Kitchen & Bath
Staff -- Interior Design, 5/31/2011 11:30:00 AM
Designer Matteo Thun takes it to the edge with his understated Onto washbasin and console ensemble. A dramatic sweep of bonded plywood supports one or two ceramic sinks-offered in rectangular or round formats-and drops gently in front. Available in European oak, dark chestnut, matte-white, and matte-basalt finishes, the console is oiled and waxed to prevent warping. Surfaces can also be fitted with openings for towels. Other options in the series include drawers, a tub, and a cabinet. 888-387-2848; duravit.com.
The video game Tetris served as the stylistic precedent for the bright rectangles and clean, handle-free lines of Michael Young's modular Textrix kitchen. Composed along horizontal axes, rectangular modules measuring 14 by 28¾ inches are topped with Naturalia, a wood-fiber and thermoset-resin composite stronger than laminate. 39-721-4431; scavolini.com.
Warning: The trippy colors and sinuous shape of the Tropical fused-glass bowl vessel may induce flashbacks. Blue, yellow, green, and red stripes whirl dizzily in the kiln-fired sink, which measures 4¼ inches tall by 15 wide. 800-222-4009; meyda.com.
Meet the future: Bios is one of the manufacturer's
innovative ceramic tile lines that utilize antibacterial technology. Inset with silver and other mineral particles that can thwart crafty fungi, the tiles reduce the four most common bacterial strains by 99.9 percent. And they release no toxins so are harmless to humans. 39-52-29901; casalgrandepadana.com.
From the mosaic house's new Ikat glass tile collection, Loom takes a cue from the ethnic-patterned fabric. The motif comes in five luminous colorways, each named for-and calling to mind-a shimmery stone, such as quartz, aquamarine, tanzanite, and turquoise. 757-442-3379; newravenna.com.
The Regio integrated toilet offers a spalike experience, with soft LED lights illuminating the fixture's bowl and foot-plus music that plays when the automatic lid opens, revealing a heated seat. The air-driven stream-flushing system ensures a powerful yet quiet operation. In Brilliant White and Noble Black. 424-327-1131; inax-usa.com.
Altro + Supergrif
When challenged to rethink the bathroom, the French artist-designer known as Ora-Ïto decided that "simplexity"-a term he coined-would be his watchword. Case in point: his eponymous new collection's P-shape sink, with discreet high-tech details like a touch-pad mirror and an antifog system. In keeping with the designer's elegantly minimal aesthetic, the components are rendered in white resin for a pristine presentation. The collection also encompasses a wall mirror plus angular chrome-finish shower and sink fittings, including a wall-mounted mixer that can be specified in resin to match the basin. 34-936-859-800; altrosupergrif.com.
The designers of the Xiara collection had a twofold mission: to execute a line more "feminine" than the manufacturer's other streamlined offerings and to answer the demand for scaled-back fixtures and fittings. This V328 basin mixer, in hand-polished, chrome-plated solid brass, was the voluptuous result. 44-121-766-4200; samuel-heath.com.
The Rainbrain shower control could have been lifted from the pages of a sci-fi novel. Via a touch panel, users can determine the type of jet, temperature, and water volume; control overhead, hand, and side showerheads individually; and even choose musical accompaniment. 800-334-0455; hansgrohe-usa.com.
The Echo collection nods to great cities around the globe, from Athens to Kyoto; other inspirations for these vivid little artworks were Calder, Matisse, and Japanese quilting. A mix of cement, marble powder, and pigments, the tiles come in earthy colorways such as Copper, Terracotta, and Cordoba. 213-482-8070; granadatile.com.
The Ribbed Waterwall fountain lends any room a soothing Japanese garden-like ambience. Made of blue-gray granite, thefountain measures 33½ inches wide by 17¾ deep by 72 high. Pump, basin, pebbles, and tubing included. 888-682-2987; stoneforest.com.
The quirky Kali mirror cabinet looks like old-school storage-until you spot the clever scissors-shaped door handle and the glass shelves piercing its side panels. Up to four shelves can be inserted and adjusted on either side of the high-gloss ASA plastic unit. 49-18-055079790; authentics.de.