20 April 2016

A Fitting Remembrance

In the shadow of its designer's death, the Vitae faucet, by Zaha Hadid, made a melancholy debut at last week's i Salone. Unlike her previous fitting, which emphasized an exuberant swooping line, this lav set is more focused on mass. The shell-like form nestles comfortably in the palm. noken.com

18 April 2016

Serene + Spirited

I'm not ready for Monday. The quick ramp-up to work and the resumption of routine comes all too soon. This kitchen, with the visual jumble of appliances skillfully concealed behind the wall panels, is the kind of room that could ease the harsh transition from weekend to weekday. liebkeprojects.com.au

14 April 2016

The Right Light

Not everything shown at iSalone is flamboyant, striving design. Case in point: Shine, the understated yet elegant towel bar/light/grab bar by Monica Graffeo. The light can be focused in different directions without compromising the gripability or strength of the installation. This accessory is universal design in the truest sense of the word. everlifedesign.it

13 April 2016

Japan, Via Milan

Designer Stefano Cavazzana cites the bento box as inspiration for his new Oblon bathroom fixtures. Similar to the bento's functional form, the interchangeable basin, its rim, and accompanying tray/lid can be stacked in different color combinations. The collection premieres at iSalone this week. novello.it

12 April 2016

Material Switch-Up

Mixing marble and smoky glass, the Bespoke vanity makes a suave entrance at iSalone this week. While combining opacity and transparency in a single unit has been done before, the application protocol has been upended by designer Carlo Colombo; usually it's the sink that's glass, not the cabinet. antoniolupi.it

11 April 2016

Cultured Kitchen

Premiering this week in Milan at Eurocucina, the Miuccia kitchen is a rather debonair combination of grooved midnight blue cabinets and marble counters sitting atop sled-like metal bases that are finished in rose gold. To me, the luxe design by Ruadelpapavero Creative Studio can trace its aesthetic lineage back to both art deco and the Memphis movements. tmitalia.com

07 April 2016

Really Cool Colors

Well, this is certainly a vivid answer to the oft-asked question, What comes after stainless steel. Just in time for Eurocucina, the homely FAB 28 fridge has been gussied up by none other than Dolce & Gabbana in a limited edition of 100 handpainted appliances. The price tag—about $33,500—might possibly put a chill on your enthusiasm. smeg.com