Designer Paola Piva's Athos table can seat up to 12 people,
thanks to its telescoping extension leaves. As with an
accompanying console and bench, the top is available in satin
varnish or oak veneer (in gray, brown, light brushed, and
cognac finishes), and the drawn steel base is either
nickel-varnished or bright chromed. 150 East 58th Street, New
York, NY 10155; 800-872-1697; bebitalia.it.
Robert Griffith's incandescent Caress light accommodates
two symmetrical shades in natural paper, supported on a light
cross-base of black powdercoated steel. The shades can be lit
separately or simultaneously. Rural Route 2, Box 2433,
Hallstead, PA 18822; 570-967-2534.
|Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry
This old-school mill is famous for mind-blowing
flexibility. Here's just one color scenario for the maple
components of the classic Blues Traveler kitchen: Vanilla Bean
tricked out with Chocolate piping, with an island in Aerial
Blue. Alternate finishes and hardware, as well as custom
configurations, are no problem, of course. Route 501 and Oak
Street, Schafferstown, PA 17088; 800-447-9006; plainfancycabinetry.com.
Baby might be fussy; the solid-hardwood Austin crib is
anything but. Its standard white lacquered rails are supported
by a frame in a white or khaki hand-rubbed, cerused oak
(shown) or walnut finish. An optional conversion kit turns the
crib into a toddler bed. 524 Broadway, No. 206, New York, NY
10012; 212-226-1868; ducducnyc.com.
|Zoë Luyendijk Studio
This Canadian designer's ur na 2 collection seems to pose
the question "What does nature look like when no one is
watching?" Her revelatory Baar Carnival carpet blends refined
silk and lush Tibetan wool, hand-knotted by skilled Tibetan
artisans in Nepal. 9161 Avalon Avenue, Burnaby, British
Columbia V3N 4G7, Canada; 604-524-8383; zoeluyendijk.com.
Privacy and protection in one: Impact-resistant Bamboo
Rings safety-glass panels screen the private dining room from
the bustling kitchen at New York's Nobu restaurant. Similar
custom panels can range from 3/4 to 2 inches thick and
incorporate privacy coatings. 24742 Sea Shell Way, Dana Point,
CA 92629; 800-846-0245; livinglass.com.
Dark brown abaca, a natural banana fiber, or dappled-gray
raffia, made from palm leaves, is handwoven in a diamond
pattern to compose Alto. Its ample, 28-inch-wide seat—which
can be upholstered in any of the manufacturer's own faux
suedes—sits on a chrome base. 2199 de la Métropole, Longueuil,
Quebec J4G 1S5, Canada; 450-674-1669; furniture-cni.com.
Easily mistaken for sculpture with a slightly Asian
influence, Wishknot is actually a highly efficient radiator
that meets ISO 9001:2000 standards. It comes in steel or
aluminum, can be painted a standard color, and measures 23
inches square. Via dell'Informatica, 28804 San Bernardino
Verbano, Italy; 39-03-23-553-572; tubor.com.
The lattice is the central motif of Tiburon shower and tub
fillers, wide and mini-wide lavatory faucets, hand showers,
and bath accessories. All come in satin-black or
brushed-nickel finishes. 2 Territorial Court, Suite A,
Bolingbrook, IL 60440; 877-530-3344; danze-online.com.
|Smashing Time Design
Bars of color alternate across the 7-by-2-inch face of
Stripes, a sporty glass tile that's 1 inch thick. Along with
sky blue and deep black, winning colors are Glass White,
Petrol Blue, Fresh Yellow, Yellow Sun, Stunning Pink, and
Purple Haze. 74 Middle Wall, Kent CT5 1BN, U.K.;
Perfect Chisel basins
Natural marble or onyx, honed smooth, defines the three
basins in the collection aptly named A Perfect Chisel. Choose
among round with tapered rim, round with lip, and tapered
round with decorative trim. Each comes in a handful of colors,
with four drain options. 424 SW 12th Avenue, Deerfield Beach,
FL 33442; 561-274-2110; decolav.com.
XXL modular outdoor seating and tables
Kettal XXL modular outdoor seating and tables offer
streamlined, water-resistant style. The 14-piece line features
chaise longues, ottomans, three kinds of chairs, and the same
number of table shapes. Their aluminum frames are wrapped in
synthetic Hularo fiber, in lighter Natural or darker Etna; the
cushions are covered in solution-dyed acrylic, in brown or
Canvas. 340 Minorca Avenue, Suite 5, Coral Gables, FL 33134;
|Rocky Mountain Hardware
River Rocks brings the pleasing smoothness of rounded
stones to any bathroom. The silicon or white-bronze tiles are
offered in finishes such as slatelike Dark and golden Light.
Available in squares of 11/8, 2, 3, and 4 inches and a
2-by-6-inch rectangle. P.O. Box 4108, Hailey, ID 83333;
|Forms + Surfaces
The modular Transit Seating bench brings no-nonsense
versatility to the travel market. The perforated
stainless-steel frame comes in nine versions and can be
configured in a multitude of ways. It's also eco-friendly:
It's 80 percent or greater recycled content, and all
components are fully recyclable. Available in natural
stainless steel or powdercoat. 6395 Cindy Lane, Carpenteria,
CA 93013; 800-451-0410; forms-surfaces.com.
The Ariette single-hole faucet is chrome or gold, with
matching polished-metal handles. Its new sister model, Ariette
Murano, adorns the same aerodynamic body with playful colored
handles in your choice of white, aquamarine, pink, or blue
glass. 1 Piazza Spartaco Mamoli, 20084 Lacchiarella (MI),
Italy; 39-0290-0461; mamoli.it.
The Aquacentre 1260 is an all-in-one food prep center
that's just 54 inches long. Its doors customize to kitchen
décor, the dishwasher has touch-pad controls, and the wash tub
is stainless steel. A 4-inch stainless backsplash is
available. Through Davis + Warshow, 150 East 58th Street, 4th
Floor, New York, NY 10155; 212-688-5990; daviswarshow.com.
Create your own coffee table with the Arcos line. Two or
more of its iron arches—sold separately, in brushed steel or
an array of enameled colors—form the base for a glass top
that's made to order. 8444 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
90069; 323-653-0023; espasso.com.
Very Terry feels, well, very much like terrycloth. This
solution-dyed acrylic offers all the textural appeal of the
cotton standby, but with a functional and tough non-snag
construction. It's ideal for resort and spa applications but
can also be used for upholstery, draperies, and shower
curtains. Comes in a 54-inch width. 3225 East Carpenter
Freeway, Irving, TX 75062; 888-322-4773; perennialsfabrics.com.
|Patterson, Flynn & Martin
This division of F. Schumacher & Co. introduces the
Amalgam collection of Tibetan area rugs. The 15 designs are
woven by hand in the finest wool yarns and are accented with
silk to create a soft and luxurious pile with subtle
gradations of color. 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022;
|Lyle and Umbach
Add a contemporary sculptural accent to any fireplace with
this series of six andirons from this Maine manufacturer. Each
is available in a choice of bronze or white bronze in a
polished or brushed finish. Andiron #1 is 5 inches wide and 17
inches high. P.O. Box 269, Islesboro, ME 04848; 207-734-8299;
Direct yet diffused, the line-voltage 100 watt halogen bulb
of this B1392-CR sconce sends illumination up and down through
2 pieces of sandblasted 1/8-inch-thick glass. The thickly
chromed fixture also looks great mounted on corridor walls.
Through Orion Hardware, 80 Marycroft Avenue, Unit 2,
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L5Y5, Canada; 800-226-6627; colombodesign.it.
When closed, Babele looks like a playful tree. But fold
down its lacquered-wood "leaves," and it becomes a multi-tier
side table. Its tubular-steel stem is mounted on a marble
base, while its tops, each a different shade of green, rotate
180 degrees. Via Fraschetti 27, 10070 Balangero (TO), Italy;
The simple weave and soothing palette of Arizona is
reminiscent of that state's tranquil desert scenery. The
perfect texture to soften even the straightest edge, this
textile is easily applied to any hard surface as a
wall-covering or upholstery. Woven in Italy from cellulose and
cotton, it is 54 inches wide and is offered in four colors,
Sage Green, Dijon, Linen, and brown. 152 West 57th Street, New
York, NY 10019; 866-473-9826; greystonehomecollection.com.
These leaves of grass, as graceful as a Whitman poem, are
suspended in glass: 4-by-8-foot panes of 3Form glass sandwich
an eco-friendly cast-resin layer, which, in turn, can
encapsulate seaweed, bear grass, cattails, or even larkspur.
The edges of the sheet can be polished clean for frameless
installations. 2300 South 2300 West, Suite B, Salt Lake City,
UT 84119; 800-726-0126; 3-form.com.
The Branch votive, handcrafted in Italy, is inspired by the
delicate beauty of coral, and it's so elegant that it hardly
needs candlelight to shine. Each openwork forged-metal piece
is cast in polished pewter and is 4 inches high and 3 inches
in diameter. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1414, Chicago,
IL 60654; 800-592-2537; bakerfurniture.
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