Inspired Pairings

Design, to consumers, many times feels like an unfamiliar language. Things that are second nature to interior designers leave consumers settling for white walls. We asked award-winning designer Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors for advice on how to create inspired pairings.

Leslie told us, “The plumbing fixtures in a bathroom and the faucet in particular because it’s ‘center stage,’ can make such a major statement. When I select a faucet style, I consider the style of the vanity. Is it traditional with curves and raised paneled doors? Is it contemporary with sharp, edges and sleek, flat doors? Or is it something in between? The faucet selected should communicate similar characteristics.” Here are some examples of what Leslie means:

Stone Forest’s EAU Soaking Tub paired with Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant

If you are going to go with a signature piece in your bathroom – you could do no better than the EAU Soaking Tub from Stone Forest. The tub is actually an ofuro style (Japanese-style soaking tub), and it is hand-carved out of a single piece of Carrara Marble. The tub comes with an ergonomically designed bench carved into the stone, and rests at 20 inches deep, allowing for complete body immersion.

The question of how you light such a piece is easily handled with Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant. The organic nature of this piece assures that it doesn’t overwhelm its surroundings, instead it complements the other pieces with its soft, translucent shade made from Raffia palm fibers, hand-worked wrought iron, a weathered bark finish and wheat glass. Available as a pendant, sconce, ceiling mount or wall mount, you can use Raffia in a variety of configurations in the bath.

Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant

Stone Forest’s EAU Soaking Tub

LAUFEN’s new Palomba washbasin paired with fluid’s Jovian faucet

LAUFEN’S New Palomba countertop washbasins are not only a continuation of the ‘organic’ design language of Ludovica + Roberta Palomba, but the washbasins are designed to cleverly allow homeowners or designers the option to choose which side they prefer the tap hole to reside – left or right. This “small” option opens up all sorts of design possibilities. A part of the Palomba Collection, the washbasins are available in a variety of sizes.

As Leslie Fine says, when pairing faucets with vanities and washbasins – the characteristics of each have to be taken into consideration. In this pairing, we chose fluid’s Jovian for it’s more formal and austere lines; which are in keeping with its nod to classical architecture. While many manufacturers substitute plastic, the Jovian faucet is made from brass, which ensures that its lifetime warranty means something. All fluid bathroom faucets feature flow-regulated aerators and operate at 1.5 gallons per minute, a flow rate that has awarded them as WaterSense labeled.

LAUFEN’s Palomba

fluid’s Jovian

Native Trails Amelie Vanity, Maestro Lotus sink, and GRAFF’s Immersion faucet

Inspired by France’s Amelie les Bains Palada, known for its rejuvenating Roman hot springs and baths, and made from Caramel Bamboo with heat compressed, solid wood molded legs, which create its unique shape, Native Trails’ Amelie vanity is curvy and projects a romantic feel. Paired with the delicate, drop-in oval Maestro Lotus basin, the result bears proof to the talents of Native Trails’ artisans. The recycled copper sink’s undulating shape inimitably shows the estimated 30,000 hammer strikes required to make it.

Choosing a faucet for this intricate sink and vanity would cause anyone to ‘settle’ for something vanilla. In this case, the choice seemed natural; GRAFF’s Immersion series lifts off from the sink like a bird in flight. Immersion is both weightless and solid – the result of GRAFF’s precision engineering and design sensibility. Immersion’s curved, flat spout and coordinating single- or double-winged handles seem the perfect fit for Native Trails’ design aesthetic.

Native Trails Amelie Vanity, Maestro Lotus sink

GRAFF’s Immersion faucet

To learn more about Leslie Fine visit her blog at  http://lesliefineinteriors.com/blog/

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Inspired Pairings

Design, to consumers, many times feels like an unfamiliar language. Things that are second nature to interior designers leave consumers settling for white walls. We asked award-winning designer Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors for advice on how to create inspired pairings.

Leslie told us, “The plumbing fixtures in a bathroom and the faucet in particular because it’s ‘center stage,’ can make such a major statement. When I select a faucet style, I consider the style of the vanity. Is it traditional with curves and raised paneled doors? Is it contemporary with sharp, edges and sleek, flat doors? Or is it something in between? The faucet selected should communicate similar characteristics.” Here are some examples of what Leslie means:

Stone Forest’s EAU Soaking Tub paired with Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant

If you are going to go with a signature piece in your bathroom – you could do no better than the EAU Soaking Tub from Stone Forest. The tub is actually an ofuro style (Japanese-style soaking tub), and it is hand-carved out of a single piece of Carrara Marble. The tub comes with an ergonomically designed bench carved into the stone, and rests at 20 inches deep, allowing for complete body immersion.

The question of how you light such a piece is easily handled with Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant. The organic nature of this piece assures that it doesn’t overwhelm its surroundings, instead it complements the other pieces with its soft, translucent shade made from Raffia palm fibers, hand-worked wrought iron, a weathered bark finish and wheat glass. Available as a pendant, sconce, ceiling mount or wall mount, you can use Raffia in a variety of configurations in the bath.

Troy Lighting’s Raffia Pendant

Stone Forest’s EAU Soaking Tub

LAUFEN’s new Palomba washbasin paired with fluid’s Jovian faucet

LAUFEN’S New Palomba countertop washbasins are not only a continuation of the ‘organic’ design language of Ludovica + Roberta Palomba, but the washbasins are designed to cleverly allow homeowners or designers the option to choose which side they prefer the tap hole to reside – left or right. This “small” option opens up all sorts of design possibilities. A part of the Palomba Collection, the washbasins are available in a variety of sizes.

As Leslie Fine says, when pairing faucets with vanities and washbasins – the characteristics of each have to be taken into consideration. In this pairing, we chose fluid’s Jovian for it’s more formal and austere lines; which are in keeping with its nod to classical architecture. While many manufacturers substitute plastic, the Jovian faucet is made from brass, which ensures that its lifetime warranty means something. All fluid bathroom faucets feature flow-regulated aerators and operate at 1.5 gallons per minute, a flow rate that has awarded them as WaterSense labeled.

LAUFEN’s Palomba

fluid’s Jovian

Native Trails Amelie Vanity, Maestro Lotus sink, and GRAFF’s Immersion faucet

Inspired by France’s Amelie les Bains Palada, known for its rejuvenating Roman hot springs and baths, and made from Caramel Bamboo with heat compressed, solid wood molded legs, which create its unique shape, Native Trails’ Amelie vanity is curvy and projects a romantic feel. Paired with the delicate, drop-in oval Maestro Lotus basin, the result bears proof to the talents of Native Trails’ artisans. The recycled copper sink’s undulating shape inimitably shows the estimated 30,000 hammer strikes required to make it.

Choosing a faucet for this intricate sink and vanity would cause anyone to ‘settle’ for something vanilla. In this case, the choice seemed natural; GRAFF’s Immersion series lifts off from the sink like a bird in flight. Immersion is both weightless and solid – the result of GRAFF’s precision engineering and design sensibility. Immersion’s curved, flat spout and coordinating single- or double-winged handles seem the perfect fit for Native Trails’ design aesthetic.

Native Trails Amelie Vanity, Maestro Lotus sink

GRAFF’s Immersion faucet

To learn more about Leslie Fine visit her blog at  http://lesliefineinteriors.com/blog/

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