Now that you know I’m wonkers for stone, I’m sure you’ll understand why I love the new Amédée faucet. (Don’t even ask me to pronounce that, y’all!) The design is pretty traditional, but the addition of the stone inserts ramps up the style quotient considerably and makes the fixture more transitional. Faucets aren’t cheap, and one of my favorite things about this line is it’s adaptability.
We all know taste is subjective and style is very personal, so let’s imagine you’re a single gal living in a condo, and you love the pink quartz trimmed faucet you see below. You just got a promotion and a new house, but the person buying your condo is a dude who’s not so fond of pink. Kallista designed the inserts to be interchangeable, so the only cash outlay required to make it a more masculine bath is to switch out the quartz with a pair of the gorgeous onyx inserts.
Voilà! You just sold your condo in a New York minute and saved yourself a ton money in the process. You go girl!
I mentioned in my last post that Kallista and Ann Sacks forged an alliance with the designer of the First Family’s Residence in the White House. That would be one Michael S. Smith, of the Los Angeles Smiths. Michael is a very big player in the design world, and I see the influence of his former boss, John Saladino, of the New York by-way-of Missouri Saladinos, in the ancient urn styling of his vessel sinks.
They are large in volume and in presence. Architectural Digest suggests that Mr. Smith’s aesthetic is “a blend of classic European and American modernism.” You can decide for yourself by checking out his portfolio and his press material after you’re finished here.
There is a lot of press. Especially about this room, about which, in an interview with the New York Times, Arianna Huffington famously labelled the design as, “The Audacity of Taupe.”
Kasos, with Inigo faucet:
The next two shots are from a bathroom designed for Mr. Smith’s beautiful Inigo Series of fixtures. This collection isn’t new, I’ve priced a few pieces for clients in the past, but I wanted to point out a couple of design details in this booth set that stand out.
I like the relief of these subway tiles. If you look closely, you will notice that they aren’t flat. That’s a great way to incorporate the popular 3″ x 6″ style, but it adds a lot more visual depth. I also like the cut of the marble crown, chair and base molding. You can get this look by using 2 centimeter thick slabs, which are much less expensive than the 3 centimeter slabs typically used for a countertop, and having them cut to a 6″ – 8″ height.