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20 Years of Great Design: Products

BRILLIANT PLUMAGE  Cappellini’s Peacock Armchair splendidly displays rippled folds of felt over a powder-varnished metal base. Designed by Dror Studio in 2009, the piece comes in green (pictured), blue and a green-and-gray combination. Available at Contemporaria in Cady’s Alley. cappellini.com; contemporaria.com


GLOBAL MOTIFS  New Ravenna released its Miraflores Collection by Paul Schatz in 2013. These handcrafted mosaics, including Castilla (left) and Zazen (right), are abstractions of classic patterns the designer discovered on sojourns to Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Morocco. Comprised of jewel glass, shell and natural stone, the tiles can be installed on floors and walls, indoors and out. newravenna.com

AHEAD OF THE CURVE  Roche Bobois’ Bubble Sofa brings both comfort and whimsy to the fore. Designed in 2017 by Sacha Lakic, the handmade piece holds its iconic shape thanks to a new, highly stretchable covering; this inner fabric is upholstered in soft wool in one of 17 colorways, including Marina (pictured). Bubble armchairs and ottomans are also available. roche-bobois.com

COLOR FORECAST  For the past 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has influenced trends in home furnishings, product design and fashion by releasing a Color of the Year. Its 2019 selection, Living Coral, has already popped up on an array of textiles, cabinetry, wall coverings—and even kitchen appliances. Northstar’s retro refrigerators and ranges now come in Living Coral, along with nine standard shades. elmirastoveworks.com

CHILL OUT  Introduced in 2010, Fisher & Paykel’s CoolDrawer variable refrigerator conserves energy and space. This 34-inch, single-drawer unit can be set in five different modes, including fridge, freezer, pantry, chill and wine. CoolDrawers can be installed in any drawer space, faced either to match kitchen cabinetry or in a stainless-steel panel. fisherpaykel.com

BRASS IS BACK  Once a forgotten finish, brass has re-emerged as a hip home accent. Case in point: this kitchen designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath. The brass Lindsey Adelman chandelier and Alno hardware, as well as geometric Harlequin wallpaper, offset the room’s black-and-white surfaces with polish. Architecture: Anne Decker Architects. gilmerkitchens.com  Photo: Stylish Productions

HOME TECH Safer and more energy-efficient than conventional cooking, induction cooking is on the rise. Unveiled in 2017, Thermador’s Liberty Induction Cooktop features 11 inductors, three cooking zones and an illuminated panel with 17 power settings. Induction levels adjust in response to what’s cooking and settings automatically transfer when a pan is moved to another zone. thermador.com

CLEAN PALETTE  Grohe’s Essence Semi-Pro single-handle faucet brought color, style and functionality to the kitchen in 2017. Outfitted with an easy-to-clean silicone hose that maximizes maneuverability, the faucet is available in nine colors, from orange, red, pink and purple (pictured) to yellow, green, blue, matte sheer marble and matte dark gray. It’s operable with one hand and boasts a removable spray head. grohe.us

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS  Ordinary, builder-grade closets are so last century. Enter the wardrobe, where belongings are stowed in beautifully lit, furniture-grade built-ins and clutter is a thing of the past. Poliform’s Fitted glass door system, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni in 2014, features doors in transparent, fumè or bronzed glass as well as solid matte lacquered finishes; it’s shown here with the company’s Senzafine cabinetry. poliformdc.com

DESIGN COMEBACK  Though its popularity waned for years, designers have embraced wallpaper with a vengeance. From textural silks and grass cloths to bold, vibrant prints, wall coverings bring high-impact style to every room in the house—as shown in this space sporting Leopard Walk in charcoal and orange. It’s part of Cole & Son’s 2017 Ardmore Collection, available at Lee Jofa in the Washington Design Center. cole-and-son.com; leejofa.com

LIGHT MY FIRE  A rarity 20 years ago, al fresco fireplaces and fire pits are now all the rage. New York-based Fire Features created this custom installation for Backen Gillam Architects in 2005. It combines a poured-in-place concrete fireplace, a Corten steel insert and a gas burner with electronic ignition, providing instant heat—and drama—after dark. firefeatures.com  Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

SHOWER THE SENSES  The Serenity Light, Sound, Rainhead by ThermaSol takes showering to a new level with chromatherapy and sound therapy features. Mood lighting and a built-in, high-performance audio system with voice-response capabilities are controlled via Bluetooth. The product, which debuted in 2019, is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing bath environments. thermasol.com

OFF THE WALL  The Ventus Wall Hung Sink, unveiled by Stone Forest in 2019, is made from a solid block of stone, carved into a sleek basin with clean, horizontal lines. Available in classic Carrara marble (pictured) or Antique Gray limestone, it comes with new matte-black, aged-brass or polished-nickel hardware. The sink is ADA-compliant. stoneforest.com

CRYSTAL CLEAR  Designed by Remi Tessier for THG Paris in 2014, Beyond Crystal is a collection of contemporary bath fittings and accessories boasting translucent Baccarat crystal handles. They come in a range of colors, including red, champagne, aqua, blue and clear crystal. An optional LED system lends the handles a soft glow. thg-paris.com

SHADES OF GRAY  In recent years, designers have embraced durable, low-maintenance porcelain surfaces, which can mimic natural stone, wood or concrete. Introduced in 2018, Marble Systems’ Waterfall Porcelain Tile Collection includes three mosaic patterns in four gray hues, as well as various field tiles. All are applicable on walls and floors. marblesystems.com

AU NATUREL  Move over, plastic Adirondack chairs. Today’s outdoor furniture packs the luxury and elegance of its indoor counterparts, combined with durability to withstand the elements. Pictured are 2014 introductions from JANUS et Cie: Slant armchairs designed by founder Janice Feldman and made of powder-coated aluminum; and the Strada Stone Top Dining Table, designed by Paola Navone. janusetcie.com

HIGH PERFORMANCE  Crypton introduced its durable Home Fabric line more than 25 years ago. The sustainably made textiles are stain-, odor- and moisture resistant, and available in a wide range of textures and styles  at Century Furniture and Kravet in the Washington Design Center. crypton.com

PLUG & PLAY  Eco-consciousness met a yen for sophistication with Tesla, currently the trendiest electric automobile on the market. Unveiled in 2017, the all-wheel-drive Model X SUV boasts a battery lasting 295 miles and an electric powertrain that takes it from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds while producing zero emissions. “Falcon Wing” doors allow for easy access. tesla.com

SHOW TIME  During the past 20 years, the concept of the media room has really come home. As technology has improved, dedicated home theaters have made way for viewing areas in open-plan spaces. Anthony Wilder Design/Build turned a dingy Bethesda attic into a chic home theater (above), complete with 110-inch screen, concealed projector, acoustic surfaces and a beverage center and bar. Automation: Strategic Home Media. Photo: Morgan Howarth 

ONE TOUCH  Wireless speakers hit stores in the early 2000s with the advent of Bluetooth technology. Bang & Olufsen has been delivering wireless sound ever since. Pictured here, the BeoSound 2 wireless speaker, introduced in 2017, integrates with Bluetooth and all major streaming services. Users control the sculptural aluminum device—part of the company’s Multiroom Technology system—via taps and twists. bang-olufsen.com

COCKTAIL HOUR  The Astor Bar from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams marries two popular design trends: chic storage for wine and glassware; and a touch of Asian style, conveyed by its geometric handles. The antiqued-mirror surface is trimmed in brushed brass (pictured) or pewter; the interior, with adjustable shelves, is painted black. mgbwhome.com

Rich, textural fabrics are never passé—as Zoffany’s 2019 Darnley collection of velvets, embroideries, prints and weaves will attest. Pictured: Anjolie De Novo creates stunning drapery; available in three colorways, its finely detailed floral tree motif is embroidered on a linen ground. Available with complementary wallpapers at Hines & Company in the Washington Design Center. stylelibrary.com

NATURE’S BOUNTY  Anna Weatherley’s hand-painted porcelain brings an otherworldly garden to the table. China collections by the Arlington-based artist, sold by local retailers, even graced the White House after Laura Bush commissioned a set in 2008. Motifs delicately depict nature: Blossoms and finely veined leaves are rendered in painterly style, while her trademark insects are woven into every piece. annaweatherley.com Photo: Erik Kvalsvik

INDUSTRIAL MODERN  Over the past 10 years, interior design has gone industrial modern. The look—marked by raw, exposed materials like concrete and metal—crops up in David Weeks Studio’s 2014 Fenta collection of floor and table lamps. Custom-cast cement bases lend them an industrial sensibility; a wooden pin holds the brass armature as it curves gently up. davidweeksstudio.com

MODERN MAGIC  Ligne Roset collaborates with international designers on collections of contemporary sofas, chairs, tables and beds, all made in France. Pictured here: the company’s iconic TOGO seating, designed by Michel Ducaroy in the ’70s, with the 2009 Book&Look shelving unit by Pagnon & Pelhaître. ligne-roset.com

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