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kITcHEn AnD BATH 2014 STATE OF THE ART 80 INTERIORS SPRING 2014 From ultra high-tech Italian kitchens with an artisan’s touch to hand-crafted sinks, handles and hardware, to customizable tubs that defy the color wheel, here’s what has the kitchen-and bath-obsessed buzzing in 2014! By Carla Jordan, Rebecca Sherman and Helen Thompson

Features State Of The Art

Carlo Jordan

From ultra high-tech Italian kitchens with an artisan's touch to hand-crafted sinks, handles and hardware, to customizable tubs that defy the color wheel, here's what has the kitchenand bath-obsessed buzzing in 2014!

Mama Mia!

Lone Star State kitchens are about to take a more artful turn with Pohlenz Dallas Valcucine, which just opened its doors in the Dallas Design District.

Italy-made Valcucine's new Arte collection is jaw-dropping in matte glass and is customizable with your own artwork or choose from 12 abstract designs. Handmade by artisans in Italy, each glass panel is one-of-a-kind and affixed to eco-sustainable wood cabinetry. Also earning wows is Valcucine's Logica kitchen that defies gravity with a 12-foot-long cantilevered door constructed from a single piece of glass. "There's nothing else like it on the market," says David Arnwine, Pohlenz Valcucine showroom manager. Valcucine's Sine collection also looks destined to be a Texas hot pick. "Crafted from elm wood, Sine is a chic take on Texas Hill country," says Arnwine. "It's Old World meets modern with options to add custom carvings and mosaics."

Pohlenz Valcucine showroom owner Scott Pohlenz is a Midwesterner who ran his own architectural firm in London for 11 years before returning to the States where he purchased a Valcucine showroom in Tulsa. Pohlenz Valcucine is the exclusive Texas dealer for Valcucine kitchens, and the showroom also carries Agape baths, Rimadesio doors and closet systems, and Misuraemme furniture, among other lines. Overall, the 2,700-square-foot showroom represents 20 swanky lines from Italy with Valcucine as the headliner. Pohlenz serves as the architect on staff, alongside a team of designers who take projects from start to finish, whether it's a single room (like a kitchen) or the whole house and patio, to boot. 1617Hi Line Drive, Suite 470, Dallas, 214.484.8371, pohlenzcm.com

Get a Grip

With more angles than curves, Nest Studio's Classic Series puts a glam spin on kitchen and bath cabinet hardware that die-hard design aficionados will appreciate: It was inspired by the great Dorothy Draper's iconic, neoclassic creations.

Available in satin brass and polished nickel, these are timeless accessories reinvented with a contemporary fashion edge. Clipped-corner and hinged drop-pulls conjure images of posh belt buckles, while faceted knobs resemble glam earrings—we've always said that hardware is jewelry for the home, and here's a collection that proves it. $55-$80, Alexander Marchant, Austin, alexandermarchant.com; TKO Associates, Dallas, tkoassoc.
com; Fixtures & Fittings, Inc., Houston, fixturesfittings.com

Expert Advice

Austin's new-construction building boom continues unabated, and that's good news to Emily Seiders, who recently addressed the growth spurt by expanding her 8-yearold tile company beyond natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles. It also helps that her to-the-trade showroom connects to the offices of one of the most in-demand architects in Austin, Ryan — Street. Street's handsome luxury residences epitomize a life well-lived— and he more frequently turns to Seiders to complete not just the kitchens and baths, but also the rest of Street and Associates' interiors. As a result, 35-yearold Seiders expanded the company's focus and updated the name to Studio Seiders Tile & Design.

The expansion of services started simply: "I noticed that there was a big gap between the moment the builder tells the homeowner to go look for tile and the reality of what that really means," she says. The deceptively easy task of choosing tile quickly explodes into a network of interdependent details: Decisions must be made about materials for backsplashes, counter tops, islands and floors in the kitchen as well as tub surrounds, counters, floors and shower stalls in the bathrooms. And that's just for starters. "It can be overwhelming for clients," says Seiders. "They have no idea how all the pieces will look together, how the materials will wear or even what kind of grouting to use. My clients would come in to discuss tile, but questions about paint color, the cabinet profile, plumbing and how the rest of the house was going to look always came up."

And the answers came naturally to her. "I've been a student of design all my life," she says. The Houston native credits her New Orleans-born mother and grandmother with steeping her in their passion, even when she was young and reluctant. "They dragged me to fabric stores, antiques shops and furniture auctions all the time." But the family outings had a long-term bonus—a comprehensive knowledge of how to make a house work well and be beautiful too. Studioseiders.com

What's Cooking

Seiders favors classic choices in kitchens and baths, mainly because if you've chosen something wild, you'll soon get tired of it. But, the designer notes, there's plenty of room in a classic palette to experiment. The trends Seiders sees for this spring confirm her theory. Here's what's new this season:

1. More metals, and especially brass. Don't be afraid to mix metals with metal or with tile, advises Seiders. "There are a handful of mosaics that have pieces of metal embedded in them that you'll see this year. It's a beautiful look."

2. Decorative relief patterns in tiles such as the water jet mosaics from Ann Sacks tile that can be cut to size in complicated and intricate geometries.

Spring Clean

Add a twist of lime with Blu Bathworks' Coco, a small footprint tub in matte or gloss finish, six hues and an exterior embossed pattern that can be custom designed. Sized for condo or guest bathrooms, this versatile 79-gallon oval tub is crafted of blu^stone, a highly durable eco-friendly quartzite material that's high-pressure injection molded. Coco delivers the look and feel of natural stone in an antimicrobial, non-porous way.

The Vancouver-based company has also tapped into some high-tech trends, including digital Electronica basin faucets that feature simple touch-control digital interfaces and cool LED light rings that change from red to yellow to blue to indicate water temperature, then turn green when the faucet shifts into cleaning mode. To that we shout, Eureka! Tub, $5,250-$8,505, faucet, $3,290 and up, TKO Associates, Dallas, tkoassoc.com; Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware Houston, westheimerplumbing.com

Floating Island

Handmade in Italy of hickory-stained Italian walnut and glossy white lacquer, Bontempi's Materia kitchen—carried exclusively in Texas at Cantoni—redefines the hearth with gravity-defying engineering that features suspended cabinetry anchored into the kitchen's island, and two chef units featuring open shelves and drawers. But why stop there? Cantoni makes it easy to stock up with sleek Gaggeneu, Miele and Sub Zero appliances, which are all provided through the store. Priced upon request, Cantoni, Dallas and Houston, cantoni.com

Let it Flow!

Sculptor Deborah Osburn was inspired by Japanese textile dyeing techniques for her recent collection of hand-crafted porcelain tiles, Watermark. In indigo and gold verdigris—which becomes turquoise as the dye drips—the one-of-a-kind tiles achieve their saturated, faded quality by hand-dipping them and allowing them to sit in the dye for several days. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, we can see these tiles used in an outdoor shower for maximum drip-dry impact. Clé Tile, $68 per square foot, cletile.com

Stone Age

Concrete sinks are the essence of design cool, but can be a tad off-putting because, face it, they're heavier than lead. That's why Native Trails' NativeStone sinks caught our eye. These concrete kitchen, bar, prep and lavatory sinks weigh approximately 40 percent less than conventional concrete sinks because they're made of an innovative blend of jute and cement. This revolutionary formula also makes the sinks stronger, more scratch- and crack-resistant, and ultraresistant to staining. Each NativeStone sink is crafted by artisans who build and fill the form by hand, then let the sink cure for five days before polishing and sealing. $435-$4,819, Ferguson, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, ferguson.com; Lighting, Inc., Austin, Houston and San Antonio, lightinginc.com

Animal Instinct

Some of Hollywood's most spirited stars look to Brit designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard for inspiration when they're in need of redecorating. No wonder—Bullard, who counts Cher, William H. Macy and Ozzy Osbourne as clients, is famous for exercising his flair for the dramatic. His new Hermitage collection for Ann Sacks, which marks his debut into the world of tile, takes its cues from 20th century design while employing the art of 18th century mirror-making. This antiqued mirrored tile, shown in Zebra (Safari also available), is a throwback to the decorative art of verre eglomise—a difficult, almost extinct, technique mastered by the French and right up Bullard's adventurous alley. $169.29 and up per square foot, Ann Sacks, Dallas, annsacks.com

Surf's Up

Even the most landlocked bathers can hang ten with Quick Drain USA's Waves linear shower drain by world-renowned architect Michael Graves who excels at taking everyday objects like this and elevating them to art (think teapot and toaster). Graves delivers a creative reboot with this whimsical lowprofile channel drain. Crafted of 18-gauge stainless steel, it combines function with fun and comes in both standard and custom lengths up to 100 inches, plus brushed and polish stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. Price upon request, Hajoca/ Moore Supply, Austin, mooresupply.com; Pierce Hardware, Dallas, Frisco and Fort Worth, piercehardware.com; Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware, Houston, westheimerplumbing.com; Cox Tile, San Antonio, coxtile.com

Game Changer

Aptly named, Sonia's Puzzle vanity is a compact yet spacious wall-mounted vanity set that can be reconfigured according to available space. The versatile design is especially useful in small bathrooms, but to create the look of a seamless larger vanity, simply fit the horizontal vanity with a left or right vertical unit. If space is tight, hang each section independently. Choose from an array of vanity colors and two-tone options, five sizes (including one vanity with two sink bowls), sinks and accessories. Elegant Additions, Dallas and Houston, elegantadditions. Net

Mix Master

A 1914 bungalow in downtown San Antonio seems an unlikely place for uber-sleek Bulthaup cabinetry (from Kuhl-Linscomb in Houston) and stainless German appliances, especially since the homeowner—a 19th century art dealer who likes to cook for his kids—was into early Texas style. Fortunately for San Antonio designer Eleanor Halff, who favors a modern aesthetic, the homeowner agreed to clean lines and was open to mixing old with new. The rustic appeal of this 300-square-foot space was refined with Texas limestone on the walls, custom maple counter tops, a Calcutta gold marble center island and reclaimed Texas longleaf pine flooring. The two-year wholehouse renovation not only produced a great kitchen, it produced a marriage—Halff and the homeowner fell in love and tied the knot in March. Talk about blending! Eh-company.com

Reign of Spain

Texas ties to Spain have run deep since explorers landed on Lone Star soil in 1519. Now, history turns a modernist page with the opening of Houston's new Cosentino Center by an esteemed family-owned Spanish business that's planting its flag throughout Texas in a big way. Enter Eduardo Cosentino, the 30-year-old cowboy boot-wearing CEO of Cosentino North America, who splits his time between Spain and Houston, where the company's U.S. headquarters are and where he just bought a house. "My vision is for Cosentino to become the leader in surfaces in Texas," he says without hesitation—and with locations in Austin, Dallas and one in the works for San Antonio, Cosentino's empire is growing fast. (Worldwide, there are more than 70 centers in 17 countries.)

At 27,000 square feet, the new Houston center is a Texas-size one-stop shopping source for architects, designers and consumers, with fully functional kitchens and event spaces for demos. It showcases the full portfolio of Cosentino brands of natural stone, quartz and eco-friendly surfacing materials. When you go, check out Silestone natural quartz, ECO by Cosentino recycled surfaces, Sensa Granite, Scalea natural stone, MURO mosaics, the Prexury Collections (a semiprecious handmade stone line) and Dekton, a new indoor/ outdoor surfacing material that's ideal for climates like ours. "Trust me-no other product can withstand the Texas heat like Dekton," says Cosentino. Usa.cosentinocenter.com

Au Natural

France-based luxury bath atelier THG's new lavatory sets include the timeless Anoa collection, sporting raw buffalo horn handles in clear and black, set off by details and accompanying faucets in gleaming metals such as chrome, nickel and gold. Horn never seems to go out of style—its richness provides texture in sleek bathrooms and a hint of masculinity in all-white settings. THG's elegantly crafted faucets and handles are some of the most luxurious in the world, and it's no wonder—the Normandy house has partnerships with Lalique, Bernardaud, DAUM, Baccarat, Christofle and major name designers such as Jean-Claude Delepine, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Alberto Pinto, Chantal Thomass and Jamie Drake $3,407for the lavatory set, Renaissance Tile & Bath, Dallas, renaissancetileandbath. Hollywood Builders Hardware, Houston, hollywoodhardware.com; Clark Hardware, clarkshowroom.com; Stone Standard, San Antonio, stonestandard.com

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