27 July 2012

My Four Favorite New Bathroom Products

One of the perks of my job is being able to attend design shows and see the latest trends and products, often before they find their way to your local showroom.  Here are my four favorite new (and upcoming) products for Bath Week, part of my month-long Fourth Anniversary Celebration.

Smart and sexy faucet

I spotted Brizo's Charlotte electronic faucet at Dwell on Design and it is a true charmer. You’d expect style from this fashion faucet brand and the cocoa bronze cladding with metallic accents delivers that big time. But smart is sexy, too, and Charlotte’s hands-free control is super-smart (and water-saving). There are matching accessories but this faucet is the real star. 

Charlotte by Brizo

Elegant meets practical

Regular Gold Notes readers know I love ceramic and porcelain slab!  Until recently, however, all I saw was solid colors with a slight texture.  In the last few months, at a San Diego showroom, I spotted a stone look that knocked my socks off!  (I'd love this in my master bath!)  This stunning porcelain slab from Italian manufacturer, Iris, has all of the beauty of the marble it honors but none of its staining or chipping shortfalls. Iris can clad your vanity or your shower walls. It can go on your floors or surround your tub.  Like other ceramic and porcelain slab surfaces, Iris is heat, scratch and stain resistant. 

Iris Porcelain Slab

Playful sinks

I really liked the new  sinks Jonathan Adler designed for Kohler.  They were on my must-see list at the recent Dwell on Design show and they didn't disappoint.  The shapes show off the fun lines for which Adler is known and the colors are absolutely delicious!   This is my favorite.

Jonathan Adler Lav for Kohler

Sexy hexy

I love when retro traditional meets modern innovation and the new hexagonal tile I saw at Cevisama in Spain knocked me out.  There were the traditional black-white combos and newer combos.  The form is familiar and comforting.  The size and color tweaks freshen the look.  New manufacturing technologies make it low maintenance.

Genesis by Plaza


  1. Jamie, I always learn something from your blog. This is the first I've heard of porcelain slab! That info will eventually come in handy, I'm sure. I've always loved black and white hexagonal tile - had it years ago in a circa 1900 apartment. Bathroom design has been on my mind this week - finally got a new toilet (who knew how exciting that could be!), Kohler Memoirs Stately - gorgeous. Love the bathroom, but if I had it to do over, I'd do something with that porcelain slab!

  2. Thanks, Jean. I discovered porcelain slab a couple of years ago in an LA showroom and am starting to see it more and more. It's fabulous and I'm very excited about its potential for kitchens and baths.

    That's a beautiful fixture. Congrats on your bathroom update. Keep the great enhancements coming, Jean!

    And, as always, thanks for sharing your time and thoughts. You are a most valued reader and contributor.

  3. Plumbing supplies and fixtures are now getting more innovated this time. Sinks, faucets, showers and others are now easy to compliment our modern bathroom design as they are also modern looking now. It will really make you bathroom look so nice and refreshing.

  4. It certainly does produce a nice upgrade! I heartily agree.


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