Bathing Beauty ACROSS THE POND Posh British bath-design company Crosswater London introduced its sophisticated collection of fixtures, sinks, tubs and more in the U.S. for the first time this year. The Balthazar Tub with Polished Stainless Exterior is made of high-gloss Clearstone, a scratch- and stain-resistant material formulated by Crosswater for superior heat retention. Available exclusively through W.T. Weaver & Sons in Georgetown. weaverhardware.com; crosswater-bathrooms.com
MINIMALIST MAGIC German manufacturer Alape’s minimalist WP.FO basin incorporates sleek cabinetry beneath a glazed-steel sink-and-countertop unit. Push-to-open drawers are concealed behind a cabinet front in one of five silk-matte finishes. alape.com/us-en/
HANDS FREE Dornbracht’s stylish, adaptable Vaia fixture series boasts touch-free controls for sink, bidet, shower and bath applications. The fixtures come in platinum matte, polished chrome and—debuting this fall—dark platinum matte. dornbracht.com
CAST IN BRONZE Art-grade bronze brings a rich finish and antimicrobial properties to Sun Valley Bronze decorative hardware. The CS-WTF-900 Wall Mount Fixture comes in 12 lustrous finishes. Available locally at Push Pull Hardware in North Bethesda. pushpullhardware.com; sunvalleybronze.com
BRASS + MARBLE The elegant water-jet mosaic Constantine combines Bardiglio and Pacific Blue marble inlay with brushed-brass accents for a glamorous effect. Available in a range of sizes at Renaissance Tile & Bath in Alexandria. renaissancetileandbath.com
OVER THE RAINBOW Part of the Artisan Ceramics Collection from Hastings Tile & Bath, the Rainbow Tub is made of high-gloss acrylic with a decorative ceramic apron that makes a playful statement. The design also adorns the toilet and bidet. hastingstilebath.com
VANITY PROJECT Designer Martin Brudnizki’s close attention to detail adds functionality to the classically designed Ladybower Vanity by Drummonds. Made with Arabescato marble and brass, it boasts towel rails and a convenient lower shelf. Available as a single- or double-basin unit. drummonds-uk.com
DESIGN CLASSIC A traditional silhouette defines Graff’s Nantucket collection, which includes the Widespread Lavatory Faucet. Available in polished chrome and as a wall-mounted fixture for sink, tub, shower and bidet applications. graff-faucets.com
CLEARING THE CLUTTER The Sereniti Series of bath accessories from Dezi Home delivers a minimalist vibe by clearing the clutter. The contemporary-style collection includes towel bars, hooks, toilet paper holders, soap dispensers and tumblers. Available in five finishes. dezihome.com
SLEEK STORAGE Designed by Joël Dupras and Pierre Bélanger for WETSTYLE, the Déco Collection of sleek standing and wall-mounted vanities and storage cabinets comes in lacquered, oak, walnut or exotic wood finishes with metal accents. Déco integral and vessel sinks complement the collection. wetstyle.ca
EDGY VIBE Samuel Heath’s LMK Industrial collection of faucets, showerheads and accessories is handcrafted with a cross-top knob and two levers, conveying an edgy feel. A twin-control thermostatic shower, shown in stainless steel with matte-black chrome accents.samuel-heath.com
JAPANESE STYLE The venerable art of creating Japanese lacquerware inspired Lunada Bay’s new Lacquer collection of ceramic mosaic tiles, distinguished by striated hues under a reflective surface. The mosaics come in five colorways and two shapes: rectangle and hexagon. lunadabaytile.com
Buzz-Worthy Coastal Chic DC-native Jennifer Mabley and husband Austin Handler, owners of the Hamptons, New York-based interiors firm Mabley Handler, have designed a new furniture collection for Kravet. Putting a sophisticated spin on the casual beach-house style, the line includes upholstery, case goods and occasional furniture that blend fabrics, woods, and metals to stunning effect. The collection also includes grass-cloth wallpaper that can be applied to bar tables, mirrors and more. At Kravet in the Washington Design Center. kravet.com
Tech Toys Motor Sport
Perfect for city life, Stromer’s ST1 X electric bike uses technology to create a smooth and carefree cycling experience. Innovations include touchscreen control, a motor powering speeds up to 28 mph and an app that manages anti-theft protection, GPS-localization, and fitness information. Under power, the German-made bike can travel up to 93 miles between charges. Its sleek frame comes in orange, charcoal, and white. $4,999. stromerbike.com
Color Your World
Samsung’s new line of QLED TVs introduces the company’s latest technology, which creates 100-percent color volume. This means the screens can express all colors at any level of brightness. Other improvements include a single transparent cable that integrates input from other devices. Available in four models, the TV can be flush-mounted or displayed on a stand. From $2,500. samsung.com/us
Touch + Go
Chic and functional, the Brooklyn AC LED Task Lamp brings style and efficiency to a workspace or bedside table. The lamp cradles and charges cell phones; it also boasts two USB ports for charging other devices. Available in brushed-aluminum or black-slate with three touch-activated brightness settings. $250. luxledlights.com
Cachet Shop Talk
Once home to a tobacco warehouse, a revamped 1800s row house in Old Town Alexandria now houses a boutique, Home on Cameron. Two interior designers, Susan Nelson and former AmericanEye principal Todd Martz, recently opened the 2,133-square-foot shop to bring homeowners vintage and artisanal finds, custom furniture, lighting, textiles, accessories, and artwork.
“We try to find the things that can’t be found anywhere else,” notes Martz. “And Susan or I are always there if clients have questions. We want to build relationships.”
Home on Cameron showcases upholstered pieces, case goods, an eponymous collection of tables and curated artwork in attractive vignettes. Nelson and Martz also offer in-home design services. Says Martz, “We want to be a one-stop shop for ideas, education, and advice.”
315 Cameron Street; 703-888-1475. homeoncameron.com.
Cachet DC Design House
The DC Design House will take place this fall in a sprawling, 27,256-square-foot Potomac house built in 2009 on two acres in Potomac. More than 20 designers will transform the bare interiors and outdoor spaces of the nine-bedroom, four-story abode, which is on the market for $10.48 million.
A preview gala in the ballroom of the house will kick off the event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A boutique and a café operated by Saint Germain Catering will be open daily. Proceeds benefit Children’s National Health System. dcdesignhouse.com.