome on this cold evening is a cube or two in a fortifying scotch.

19 February 2015

Drifting Away

The winter-weather prognosticators are at it again—only this time, I'm inclined to believe their warnings about frigid conditions. Even though we're surrounded by an icy, wind-sculpted environment that all-too resembles the design of this bathtub, I would happily fill it with hot water for a long, thawing soak. There's a bit of cold irony in Caroline Beaupere's fixture design, though. It's inspired not by drifting snow, but by the desert dunes of the Siwa Oasis in Egypt. clarkearchitectural.com