31 August 2009
Swivel open the top of the Degree sink, and voila, instant counter space. Swing the lid closed, and no one's the wiser about your unmentionables soaking in the now-concealed sink. It's available in a palette of zingy colors, too. bmood.it
29 August 2009
28 August 2009
In 1951, the Bosch company applied some high-tech thinking to laundry products, with this innovative device the result. By generating sound waves in a wash tub, clothes could be cleaned in five minutes. The appliance carried a $32 price tag.
27 August 2009
Developed Down Under—where they know a thing or two about coping with drought—the Smart Profile commode is a dual-flush toilet with a difference. Upon flushing, fresh cold water flows into the tank-top hand basin, then drains into the cistern, where it remains until it's needed to wash down the bowl. Using 1.28 gallons per flush, the unit is WaterSense certified. caromausa.com
26 August 2009
John Troxell, Director of Design for Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, recently answered a few questions for 'Talking Shop', a new feature at KBCULTURE.
As a designer, my greatest responsibility is...
To fulfill the client's needs and wants to the best of my ability using creative solutions to provide a positive, enhanced living experience. This applies to both the functional aspects of the design and the aesthetic details, as well.
One of my creative touchstones is...
I don't know that there's just one, but a whole range of them. I tend to soak up images and ideas from all of the places I've visited in person; then there's material from magazines and books, and museums and works of art—and even nature. It's more a sense of the trends I see around me as well as the relevant historical background.
A current project I'm exploring is...
Actually, I'm focusing on fine-tuning the materials and details on a series of design-concept rooms.
If I had a week off from the studio, I would...
That's hard for me to say. I suppose I would like to explore some new places, or read, or engage in some 'creative play.' Or maybe just kick back and do nothing.
25 August 2009
A nice confluence of the standard and the surprising makes this bath pleasing. A comfortable bench, your everyday white tile—and a swirling school of mosaic koi at your feet. My other favorite feature is the window: how it opens up the shower to abundant light and air. bricault.ca
24 August 2009
21 August 2009
Until now, the design of a bridge faucet precluded the ever-popular pull-out sprayer. The hose of the Steam Valve Original faucet is cradled in a stainless steel trough; users just lift it up and spray away. I like its toned-down steampunk aesthetic, too. jaclo.com
20 August 2009
Artist Liza Lou spent five years creating a kitchen made of beads. Making a comment on the cultural expectation to maintain a 'sparkling' clean space, the 168-square-foot installation comprises about 30 million individual glass pieces.
19 August 2009
The subtle shades of the forest—pine, fern, moss—have a painterly quality when rendered in leather tile. With their warm tactility, they have a wholly different sensory quality than their ceramic or stone counterparts. yorkstreet.com
18 August 2009
17 August 2009
15 August 2009
This is the movie-set version of Julia Child's home kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the actual kitchen [which was designed by her husband in 1961], and its contents, belongs to the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. Click the link to see their archival photos. Julia would be 97 years old today. americanhistory.si.edu
13 August 2009
Teaming up beadboard cabinets and an exuberant atomic light fixture takes some kind of design confidence; devising the color and materials palette to hold the kitchen together takes design skill. White accents give the the room even more zip. My compliments to the creators! aquavitaedesign.com
12 August 2009
This tile collection is called treD, and despite its cross-lingual frippery ["tray dee" being the Italian equivalent of '3-D'], its doodle-like network—there's a vague floral quality to the raised pattern—is hugely appealing. casamood.com
11 August 2009
I contentedly cling to the belief that in the modern world there is still a place for small, graceful touches of no-tech design. This simple drawer affirms there are others of a similar mind out there. cadoroclassic.it
10 August 2009
Picking up on a reader's recent comment about keeping water consumption in check, this bowl-like sink has to be emptied by hand into the wooden drain. Breaking down the cleansing process enhances the ritual of washing while elevating our awareness of how much water we use. majagan.com
08 August 2009
This might be one of those love-it or hate-it items; I inhabit the former camp. Patricia Urquiola's take on the classic livestock trough coats the steel tub in chic gray and white enamel. A teak backrest and shelf are concessions to humankind. agapedesign.it
07 August 2009
"This is a very complete and ingenious invention" notes the fine print describing the Folding Wash Basin produced by the J.L. Mott Iron Works. I would beg to differ from that on one small point: A drain line might make it even more complete.
06 August 2009
John spent a long time designing this element for our kitchen. Two of the 'beams' conceal fluorescent uplights; three of them, fitted with either hand-made hooks or glass shelves, provide storage. Our modest home has been enriched by art. johnclagettarchitect
05 August 2009
This jazzy mosaic composition [appropriately, the layout pattern is called Rhythm Field] is a visual pick-me-up for kitchen or bath walls. The melange of marbleized glass tile is available in seven color combinations; the use of dark grout in the mix shown here is spot-on. walkerzanger.com