THE LATEST UPDATES FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOMS AND BIG PROJECTS

From key pieces to finishing details, find designs that will give your project the edge..

good looks

Pretty pastels, satin-finish brass and asymmetric shapes mean ex.t’s nouveau collection is endlessly easy on the eye. Yet that’s not to say practicality has been forgotten – check out the generously sized shelf areas on the vanities for stashing beauty products, while the slim metal elements double as towel rails.

Blush pink basin, £858; cabinet with marble side shelf, £1,597; mirror with brass shelf, £963; brass wall-mounted tap, £896, all Bernhardt & Vella for Ex.t, westonebathrooms.com.

Small surprises

These colourful little numbers by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Italian firm Fantini are new at CP Hart’s  expansive Waterloo showroom. We think they’d make gorgeous paperweights, but they are actually mixer tap handles designed to sit alongside  sculptured chrome spouts.

NICE mixer tap handles, £139 each, fantini.it; cphart.co.uk.

ORDERLY FORM

If you thought larders were the stuff of county piles and always came in neutral-hued shaker styles, take a look at Poliform’s Phoenix kitchen. The tall larder units feature retractable doors, shelves in embossed lacquered carbone and black elm back panels – and they’re completely devoid of handles to bring a contemporary update to kitchen storage.

Phoenix kitchen, from £38,000, poliformuk.com.

KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL

a good craftsperson never blames their tools, yet a home-cooked meal is unlikely to rival anything whipped up in a restaurant. Invest in the Mia kitchen range from scavolini and things could be different. designed with Italian chef Carlo Cracco, it has kit worthy of any top cook, from keep-warm lamps to pull-out units with integrated chopping boards and cut-outs for peelings. ergonomic design at its best.

Mia kitchen, from £15,000, Scavolini, scavolini.com.

Clean sweep

Expecting guests on Saturday but loathe spending Friday tidying up? The Kobold VR300 vacuum is the next  step in robot-tech, promising floor cleaning controlled via an app. Just programme its route, outline no-go  zones and watch as it automatically heads back to its dock for charging.

£949, Vorwerk, kobold.vorwerk.co.uk.

side step

Wooden floors might be the default for high-end interiors, yet attach a big-star name like Michele De Lucchi (founding member of the Memphis group) and suddenly your parquet is a cut above. The standout feature of his Medoc design for Listone Giordano is an unusual laying pattern created with trapezoidal-shaped planks, each made using sustainable Fontaines oak.

Medoc (Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano), price on application, Michele De Lucchi for Listone Giordano at Tutto Parquet, tuttoparquet.co.uk.

SCREEN TIME

Could a rise in smart screens herald the end of the traditional TV-in-the-corner concept? If you are streaming through Amazon Prime Video or other media apps, just place Lenovo’s latest tablet, with 10-inch full-HD screen and ultra- clear audio, in its included dock to enter ‘show mode’.

Lenovo Smart Tab P10, £249.99, lenovo.com.

YES PLISSÉ

There’s nothing basic about the basins in the Plissé collection from Italian manufacturer Artelinea. Its plinth-style units, each made entirely from coloured- glass, feature uniformed rows of pleats. The result is a surface so shiny that you needn’t bother with the show-stopping mirror above (from the Gemme collection).

Plissé basins, POA, Artelina; showerhead, £1,660; slider shower, £1,350; mixer, £1,429; thermostatic shower valve, £3,229; tumbler, £434; soap dispenser, £793, all Gessi’s Inciso range ; Drench Frahm shower door and panel, from £1,667 (cphart.co.uk)

FEELING FLUSH

Drummonds’ Art Deco-style Derwent flush light wouldn’t look out of place in Jay Gatsby’s bathroom. We’re talking fluted, handblown glass, nine brass finishes, including polished nickel and antique bronze, and a moody, atmospheric glow. Vintage-luxe fit for a (fictional) millionaire.

Derwent flush ceiling light in brass finish by Martin Brudnizki, from £894, drummonds-uk.com

Cool collab

It should come as no surprise that a collaboration between two Parisian powerhouses -interior designer Stéphanie Coutas and high-end bathroom brand THG – is, as the locals would say, très chic. Think basins, baths and taps with ‘Leonardo Grey’ and ‘Grand Antique’ marble detail.

Montaigne Grand Antique marble rim basin mixer, POA, stephaniecoutas.com; thg-paris.com.

UTTERLY DIVINE

Purveyor of the wacky and wonderful with a dark twist, Divine Savages is all set to let a little light into its moodily-lit, Deco-feel world. A collaboration with Light Up north means that designs from its wallpaper collection can now be finished with bespoke neon touches, all using electroluminescent neon wire so flexible it can be stitched onto the surface like embroidery.

Nocturnal Faunacation wallpaper, £140 a roll, divinesavages.com; framed neon artworks, from £345, lightupnorth.com.

BLIND DATE

The humble blind offers much more than mere privacy, you know. The Duette line at Luxaflex boasts a unique honeycomb structure designed to trap air inside, keeping hot air in during winter and out in summer, while absorbing up to 40 per cent of outdoor noise.

From £164, luxaflex.co.uk.

MOOD SWING

Give us a sleek Sandi-feel, veneered Nordic Oak breakfast bar and chances are we’ll be kitchen smitten. Add a fresh update for units in a navy lacquered finish and we’ll fall hook, line and sinker. Such is the case for Silvano Barsacchi’s Mood kitchen for Scavolini. Dubbed Moon Blue by the Italian firm, the new hue is just the ticket for bringing a dark and mysterious edge to your scheme, all beautifully offset with clean-cut silhouette and anthracite porcelain worktops.

Mood kitchen in Moon Blue lacquered finish, from £10,000, scavolini.com.

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