A Warm Front in the Bathroom?

Bronze, brass and gold finshes are turning up the heat in the bathroom
By Alice Liao
August 09, 2010

While chrome and satin nickel continue to be the finishes of choice in plumbing and hardware, some recent product introductions indicate a warming trend is afoot in the bathroom. Bronze—especially in the oil-rubbed variety—had a solid showing at this year’s KBIS, and gold, which made a bit of a splash last year, never quite went away. So if you’re looking for a warmer gleam in your bathroom or just need some fresh eye candy, check out the following products.

[1] Though not gold, this low-profile one-hole deck-mounted lavatory faucet from Waterworks’ new Henry Fittings Collection is still “golden” in an unlacquered brass finish, which is sure to warm up any bathroom. And if you’re wondering, water temperature is controlled by rotating the handle. The industrial-chic line also includes a three-hole deck-mounted faucet with a gooseneck or low-profile spout and cross or lever handles; a tub filler with a handshower and lever handles; a wall-mounted tub spout; shower trims and accessories. All are available in variety of made-to-order finishes.
[2] Michael S Smith Gilt is the Obama White House Decorator’s fourth tile collection for Ann Sacks and combines beveled glass and precious metal in a brick-style format. Available in a sizes ranging from 2 in. x 2 in. to 4 in. x 4 in., each handcrafted tile is formed by fusing sheets of hammered rose gold, antique gold, white gold or platinum leaf between polished, faceted glass.
[3] To celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of the Isy project, which was designed by Matteo Thun with Antonio Rodriguez, Zucchetti has reintroduced the ultra-sleek linear faucet in new shapes and new color finishes, including 24k plated gold. The collection offers a freestanding basin mixer, a tub mixer and a single-lever basin mixer (shown).
[4] From Trend USA’s Wallpaper collection come Rich and Divine mosaics, whose delicate gold patterns sparkle against a snowy white background. Rich is offered in a 3/4-in. x 3/4-in. format and Divine is available in a 5/8-in. x 5/8-in. size. The collection also includes recycled glass tile.
[5] Satin gold lends a weightiness to Webert’s “flighty” Wolo lavatory faucet, which was inspired by the aerodynamic design of an airplane’s wings. Available in other finishes, including chrome, black with a chrome handle and white with a chrome handle, the faucet has a 2.2-gpm flow rate and comes in a single-lever, single-lever vessel and widespread lavatory models. Shower and tub fittings, as well as thermostatic valves and diverters, complete the collection.

[6] With its whimsical faucet handles, knobs and buttons, THG’s Bagatelle offers up a playful yet elegant meditation on the pinball machine. Designed by French designer Olivier Gagnère, the collection features lavatory faucets with or without crystal inlays, thermostatic valves, porcelain accessories and a Roman tub set. All of the faucets are formed of solid brass and come in 35 custom finishes, including gold (shown).
[7] Designed by David Hoptman, Stone Forest’s Lunette Bronze Vessel is dramatic in both look and feel. Cast in golden bronze, the sink boasts a darker, textured exterior and a living finish that will patina over time. Dimensions are 23 in. x 12 3/8 in. x 9 in.
[8] The latest addition to Watermark Designs’ Sense27 Collection, designed by Clodagh Signature, is a proximity faucet that features capacitive sensing technology for hands-free control. Boasting hammered detailing, the faucet comes in 37 finishes—including antique brass (shown)—in single-mount and widespread models with lever or cross handles.
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