Cloisonne Sinks and Faucets

Cloisonne is the art of decorative enameling, a process that fuses glass to the surfaces of copper or bronze objects.  Once fired, the metal piece becomes a bright and colorful work of art.  Beautiful cloisonné faucets and sinks can become the focal point in a bath or powder room.

We like these two from Linkasink.  For blue and white fans, the cloisonné Blue Birds Oval under mount sink would make a pretty statement while the Dragon Vessel Sink is funky and daring, and it would certainly make an unusual statement.   Linkasink individually crafts and colors their sinks to produce a functional work of art. Both of these products can be found at www.waveplumbing.com.

For those who might just want something smaller and a little more understated while still interesting and beautiful, try these faucets from Kallista.  The Script decorative sink faucet has handles that are adorned with stunning hand-painted cloisonné accents depicting a spring floral motif.

These finely crafted faucets and sinks celebrate artistry and design as well as functionality.

 

 

DeKauri Bespoke Bath Cabinet - Art Meets Utility

We noticed this piece in a design magazine, and it piqued our interest so we did a bit more research, and we found some interesting information.

If you cannot stand a cluttered vanity full of toiletries, and if you can afford to spend $25,000, this freestanding piece of furniture designed to house and conceal both the sink and storage may be just the ticket.

Renowned architect and designer Daniel Germani debuted this piece at the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last January.  He won the 2018 NYCxDesign Award in the bath category for its beauty and functionality. Germani used Dekton by Cosentino to craft the washbasin along with Kauri wood from New Zealand for the credenza. This 50,000 year old wood is exclusive to Riva 1920, an Italian furniture manufacturer whose skilled workers transform it into furniture as true works of art. Kauri is wonderfully preserved and has an amazing rough beauty that caught the attention of Germani. Once Germani added a faucet from Fantini Rubinetti, a high-end Italian design/manufacturing company and the upscale architectural lighting from Brooklyn-based Juniper Design, his credenza was complete.

It was fun to learn about this new product!  If you know of anyone who may want to purchase this outrageously priced bath credenza, please let us know because we sure don’t!

Encaustic Tiles

 

We have recently been working on a bathroom remodel project and have become enamored with encaustic tiles we have seen. Encaustic tiles have been around since medieval times when they were made with two or more colors of clay inlaid together to create a pattern which is beautiful, colorful, and timeless. According to Tile-Magazine.com “this art form reached its peak in the mid-1800’s when Minton’s Ltd. began to supply them for walls and floors in churches, public buildings, and grand palaces.” Nowadays, these tiles are made with cement rather than clay. Yet, the process remains basically the same – instead of being painted with a pattern, the color and pattern in encaustic tiles are literally baked in.  Each tile is made by hand using a special frame resembling an intricate cookie-cutter. Layers of pigmented cement are then poured into the various sections of the mold.

We love the extra flourish these aesthetically pleasing tiles can add to any space.  Whether they are used for a kitchen backsplash, an entry way, or a bathroom floor, encaustic tiles are a great way to show off your personality and style. Our design advice, though, is to make sure that the style of your house works with the pattern you love.  There are so many patterns to choose from – graphic and contemporary styles, Moroccan-inspired patterns, and traditional Victorian to name just a few.

While authentic handmade encaustic tiles can be very expensive, there are many glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles that mimic the look yet are much more modestly priced.  We will post a new blog when the bathroom is complete – look for the encaustic tile in the post.

Photo Credits:

Photo of colorful encaustic flooring installed in the U.S. Capitol – www.wikipedia.com

This is an intricately patterned mold for making encaustic tiles – from Lynne Byrne’s Design Dictionary at www.decorartsnow.com

Kitchen backsplash in Kyra II Terrazzo from www.cementtileshop.com - this handmade tile is priced at $8.60 for each 8” square.

Revival Memory 8” square tiles by Merola can be found at Home Depot for $1.98 each.

A Fabulous Find for Your Bathroom

Stone Forest Sculptural Soaking Tub

We saw this beautiful bathtub in a recent edition of Traditional Home and did a little bit more research.  Stone Forest is a group of artisans and designers focused on bringing the elegant simplicity of natural materials into the bath and garden. The Papillon Soaking Tub is carved from one block of stone – granite, Carrara marble, limestone, sandstone, or travertine. With its curvy and sexy lines, it is truly a work of art that also offers a relaxing spa-like soak.

 Credits:  Silver Travertine Papillon Tub

 Stoneforest.com

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Treillage

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Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2, and we all know what that means – he is predicting an early spring.  We definitely hope that he is correct, and our thoughts are already turning to spring home decorating projects!

One design element that clearly speaks “spring” is treillage, French for lattice or trellis work. While we often think of using trellises for outdoor spaces and for supporting vining plants in our gardens, they are also decorative architectural elements with many indoor applications as well.  Cladding indoor walls with trellis work lends both a geometric and romantic feel to the space and brings the outdoors in. Sophistication and beauty can be added to indoor spaces such as foyers, sunrooms, casual and formal dining rooms, and bedrooms by using just an accent wall or the by covering the entire space from top to bottom! While it is quite popular now, treillage is definitely not a recent design fad – rather, it has been used for centuries in Italy and France as well as in China and Japan.

 Many trellis patterns can be easily found in decorative accents such as wallpaper and fabric patterns, rugs, furniture, and mirrors.  These will not require such a difficult installation but will still give the space the feel of authentic trellis work in either a small or large dose. The patterns in treillage can be Victorian,

Asian, Moroccan, or Hollywood Regency in style to name just a few.  These photos are a very few examples of how trellis work can be used in just about any design scheme.

 

Photo Credits:

WSJ Garden Room – The Gothic Arch and the square trellis work create a nice counterpoint.

Elegant Dressing Room – homedesign.marthastewart.com – in this small space, the door and the wall behind the dressing table are clad in a traditional trellis pattern.

HGTV.com – This white-painted chair is re-upholstered in Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis in a bright green colorway, which speaks to spring in a big way.  We have seen this fabric and paper by Schumacher in many other colors and in many applications.  It could be design overkill if used in an entire room, but we love the way this chair looks.

Decorpad.com – This white mirror is adorned with just a small amount of trellis work to give it a bit more oomph!