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A Timeless Pattern for 2015

Herringbone is definitely making a statement in the design scene lately. This classic & timeless pattern has slowly been gathering speed over the years and is showing up in places everywhere from the bathroom to bedroom! While this pattern is making it's statement, another familiar is fading into the background: Chevron.

Chevron has been the hyper trend of the past few years and has been applied to everything from curtains to mugs. It has been used so much that many designers are steering away from Chevron patterns going forward. If you're about to make a purchase you might want to keep that in mind!

When you compare Herringbone to Chevron they book look zig-zaggy so you may be wondering what's the big difference? Chevron is typically being used as a high contrast simple zig zag pattern where the individual pieces meet at an angle. Herringbone has a more intentional pattern repeat and creates a broken zig zag. The pattern looks well defined and geometric, and when translated from a weave to a dimensional object each piece intersects at 90 degree angles, as shown below. (image source)

The herringbone pattern originates from a type of fabric weave used in traditional men's blazers and suits. (image source)

Below you can see a close up of the pattern, which is nicely described as the following:

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern . It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish

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Here are a few ways that herringbone is making a classic and beautiful comeback in interiors.

 

 

 
 

 

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 2

Phew it really feels like summer here in the northeast...  it's been kind of refreshing to look at all these water related designs! Here are some more beautiful fixtures and hardware design from the ICFF, as a follow up from my previous post.

Blu Bathworks

Now I remember some of the photos I lost during my computer transition.... I took photos of their booth during ICFF because I liked how they showcased their sinks with engravings and colors. These screen shots from their brochure and website will have to substitute!

Blu Bathworks ICFF booth 2013

Blu-stone bathtub with engraving along the sides.

Colorful lime green tub made from proprietary blu-stone

Rohl

Handcrafted sinks from Shaws of Darwen in partner with Rohl.

Rohl offers a line of water filtration options (for information on how it works click here), this one shown in an inca brass finish.

Graff

Headquartered in Milwaukee with locations throughout the world, they provide modern bath fixtures for the industry. I found it impressive that during manufacturing they created a zero discharge system and they recycle 100% of their brass and paper products so just about everything they create is either recycled or recovered. Bravo Graff!

Here is my favorite of their from the show - their new Ametis line. This is definitely a stand out design and I love the LED light around the toggle... so technical looking and not your typical bath fixture. I had a hard time finding more information (and pictures!) but I hope the LED changes with the water temperature. I photographed their catalog so apologies for not having the most clarity!

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 1

Here it is... I am finally catching up on the rest of my ICFF material! Although quite some time has passed since I first went to the show I feel it is still worth showing all these beautiful designs. Some of them might not be a good fit for your home per se, but I love to show what the design world has been up to - pushing boundaries and exploring options. It's almost like the fashion runway for product design, and it's at shows like these that new designs are introduced and some design elements will trickle down into every day designs. 

Hardware in general is like the jewelry of the room. Literally... they are shiny, mostly metal, and used as an accent and accessory. Such a small detail in the grand scheme of a room design but it's something you physically interact with everyday so it becomes a very personal product, especially in the kitchen and bathroom!

My hands-down favorite during the show was Italian design company Fantini. Their collections are very diverse and each one equally beautiful! Their "I Balocchi" line was really fun and colorful. I liked their chunky handles and could see this working well in a kids bathroom or just anywhere you want to add some fun color!

I Balocchi

With their logo on the handle and bright color it also has a "sportcar" aesthetic - what do you think?

They also had a beautifully elegant collection called Venezia with handles made from murano glass. It's such a beautiful material combination for a bathroom that really creates a boutique feel, like a decorative perfume bottle.Venezia

Venezia

Venezia

 

And how about this spa-like bathroom? I love their shower head options mounted in the ceiling.Acqua Zone

And it comes with "chromotherapy" options, which basically means providing an atmosphere of color to help improve mood and energy levels. I actually did my product design thesis on color therapy and had a similar idea, but didn't pursue water as my method of transmitting color, although I do love this!