May 24th, 2012
They call Palm Beach “The Best of Everything.” And with miles of sand and surf, it never disappoints. Delight in the tropical beauty of Florida’s island haven with the best in everything Palm Beach – the styles that will transport you to the summer days and sun-kissed beaches of one of the country’s most architecturally inspiring ocean oases. So slip on your sandals, grab your shades and bring paradise home. (Drinks with tiny umbrellas optional.)
Hastings Bath & Tile Ovo Silk Tub
A bright white finish and a hint of deco make Hastings’ Ovo Silk Tub the perfect Palm Beach centerpiece for the bath. Its unique oval shape gives the basin an ergonomic elegance, and its silky smooth finish cradles with a light hand. Durable as any porcelain tub but without the volume, Ovo infuses the bath with the luxury of a summer spa year-round.
Laufen Palomba Floor Standing Menhir Vessel
From the soothing contours of the ocean come the soft ripples of Laufen’s Palomba Menhir vessel. The floor-standing ceramic washbasin’s beautiful curves are reminiscent of a tide-swept rock that organically morphs the towers into the basin surface. Distinguished by a clean white finish, Menhir (which means “tall stone” in Breton) makes any bath feel a mere stone’s throw from the surf.
GRAFF® Aqua-Sense Shower
What better way to end a day in the sun than with the beauty and brilliance of GRAFF®’s Aqua-Sense shower. Providing a full sensory, modern shower experience, it combines GRAFF’s structural innovation with distinct customization. From the ceiling-mounted showerhead (with RGB LED color-changing lights), to the USB port for portable MP3 connection, there’s nothing like Aqua-Sense. Read the rest of this entry »
March 13th, 2012
The Bronze Age marks a time in ancient history when our civilization began developing advanced metalworking techniques for smelting copper and tin from naturally occurring outcroppings of ore, and then alloying those metals in order to cast bronze. The Bronze Age primarily took place between 3500 BC and 1200 BC, and is traditionally divided into the Early Bronze Age (c.3500-2000 BC), Middle Bronze Age (c.2000-1600 BC), and Late Bronze Age (c.1600-1200 BC). The primary significance of the Bronze Age was that it allowed us to create more durable products; bronze is harder than stone and far more durable. Today, solid forged bronze and bronze finishes are extremely popular when it comes to interior design elements for the home. Styleture is composed of numerous “bronze addicts” who keep a close eye on interesting designer pieces. The following are a few of our favorites:
Bronze Chalice by Stone Forest
All it takes is one look at this sexy vessel and you can easily envision how it could breathe life into a bath environment. Designed in a living bronze finish, this unique piece is hand crafted using traditional sand casting methods. Some finishing marks, minor pitting, and small color anomalies are the distinguishing traits of Stone Forest’s bronze sinks.
Forged Table IV by John Lyle Design
John Lyle Design is world renowned for their impeccable interior collections that exemplify fine detail and enduring quality. Their imaginative, sculptural designs and custom capabilities are one of the best-kept secrets in the industry. This table, designed in bronze with a hammered bronze top, exemplifies bronze furniture crafting at its finest. Read the rest of this entry »
February 29th, 2012
Here at Styleture, we are nothing if not lovers of environmentally conscious interior design. We’ve been hooked on the trend since long before Ed Begley Jr. was driving around in an electric car (read: a long time). When it comes to environmentally conscious design for the kitchen, we get even more excited because of all of the great products out there. A decade ago, the Eco-Kitchen might have been defined by bamboo flooring and recycled countertops. Today’s Eco-Kitchen, however, is cleaner, greener and smarter thanks to a range of innovative energy-efficient kitchen products hitting the market.
From energy-efficient range hoods and top-of-the-line LED downlights to water-saving faucets, here are four chic and green products that bridge the gap between style and sustainability.
Zephyr® – Next Generation Europa Collection with DCBL Suppression System™ – Modena Wall
Part of the Next Generation Europa collection and resembling a floating island made of steel and glass, Zephyr’s Modena houses the industry’s first DC brushless motor in a range hood, the most advanced Bloom™ HD LED light bulbs and electronic LCD controls within its one-inch stainless steel canopy, all which enable the hood to consume 77% less energy but with 30% more power. Plus, the Bloom™ HD LED light bulbs have a 25,000-hour lifetime that never get hot and are cool to the touch. The Modena Wall exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements and is 80% more efficient than other hoods out on the market today. A bold technological breakthrough, Modena comes equipped with DCBL Suppression System™ technology, ensuring its performance to match its stunning looks. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2012
Tired of your unoriginally designed mouse, with its sleek rounded contours and ergonomically friendly design? Check out the Orime Mouse by Elcom, a wireless laser mouse that is more reminiscent of the United States Air Force’s Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk aircraft, than something you’d typically find in the aisles of Best Buy.
Just a bit of background: the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth ground-attack aircraft meticulously shaped to deflect radar signals. While the Orime Mouse does not have the ability to deflect radar signals (at least as far as we know), it is formed entirely of flat surfaces, much like the F-117. With a highly technical appearance and sharp lines, the Orime Mouse can easily bring a striking new design element to your otherwise standardized work area. As far as functionality goes, the mouse comes with your standard buttons and scroll functionality. It connects wirelessly utilizing a USB dongle and has a 10-meter range. It even comes in four colors: black, red, silver, and white. However, anyone who picks up on the F-117 connection will undoubtedly choose black.
At $90 a pop at japantrendshop.com, the Orime Mouse is hardly the cheapest mouse on the market. But it’s the only one that will make you feel like you’re at the control of a U.S. fighter jet. Sort of.
February 21st, 2012
WMF is well known for utilizing high-quality materials to create stunning products like cocktail shakers, decanters, corkscrews and wine glasses. For professional mixologists and casual drink makers alike, their cocktail shakers are not only eye-catching in their design, but they also stand the test of time.
As drink prices in bars continue to skyrocket, shaking cocktails at home is becoming more and more popular. WMF cocktail shakers lend inspiration to creating new drinks with their beauty and user-friendliness. You can create your own cocktail recipe, shake them up in a WMF shaker right in front of your friends, and serve them up some tasty drinks. Made of high-quality Cromargan® 18/10 stainless steel, they are hard wearing, scratch-resistant and shock-proof, even if you use and abuse them to the hilt. They make a great addition to any bar and they’re certain to be a topic of conversation amongst your cocktail party guests.
Here are two of Styleture’s favorite WMF cocktail shakers:
Shaker Boston Set Loft Bar
1x stirring glass with scale, 1x shaker
The Boston Shaker is the instrument of professional barkeepers. Put the ingredients into the glass beaker. Put the Cromargan vessel over the beaker. After shaking, use the bar strainer to strain the mixture out of the metal piece. The stirring glass features a well-structured scale.
Cocktail Shaker Bar
This cocktail shaker is convincing due to its bottom part made of glass. A clearly laid out scaling makes it easy to measure off the ingredients. The lid and sieve are made of high-grade stainless steel.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, can we please get a drink over here!
January 23rd, 2012
Eva Zeisel, Industrial Designer
The Styleture editorial team has many heroes in the design world; perhaps none have been more of an influence on us than the late Eva Zeisel. Ms. Zeisel, a Hungarian-born industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, passed away on December 30th at the age of 105. As admirers and fans that are simply in awe of what she contributed to the design world, we’d like to take this opportunity to remember her.
Zeisel was born in Budapest in 1906 to a highly educated and intellectual Jewish family; her mom was the first woman to receive a PhD from the University of Budapest, one of her brothers was a sociologist and economist and the other a chemist and philosopher of science. Zeisel on the other hand, was more drawn towards artistic pursuits. She learned ceramics through a local guild and worked for several German manufacturers. In the late 20’s, she became a designer at Schramberger Majolikafabrik and began creating unique and geometric designs for tea sets, vases, inkwells and other ceramic pieces. Her designs were influenced by the architecture of the times. Her life was actually quite glamorous; she spent time at cafes and parties among big city intellectuals and artists. She eventually moved to Russia to work in the country’s ceramics industry, but in 1936 she was falsely accused and arrested for participating in plot to kill Joseph Stalin. She spent 16 months in prison – how’s that for suffering for your art? When she was released from prison and deported to Austria, she met up with her future husband. Shortly thereafter, they had to leave for the U.S. when the Nazis invaded the country. Read the rest of this entry »
September 13th, 2011
In the design world, bigger is not always better. After all, the smaller the space, the greater the innovation. Residential designers and architects in urban locations are no strangers to resolving the issue of compact lots and homes; but now small is becoming big due to the economic downturn. According to “20/20: IFDA’s Vision for the Future,” a new report from the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), we can all look forward to smaller houses with smaller rooms by 2020: fully 76 percent of respondents said so, as opposed to only 49 percent at the last IFDA census. And with less square footage, wouldn’t it also follow that home products need to deliver a double-dose of functionality in order to save space? With that in mind, here are three clever products for the home that serve double duty:
1. Cache by Zephyr®
Cache range hood by Zephyr
Cache’s subdued and elegant design is only enhanced by its ability to eschew clutter and create ordered elegance in the kitchen. Cache offers a spacious storage compartment discreetly hidden beneath a sweeping, understated hood and utensil rail. Read the rest of this entry »