Years ago, when this bath first appeared in print, we were simply awed. There are countless extraordinary details from the size and scale of the space to the lovely natural light. At a time when white was the prevailing theme for baths (actually, it still is) this was a bold statement using period details, exceptional materials and deliberate architecture. I find the design as compelling today as the day I first laid eyes on it.

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I am very pleased to announce the launch of Waterworks Kitchen. After two years of design development, countless prototypes and revisions, and hundreds of new products, we are finally poised to share all of this with our clients and friends. The first big step is the opening of our kitchen showroom at the D & D Building on 59th Street, New York. There you will experience our transitional and modern cabinet designs, all built by hand in the US. You will love our take on color in the kitchen (there are no white cabinets), our fabulous hardware (the jewels of the kitchen), backsplashes galore, great stone counter tops, stunning work tables and islands, beautiful pot racks, unique fittings (prepare to be surprised), kitchen sinks (the hardest working kitchen appliance), innovative lighting concepts and a wonderful assortment of handmade and artisanal accessories. Waterworks Kitchen is truly a complete design experience.

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We often find ourselves laughing at retro baths. Anywhere from the 20s through the 50s, the color trends seem shockingly bright with extreme contrasts. It is said that bathroom decoration reflected prevailing fashion in interior decoration and the manufacturers provided fixtures that would fit in with other rooms in the house. (This is the same conversation that we are having today.)

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A number of years ago I was fortunate enough to take a tour of the Saarinen House at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. It was one of those extraordinary experiences in visual imagery that, even to this day, continues to factor into my design thinking. Actually, I wanted to move in to the house so that I could study the countless rich details, the palette, materials and texture of the house Saarinen built for himself and his family on the campus of Cranbrook. It is quite possibly one of the most significant houses built during the 1920s.

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