And here's a little something for the absent-minded among us. This clever door-within-a door feature [aka, 'AddWash'] is quite the convenience. Previously, closing the door on a front-loading washer had a sense of terrible finality to it, knowing it would be impossible to toss in an errant sock or towel. No more! samsung.com
I'll confess that it was the spring-sprout green tub that initially caught my eye—but the Botanica wallcovering quickly grew on me [no, not literally]. Designed by Vito Nesta, its magnified details play off the simplicity of the soaker quite effectively. A vinyl covering, it can stand up to the steamy environs of the bath. devon-devon.com
Such a simple and smart idea: offsetting the sinks from the mirrors yields a near full-length looking glass, a feature extremely handy in the bath. The Origin collection of fixtures and furniture, with its rounded lines, lends itself well to this design. inbani.com
This installation, created for Salone, is a delightful escape from reality [a fact alone making it an ideal post for a gloomy Monday]. Superimposed on the space, blue boundaries define invisible walls, letting one experience an open kitchen while imaging an enclosed room. marcante-testa.it
I've collected hundreds of vintage ads featuring kitchen and bath accoutrements in order to provide a steady stream of fodder for our Flashback Friday posts. Reviewing them for this Earth Day edition, I am astonished to report that none of them—spanning more than a century—focus on any type of energy-saving attributes. Instead, the emphasis is on convenience, speed, or capacity. So today I present one of the most egregious examples of conspicuous energy consumption I have on file. Made in 1934, this three-door monster is testimony to how far we've come in our awareness of efficiency.
There's another photo of this bathroom that shows its context: in it, a leaded glass transom over the door definitively pegs it as a contemporary remodel of a much-older home. While that view was telling, I think this shot really reveals the proficiency of the designer. Optically and physically composing mirrors and walls and a too-fab flat sink into a literal reflection on the space is a tour deforce work of vision and precision. liebkeprojects.com.au
The pudgy Bulbo sink is eminently lovable. Sitting on a trio of squat legs, the concrete basin straddles the line between folk art and fine sculpture. I think it would work best with a palette of natural finishes; this plaster counter has both the tactility and heft that the sink needs. urbietorbi.gr
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.