Contemporary Bathroom Pedestals

WS Bath Collections Patio and Fontana Collections use exotic hard-woods to support elegant basins.

  concert  console

“A minimalist design, the Fontana has a simple strength that gives it a strong presence. The basin’s black velvet finish lends the perfect contrast to the warm wood pillar. Matched with wall-mounted faucets the water freely tumbles into the vessel like basin, blending gleaming metal, black ceramic, warm wood and the glittering shimmer of water. With a masculine essence and refined simplicity the Fontana Console creates a modern classic for the WS Bath Collections.

 The Patio Console offers a sculptural free-standing design with a contemporary edge. A free-standing pillar, the Patio Console flares up widely from the floor. The vibrant textured grain is then topped by a thin band of brilliant white ceramic. The rectangular basin seamlessly continues the geometric form for a single sculptural unit. Within the warm wood unit is concealed shelf and storage area. A distinctive modern design that rises from the floor to actively engage the space around it, the Patio Console by WS Bath offers a contemporary character unique within the Concert Collection.” —Trendir

I couldn’t have said it better.

Detergent-Free Washing Machine

HaierA new washing machine from Haier, China’s largest home appliance manufacturer, is marketing the WasH20, which doesn’t use detergent to clean clothes. Instead, it breaks down water molecules into their OH- and H+ ionic components. The OH- acts a cleaning agent, attracting and retaining stains, while the H+ ions sterilize and clean the clothes.

The machine is only available for sale in France for the equivalent of about $1,000. No word on when it may become available in the States, or if it would sell for a similar price.

Only time my tell how effective this machine is at cleaning or if other brands will launch similar machines.


I think most people fantasize about having their “dream” kitchen.  My dream kitchen would be on a yacht.  Here’s a picture of a beautiful Schiffini Galley Kitchen.  I really like the juxtaposition of the shiny black cabinets and the rich wood floor.  The corner sink gives more usable countertop space and the lights with the electrical plugs keeps the stainless backsplash uncluttered.


Villeroy & Boch SmartBench

Villeroy & BochVilleroy & Boch is producing fixtures strictly for the US market for the first time in it’s 259 year history.  One noteworthy item is the City Life Collection’s SmartBench.  A ceramic toilet is hidden in a wooden bench with an elegant frosted glass surround.  The hinged lid muffles the sound of the flush and conceals the toilet.  You could have a lot of fun with unsuspecting house guests with this item.