Cersaie design fair in Bologna is on tile and ceramic fixtures, I'm impressed with a product that introduces textiles into the bathroom. [I do have a bit of a contrarian streak in me!] Making its debut at the show, 'Shade' is essentially a folding screen that can be fitted with fabric panels that play a decorative role in the room, as well as Corian inserts that supply shelves and hooks for storage needs. Mirrors can also be incorporated into the freestanding, flexible piece. makro.it
The 'new-style' kitchen certainly sizzles with color. I do suspect that architect J. Floyd Yewell was a man of rather tall stature, given his positioning of the most-curious cabinet near the sink.
Miele, Bosch, AEG, Braun: These are big names in the world of kitchen appliances, but their products have now garnered a reputation for being players—in the most literal sense—in quite another realm. Over eight years, musician and composer Michael Petermann collected [or should I say 'auditioned'?] 200 vintage washers, meat grinders, vacuums, blenders, mixers and more to create the Blödes Orchester ['Stupid Orchestra']. He wrote a score showcasing the sounds of these machines and has staged concerts of the piece. I think it's a fascinating work; you can catch a performance here, or, even better, check out a short documentary on the creation of the mechanical ensemble. weisserrausch.de
2012 Red Dot winner, I'm looking forward to seeing this appliance in design-conscious kitchens soon.