I think it's the coupling of precision detailing and imposing proportion that makes the R.W. Atlas collection of kitchen and bath fittings so appealing. Exposed handle screws, knurled elements [inspired by the textured bezels of 35-mm camera lenses], and hefty cast-brass construction gives them a commanding presence. In the pursuit of authenticity, designers Roman and Williams even modified the manufacturing procedure: The faucets are available with the gently pitted surface produced by the tumbling stage of the finishing process, a texture that would normally be smoothed away by a final polishing step. waterworks.com
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.