Staff -- Interior Design, 10/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
Bigger and better
Keeping pace with its prolific product offerings, Ann Sacks has unveiled its largest showroom to date. The loftlike 10,000-square-foot New York space features an extensive display area, including luxe vignettes pairing complementary tiles, fittings, and vanities with furnishings by Barbara Barry, Michael Smith, et al., for sister company Baker Furniture.
A sophisticated lighting system—halogen spots as well as fixtures that automatically adjust in response to fluctuating daylight—helps clients discern subtle differences in product shades and textures. And a dramatic oiled-steel staircase with treads of Linen stone ascends to a spacious mezzanine for client consultation.
In short, all is designed for checking out the company's latest and greatest, such as Anticosti tessera mosaics, which come in a honed, polished, or tumbled finish, in pre-designed patterns or custom options. Clodagh's array of ceramic tiles, white-oak vanities, minimalist lavatories, and stainless-steel accessories compose the first complete Ann Sacks bath collection by an out-of-house designer. —Sheila Kim
37 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003; 212-529-2800. circle 323
De Giulio Kitchen Design
Chicago designer Mick De Giulio brings his refined sensibility to the Merchandise Mart, cutting the ribbon on a 2,200-square-foot ground-floor showroom. Organized into residential vignettes, the space displays elegant wood cabinetry and marble countertops as well as De Giulio's mantelpieces in travertine and terra-cotta and flooring in limestone and marble mosaic. The showroom will also carry La Cornue and Wolf range lines—look for professional chefs whipping up gourmet meals on cooktops during scheduled demonstrations. Merchandise Mart, 121, Chicago, IL 60654; 312-494-9200; degiuliokitchens.com. circle 324
The extensive and ever popular line of Corian surfacing has expanded, with six new nature-inspired colors: Acorn, Blue Pebble, Delta Sand, Doeskin, Graphic Blue, and Willow. 4417 Lancaster Pike, 721 Chestnut Run Plaza, Wilmington, DE 19805; 800-426-7426; corian.com. circle 325
Nautical looks set sail in the Hatteras collection, which comprises two styles of lavatory faucets and tub fillers, a bidet faucet, and accessories including cross handles and lever handles. Available in polished chrome, platinum nickel, and brushed nickel. 7845 East Paradise Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85260; 800-227-2734; jadousa.com. circle 329
Samuel Heath & Sons
Known for its old-school fittings and expert craftsmanship, this 183-year-old company just launched the System 25 line of contemporary bathroom accessories. An acrylic toothbrush holder, a brass towel ring, and an acrylic-and-brass toilet-paper holder are among the 10 minimalist designs. 111 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016; 212-599-5177; samuel-heath.com. circle 326
Personalize your loo with the new Custom Creations rug program. Choose from 53 yarn-dyed colors and imagery ranging from restrained monograms to livelier florals. P.O. Box 429, Windsor, NJ 08561; 800-588-8565; habidecorusa.com. circle 328
Exhibiting its namesake designer's flair for streamlined modernism and retro style, the Michael Berman Bath collection offers two spout styles in solid brass. Zephyr has peaked edges; Gotham has a barrel-shape column with handsome detailing. 1559 Sunland Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 800-777-9762; rohlhome.com. circle 327