Life in 1958 was different. I guess if your kitchen had a Cuisine Centré instead of a sink you'd put on your pearls and whip up a strawberry dessert, too. The integral small-appliance hub simplified that process; today you'd have to haul out the blender and the mixer, make room for them on the cluttered the counter, and get to work. The fact that the sink—I mean, the Centré—merited a dedicated peninsula for its placement is proof of the esteem in which it was held [if not by the homeowner, at least by the manufacturer].
Some may see a sleek ceramic sculpture, others might perceive a section of intestine. Personally, I'm undecided if the design intent of the WCA toilet is subtle or obvious. I do like it very much, though, for its bold appearance. sanindusa.pt
At its essence, the shower experience comes down to a narrow routine: Enter booth, be drenched, exit booth. This floorplan escapes that monotony by creating a pathway rather than a cul-de-sac for the shower. Add to that its almost-outdoors ambiance, and I think we have a winner. lakeflato.com
Observing fish drifting in a pond is a fine way to pass a lazy summer day. Barring an actual opportunity to do so [city life has a way of diluting such pastoral scenarios into virtual and/or vicarious experiences], contemplating these wall-bound koi will have to suffice. Using open-backed shelving lets the pattern—'Derwent', named after a doubtlessly bucolic location in west Cumbria—show through. In five colorways. osborneandlittle.com
As I see it, this kitchen strikes just the right balance between light and dark. I don't mean the contrast between the cherry-wood cabinets and the white walls; it's the level of illumination that impresses me. I can imagine this Williamsburg kitchen being as evenly lit in the deep of winter as it is on this sunny July afternoon. plainenglishdesign.co.uk
How did it happen that in 1968, when a bright Pop-art palette was the rage in the worlds of fashion and art that the best the appliance industry could muster was that regrettable 'rainbow' of almond, avocado, and harvest gold? I do recall the earth-tones trend, but if memory serves, that sprouted up a little later, in the early 1970s. In that case, I apologize to Tappan and its design team, as they were actually ahead of the times, color-wise.
To appreciate the way this bath tap works, consider its name: Eclipse. Twisting the top polished steel disc shifts it slightly off the center axis; the water flows. Within the visual vocabulary of minimalism, static sculptural work often dominates; this kinetic fitting is all the more striking for breaking that unwritten rule. boffi.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.