21 May 2015

Take a Seat

Designers Emma Nilsson, Johanna Westin, and Lisa Frode created this pine bench specifically for the kitchen. On the practical side, incorporating storage under the seat and behind the backrest is a great idea. Less expected but just as ingenious is the armrest: It's wide enough to securely support a coffee mug, and its outward slant is meant to be conducive to stretching out laterally for a quick cat nap.

20 May 2015

Modern Graffiti

I am interested in how the abstract overlays the natural in this porcelain tile. Inspired by the instinctive style of painting practiced by Jackson Pollock, the Action collection appears as a slab of marble that been splattered with light or dark pigment. Most fascinating! fondovalle.it

19 May 2015

Industrial, Aged

Like all recycled elements, the antique machinery that's been deployed as a base for this bathroom sink has me wondering about its origins. Perhaps the gears and girders were once part of a derrick or other kind of pumping device—which would be quite fitting [pardon the partial pun] considering the context of its current incarnation. antoniomartins.com

18 May 2015

A New/Old Angle

Let's have a big bravo for the folks behind this charismatic kitchen, dubbed the Saint Louis. Rather than purely emphasize the mid-century modern roots of the design, the choice was made to take the far more unusual path of Italian futurism. I mean—an island with a pedestal base and atomic-Danish legs? Of course, this look isn't for everyone, but as long as it makes one homeowner's day, I'm good with it. marchicucine.it

15 May 2015

Appliance Addiction

From what we see here, I'd venture that space for a dishwasher is not the problem with this 1972 kitchen. Rather, it seems that somebody in the household has an uncontrollable urge to purchase massive quantities of glassware and china. How else to explain the presence of no less than four of the appliances in the room?

14 May 2015

Flowery Prose

Spring is finally, happily upon us. These towering, flowering tiles bring the color of the garden indoors. No weeding or watering required! fapceramiche.com

13 May 2015

Spring Showers

With apologies to our drought-stricken California friends, there's nothing I'd like better right now than a shower to wash away the stresses of the day. This multi-talented unit offers plenty of choices to do just that: a handshower to target aching muscles, three fields of body jets, and what would be my pick—a drenching waterfall treatment. teuco.com