As a rule, I avoid repeating post categories in the course of a week. And I have an aversion to bad illustrations that verges on—more honestly, transcends—the obsessive. But the new Airblade faucet from fan and vacuum guru James Dyson is so whiz-bang innovative that I am casting aside both these editorial principles. In a nutshell, it's a touchless, sensor-operated tap with an integral hand-dryer. You wash your hands under the central spout, then move them under the side 'wings' where they are dried by HEPA-filtered air blowing at 420 miles per hour. It's available in deck- and wall-mount models. dyson.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.