Kitchen and Bath: A Longing for the Past
Kitchen and bath products develop a case of nostalgia
As more homeowners stay put and remodel rather than flipping or buying a new house, they are choosing traditional and classic styles over the trendy or unproven. Whether your style is 1850's or 1950's, there are a host of old-is-new-again products to suit your tastes. Here are a few timeless picks we saw at the Kitchen and Bath Show that will help you remember the good days.
People often model their homes after eras they themselves never experienced, but the Classique Collection from Oceania is designed to bring back fond memories. The fixtures are inspired by cast-iron tubs of the past. The company has also released Alegria, a tub for those with reduced mobility.
Carlisle is well known for its handmade, unfinished wide-plank wood flooring, and the company is now offering a pre-finished option. This is a big time-saver for those who want to relive the days of solidly built wood flooring but don't want the hassle of finishing it themselves.
First introduced in the 1930's, the Classic went on to become one of Vent-A-Hood's best sellers at the time. For its 75th anniversary, the company has re-released it along with its well-known Model A. But don't be fooled by the vintage exterior; the inside is completely up to date and meets all of today's engineering, manufacturing and performance standards.
Art for Everyday's expanded Modern Classics collection of decorative moldings, columns, corbels, rosettes, appliqués, and capitals give custom cabinetry a traditional look without being too stuffy. Because they are designed to complement each other, the collection of architectural woodcarvings can be used in creative combinations.
This handcrafted solid copper sink from Artisan Manufacturing is part of a collection of nine models available in both copper and brass. The intricate detailing on the inside of its bowl would fit well in a Victorian-inspired bath.
This semi-vessel sink (a hybrid between a vessel and a standard drop-in) and furniture-grade vanity are part of Danze's Orrington Collection, which also includes an oval mirror with beveled edge, a one-piece concealed trapway toilet, and a pedestal sink with architectural column.
Incorporating the pastoral themes often found in the Romantic Era of the late nineteenth century, Hickory Hardware's Mayfair Collection of cabinet knobs and pulls is adorned with vines, plants, and berries and is offered in the company's Windover Antique finish.
Designed by famed architect Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst in 1947, the Hearst Castle exhibited the extravagance and worldliness of the man himself. The Hearst Castle Collection of knobs, pulls, hooks, towel bars, and toilet paper holders from Sóko are inspired both by Morgan's work, as well as the artifacts Hearst collected in his travels.
Instant hot water dispensers be a relatively recent development, but if you want one, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a new-fangled design. Westbrass's Docalorah, which also offers cold water, has a classic look for those with traditional-styled kitchens.
Flip open a copy of Ladies Home Journal or Better Housekeeping from the mid-1950's, and it's almost guaranteed you will find a photo spread that includes metal cabinetry from St. Charles. The brand, known for its vivid colors, went through a period of decline in the decades that followed before being revived by Viking.