21 July 2017

Happy Friday! Really!

But enough about Sean Spicer's just-now-former job.

Lordy, we live in a fast-paced world. No sooner had I lined up a Russia-referencing post for Flashback Friday, than bigly news broke about the shake-up in the White House press office. So as we bid adieu to our tongue-tied friend and wish him a subpoena-free life among the shrubbery beyond the Beltway, let's appreciate the anonymous copywriter behind this 1968 ad.

19 July 2017

Wash and Dry

Part lounge, part tub, this design is lulling me into a restful state just by looking at it. It's a 'statement' bathtub, sure, but its low profile and controlled lines speak quietly. That's a trait I'd like to see more of in fixture design. ustogether.eu

18 July 2017

Clean[ing] Machine

I know: This looks like a computer mouse has been dropped in the sink. But the Dolfi ultrasonic washing device is specifically designed for submersion. By emitting ultrasound waves in the water, it triggers a process called cavitation, where [paging Carl Sagan] billions and billions of incalculably tiny bubbles are generated that softly, safely, and thoroughly clean fabric. The product name, by the way, references dolphins, who use ultrasound to communicate with one another over great distances. dolfi.co

17 July 2017

A Cooling Kitchen

As the temps tick steadily upward, I can imagine taking a respite in this clean, simple kitchen. With soft colors and floor-to-ceiling cabinets and pantry unit, it's a visually cooling space. [Clunky fridge excepted. But it could have been worse.] mrwaller.com

14 July 2017

Happy Bastille Day!

While Jean Carlu originally intended to follow his brother into the field of architecture, losing his right arm in an accident at age 18 derailed this plan. Turning to the graphic arts, he designed this poster in the 1930s. A triumph of creativity over adversity [vive la France!], his interest in form and color is clear.

13 July 2017

Working Art

The Harlock faucet, created by architect Fabio Rotella, is quite the original work. Unorthodox angles and a huge palette of finishes—copper, bronze, white, silver, ebony, and more in endless combinations—make it both a distinctive and an accommodating design. huberitalia.com

12 July 2017

Fishing for Compliments

An exuberant goldfish decorates the wall of this bucket-like basin. Equally sweet for a kids' bath or a summer home, the design provides a reminder of the delicate environmental [im]balance we increasingly face—particularly in light of today's calving of the Larson C ice shelf. scarabeoceramica.com

11 July 2017

Circular Reasoning

In the Laurence collection, spherical globe lights are imaginatively connected with flattened plates of metal. Sections of circles, the plates add a dash of color to the fixture, and make the hidden geometry of the light visible. lambertetfils.com

10 July 2017

Suspended in Time

I'm drawn to the sense of emptiness in this kitchen. The stacked plates, the lack of wall cabinets, the improbably low-hanging chandelier, the mirror that reflects nothing—all point to an absence that's curiously compelling on this hot summer day, when the city is noticeably less crowded.

07 July 2017

Independently-Minded Design, The End

At the conclusion of our week-long celebration of independence in design, here's a look at a patriotic powder room from the early 1970s. The colors of the fixtures had a limited run: New Orleans Blue was available from 1969 through 1984, and Antique Red more than doubled that span, notching up 31 years of production, from 1965 through 1996. Something to think about, in these days where a vibrant democracy can't be taken for granted.

06 July 2017

Independently-Minded Design, Day 4

This truly blue loo is quite the design statement. Accenting its moody monochrome with white or red is tempting—and such diversity could quite possibly be mind-opening at such a politically charged time. emildervish.com

05 July 2017

Independently-Minded Design, Day 3

Designed, engineered, and assembled in the US of A, this washer and dryer—specifically, their control panels—are wrapped in the flag. In true American spirit, the manufacturer will donate $40 from the sale of each Patriotic laundry pair to Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. kenmore.com

04 July 2017

Independently-Minded Design, Day 2

A bipartisan appliance [it can be hinged either on the left or right side], this refrigerator also reflects an open-mindedness to international trade: it's made in Italy. So felice indipendenza and a happy Fourth to all! smegusa.com

03 July 2017

Independently-Minded Design

This kitchen has two of the three colors that dominate the national palette this 4 July week. Perhaps simplistically, I see the tile as a metaphor for the current state of the state: a bold statement, freely expressed, and still evolving toward a more perfect union. pophamdesign.com