THE LATEST UPDATES FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOMS AND BIG PROJECTS

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

Shell shock

Inching its way onto every flat surface in sight, the in-vogue scallop shape shows no sign of abating. Praise, then, for Ca’ Pietra’s bold take across porcelain tiles. Inspired by the colours of the ocean and complete with a crackle-glaze iridescent finish, it’s bringing a wave-like feel to wet rooms.

Atlantis tiles, £135 sq m, ripplesbathrooms.com.

FEELING SHADY

The rise of the statement tap continues and Kohler’s Ombré basin mixer might just be one of the prettiest sink-side accessories we’ve seen. Choose from two glossy finishes, each graduating from Ombré rose gold to Polished Chrome (pictured) or Vibrant Titanium.

From £480 for a spout, kohler.co.uk.

A true gem

The latest Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks tile collection departs from monochrome into glorious technicolour inspired by the ‘earthy beauty’ of encaustic tiles and patterns that mimic the ‘nonconformity found in nature’.

GEM Cabal in Pink, both £312sq m, Ann Sacks at West One Bathrooms.

French fancy

There’s no quicker route to a French-industrial aesthetic than by way of Sammode’s Borosilicate glass-meets-stainless steel Musset wall lights. First patented in 1967, they can be seen in the national library in Paris, so they’ll hold serious design weight in your bathroom, too.

Musset wall lights L5, £480 each, Sammode Studio at Made in Design.

MOOD ENHANCERS

Worried your bathroom taps don’t spark joy? Let us introduce you to the Meta Slim range from Dornbracht. Check out its ‘minimalist design language’ for Kondo-like practically, while four candy coloured finishes, including Pastel Green, Light Rose and Yellow, are, well, pretty joyful.

£616 each, dornbracht.com.

TAKE THE PLUNGE

Drummonds’ Bute freestanding bath fuses a traditional cast-iron shape and plinth detailing with bang-up-to-date acrylic sides hand-sprayed in your colour of choice. We’re smitten…

£6,792, drummonds-uk.com.

TRAD WITH A TWIST

Meet new kid on the block, Kitchen Makers, from heritage brand Burbidge. Its three designs are a modern interpretation of the classic Shaker and are available in 16 colours.

Somerton in Baltic Green, from £15,000, burbidge kitchenmakers.co.uk.

Optical illusion

Flat surfaces are a thing of the past, thanks to the rising trend of 3D tiles. And Iris Ceramica’s new collection, Bowl, has gone straight onto our shopping list. With an artisanal feel, Bowl is available in 10 x 20cm tiles and comes in 10 shades, including Old Rose and Grey (pictured). The tiles will give clever depth to walls, whether you’re after elegant modernity or vintage chic.

Bowl tiles, from £35 sqm, irisceramica.com.

Light up

Stylish bathroom lights are notoriously tricky to find, so this mid-century-inspired pendant from Bert Frank’s new Rift collection is worthy of a mention. Simple but glamorous, it’s also available as a wall light with solid brass plates. The opal glass globe softens the light by diffusing the glare and creating a warm glow in your bathroom.

Rift pendant lamp, £375, bertfrank.co.uk.

NATURAL BEAUTY

Artisan tile-maker Bert & May has carried through its love for natural pigments and materials to create a concrete basin collection. With four sculptural designs to choose from, teeth-brushing will never be mundane again.

Garnet round basin, £652.63, bertandmay.com.

Crushing on Reform

This Danish brand had us at hello when it burst onto the scene in 2014, launching design-led, price-conscious cupboard fronts for Ikea kitchen units. Five years on and the Ikea ‘hack’ has never looked so good: check out new lines by David Thulstrup, Note Design Studio and Muller Van Severen, whose Technicolor-style fronts can be mixed and matched to suit.

From €106 for a 29x40cm cover panel, reformcph.com/en.

Make weigh

Our homes are getting smarter and it’s the kitchen that’s rising to the top of the class. Following the recent trend for combination ‘extractor hobs’, Elica has gone one further with the introduction of integrated scales. Install the NikolaTesla Libra and ingredients can be weighed directly next to, or even within, the pan. Saves on washing up, too.

From £2,220, elica.com.

back to the future

The American diner is enjoying something of an interiors renaissance, so now’s the time to snap up a pastel fridge that oozes Fifties-cool. Fill with retro cola bottles, of course…

Retro 1769mm tabletop in Cream, £699, hoover.co.uk.

Helping hands

There’s a colourful tool for every kitchen job in Brabantia’s TASTY+ collection. We’re putting its magnetic twist-to-set timers and battery-free kitchen scales at the top
of the list, all in tones of Jade Green, Terracotta Pink and Honey Yellow.

 

Kitchen scales in Jade Green, £30.50, brabantia.com.

Top notch

Thought your Quooker boiling water tap was a feat of modern-day engineering? Then get a load of this; install the new CUBE extension (attached to the existing tank with a CO2 cylinder) and the tap will stream not just filtered, chilled and boiling water but a sparkling option too.

Cube system, £1,150 in addition to chosen Quooker tap, quooker.co.uk.

HOT STUFF

The biggest launch in Miele’s 120-year history has arrived. Called Generation 7000, the collection features more than 350 new built-in models. The impossibly sleek lines are definitely the stars of the show, with new design VitroLine in Graphite Grey (pictured), Obsidian Black or Brilliant White offering a myriad of features across combination ovens, microwaves, warming drawers, sealing drawers and, most importantly perhaps, in-built coffee machines.

VitroLine H7840BM compact oven with microwave, £3,099; CVA7845 coffee machine, £3,599; DGC7845 steam combination oven, £4,299; ESW7010 warming drawers, £1,099 each; EVS7010 sous vide vacuum sealing drawer, £2,259, miele.co.uk.

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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