Daydreaming About Laufen Bathrooms …

I don’t care if you call me a day dreamer.  Everyone who knows me can testify to my overactive imagination.  I concoct absurd scenarios in my head all the time.  This week I was listening to a song and instantly imagined myself possessing superior martial arts and gymnastics skills defeating a room full of armed terrorists using nothing but my belt and chair ala a lion tamer. It’s especially odd since I was listening to a classical piece of music.   In another fantasy I am “discovered” by a famous interior magazine editor ala Devil Wears Prada and whisked into a fast paced life of international design jobs, wild parties and being pursued by overly attractive 40ish millionaires with a thing for skinny dudes.  And of course, all the while I am wearing fabulous outfits.

But I have this other fantasy ….. it involves bathrooms.  And before you go all Fifty Shades of Grey on me, it isn’t what you think.  What it involves is designing the perfect bathroom.  It’s the one room in my design portfolio that I have yet to fully tackle.  Sure, I get to do the occasional lipstick job, but I have yet to sink my teeth into a juicy gut job where I get to use the pieces I dream about.  I am currently pitching a bathroom right now and should I get it, there is a strong possibility that some beautiful pieces from Laufen Bathrooms will be put into the mix for consideration….


Since many of my projects are condos or small spaces, I particularly like how Laufen Bathrooms has dedicated considerable time, energy and design resources in creating lines that are designed for the urban dweller.  While not specifically designed for small spaces, their ILBAGNOALESSI One line is a beautiful melding of organics – organic lines & organic materials creating a sense of space that is typically lacking in small bathrooms where the defacto is boxy, boxy boxy.

LB3 Laufen

And while I love a freestanding bathtub, more often than not, my predominately male clientele doesn’t.  Fortunately, Laufen’s LB3 shower tray is perfect!  I know it’s odd to get excited over shower trays but the LB3 is seamless, sleek and just damn sexy.

B 25637 Form Laufen

Palomba Collection

But even though my clients may request showers, I still like to consider myself the “tub pusher” because they bring such a sculptural quality to a bathroom should you have the space.  And these three – the Form ILBAGNOALESSI dOt and Palomba are my choices from Laufen for the perfect melding of style and function.

Since fantasies are ever changing, I think I have a new one where I find myself sitting in one of these Laufen beauties overlooking the ocean as one of those dazzling handsome millionaires from my other fantasy pours me a glass of champagne…..ahhh.

[pictures courtesy Laufen Bathrooms]

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How A Monkey Made a (Steam) Believer Out of Me ….

The older I get the more I realize that the answers to many of my design dilemmas can be solved with a bit of time communing with nature.  Stuck on finding a color combo?  Go to the botanical gardens and take a gander at the flowers.  Want inspiration on how to combine materials for a project?  Take a hike and see how Mother Nature effortlessly butts wood, flora and rock together into interesting combinations.  Need a solution on how to approach a client’s request for soothing experience in their bathroom but hates baths?  Talk to a monkey…….


The monkeys of mountainous Japan have long known about the therapeutic qualities of steam.  Their common sense didn’t jump over that chromosome differential we share, so I was in the dark about steam for a long time until my trip to London.

You see, the last time I was in Europe I traveled through Germany and avoided the public baths like the plague.  Maybe it was my puritanical American upbringing or that recurring dream of being nude in front of a group of people, but the thought of “freeing my willy” in front of group strangers sits about as well as me giving Bernie Madoff my living savings for “safe keeping”.  However, meeting one of the founders, Martha, of Mr. Steam in London changed my notion and completely opened my eyes (and the client’s eyes) to the therapeutic qualities of steam showers….

Mr Steam Generator

I know.  I know.  You are wondering what that thing is that closely resembles your car radio.  That my friends is a revolution in a tiny metal box.  As Martha explains it, steam therapy isn’t just for spas and luxury resorts thanks to their innovative approach to the technology. Thanks to America’s propensity for glass shower installs, very little retrofitting has to be done to accommodate  Mr. Steam’s residential series of products.  Matter of fact, the base line of products can be had for less than some mid-level tubs.  In design, it’s about trade-offs and since my client wasn’t crazy about a tub, the notion spending about the same and getting an in-home spa hit the nail on the head.

So I would like to thank Mr. Steam and monkeys for potentially solving my design dilemma.  Now if you excuse me, I am going to consult with the monkeys on tax shelters for 2014.  I figured they helped once, it couldn’t hurt to ask.  Have a great weekend!

[pictures courtesy Norikazu Satoni & Mr. Steam]

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