Behold the Electric Sink, which in 1951 included a most unusual top-loading dishwasher, within which "sixty-four whirling, swirling jets brush-flush every hollow, groove, corner, and contour of every dish, glass, piece of silver and cooking utensil." After the 9 3/4-minute cleaning cycle, the lid automatically popped open [uh-oh] for "flash drying"—a function the manufacturer inexplicably fails to define.
28 May 2009
This unconventional tile design gets my attention right away! There's something archaeological about the treatment, progressing as it does from primitive clay squares to off-white subway tile to textured decos set in a field of urbane grey. prattandlarson.com
27 May 2009
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21 May 2009
I find the milky tones of the marble in this mosaic hypnotic. Four different stones are cut with precision water jets, then fitted together in a pattern that defies clear categorization; it it Gothic, Moorish, Islamic? Picture this as a backsplash in an ultra-contemporary kitchen. urbanarchaeology.com
20 May 2009
Design aficionados made the Star range hood last year's object of desire—but Stateside, we had to wait for UL approval before it could grace our kitchens. Wish granted. The spherical form, comprising hundreds of glass prisms, is—I repeat, is—dishwasher safe. A discreet steel wand controls the fan speed and dimmer-light settings. elica.com
19 May 2009
Elegant and ecofriendly—a modern combination. The new Strela features a tidy skirted design and a tapered tank; rendered in a satin finish called Honed White, it brings a depth to decor that glossy ceramic fixtures can't match. A dual-flush mechanism lets you choose between 1.6 or .8 gallons per flush. kohler.com
18 May 2009
16 May 2009
Here's a peek at an arty cul-de-sac of a powder room by Marsh & Clark of San Francisco. Repeating curves in the window, mirror frame and mosaic floor [I love how the tile traces up the wall in the foreground!] gracefully relieves the shoebox quality of the space. marshandclark.com
15 May 2009
Ah, the idiosyncrasies of 19th century plumbing products! From the original catalogue description, thus: "A single stream or rose jet, as may be preferred, is thrown up in the centre of the basin. This gives a most delightful and refreshing spray bath for the face, and as a douche for weak or tender eyes is invaluable."
14 May 2009
The Pick-Nick table disturbs the outdoor dining experience—in a good way. Its staggered legs appear precarious, yet the table is absolutely stable; a hole [the '-Nick'] in the center of the surface seems to invite spillage, but a glass-bowl insert restores diners' confidence. email@example.com
13 May 2009
12 May 2009
Laundry can be beautiful, at least in this 1937 portrayal by artist Lester Beall. Part of the federal campaign during our first Great Depression to bring electricity to under-served rural America, his imagery boldly communicated how power would alleviate domestic drudgery.
11 May 2009
From the row of skylights balancing the room's natural light to the creative cabinetry solutions, this breezy space breaks the mold of the bland, all-white kitchen. The design is proof that creativity and comfort can coexist—no mean feat. feldmanarchitecture.com
08 May 2009
07 May 2009
Everything in its place. That goes double for the Erika storage system, where each wall panel is designed specifically to house a particular item; there's even one for a sink. So choose [or should we say curate] your kitchen essentials—from spoons to coffee filters to goblets—with care. moormann.de
06 May 2009
The inventive palette of materials and confident use of shape make this otherwise ordinary bath a standout. The way the mirrors just eclipse the tile, how the marble apron boldly defines the vanity, the window sitting level with the raised section of counter—pushing the details in ways like these gives the room memorable character.