DXV from American Standard

Screen Shot DXV | Kitchen Studio of Naples
DXV logo| KitchAnn StyleOne of the paradoxes of a recession is that luxury markets are booming… …and the people who buy those products are doing better than ever before. So, while it may not be politically correct to speak of luxury during times of recovery, the reality is that the industry is of strategic importance to American competitiveness, driving the revival of artisanal craftsmanship and saving jobs. In order to keep luxury goods as a ‘dream investment’, one needs to offer unique experiences and build an emotional connection with emerging consumers. American Standard has introduced DXV (which stands for Decade XV as American Standard is now in it’s 15th decade of operations) to help re-launch the 140 year-plus old brand into the luxury arena. American Standard is successful in encouraging consumers to reimagine the brand by seeing everything that’s old as new again with their DXV portfolio organized around the four most influential design movements since their founding: CLASSIC, 1890–1920; GOLDEN ERA, 1920–1950; MODERN, 1950–1990 and CONTEMPORARY, 1990–Today. DXV Wyatt | Kitchann Style

“DXV fixtures and fittings do not merely reproduce styles from each era;  rather they are inspired by historically significant designs, re-interpreting  them in light of today’s aesthetic and performance demands.”

To help communicate this theme, American Standard tapped into the creative power of the design community and commissioned six outstanding designer/bloggers to develop vignettes that tell a story and offer distinct creative interpretations of the design movements. The six designers selected for the project include: Corey Klassen CKD, Marilyn Russell, Allied ASID, Mary Douglas Drysdale, Susan Serra CKD, Cheryl Kees Clendenon and Meredith Heron.

 Lofty visions bath DXV panel | KitchAnn Style Luxury appears to have come full circle, as consumers have become more demanding on the provenance and manufacture of products – authenticity is particularly important to younger consumers, who are more conscientious and certainly more vocal through social media. Here, DXV may have an advantage, given the brand’s vision to create an online and print community for designers, architects, and creative individuals to discuss their experience with the products in the real world. Screen Shot DXV | Kitchen Studio of Naples

“We want to democratize luxury by making it part of a conversation and engaging the community with this space,”  Jay Gould, DXV CEO

I’d like to revisit the DXV showroom in the Flatiron District. Our first BlogTour event was a cocktail party hosted by  Hearst Publishing and Newell Turner, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful. The event was fabulous – and crowded – and I spent the evening mostly talking to designers in attendance. The DXV showroom is gorgeous so I suggest if you are in the area to check it out. The space is not staffed and is accessible by appointment only (send requests to dxvappt@dxv.com). DXV Hearst Cocktail Party via Marilyn Russell DXV has been a great sponsor of BlogTour NYC and has put together a  little competition between the bloggers. We’ve been tasked to create Pinterest boards showing NY’s architecture, design and icon culture. The prize is an iPad mini which I really need because so many apps for designers are only available on iOS. Please help a blogger out and like or repin a few of your favorites. The contest ends May 30th. Thanks!

http://www.pinterest.com/kitchann/dxv-loves-nyc/

Getting to Know Gessi

Gessi, the Italian firm that has been creating and manufacturing exclusive bathroom fittings for more than 20 years,  has adopted sustainability as the cornerstone of its design and production system. It is an integral part of the values​​, the culture, the creativity, the technology and the entrepreneurship of the company, and is fundamental to all of its planning, production and control decisions.

Their products are not just “Made in Italy,” they are “Made in Gessi.”

The entire production process is carried out in an integral fashion within the Gessi Industrial Park itself, including the design, engineering and manufacturing of the products and their components (even the plastic parts), as well as all of the graphic art and videography.

Gessi is succeeding at reducing its ecological and social footprint upon the Earth through the environmental and social performance of its products, both during production and during the lifetime if their use though advanced solutions for water and energy saving.

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Primary Shapes

“Gessi’s mission is to create products with an enduring style that can be truly appreciated every day for years to come. To help achieve this, Gessi has evolved its own refined design language, based on elementary primary shapes, such as the rectangle and the oval.”

Larry Allen, CEO, managing director of Gessi USA has observed an increasing interest in simple, yet sophisticated high-quality bathroom environments.

Rettangolo and Ovale, two Gessi classics, along with Goccia which was inspired by a water droplet; all contain the same essential shapes, clean forms and harmonic proportions sought after by today’s homeowner.

Gessi Rettangolo Blogtour| KitchAnn Style

Goccia facuet | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Ovale Kitchen | KichAnn Style

Gessi Rettangolo Ceiling Mount | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Goccia Shower Head | KitchAnn Syle

Gessi Ovale Lavatory | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Rettangolo Shower Head | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Ovale Tub Filler | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Goccia Hanging Towel bar via Darren Genner

Gessi Rettangolo Counter Mount | KitchAnn Style

Gessi Goccia Water Closet | KitchAnn Style

I seriously love the ceiling mounted towel bar with the ceiling mounted towel bar in the dark finish! I’ve only shown examples from three collections. Gessi has so many exquisite luxury bath fixtures I suggest you check out their website.

Gessi was a BlogTour London 2013 Sponsor but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. Unlike BlogTour LA that went to the Westedge Design Fair , Gessi  was not exhibiting in London so I did  not get to see their beautiful products in person. I hear the Platinum covered vessel sink was amazing.

Queen Stone Sinks

terra acqua miramar sink is cut from a single stone - kitchann style
This Queen Stone Sink from Terra Acqua will make your bathroom the crowning jewel of your home.

terra acqua miramar sink is cut from a single stone - kitchann style

Cut from a single rock, each Miramar sink is unique in it’s shape and character. They average 4-5″ high and 13-18″ wide. Pricing begins at $1,195.

Terra Acqua offers vessels in the full Montecito Collection created from stones from around the globe. I really like their new Veloz vessel, shown in Sand Stone. I bet it is stunning in green onyx.