Barbara Sallick is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Design of Waterworks Operating Company LLC. In 1978, Barbara and her husband, Robert founded the luxury bath company which began a new revolution in the American bath industry. Using the time-honored European bath experience as a guide, they imported and created the finest products available, bringing unprecedented performance and style to what had been an overlooked area of the home.
Barbara has guided the design of Waterworks products from the beginning. Rather than nodding to trends, she looks to history for inspiration. As arbiter of Waterworks™ influential bath aesthetic, Barbara oversees creative decisions that span the details of product development to the logistics of store layout. She brings a lifelong interest in design to her philosophy, employing formal principles of architecture and decoration to make this often utilitarian environment as rich and livable as any other room in the home.
Barbara acts as a company spokesperson; her voice and views are frequently sought as an authority on broad design topics relating to interiors. Additionally, Barbara pens a weekly blog, The Perfect Bath, documenting her travels and vast design inspirations. In 2006, Barbara published The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath (self published, 2006) as well as Waterworks: Inventing Bath Style (Clarkson Potter, 2001).
Barbara is on the Board of Directors at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, served as Chair of the 2010 Arthur Ross Awards jury and presents design and product lectures at top architect and design firms across the United States. She is a Wheelock College Trustee, where she received her B.A., attended graduate school at Columbia University and was formerly an associate in the department of American Decorative Arts at Yale University Art Gallery. Barbara has two adult sons and five grandchildren; she lives in Connecticut with her husband, Robert and their dog, Lulu.