Sand between one’s toes, lazy, languid evenings imbued with warm breezes. Is there anything better? This is the time of year when a longing for all things summer becomes an obsession. Homeowners read garden and home design magazines anticipating the warm weather soon to come. In design, white is synonymous with summer— clean and bright, it’s a color that says “ahh.” Here are some ways homeowners can bring warmth and brightness into their homes right now, well before summer begins.
Boasting a streamlined design, THG’s Passion combines delicate clover shapes outlined in delicate silver, all executed in fine bright white Bernardaud china. The collection includes a full lavatory set, tub and shower sets and delightful china accessories. Certain to wow with elegance and charm, Passion is also available as a set of drawer pulls, optimizing the bath and providing a coordinated look.
With Pantone’s declaration of Emerald Green as the color of 2013, one can’t help but feel invigorated by the year ahead. Verdant, full of vitality, vivid and vivacious, Emerald Green has already made a definitive impact on the red carpet and runway. From that “gown” in the film Atonement to Angelina Jolie’s oversized emerald earrings at the Oscars, the color has proven to be every bit alluring and versatile. We’d like to think that these emerald-themed products for the home will not only provide timeless grandeur to interiors, but in the process, might even make others “green” with envy.
Drawing cues from classically-inspired turn of the century lighting is Hudson Falls from Hudson Valley Lighting. This canopy-style pendant is defined by its deceptively familiar design, the ceiling fitting and top base are characterized with fine detailing. Hudson Falls is offered as a one- or three-light sconce, canopy and hanging pendant lamp and is available in a variety of finishes: black/polished nickel, distressed bronze, aged brass with green and polished nickel.
Ornate and noteworthy aptly describe the jewel-encrusted bath tap Sully by renowned atelier THG-Paris. Regarded for outfitting five star hotels, royal palaces and opulent residences around the globe, THG’s Sully is every bit as luxurious with intricate detailing and jewel-like construction. Created by Jean-Claude Delépine, designer for coveted, luxury jewelry brands, Sully is available in six shades and is shown here in Malachite. A full suite of coordinating products and accessories can be paired with this magnificent tap.
Styleture was recently given the exclusive opportunity to attend a private event and showing of French premier brandsTHG and Daum. The event, which was held at the B&C Select showroom in Laguna Hills, California, highlighted their collaborative efforts for TGH’s Daum collection for the bath.
Even though Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby isn’t hitting theatres until June, we can’t keep our love for the Roaring Twenties quiet. Nearly a century later, the 1920s produced timeless, modernist pieces that are still very much en vogue today. Sculptural forms with strong ties to architecture and design, faceted polished chrome and stainless steel, elegant black and white and refined crystal detailing… we think these designs are the cat’s pajamas! Let’s take a look at some of these great designs inspired by The Great Gatsby himself.
GRAFF’s Fontaine faucet is ready for its close-up. Exuding a high level of Hollywood glamour with strong shapes and an Arc Deco feel, its curves and angles mesh perfectly to create an ambiance of pure luxury and visual delight. A modern masterpiece of geometric design, the distinctive Fontaine faucet looks great from any angle.
How do you fuse a blast from the past with a science fiction future? The answer is steampunk, an eclectic style that injects futuristic, steam-powered technology into the Victorian era. Taking inspiration from the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, steampunk creates an alternate reality where robots and Victorians share the same 19th century setting. Want to update your modern space with a punch of the past? Check out these steampunk-inspired designs sure to float your time-traveling dirigible.
Brooklyn Faucet by Watermark Designs
Inspired by mid-century gate valves and garden hoses found throughout New York City, Watermark’s Brooklyn faucet adds an old timey feel to even the most newfangled washroom. Available in an antique brass finish, the round handles and squared spout radiate a distinctive industrial style perfect for washing off elbow grease after a long day of calibrating cogs.
With summer now in full-on “heat” mode, any sign of coolness brings a needed respite if not a sigh of relief. Think: sliced juicy watermelon, iced tea with fresh mint leaves, frosted popsicles, visions of waterfalls and icebergs.
A product suggestive of “cool” in every inch of its being: French luxury faucet brand THG’s SO. bath series. Made from clear optical glass, the words “Chaud” and “Froid” etched inside appear to literally float on air. Balanced on top of a deck of sleek polished chrome, SO.’s icy cube handles provide a welcome contrast that can complete any interior style.
It’s no wonder, as SO.‘s designer Olivier Gossart’s, recent project, the ultra-chic and modern French Alp ski resort, Le K2, has received raves for its equally resplendent interiors. Perhaps as they say, necessity does beget ingenuity. But, in our case, we’ll take it, as SO. will make any bathroom cool, regardless of the temperature.
Most if not all of the editorial team members at Styleture are suckers for distinctly crafted decorative plumbing fixtures and bathroom accessories. Perhaps no other manufacturer gets us more excited than Brooklyn born and bred, Watermark Designs. Based in the independent design hub of Brooklyn and made in the USA, Watermark’s designs are a reflection of the creative melting pot from which they hail. As a true-manufacturer, their distinctive product quality is achieved using a combination of hands-on design and development combined with state-of-the-industry equipment. Their stellar collections have been featured in the world’s most exclusive residences and hotels, including Trump Park Avenue, New York, and The Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida. Best of all, many of their products offer water-conserving features.
To impart to those interested what Watermark Designs is all about, the company has put together a short documentary-style video that gives a glimpse into the inner workings of Watermark Designs. Most notably, it reveals the company’s dedication to hand craftsmanship by artisans and its awesome abilities to not only create traditional, transitional and contemporary designs, but also offer complete customization; a client can literally scratch something on piece of paper, then work with in house designers and engineers to make it a reality in very short matter of time.