One of the great things about being a designer is having designer friends. We meet up, share ideas and lunch, and sometimes wine (but not today). After having one of those lunches where time sits below the radar, my three friends and I ventured over to the new Kohler Signature Store in Burlington, MA. I was expecting to see a display of classic and conservative, yet elegant products for the bath. There was some of that to be found, but I especially got excited when I came across a smattering of sink basins with a great deal of personality. So I took lots of pictures.
I'm told that the Art Nouveau look seen in at least two of these sinks has been very popular for spring orders, but I feel that the bigger overall trend has to be that individual expression in design is no longer the scary prospect that it was not too long ago. (Courtesy of the recession and HGTV real estate shows that promoted neutral design for resale purposes.) To that I say hooray!!!!!! Homes in my opinion are the biggest canvases you will ever get the chance to work with and should be used as such.
If you are interested in having your home "live out loud" (see Emile Zola quote) but are overwhelmed as to where to start, I would like to suggest the powder room. Powder rooms are small spaces that are used infrequently so it's much more difficult to feel overpowered by pattern and color. Plus, powder rooms are frequently used by guests at, um, I don't know, parties, and a little drama never hurt a party. (A lot of drama could potentially hurt a party, but that's another story for another time.)
There were some fantastic sinks at Kohler this afternoon, but my eye was immediately drawn to a vessel sink of cut glass in emerald green. Here it is. Isn't it stunning?
I got inspired to create a powder room design around this gorgeous specimen and when I found the Schumacher wallpaper it kind of all fell into place. I am calling this the "Marrakesh Express" powder room since I had the Crosby Stills & Nash playlist still open from last week, and the design is both Marrakesh-y and expressive. What I enjoy most about this design besides the impact of the colors is that I feel that it has just the juxtaposition of organic and geometric shapes in order to provide balance in the space.
Okay so I think that now is the time to take the Marrakesh Express directly to dreamland (lame segue I know but it's late). Yawn....