Thursday, June 18, 2009


Mouse has a predilection for digging and— all fun in taunting chipmunks aside— her dream strike is gold. As usual, she's on trend. But that's not why our girl prefers 18-karat hues over nickel and chrome. 
     Burnished, brushed or polished she loves its warmth, its richness, its unique depth of character. More than that, however, she relishes gold's timeless character.  "It's no flash in the pan," she says. "Just a touch of this finish can take the edge off the sharpest contemporary forms and render them timeless." 
     Art Deco designers knew this, and gold is one reason why their works can still look so modern while quoting the court of Louis XIV. Mouse reminded me of our inspiration in rooms by Rulmann and Frank while packing up the last of our things this week from our old house on Casady Drive, where we trimmed large, sleek walnut wall panels with the deepest, richest, most golden-hued metal we could locate. The combination is five years old now but still looks of the moment— and will tomorrow.  
     Favorite examples of new gold fittings and fixtures include above, clockwise from top left elegant plum tree branches painted in gold on a Waza Collection sink by Toto, a Bubble series light fixture by the talented Lindsey Adelman Studio, flip-up electrical outlets by the hardware geniuses Mockett, and faucets in the beautiful new brushed gold finish by the ever-innovative Kohler Co.
     And with a gentle nod to Art Deco glamour, we give a big paws up to the new Mossi Collection faucet below, another ever-chic collaboration between Lalique and THG Paris that combines such classic finish with sunny gold crystal spheres.

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