23 June 2017


I bet Westinghouse would think twice about this particular spin on its laundry appliances today. In 1960, a river of soapy water might have impressed folks with its implied cleansing power. But today, we see it for what it is: egregious pollution and waste.

22 June 2017

Rough Plumbing

Perhaps the ultimate expression of authentic industrial style [at least in the world of fittings], the Da Reya faucet incorporates an actual wrench in its design, as the lever control. Certainly a novelty, but I give it points for gumption. kakudai.jp

21 June 2017

Tiny and Textured

The L'H collection of tile spans large format floor pavers to mosaic tesserae. Both smooth and rough faced, they can give a room a sense of textural variety, but the space is still unified through consistent coloring. emilgroup.com/viva

20 June 2017

Custom Kitchen

Shiny and streamlined, the Ego is well suited to be the nucleus of an open plan kitchen. [Unless, of course, your tastes run more to the subdued than the statement-making.] Designed by architect Alberto Torsello, the mirror-polished stainless steel cabinet can reflect color and light in a way that makes it a part of—and sets it apart from—its surroundings. Several custom handle treatments are offered. abimis.com

16 June 2017

Oh Dad, Poor Dad

In the 60s, as the 'women's lib' movement continued, men were often accused of being male chauvinists—but this ad puts the shoe [or the slipper sock, as the case may be] on the other foot. As modern laundry appliances don't require either muscle or an extraordinary IQ to operate, I think the claim about ease of use made here is rather unfair. So to dads and wannabe dads everywhere, an apology for such stereotyping—and best wishes on your day.

15 June 2017

At Hand

This in-sink holder keeps cloths handy without draping drippy towels over the faucet. Designed by Miika Mansikkamaa, it's ingeniously easy to install: an undercounter magnet anchors the holder to the inside of any stainless steel basin. Have a round sink? No worries—there's a curved model available, too. magisso.com

14 June 2017

Enlightened Design

I think it's the extreme light fixture that makes this lovely bathroom memorable. The silver spheres add a literal sparkle to the space, and jolt the design into the contemporary. The height of the room [use the chair to judge the scale] is another out-of-the-ordinary asset. stephenvolpe.com