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Fit for a King: Part III

Hearst Castle inspires kitchen and bath products for today’s home
By Ellen Sturm Niz
August 04, 2010

Editor’s note: Following last week’s tour of Hearst Castle’s kitchen, dining room, library and Roman Pool, this week takes a look at more guesthouses and products inspired by architectural details found throughout the estate, including a hardware collection by Sóko.

MENAGERIE AND ARTIFACTS

Sóko Hardware’s Hearst Castle Collection was inspired by the designs of architect Julia Morgan and by artifacts collected around the world by William Randolph Hearst during his many travels. Architectural details and amenities throughout the estate, including faucets, doorknockers, levers and even the keys to the castle, led to a collection of knobs, pulls, hooks, towel bars and toilet tissue holders. Styles range from the traditional elegance of Hearst’s unique artifacts to the utter whimsy of his famous menagerie. For more information, click here.
Sóko’s fish-shaped pulls were inspired by the shower-stall door of a Case del Mar guest bath, which was built in the 1920s with an all-marble interior and seven showerheads.

KEYS TO THE CASTLE

These knobs and pulls from Sóko literally are reproductions of keys to the castle. One was inspired by the actual key to the back door to the Morning Room of Casa Grande. Final stonework around the door was never completed—you can still see the underlying reinforced concrete structure of the building. Another key-shaped knob was inspired by the main entrance to Casa Grande, which opens into the Assembly Room.

THE ASSEMBLY ROOM

Guests would gather for cocktails before dinner in the Assembly Room at Casa Grande. They would enter the dining room by doors on either side of the fireplace, which are a part of the woodwork comprised of antique choir stalls.

GUESTHOUSES

This bathroom in the North Wing of Casa Grande, which has 41 baths total, was designed and constructed in the 1940s. (Photo: Victoria Garagliano ©2010 Hearst Castle/California State Parks)

Enkeboll’s Florentine molding was inspired by the window molding from this bedroom in guesthouse Casa del Monte. The molding was custom designed by architect Julia Morgan and was artisan crafted at Hearst Castle.

The hundreds of rosette shapes located all over the main house and guesthouses inspired Enkeboll’s Del Mar panel.
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