22 October 2014

A Clean Breaking

As our bathroom remodeling gets underway, we are preparing to improvise. Comprising folding fabric panels simply hooked onto a tubular frame, the Ima shower, designed by Peter Büchele, provides inspiration. Its lightness and flexibility are admirable. rapsel.it

21 October 2014

Too Hot to [Fox]Trot

How fun is this backsplash installation? Evolving from subway graffiti to gallery wall and now to graphic motif, Keith Haring's tribe of shimmying street dancers seem to be hot-footing it across the stove top. The ceramic tiles are part of a new collection based on artists' works. ascot.it

20 October 2014

Transition Kitchen

The basic elements of this kitchen—Shakeresque cabinets, farm sink, bridge faucet—are traditional. But the colors, wheat and a brackish moss, are contemporary; they are drawn from a palette developed by designer Adam Bray. The presence of old and new in the same room reminds me of the transitory nature of autumn, the trees now bearing both brown and green leaves. plainenglishdesign.co.uk

17 October 2014

Split Decision

I am open to suggestions on how to describe the most unusual configuration of this 1965 refrigerator. A built-in countertop ['illuminated', no less] cuts right through the midsection of the appliance, separating the two-door cooling compartment from the drawer-style freezer. It's a design that GE seemed certain would appeal to those of a well-heeled lifestyle. Evening gown, long-stemmed roses, golf games—all hallmarks of a leisure class. It's odd: I'd think they would be dining out, not lounging around the fridge.

16 October 2014

Change of Face[plate]

In a sure sign of the season, fly-by-night costume shops are springing up around town, their windows filled with self-contained Sharknados, Ice Bucket Challengers, and other assorted alter egos. I'm happy to report that the Halloween spirit extends to appliances, too. These magnetic panels give your fridge a temporary new identity. Choose from stock images, or submit a custom design. They're available for all configurations, even French door models. kudumagnets.com

15 October 2014

Flowing a Curve

The slightly twisted look of this kitchen faucet, dubbed the Orbix, makes me smile. I admire how it's both a disciplined design—the curves and contours are well balanced and rhythmic—as well as a free-spirited take on the idea of a 'normal' plumbing fitting. Interestingly, the flow of water is controlled at the end of the spout; the flange-like piece near the base of the unit regulates the temperature. damixa.com

14 October 2014

Man Meets Nature

Replicating sedimentary stone, the porcelain slabs of the Gemstone collection depict flowing layers and a tracery of veins and fissures—but there's a third dimension to the design. Straight, closely-spaced grooves are chiseled across the face of the tiles It's a contemporary take on cladding that I quite like. ceramichepiemme.it