Modern Bathroom Design, and Traditional Italian-European Bathroom Design


bathroom_sink_vallarta.jpg (18666 bytes)Traditional Handpainted Talavera Sink and Tiles. Their fabulous sinks are molded and painted by hand. They are made of ceramic, fired twice, once before they are decorated, and a second time after they are glazed. Tierra y Fuego's talavera sinks measure: Large Sink: 21" x 17" and 8" deep. , Medium Sink: 17" x 14" and 6" deep. They have three overflow holes and a standard drain hole. Talavera colors and shine will not fade with proper care. Avoid cleaners like Ajax. You can feast your eyes on some beautiful sinks....a whole lot of styles. Look under: talavera tile > mexican talavera sinks or wash basins. The fish joyfully swim among the marine flora on this sink. The Cancun design reminds us of the warm shallow waters of Cancun, Quintana Roo in Mexico. It complements perfectly a sea theme decor in a bathroom.

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Hand painted tile from Tierra y Fuego.

Automatic Shower Cleaner-- Imagine stepping into a clean, fresh shower every time you shower without having to clean it. Imagination becomes reality with The ShowerShower automatic shower cleaning system. Any Size, Any Shape, Any Shower.  Intelligent Consumer Products, Inc.

Agape in Italy was formed in 1973 for the sole purpose of providing fittings for the bathroom. At the time it was established, the bath was considered a minor player in the home. There was not much creative thought shown in the products available. Agape's products include wash basins, faucets, cabinets, countertops, showers, mirrors, lighting, novelties, and accessories. Their website is totally Flash and slow loading even with my cable connection, and you must allow pop-ups to even see it. You will have a choice of Italian or English.  I suggest you write for their catalogue if you have trouble, as I did, seeing their product line.

Landmark Metalcoat can transform ordinary bath fixtures into awesome, totally unique, metal works of art with a durable patented metalcoating. Landmark Metalcoat is the only company in the United States to offer this unique patented cold-spray metalcoating on Sinks, Bidets, Toilets, Tubs, and Jacuzzis. Landmark can metalcoat any manufacturer's fixtures such as St.Thomas, Kohler, Toto, etc…, as well as, their own "Signature Bath Line" created exclusively by Landmark. Within the Signature Bath Line, you can choose from four different styles in the Venetian Collection, the Fiore Collection, the Dorian Collection and the Intaglio Collection. All fixtures are available in several metals. All fixtures are sealed with a protective clearcoat to preserve the finish. You REALLY need to see these: Venetian Collection , Toilet and Sink,Venetian Clawfoot Bathtub, The Fiore Collection, The Dorian Collection
Along with the Signature Bath Line, Landmark offers numerous other products such as tile, hardware and custom applications.     

Crown City Hardware is a true jewel of a place to buy wonderful period bath hardware of all types. The print catalog is a joy to flip thru even if you don't make a purchase. The Restoration Collection includes Door Hardware, Hinges, Glass Collection, Cabinet Hardware, Window Hardware, Hooks, Bath Hardware. The website has great lengthy discussions of with definitions of the different periods of American building. The Victorian period, which was named after England’s Queen who reined over this long era, crossed the Atlantic and incorporated the highest point of the industrial revolution. For the first time in history, products could be mass-produced, making them available to average people at affordable prices.   Decorative hardware was no exception. Toward the last half of the 1890’s a new revolutionary movement, The Arts & Crafts period, lasted nearly 30 years through the first part of the 20th century and transitioning into the period that followed the First World War, also called Craftsman style. The new modern style was termed Deco, and is generally considered the last true period of decorative arts. The stylish hardware from that era is refered to as Art Deco. At over 400 pages, representing over 4,000 hardware and restoration related items, the Volume 6 Crown City Collection full color catalog is an unparalleled resource for restoring your home or building. Products are featured actual size where possible to offer you accurate detail and exact sizing. The products selected to be in this catalog were chosen for their uniqueness, character, and importance to restoration.

Omnia’s Architectural Trim is an extensive collection of solid brass hooks, switch plates, door knockers and pulls, Cremone bolts, house numbers, and key escutcheons. The development of this collection focuses on the distinctive touches that clarify and reinforce fine architecture and design. Omniahas a line of finely crafted solid brass hardware along with ornate cabinet hardware, Vintage Finish™ collection and fine Italian glass and crystal cabinet hardware. They also have new collection of Stainless Steel and Decorative Drop Pulls. For contemporary settings, Omnia’s line of stainless steel lever latchsets is designed to accentuate any setting where a modern, sophisticated look is desired. Made from the highest grade material available, every piece is strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion and staining. Virtually effortless to clean, Omnia’s stainless steel lever latchsets will maintain their smooth, rich luster for the lifetime of your home, while their interior components will prove worthy of the exceptional standards Omnia has set for more than 40 years.

Clawfoot Supply ... home restoration products including Clawfoot Tubs, Clawfoot, Tub Parts , Shower Curtain Rods & Rings , Sinks , Toilets , Shower Heads, Bathroom Faucets , Tubs and Showers Installation Parts , Hardware , Bathroom  Accessories. They offer copper sinks and original antique sinks too.

Hastings Tile and Bath--Hastings is known for providing high-quality, trend-setting bath and tile products to designers, architects, building trade professionals and homeowners. Through its own showrooms and a national network of the finest bath and tile dealers, Hastings provides both contemporary and traditional designs imported from the finest European manufacturers . With a diverse selection of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and stone tile & trim; faucets, coordinating accessories, white china basins, and bathroom furniture pieces, the Hastings Tile & Bath Collections takes home d├ęcor to the cutting edge of design.

If you live in the USA and want to save a whole lot of money on a Do it Yourself Frameless Heavy Glass Shower Door by installing it yourself, you need to see the Wilson Glass website. They show you how ot measure, how to order, etc....also a photo gallery of folks projects. Nice pictures of classy bathrooms.

Neo-Metro Collection--Interior Design Magazine users vote Neo-Metro Collection among the top 25 products for the year 2003. This company produces modern bathroom fixtures, including M2-A Systems Approach to Design. Neo-Metro makes stainless steel sinks, toilets, tubs and bath room accessories. They also manufacture The EURO URBAN CONTOUR Toilet which uses an European-style in-wall flushing tank/mechanism/carrier. Click on their "Instalation" photos to see some high style bath designs.

Duravit is a worldwide company making all types of stylish bathroom fixtures including bitets, washbasins, toilets, showers, urinals, furniture.   Their Impressions series includes a flower shaped bathroom sink called Orchidee. They also make very modern contemporary bath cabinets. The Dreamscape bathroom cabinet series features translucent blue-green glass doors and drawer fronts.

GROHE Faucets, today, is recognized as one of the leading faucet brands used in custom homes and upscale remodeling projects. GROHE has built its worldwide success on an undisputed reputation for quality and technical innovation. Their website has a link to show bathroom and kitchen  installations in world famous locations all over the globe.

At Quality Bath you will find a large collection of premium brand name bath, hardware, kitchen, and lighting. With over 25 years experience in the plumbing industry, Quality Bath has among the industries most experienced and knowledgeable sales staff. Quality Bath carries the following products: Amerec, Aquatic, Barand, California Faucets, Colonial Bronze, Concinnity, Dornbracht, Empire, Hamat, Herbeau, Hydro Systems, Hoesch, Jacuzzi, Jason, Kimball & Young,Kindred, KWC, Lacava, Le Bijou, Lefroy Brooks, Maax, Mico, Mr Steam, MTI, Newport Brass, Oceania, Porcher, Rohl, Roma, Sonia,Urban Archaeology, Waterstone, Whitehaus, Victoria & Albert, all for bath, kitchen hardware & lighting .  

At Max Pike Bespoke Bathrooms there are nearly 100 different tap styles to choose from, in twelve different metal colours - from Polished Brass, to Nickel and Gold - and of course Chrome. These taps can be supplied to either European/UK specification, or US specification .
Their most popular baths are made in rigid VITRITE and we have 40 different bath tubs made of Ceralite. Both these materials are rigid like timber, and not bendy like Acrylic or GRP. Vitrite is probably the hardest-wearing non- enamelled surface of any bath and it is also an insulation material - so the water stays warmer, longer. Remember what Henry Royce said :"Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten" And someone else probably said: "Life's too short for things that don't work."

Millers Fine Decorative Hardware showcases elegant bath and kitchen plumbing fixtures. Miller's Hardware has showrooms in Jupiter adn Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Vallve is spirit and style in bathroom fixutres.  Vallve was founded in Brazil by j.Vallve, a Catalan artist. Whi his innovative and creative spirit, j. Vallve developed a successful line of home furnishings and decorative items. Since 1976, Vallve has been dedicated to bathroom equipment and accessories with unique design.  See for the ultimate in bathroom essentials and accessories. Vallve has showrooms in Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL.

For a spa experience in your own home, have a look at the Teuco Aqua Pleasure Multifunction Shower System. You'll get a head to toe massage then relax in the embrace of a steam sauna. The cylindrical all-in-one shower system looks like the 'beam me up' thingie on Star Trek.

Sottini Bathroom Sculpture from the U.K.

From Ideal-Standard, comes the Purity Bathroom Suite.
The star item of this suite is the new washbasin based on a simple yet ingenious idea – 2 basins in one. The beautiful yet practical basin helps preserve water by giving you the choice between a dabble and a luxuries splash. The simple shape of a circle is used throughout the design of the suite.

Also from Ideal-Standard is Trevi Showers offering both low pressure  and high pressure shower systems. 

Trevi Hydro Stimulating the senses through a range of
hydromassage products. Hydro & Nereus is a collection of hydromassage products (including showers, baths and combination units) that respond to how you want to feel, at the touch of a single button. It is that simple. A fresh approach to technology and design has made a luxurious showering and bathing experience, tailored to your own mood, as easy as turning on a tap
.Trevi Hydro is the full body shower experience

Jado is a collection of beautiful bathroom mixers (faucets), accessories and glass washbasins. Continental style and exacting manufacturing standards - unashamedly extravagant! New Haven is a single hole basin filler in velour chrome mixage.

Armitage Shanks Creating Bathrooms since 1817, a brand you can trust.  

Farrey's carries the largest assortment of products for the bath: faucets, shower systems and enclosures, bath tubs, whirlpool tubs, toilets, bidets, and anything else you can imagine in creating a luxurious bathroom. In additional to the permanent fixtures, they also carry all the necessary “jewelry” for the bath: towel bars, towel warmers, soap dishes and dispensers, toothbrush holders, tumblers, hooks and much more. You can shop online for much of a home's hardware bath and kitchen  items.

Smith & DeShields, Inc. offers an incomparable selection of top quality bath and architectural products for the discriminating buyer, both retail and to the trade. They have showrooms in Boca Raton, Naples and Jupiter Florida. In their plumbing department, choose from up-scale selection of kitchen sinks and fixtures and a fabulous array of bath fixtures that can make the bathroom one of the most stylish in your house. They carry many unusual lines that are a work of art, including European imports and top designer lines.

Broedell Plumbing Supply carries bathroom fixtures from over 25,000 manufacturers and you can order online. The Florida company will ship anywhere.  You can order Whirlpool Bathtubs from Kohler,Spurlin,Lasco, American Whirlpool and Universal Rundle. Faucets from Kohler,Grohe,Delta,Moen,Alsons,T&S Brass,Concinnity,Jado,Chicago Faucet,Elkay,Gerber,Newport Brass,Symmons,Speakman,Opella, and Sigma

Ann Sacks started with tile and now carries just about everything you need for a bathroom.:Tile, Stone and Plumbing. Go to to see the reservoir shower and many other hard to locate upscale bath plumbing fixtures.

Sinks Gallery offers artisan and designer kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, bar sinks, bath furniture, lighting, faucets and other bath fixtures for your bath decor. They invite designers, architects, builders and discerning homeowners to browse their galleries to find 1000s of beautifully handcrafted works of sink art. Sinks Gallery's focus is handcrafted functional & architectural works of art for both residential and commercial projects. Their goal is to find something unique and beautiful, or to have something custom made for you by true artisans.

WaterWorks--Fittings, Fixtures, Tubs, Accessories, Mirrors, Furniture, Lighting, Hardware can all be gotten from WaterWorks. They sell fixtures that are an investment for a lifetime. Their fittings and accessories are arranged in families: Etoile, Opus, Boulevard, Aero, Aero Retro, Amelie, Easton, Norfolk, Highgate, Beacon, Industrial Luxe, Elsa, Astoria, and Julia. When you choose products in the same family, you are assured that they will work together functionally and aesthetically. Do you prefer the classic look of porcelain pedestal lavatories?
Would you rather have the more original option of washstand with a sink bowl in Porcelain, Copper, Antique Copper, Matte Nickel, or Nickel? Make sure the fittings you have chosen compliment the sink style and that the faucet protrudes far enough within the sink bowl. Waterworks has them all.

Kallista, a leader in decorative plumbing products for the grand luxury kitchen and bath industry, introduces over 40 new line extensions within the Hampstead, Michael S Smith For Town and For Country, and Barbara Barry collections. Known for its design direction of timeless classic elegance, Kallista provides the bathroom designer with more room for creativity when it comes to the plumbing solutions. The timeless design of Hampstead faucets, paired with the old-world look of the dark finish, is a great fit for consumers who want to create a bathroom with a warm, classic atmosphere. The Hampstead collection, one of the most popular designs of the Retro Kallista line., has been a staple of Kallista’s high-end plumbing product offering for several years, including fixtures and a wide selection of coordinating faucets in a variety of elegant finishes.   Kallista manufactures products of exceptional quality and design for the kitchen and bathroom under four distinct collections – Barbara Barry, Michael S Smith, Retro Kallista and Decorative Kallista. These exquisitely designed products are available in fine showrooms in major cities throughout the world. Based in Kohler, Wisconsin the company is a division of Kohler Co., a world leader in kitchen and bathroom design.

ROHL says top experience the Authentic Luxury. Perrin & Rohl produce the finest collection of faucets and accessories dfor the bath, shower and kitchen. Some of the most prestigious hotels, resorts, and private homes in England, America and around the world feature Perrin & Rohl. The Rohl bath collection includes grand Edwardian designs and rustic elegance of Tuscan style paired with matching accessories. These bathroom fixtures produced in Limoges, France feature classic vanity and pedistal designs. 

Old world style bath fixtures and fittings can be ordered from Van Dyke's Restorers. They specialize in house parts and hardware that is very hard to locate. They offer many style of claw foot bathtubs and old time bath faucets for them. Other bath items like bath lighting, hooks, drawer pulls and odd shaped shower curtain rods are a specialty.

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Whirlpool Tubs

Kallista Whirlpools
Kallista has developed functional upgrades across its entire line of whirlpools. A new variable-speed motor offers a wider range of experiential options (18 settings), while a larger inline heater that can be turned on and off at the bather's discretion helps maintain a comfortable water temperature. All Kallista whirlpools include the adjustable lighted keypad controls as well as floating remote controls. And by moving away from the 120-volt plug-in cords to 240-volt single-service hardware, all Kallista whirlpools can be installed anywhere around the world.

Ginger Fine bathroom accessories, lighting and decorative hardware. Ginger is one of the foremost American companies working in the field of bathroom accessories, lighting, mirrors and related products. Ginger is a Masco Company. With their sister companies Delta and Liberty, Masco is the largest bathroom accessory manufacturing company in the world. Ginger produces the finest hand-finished, solid forged brass lighting, mirrors, bathroom accessories and decorative hardware. is your online source for fine bathroom accessories, lighting and decorative hardware. You may search or browse our catalog by collection or category. Once you've selected your favorite items, you must use the dealer locator to find the nearest Ginger dealer to review and purchase your selections in person.



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