While some may claim the word “luxury” has been overused, it is still the best way to identify a trend that continues to gain momentum and sustain priority with leading designers. Today’s homeowners may be scaling back and embracing minimalism, but along the way they have a renewed appreciation for products evoking luxury in the most refined terms.
This look is not garish or loud, nor is it boastful or decadent. Instead, it offers an unerring sense of style, an appreciation for scale and the confidence that a single product — perfectly created — can make a powerful and impactful design statement. Homeowners are willing to invest in a product if it carries these qualities. In a sense, it’s a new luxury. Not one based on price but rather a discerning eye for quality and design and an appreciation for brands that truly honor the hallmarks of what luxury means.
To make the ultimate statement in style and elegance, we gathered a collection of plumbing products celebrating global refinement and a commitment to the utmost in quality.
A Pretty Pairing
Victoria + Albert captures a sense of regal elegance with its Pembroke Collection, named in honor of England’s first Tudor king. This transitional duo features a freestanding bath with an intriguing mix of chic lines, soft curves and a silhouette that lightens toward the base for a pleasing rounded effect.
The tub has a deep well and dual-ended design that provides a relaxing soaking experience for one or two bathers. It comes in seven exterior finishes including an eye-catching gloss black, stone gray and anthracite. The Pembroke 52 basin complements the tub to create a cohesive design space. Its special rim allows for an undermount or drop-in installation.
Both are made from the company’s signature ENGLISHCAST blend of volcanic limestone and resins for long-lasting beauty and easy-care maintenance.
The new Rohl Italian Bath Campo Series takes its name from the magnificent Medieval marketplace in Siena, Italy, known as the Piazza del Campo. Renowned for its amazing architecture, this public square was part of an elaborate 14th-century conduit system that delivered water to the city. The Campo faucet embodies the essence of a modern conduit system with the look of exposed pipes and mechanical handles for a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic.
The collection features both wall- and deck-mounted faucet options, as well as tub fillers, shower kits and coordinating accessories. With an industrial vibe and minimalist look, this transitional line goes well in nearly any bathroom décor. The collection is available in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin nickel, as well as specialty finishes such as satin unlacquered brass, Tuscan brass and matte black.
Riobel offers unprecedented opportunities for bespoke faucets with its Momenti Collection. Choose a round or square spout and pair with four different handle options (crosses or levers). There are also seven lovely finishes to choose from, including chrome, black and brushed nickel.
Mixing and matching finishes between faucets and handles adds an extra element of drama and fun. The wide range of choices allows consumers and designers the freedom to create the look that suits their own personal style. With quality and craftsmanship evident in every piece, Momenti faucets are a smart and versatile addition to traditional, modern or industrial bathrooms.
The Golden Age
Celebrate the “romantic golden age” of the closing years of the Victorian era with the Perrin & Rowe Edwardian Series. Inspired by the grand estates and townhouses of Great Britain during the early 1900s before the Great War, this period is remembered for its sophistication and elegance. The line was named for King Edward VII and is notable for its iconic Baroque details.
A wonderful pairing of classic lines and subtle ornamentation, the Edwardian Series is made of regionally sourced solid brass by British artisans using time-honored casting and polishing techniques. The complete collection includes fixtures and accessories for the kitchen and bath in a variety of configurations, including swivel-spout designs with side sprayers for hard-working kitchens, and showerheads, soap baskets and towel shelves for a well-coordinated master bath.
Farmhouse sinks are among today’s hottest design trends. Credit for this popular design goes to Shaws of Lancashire, England, which developed the apron sink in 1897. The company continues its great traditions today with every Shaws fireclay sink still being poured and shaped by hand, then stamped with the name of the master craftsman who created it.
Each sink takes more than three weeks to create and includes a Certificate of Authenticity as assurance of its quality and long-lasting service. Available in single- or double-bowl configurations, the farmhouse apron front sink is perfect for the modern farmhouse kitchen.
Surely investment in these products is a solid purchase that will provide years of enjoyment and lasting design appeal. Luxury is not about the associated price tag — instead, it is a commitment to excellence, an allegiance to longevity and the recognition that simplicity and elegance are the true hallmarks of any luxurious living space.