Discover DXV’s Bathroom Jewelry
I had never thought to associate the word jewelry with the word bathroom, but there I was, with two projects in mind, thinking that very thing as I walked through the DXV display of one of my#BlogTour2017 sponsors at #KBIS2017.
I realized what I was seeing and thinking was completely consistent with today’s trend towards incorporating fashion forward elements into luxury, spa-like, *transport you to another place* sanctuary bathroom environments.
As Sally and I are currently designing bathrooms in both modern and traditional, classic styles, I was doubly pleased to see that DXV had applied their “jewelry” vision to both styles of bathroom fixtures.
We have been working on a traditional powder room renovation on located on Boston’s North Shore. It’s in a big beautiful home, built in 1900, overlooking the Atlantic. While the owner wants to respect the heritage of the house, she wants her guests to be transported “someplace else” when they use the powder room.
On the left below are the *Existing Conditions.* You have to pass through another room to access the powder room and it’s rather circuitous. On the right, our proposed design in which we reconfigure the under utilized coat closet off the main hall, through which you would enter the powder room and its anteroom. Much more convenient and graceful.
We have developed three different concepts to show the client. (She needed to see options to help clarify her vision and understanding of the potential of the spaces.) The first draws from the existing paneling details in the home’s grand foyer, with the paneling being painted a dark high gloss turquoise with gold trim.
I had envisioned a wall mount faucet in this design and was delighted to find the perfect fit with the DXV Oak Hill wall mount faucet. and I also liked their *POP* oval sink.
The second concept is based on gorgeous French chinoiserie wallpaper, a lovely antique vanity, sconces and mirror.
The Randall faucet, seen below, beautifully captures the energy of an early 1900’s era faucet. (To see spectacular plumbing fixtures of that period, if you are ever in the Boston area, be sure to visit the Crane Estate in Ipswich, owned by the Trustees of Reservations! The bathrooms alone are worth the visit!)
For our last scheme, we went Paris chic, using antique mirror for the walls, an antique venetian glass mirror over the sink and a modern interpretation of a bombay commode.
The Randall faucet, in unlacquered brass felt right at home in this scheme.
In the above photo, you see DXV’s SEAGRAM wall hung toilet. I would also give the dual flush wall hung toilet in DXV’s new MODULUS Collection serious consideration. Both toilets are terrific solutions where space is an issue as in this powder room, which is only 54″ wide.
Our other bathroom project, by contrast is very modern, using very strong horizontal lines that demand a very particular vanity sink and faucet set. We’d looked at several options but none of them felt quite right. But when I walked into DXV’s new Modulus Collection display I found myself thinking, “BINGO! Slam Dunk!”
One concept we’re showing our client is a modern European influence black, white and gray scheme.
The second is heavily influenced by contemporary Belgian architecture and interior design. Warmer tones for the marble and stone and clear french oak with antique lighting woven in as a counterpoint. Softer, modern, yet, having a feel of antiquity.
The new MODULUS countertop sink from DXV is a perfect fit for both schemes. We could place two on top of the long linear vanity, reinforcing the horizontal lines of the space. It’s available in three finishes; solid surface, marble or concrete.
For both schemes, I would use concrete. Although as I look at it, I could be persuaded to use a white solid surface or white marble sink in the first scheme. Definitely, the faucet in the photo below. The jury is out on black or polished nickel faucet finish.
Using the Modulus Collection, let me drill down into the jewelry metaphor a bit more… First is the countertop sink’s purity of form. Second is the beautiful accessory tray that fits so neatly into the depression adjacent to the sink. Third, you can dress up any DXV Modulus faucet, hand set or shower set with decorative *collars* such as the collar shown in the bottom right of the image below this one. It is all so thoughtfully considered and the details so refined.
In the shower of the modern master bath, our client wants a regular shower head, a rain shower and a hand held shower. I don’t know about you, but we’ve never liked the look of multiple diverters needed with multiple shower heads. Swiss cheese…
By happy coincidence, the new Modulus Collection is the answer to our prayers, consolidating all those mixing valves and diverters into one neat, tidy, beautiful, sculptural package – available in two, three or four gang assemblies!
While we are not asked to create modern/contemporary design solutions for our clients regularly, it’s wonderful to know I can turn to the *MODULUS* Collection when needed. Other items in DXV’s *MODULUS* Collection include a beautifully sculpted free standing tub and floor mounted tub filler. (Love the tray. It’s the little touches…but I would have replaced the water glasses with wine glasses…)
And wall hung vanities in a variety of configurations.
Rounding out their new introductions was the *LYNDON* wall hung vanity. I felt that its soft curves made it well suited for smaller bathrooms and powder rooms where it’s all too easy for someone to bump into a corner and bruise themselves. This thoughtful detailing makes that issue disappear.
Lastly, with its bleached wood legs and leather wrapped towel bars, I immediately thought of Cape Cod and the Islands when I spotted their new *LOWELL* console sink.
My thanks to DXV for the opportunity they afforded me through their sponsorship of @Modenus’s #BlogTourKBIS to experience first hand the new innovations that will make a difference in the quality of our client’s lives – and hopefully in yours – for years to come.
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