There's nothing like a day at the pool—or lake, or ocean—to combat the humidity and heat of an August afternoon. Failing any of those options, I'd settle for some time in a space that's enclosed in these porcelain—yes, porcelain—panels that mimic a milky blue agate. Because they're translucent, they're spectacular when backlit, but even without illumination, the material has a near magical depth to it. The slabs come in two sizes, 60x30 and 120x60. granitifiandre.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.