Jason with Peter Feinmann of Feinmann Inc. at our event last month with Eastern Mass NARI.
‘Tis the season for… shopping! We hope you were able to make it to one of our showrooms to take advantage of our great deals during our Black Friday Sale. Kitchen and bath products are truly gifts that keep on giving all year long.
Still need to get a special gift for someone you love? Make your way to one of our showrooms for a treat that will enhance their daily life – such as a toasty towel warmer or invigorating shower head with the newest flow technology. Any of our showroom associates would be more than happy to help you pick the perfect present for anyone on your list.
Last month our showroom was full of events. We had a fantastic night of networking and mindfulness with Peter Feinmann and EM NARI. Peter discussed mindfulness and how it relates to our busy, sometimes chaotic, industry. I’m already feeling more zen! We also had a blast having design professional Kristen Rivoli in our showroom to chat about our favorite product lines while sipping champagne. Head to her Instagram to see some photos from her visit.
Without further ado, I am thrilled to announce this month’s guest blogger, Michael Ferzoco. Michael, the talented Principal at Eleven Interiors, leads an award-winning and visionary design team as they delve into a constant array of projects. Their portfolio ranges from new construction and renovations to custom furnishings and bespoke interiors throughout Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. Blending vintage and antique elements with contemporary influences, Michael infuses his signature style into all of his work. View his top picks from our showroom below!
Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays!
Upon visiting Designer Bath’s breathtaking Watertown showroom, I was immediately drawn to pieces that evoked an Art Deco-style bathroom mixed with an industrial edge. I appreciate how the brass finishes in the below fixtures worked together without being overwhelming.
STONE FOREST CALMA TUB
I was immediately mesmerized by this piece and drawn to the fact that it’s crafted from a single piece of marble. While gorgeous, sensual and luxurious, this tub is also quite uncomplicated. There’s very little detail – the simplicity of the shape is a juxtaposition to the sophistication of this amazing slab of stone that’s been smoothed and meticulously carved. Another notable feature is that it’s not too masculine, even with a strong material and dark color. It wouldn’t feel misplaced in a bathroom containing décor that lends itself to femininity. A perfect home sanctuary from Stone Forest!
STONE FOREST RENAISSANCE CONSOLE
With this console, the scale of the brass work and the stand itself work beautifully with the weight of the Stone Forest tub I mentioned above. Even with a heavy, hand-carved tub, this sink doesn’t look too slight in comparison. To strike a balance between the two pieces and to allow the console to breath a bit, I would omit having a cabinet in the same space. From an architectural perspective, I can imagine a luxe bathroom with two of these consoles, side-by-side, or one on the left and one on the right, with the statement tub taking center stage amidst a wall of mirrors and gorgeous tile.
EMTEK BRISTOL KNOB WITH ROSETTE
Not only is this knob streamlined in its design, it’s incredibly ergonomic. I prefer sphere-shaped knobs as opposed to round and flat, because when you use them, your hand fits right over them in an easy, comfortable manner. The backplate of this particular knob could be round or square as the structure of this piece is fluid. I love how this glass knob provides weight without being overly dominant in this space I’ve concepted. Again, all of the pieces need to work in scale with the statement tub. It’s important for the accessories and accents to ‘float’, providing levity in the room.
BRIZO LITZE FREESTANDING TUB FILLER
Brizo has the most beautiful finishes. What I really liked about this tub filler is its pared-down ease and homage to an era of machine-inspired pieces. The Art Deco period, a deviation from the previous elaborate Art Nouveau period, was all about elegance and minimalism. Brizo’s Litze collection is reminiscent of an industrial-influenced time.
BRIZO LITZE WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
My favorite thing about this Brizo beauty lies in the simplicity. Apart from the one detail of very compelling ribbing and knurling on the stem, this faucet contains no extra adornment. It offers great functionality and versatility coupled with an attractive composition.
I’m thrilled to share the latest trends and products, as well as my own insights, from our showroom and beyond.
As the Showroom Brand Manager for Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, I am easily drawn to (and fall in love with) an assortment of luxury kitchen and bath products. Being immersed in the designer world gives me access to information about the hottest styles and trends in the industry.
Are you ready to see the latest and greatest? Continue scrolling.
All my best, MindySevinor
Showroom Brand Manager
& New Products IN OUR SHOWROOMS
Graff Mod Series
This new series from GRAFF has us falling even more in love with the brand — which we didn’t think was possible! The overall design is an absolute show-stopper. The Mod Series is incredibly versatile with limitless options including spout height and shape, configurations, finishes and stone options. This gives the homeowner the opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind look that no one else has because they can essentially customize their faucet. It’s the perfect fusion of transitional meets industrial with a refined unique style.
The craftsmanship of our new Crosswater vanities is apparent when you feel the quality of the product. The vanity tops are crafted from Italian fireclay creating a beautiful finish with incredible durability. With a variety of several different finishes and sizes, this well-made product presents endless opportunities for transforming your bathroom space.
Something I’ve previously discussed in my Musings was “specialty finishes.” As we continue to see a rise in popularity in this sector, let’s take a deeper dive into the “industrial” trend. We are seeing more and more manufacturers offering style variations on this theme. They are using knurling and the look of pipe fittings to convey this industrial vibe of minimalistic unfinished elegance.
Until recently, bathroom and kitchen design was often homogeneous, even uniform, when it came to product finishes. Lighting, cabinet hardware, and faucets would all match. This is a completely different story today. We are seeing clients mixing finishes and it looks fantastic! Even manufacturers are now offering two-toned products. Who would have imagined a lack of uniformity would be such a homerun? I love the warmth and authenticity of this trend.
We were thrilled to have New England Home Magazine’s new Editor-in-chief, Clinton Smith, join us at our Argentinian-themed networking night this past month.
The temps are high and the days are flying by — it’s definitely summertime. There’s no better way to cool down during hot and hazy days than by coming into our air-conditioned, dog-friendly showrooms! We love seeing your four-legged family members.
A few weeks ago, we had the best time at our New England Home networking event, sponsored by Franz Viegener. Our Watertown showroom was jam-packed with talented industry professionals and great Argentinian food. Thank you to everyone who joined us. It was truly an amazing night. You can see some photos from the event on our Facebook page or on our website. We also had a fantastic visit with local interior designer and Instagram influencer, Jessica Klein of Oh, I Design. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and see her Designer Bath highlight for an exclusive offer.
This month, we are thrilled to be celebrating the anniversary of the opening of our Watertown showroom. We can’t believe it’s already been two years. It also marks our 74th year in business. To celebrate, come enjoy Tax-Free Day at our showrooms on Saturday, August 17th. We will be doubling the discount so you will save a total of 12.5%. You’ll find the best bath and kitchen products with double the tax savings!
We had the pleasure of having Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design in our showroom to choose his favorites for the month of August. Dane has created many highly individualized, sophisticated interiors in Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, and beyond. He happily partners with luxury residential realtors, architects, and homeowners to help navigate through the hundreds of decisions involved with remodeling a home or designing a new one. His clients are drawn to his eye for color and a curated sense of style. We applaud his recent designation as a New England Home 5 Under 40 award winner — a prestigious and highly coveted accolade. We are so happy to share his favorites with you all. Be sure to follow his Instagram @acolorfulllife for more inspiration!
Have a fantastic August and I hope to see you in the showroom soon!
WET STYLE BBE 01 SHELF SOAKING TUB
High contrast in design creates visual impact and interesting tension. The dichotomy in the forms of this piece is simply smashing — from the soft, asymmetric curves of the tub to the clean linear lines of the boxed wood. The natural grain adds an organic element to an otherwise utilitarian space. Paired with the white material, it makes a sharp statement.
BRIZO LITZE 4 FUNCTION RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD
H20kinetic Technology with Jointed Shower Arm and Luxe Gold Flange
The architecture of this Brizo piece immediately caught my eye with its exposed hardware and cool gears. The warm metal finish emits a beautiful glow. It also struck me as a user-friendly piece with the adjustable controls and overall mobility of the raincan. I would love to pair this with a lighter natural stone allowing the color of the showerhead to pull the warmth from the stone’s veining.
FURNITURE GUILD WINSTON CONSOLE VANITY BASE
Burnished Brass with French Walnut
The material combination of this Furniture Guild vanity creates such interesting and lovely layers with a timeless design having both a masculine and feminine appeal. The variety of finishes: wood, metal, and stone, feels luxe and sophisticated. The materials play nicely with the other selections and pull everything together in a well-coordinated design plan. This vanity is like a fine piece of furniture and would be hard to part with. I’d want to take it with me to my next home!
LACAVA M06307 MEDICINE CABINET
I’m all about the lighted cubby space at the base of this Lacava medicine cabinet. It provides an extra shelf above the sink and offers a nightlight in the bathroom. Who wouldn’t appreciate that? The interior of this wall-mounted mirror offers a high-end surprise outfitted in the same lovely wood finish. It has a decidedly more masculine aesthetic but works in many settings.
NORWELL 9730 AG MO RICHMOND 1 SCONCE
Like much of my work, the Norwell sconce is intriguingly rooted in tradition with a contemporary twist. It coordinates with the other metal finishes but infuses an old-world appeal. I would stack two fixtures on either side of the mirror for a more modern application. The vertically aligned pairing makes these quite alluring.
A recent get-together with Greg Rohl of House of Rohl made me feel grateful for the long partnership between our families and businesses.
I can’t believe it’s already July — this summer is flying by. The 4th is quickly approaching and I couldn’t be more ready for some BBQing, fireworks, and spending time with family and friends.
Here at Designer Bath, we have some exciting news to share. We have been nominated for the “Best of the North Shore Home” award from Northshore Magazine! We would be thrilled if you would vote for us on their website under the “Kitchen & Bath” categories.
We have another great event just around the corner. New England Home Magazine will be hosting an Argentinian-themed networking event here at Designer Bath’s Watertown showroom on July 10th from 6pm – 8pm. We’d love for you to join us to network with the region’s top design professionals while sipping cocktails and eating South American bites. The Argentinian theme is in celebration of our exclusive Franz Viegener line. Please join us and RSVP today!
Lastly, we’d love to introduce our June Showroom Favorites. We had interior designer Vivian Robins in our showroom to select her favorite pieces. Vivian Robins Design has completed projects in Boston, Metrowest, and Chicago. Her philosophy is “amazing relationships lead to amazing end results.” She demonstrates this to her clients by sourcing products that meet the specified design style and by working with showrooms, like Designer Bath, that help make the decision making process less complicated and efficient. We are thrilled to share her favorites with you!
Wishing you a fantastic July and a happy 4th!
THE FURNITURE GUILD HAYDEN 290 CERUSED OAK
Cerused oak is my favorite wood right now, so it’s no wonder I was immediately drawn to this vanity by The Furniture Guild. It highlights the beauty of the wood and can be used in many design applications. Perhaps the most alluring part of this piece is the ability to change out the hardware and make the design look completely different — I love that versatility.
THE FURNITURE GUILD GUILDSTONE VANITY TOP
Classic with a contemporary twist makes this vanity top a timeless piece for your bathroom. Not only is the visual aspect of this vanity appealing, but it’s also efficient and easy to clean. Who doesn’t love that?
DXV KEEFE WIDESPREAD FAUCET
My design is classic with a twist — that’s why I chose this DXV faucet. The true beauty of this piece is that it is able to work in a variety of aesthetics: classic, modern, or contemporary. The simplistic lines of this fixture make it the perfect addition to either a sink basin crafted of marble, or a reclaimed wood vanity.
GRAFF ROUND M STOP VOLUME TRIM
This understated shower control by Graff channels a simple and quiet style, with high functionality. Its elegant form gives you the power to intensify the rest of your design. It complements many wall tile options, giving you an infinite number of choices.
ATLAS TABLEAU CURVED HANDLE & ATLAS TABLEAU SQUARE BASE
Hardware is the perfect accessory to a vanity. I love the fashion-forward sense of this buckle-style handle by Atlas. The two-tone metal finish gives you the ability to elevate the design in your bathroom.
As a successful and busy designer based in the Boston Area, I have tried multiple resources for my bath and kitchen projects. Time after time I find myself going back to Designer Bath for my clients’ projects. They are extremely friendly, offer a superb and varied selection of fixtures, vanities, accessories, and work collaboratively with all parties involved. The showrooms are well laid out, interactive and offer brands selected for their reliability and compatibility with MA code rules. The owners offer the personalized attention only a small, niche, family business can. Designer Bath is my #1 choice and I can only speak highly of them!!!
– Barbara Elza Hirsch, Principal, Elza B. Design Inc
Jason and Mindy with their Dad, Ralph, in the Watertown showroom. Happy Father’s Day Ralph!
I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather that has finally come our way. There is no better time of year than summer in New England, when you can drive with the windows down, go to the beach, or simply sit outside with a good book or magazine.
Speaking of magazines, allow us to toot our own horn for a moment. We have recently been featured in both New England Home magazine and Boston Magazine. Both instances featured our marvelous Stone Forest Marble tub that has received a great deal of attention as of late. Make sure to stop by our Watertown showroom to see it for yourself — it is the first piece you see when you walk through the door.
Another great reason to stop by our showroom this month is our Annual Sale. Starting June 15, we’ll be offering major discounts at both of our showroom locations. Join us for our Annual Sale kick-off event at our Beverly showroom at 97 River Street on Saturday the 15th. We will have a big tent with extra crazy discounted items, as well as fun activities for the whole family.
We recently had the pleasure of inviting interior designer Victoria Wood into our showroom to select her favorite pieces. Victoria is owner of V Wood Interiors located here in Boston, Nantucket, New York, and Palm Beach. Her team is rooted in the belief that great design comes from innovative solutions, attention to detail, and devotion to designing for each client’s lifestyle. We couldn’t be more excited to share her favorites with you.
Wishing you a terrific June!
STONE FOREST CALMA BATHTUB | HONED MARQUINA | TAUPE FINISH
From the moment you walk into Designer Bath’s Watertown showroom, this tub grabs your attention. I believe taking a hot bath is the most accessible and affordable mood booster — and soaking in a carved stone tub is peak luxuriousness. Carved from gorgeous blocks of Limestone and Marquina Taupe, the calming lines of this exquisite piece will prompt you to relax as soon as you see it. Stone Forest has an endless array of unique tubs that can be the perfect feature in any bathroom.
DORNBRACHT SUPERNOVA LAVATORY MIXER | CHAMPAGNE
Dornbracht is a dynamic manufacturer that provides updated designs for different esthetic styles; they have something for everyone, whether that be classic or contemporary. I especially love this faucet’s design. Aside from its sleek look, its functionality drew my attention, as the two handles make the piece easy to use. The champagne finish elevates the look – making it on-trend while complimenting a variety of other metals such as chrome, bronze, and brass.
TOTO WALL-HUNG TOILET
We work with many city clients who have small-scale bathrooms. This space-saving wall-mounted toilet from Toto is perfect for city living. With its clean lines, this toilet can meld with transitional or contemporary interiors. I love this piece’s versatility and the fact that it’s effortless to clean. I must add that the Dornbracht Supernova tissue holder is an absolute complement to this piece. It’s not only stylish but also makes changing the roll so simple — no more excuses!
FURNITURE GUILD CONTEMPORARY FRAMELESS MEDICINE CABINET
I love clean countertops in the bathroom, which is why I love the practicality of a medicine cabinet. This piece from Furniture Guild can be recessed or wall mounted. In the Designer Bath showroom, it’s wall mounted with a beautiful wood frame that would add class and warmth to any bathroom.
HUDSON VALLEY WALKER LIGHT WALL SCONCE | OLD BRONZE
An amazing bonus of the Watertown showroom is that besides all the plumbing fixtures, accessories, vanities and hardware you need for a bathroom design — they also have a great assortment of lighting! We adore this light fixture because it has a masculine feel and is a great piece to transition you out of “farmhouse chic” to “industrial”.
Jason was thrilled to represent Designer Bath at the 2019 Gourmet Gala supporting the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus as well as the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. Pictured above: Jason with Kiss 108’s Billy Costa!
We’ve made it through the April showers! It’s absolutely gorgeous outside — things are finally warming up and starting to bloom. Here at Designer Bath, we’re gearing up for a busy spring season of exciting events.
For starters, we are thrilled to have Boston-based designer Erin Gates coming to our Watertown showroom on May 15th. She’ll be here for an exclusive book signing of her latest publication, Elements of Family Style. The event is free, but make sure to register/RSVP via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/ErinGatesBookSigning
This month we celebrated Mother’s Day — what better way to show your appreciation for Mom than by bringing her to one of our fabulous showrooms or surprising her with a new fixture or accessory that will elevate her kitchen or bathroom. Now, that will show her who’s the favorite! 😉
Recently, we had the pleasure of having the very talented designer Chris Brown visit our showroom and pick his favorites for this month’s blog. After studying architecture at Notre Dame and traveling throughout Europe for his studies, Chris worked in Boston for over a decade managing various projects from residential design and historic preservation to unique commercial and institutional renovations. He then founded b Architecture Studio in 2010. Chris brings an inimitable design sense paired with environmental consideration to his projects. We are so happy to share with you his favorite pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a great month and a happy Mother’s Day!
GRAFF PHASE VESSEL LAVATORY FAUCET
The Phase vessel faucet from Graff is a stunning fixture in many ways, with beautiful lines and unique design features. The low flow swivel aerator is an ingenuous way to help save water and eliminate unnecessary splash.
STONE FOREST BEVELED ROUND SINK, CHISELED
What drew me to this very unique sink is that it looked like it was carved out of rock. It’s truly a conversation piece that is sure to make a statement in your bath.
WETSTYLE Z216 MIRROR
The eye catching tall proportions and beautiful natural wood finish play well with the stone vessel sink. These simple yet unique pieces are a great choice to add some drama to spaces that I often encounter in urban environments and tucked away powder rooms.
GRAFF PHASE M-SERIES STOP/VOLUME CONTROL VALVE TRIM WITH HANDLE
This piece stands out among the rest. Shower controls can become obtrusive in a space, distracting visual focus and just getting in the way. The Graff Phase M’s sleek design is an example that conquers challenges of both form and function.
BAINULTRA AMMA OVAL 7242 FREESTANDING TUB
Comfort and relaxation are the emotional vibes emanating from this beauty from Bain Ultra. With its inline heater maintaining the water temperature, you can soak for quite a while without the disruption of having to add more hot water (eco-friendly feature!). A little serenity in this hectic world is something we can all use.
I’m excited to be joining you for the debut of our trade blog! Every few months, I’ll be waxing poetic and sharing some observations and insight (musings, if you will) from my experiences on the showroom floor and beyond.
Being the Showroom Brand Manager for Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, I’m privileged to work closely with our wonderful manufacturer partners as I soak up – pun intended – the latest styles and design influences to hit our industry.
Ready to dive into the latest and the greatest? Keeping scrolling for some can’t-miss trends and upcoming events that we’re hosting.
All my best,
Mindy Sevinor Showroom Brand Manager
Trendspotting & New Products IN OUR SHOWROOMS
STONE FOREST CALMA TUB
I cannot stop swooning over the Calma bathtub by Stone Forest and must pinch myself every time I walk by it on display at our Watertown showroom. A bonafide conversation-starter, this stunner is carved by hand from a monolithic block of marquina taupe marble. A slab of stone represents centuries of accumulated time and is carefully selected from a quarry in Spain.
The talented sculptors at Stone Forest utilize innovative techniques to create the Calma’s light, sensuous appearance. I love how the soft lines of this free-standing piece soothe the soul. The composition of this piece blends structural integrity with varied veining patterns and color nuances to create a scene-stealing fixture.
Available through both of our showrooms.
Graff FAUCET HARLEY COLLECTION
Oh, where to even begin with GRAFF…
I fell in love with this manufacturer while attending the Salone del Mobile trade fair in Milan last year. The brand recently debuted its Harley series – overflowing with nostalgia and style – and I’m thrilled that we now carry this collection.
No surprise here; the Harley designs were conceptualized (by GRAFF’s G+ Design Studio) with iconic motorcycles in mind. This cutting-edge line evokes vintage familiarity reimagined in a contemporary way. Every detail is deliberate and impactful, from the steering wheel-reminiscent circular valve faucet handles to the knurling texture on the surfaces. This collection is in keeping with the strong industrial influence we’re still seeing in bath and kitchen products.
Available through both of our showrooms.
Something that I’m seeing a lot of is the use of specialty finishes in the bath and kitchen. Opting for both metals and mattes allows for a variegated and diverse style of fixtures. The most popular selections are still matte black and varieties of brass, similar to the Brizo piece in this photo.
Versatile and fresh, specialty finishes allow you to customize a bath or kitchen space to the exact tastes and needs of the user. Blending textures and colors is a great way to achieve a multi-dimensional, dynamic design.
Specialty finish products available through both of our showrooms.
If there’s one thing we know about kitchens and countertops, it’s that they tend to get cluttered and crowded very easily. With so much activity happening at the counter – prepping, cooking, entertaining, cleaning up – it’s important to maximize the space and utilize every square inch. Smart and sleek workstations by our showroom brand, The Galley, elevate the functionality, enjoyability and efficiency of the space.
I will always be a Galley gal and highly recommend the brand’s revolutionary workstations when trying to create more counter and sink space. Especially in demand by the homeowner who is eager for a time-saving way to prepare food, The Galley’s systems allow for a productive meal prep experience. We’ve entered the time of a whole new ‘home chef’ culture – one based on ease and productivity, and The Galley is very much up to the challenge. Take a peek to see these innovative solutions in action: thegalley.com/videos
I know that based on these recent chilly temps, it seems hard to believe, but…warm(ish) days are in the not-so-distant future. Hey, the calendar says, ‘First day of Spring – March 20th’ and who are we to argue with that?
I’ve been invited to participate in a Global Leadership Training in Cape Town, South Africa and can’t wait to bring back lots of great ideas to improve our business and customer experience. I feel so fortunate and grateful for this opportunity. Stay tuned!
Daylight Saving Time begins on the 10th day of this month and that’s always a reason to celebrate, as is St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th – when everyone around Boston seems to be Irish (wink, wink).
In the spirit of feeling lucky, we have the good fortune of being joined by our dear friend and immensely talented designer, Anna Orfanides, on our March blog. Anna, Owner and Principal Designer at Anna O Design, infuses all of her projects with a global perspective and influence. Inspired by the stunning architecture and design in which she was immersed while living in Greece and studying abroad in other parts of Europe, Anna mixes her passion for the creative spirit with her background of international travel, drawing on both as she cultivates timeless, tailored and functional spaces for her clients. Keep scrolling to see Anna’s favorite ‘sleek and chic’ bath pieces from our showroom.
Wishing you a wonderful month!
CROSSWATER PATINATO TUB
I’ve always loved Crosswater as a product and a brand. I had the privilege of meeting the company’s owner, David Hance, at a dinner hosted by Designer Bath. Hearing his story was so inspiring to me, and I appreciate his vision and his collections. I’ve been wanting to use their items on a project for awhile now and when I was in the showroom, I knew I wanted to select a couple of Crosswater items for my blog feature. The clean lines of this tub offer a modern silhouette, perfect for a sleek and cutting-edge bath space.
CROSSWATER UNION FREESTANDING TUB FILLER
This piece has a bit of an edge to it and contains such character. It’s urban-inspired and feels really fresh with the chunky piping. The knurling details give this fixture an industrial appearance.
FRANZ VIEGENER SHORELINE WIDESPREAD LAVATORY FAUCET
This is unlike anything I’ve seen before with its exaggerated low profile. I fell in love with it, especially in the matte black finish. It was so seamlessly integrated into the vignettes that are on display in the showroom.
FURNITURE GUILD FENIX COUNTERTOP
This is the epitome of sexiness. I recently used it in a client project and I’m so excited for the space to be photographed. Anyone who looks at this piece, even if you’re not into modern design, would be drawn to it. It’s impossible to not be in awe and want to experience the material and composition.
FURNITURE GUILD TOURO VANITY
With this vanity, the beauty is in the simplicity. For me, less is always more, and I gravitate towards the understated. Furniture Guild, one of my favorite brands, conveys the highest level of quality in all of its pieces. The products are well-made and feature exquisite craftsmanship from artists who take pride in what they create for people.
We’ve entered the shortest month of the year, but at least the days are gradually getting longer.
I hope you all enjoyed last weekend’s football festivities. Congrats to our New England Patriots! Thank you for bringing us another championship! All of this winning is getting pretty old, huh? NOPE. We might be spoiled, but I’m not complaining.
February 14th is just around the corner and that means something exciting is on the horizon. Yes, Cupid’s arrival for Valentine’s Day, of course – as well as my son, Gunnar’s birthday. And just a couple of days after that on Saturday, February 16th, our extended Presidents’ Day Sale kicks off. Join us at our Beverly and Watertown showrooms from February 16th to February 23rd to enjoy major savings on fine fixtures and accessories for the bath and kitchen. Everything is on sale and discounts this good deserve more than just one day, they deserve an entire week. Happy shopping!
Who’s in the mood for some February faves? This month, we’re joined by our incredibly talented friend, AIA, Architect, Eric Inman Daum. Eric, a Founding President of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture, has been on the board of this prestigious organization since its founding in 2005. After he was a Partner at Merrimack Design, Eric achieved his dream of launching his own practice in 2017. Eric’s passion for Art History and Traditional Architecture influenced his selections as this month’s guest blogger. Follow along below as he shares his favorite pieces from our showroom; pieces that transcend form and fashion to result in a multi-sensory design experience.
Have a wonderful month and stop by to browse our Presidents’ Day Sale!
I came to design through my love of History and Traditional Architecture. My undergraduate training refined my Classical inclinations and graduate school opened my eyes to the subtleties and purity of Modernism which, more than 100 years after the end of the First World War, is now itself a historical style. My selections as the guest blogger for Designer Bath are items which have, for me, an authenticity. I was drawn to pieces that show a deeper understanding of historic forms though they may subtly transform our expectations and create something elegant and stylish. Good design transcends fashion, but no matter whether a piece is Historicist or Modern, it must ultimately please our visual and tactile senses.
SIGMA SERIES 620 ROMAN TUB FILLER
This is a piece that evokes the Moderne period. As an architect with Modernist training and Classical sensibilities, I am fascinated by the tension of the period when machine-age designs were still influenced by Classicism. The graceful heft of this imposing yet elegant tub filler inspired me when I first saw it. I can imagine Ginger Rogers soaking in a bubble bath as Fred Astaire dances across an Art Deco cityscape in preparation for an evening out.
KARTNERS BERLIN BATH ACCESSORIES
These lovely pieces are the distillation of the Miesian ideal. Each one is all they need to be and nothing more. Their spartan elegance recalls the finest aspirations of the International Style. Despite the simplicity of their design, they have refined proportions which are not rooted directly in history but represent the essence of the Bauhaus.
CROSSWATER FLORENZA BASIN
I feel that vessel sinks are everywhere, but this lovely little sink transcends the cliché. The cyma recta of the basin’s sides trace a beautifully-executed curve and terminate at a fine and delicate lip. Those objects we find most beautiful are the ones that seem familiar but are transformed in unexpected ways. When I first saw this lavatory, I thought “Why didn’t I think of this?” It’s two familiar ideas, a vessel sink and the shape of a classical molding, rendered in a new and surprising way that seems perfectly natural.
CROSSWATER WALDORF WALL-HUNG SINK WITH CROSSWATER WALDORF LAVATORY FAUCET
Once again, Crosswater takes the familiar and transforms it in an unexpected way. It is seemingly a very traditional wall-hung lavatory, and yet on second glance, transitions into a Modern representation of the familiar. The proportion of its length to its depth is exaggerated, creating a long and narrow basin. The integral backsplash is low and adds to the sleekness of the design. The recessed button for the overflow is a lovely jewelry-like detail. The faucet set has beautifully-proportioned hexagonal escutcheons that seem simultaneously antique and contemporary. The black lever handles provide the lustrous polished nickel fixtures with masculinity.
GROHE EUROCUBE KITCHEN FAUCET
I used this recently in a project at my client’s request. He had seen it at a showhouse in Florida and had to have it. Once I saw it, I agreed. It’s imposing and substantial, yet graceful. The form of the kitchen-sink sprayer is reduced to its essential elements, and the result is robust, elegant and cosmopolitan.