05 December 2017

Flush with Meaning

Recent depressing developments [see: Bear Ears National Monument, tax reform, border wall, et al] have me looking to art for comfort. Made while he was participating in the arts/industry residency program at the John Michael Kohler [yes, that Kohler] Arts Center, this 1974 sculpture by Jack Earl caught my eye. Perhaps you'll find some personal solace in 'The Factory as Toilet' as well.

04 December 2017

Sky-High Kitchen

Dubbed the 'Jenga tower' for its top-heavy collection of blocky,  cantilevered condos, the new high-rise by architects Herzog & de Meuron features kitchens that counter that jagged image. Curving islands and conical range hoods add an element of softness to the interior. dada-kitchens.com

30 November 2017

Masonry Masterpiece

I see more than a little bit of Sol LeWitt in the bold, precise lines that course through this bath by Jean-Louis Deniot. But that's not paint on the walls or floor—it's stone. [Beige French limestone and grey Cascais limestone, to be specific.] The cabinet doors continue the pattern; are they mirrored or painted? I'll never tell—to do so would dilute the mystery of the space. deniot.com

29 November 2017

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Well, it's about time that someone realized that slapping a small interactive display on the front of a major appliance was nothing more than an exercise in frustration. We squint, unsatisfied, at tiny screens for hours at a time, usually engaged in something far less detail-oriented as following a recipe—why think such a design is desirable? The Vision oven features a full-door, 19-inch screen that's easily readable from a comfortable distance. And it's not limited to instructional videos; a camera lets you keep an eye on the oven interior from the comfort of your electronic device of choice. hoover.co.uk

28 November 2017

Sinking In

Designed by Dario Gaudio and Vittorio Venezia, the Controstampo pedestal sink is at once raw and refined. There's something about the indeterminate industrial look of the piece that I find quite appealing. A matching tub is also available. falper.it

27 November 2017

A Serene [and Clean] Kitchen

In the wake of Thanksgiving, it's almost startling to see a kitchen that's so tidy. That reaction is heightened by several more integral factors of the design: The shadowy, fog-colored palette; the dissolving, rounded edges of the cabinets, the coved ceiling, and the arched door; the time-telescoping use of contemporary and period details. Hmm...maybe the room is more evocative of Halloween than Turkey Day? evgeniybulatnikov.com

23 November 2017

The Afterbath

Once the beast feast is done, it's time to start planning a recuperative, post-Thanksgiving soak. Allow me to suggest the 'Grid' tub, designed by Werner Aisslinger and Tina Bunyaprasit. Accessories [A wine cooler? Just a suggestion....] can be hung from the enclosing tubular frame, solving a problem that's unique to free-standing tubs. kaldewei.us