marble bath tub

Marble or natural stone has been used in classic architectural design for centuries and the use of this prized material has continued into modern architecture. Known for its beauty as well as its durability, marble has stood the test of time and tradition. 

marble by COCOON

What is Marble, or more commonly referred to as Natural Stone?

Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms naturally when limestone is subjected to immense heat and pressure for long periods of time. The result of this natural rock formation process is a beautiful, translucent stone that allows light to enter and produce a soft “glow”. A pure marble would be nearly completely white or very light in color. The presence of mineral deposits (or impurities) during the transformation of the limestone to marble bring about different marble colors and the unique veining of each slab. 

Marble in History, Art & Architecture

The material of choice for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects, marble became a cultural symbol of art, class, luxury and elegance. This was not only because of its natural beauty, but also because of the technical skill required to carefully extract and work with natural stone. This still holds true to this day, making natural stone a timeless architectural feat. 

One of the earliest marble statues is the statue of a kouros (youth), which was carved in Attica, Greece approximately in 590-580 B.C., more than 2600 years ago. The oldest standing marble building in Rome is the Temple of Hercules Victor, was built around 120 B.C – that’s more than 21 centuries ago. And the reason why we know this is because they still exist to this day.  

marble stone

Marble’s Beautiful Range of Colors:

Marble comes in a variety of colors depending on its origins and the natural process it has undergone. Marble would be one solid color were it not for the presence of mineral deposits during the natural transformation process. It is these “impurities” that bring out the distinct character, luxurious color and beautiful patterns. And, because of this, no two slabs of stone will ever be exactly the same. 

What is the difference between honed and polished marble finishes?

Honed marble has a matte, unpolished finish and will have a more natural look. Because of its rougher surface, honed marble is not prone to visible scratches. However, because the surface is more porous, it can be prone to staining.  Polished marble has a smooth, bright, reflective surface. It might be more prone to visible scratches because of its shiny surface, however, it is more effective at repelling liquids and stains. Each stone is still sealed using a water repellant product made to protect the surface. 

marble basin

COCOON Custom Natural Stone Products:

COCOON offers luxury, bespoke baths, basins, and vanities from the Piet Boon, John Pawson, and COCOON Lab collections in minimalist yet luxurious designs. Versatile and sustainable, they are fabricated in Spain using the world’s best natural materials and one-of-a-kind natural stones. Each custom order from COCOON is a piece of art, fabricated by skilled masons in Spain to last a lifetime. 

Premier Marble Stone by COCOON:

  • Carrara Supreme – cool white stone with thin, feathery veins
  • Griggio Amsterdam – beautiful watercolor grey and beige with branching white veins
  • COCOON Bianco – classic, veined white marble
  • COCOON Beige – a creamy beige marble with various shades and soft white veining
  • Pietra Griggio – a muted charcoal grey and black toned natural stone with bold white veining
  • Nero Marquina – a strong black natural stone with bold white veins

Primary Stone or Limestone by COCOON:

  • Natural Sand – a neutral tone that resembles soft, smooth grains of sand in color, appearance and texture
  • Natural Beige – a smooth stone with soft beige tones and subtle mineral deposits all throughout
  • Natural Light Grey – a smooth, warm grey resembling natural rock in color, appearance and texture. Offers a nearly consistent shade of natural light grey color and pattern.
  • Natural Grey – a smooth dark grey stone, speckled with various minerals and subtle swirls of a lighter grey.

How-to Care for your COCOON Stone Bath Products

Do you already own a COCOON Stone Bath Product? Are you hesitant about purchasing from the COCOON natural stone collection because they seem “high maintenance”?  

Marble or natural stone products are actually relatively easy to maintain following these simple guidelines. Properly caring for your COCOON Stone Bath Products will ensure that you enjoy your basin, bath, or vanity for a lifetime. 

Here are some easy guidelines to remember: 

  • Avoid using any acidic, corrosive, or abrasive cleaning materials on or near your COCOON stone.  
  • Immediately clean and wipe away any substances or stains on the surface 
  • Do not leave wet objects directly on the surface for a prolonged period of time. Use a coaster if needed 
  • Do not place hot objects, such as hair irons, on the stone 
  • Do not use your stone product as a cutting surface to preserve its smooth finish and water repellant properties 

To clean your COCOON stone products, simply use a clean, soft cloth with warm water. You may also mix in a gentle liquid soap and wipe away any dust or dirt. Then, using a clean, dry cloth, wipe down your stone product to dry it.  

To maintain its water repellant seal, you should have your stone product re-sealed by your local stone mason once a year. 

Find out more about COCOON’s bespoke luxury stone products

As the premier dealer and distributor for COCOON in the United States, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing has worked on hundreds of design projects to specify COCOON basins, vanities, baths and bath accessories. We are well-versed with U.S. plumbing standards, and can work with homeowners and their designers and contractors to customize their requests. 

We also invite you to visit our COCOON Beverly Hills showroom located at 205 S Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Experience the COCOON collection in person and explore our complete stone samples portfolio.  

We’re here to help make your luxurious bathroom design dreams a reality. 

Contact us at BeverlyHills@byCOCOON.com or 310 935 3229 to set an appointment, request for samples, or just ask any questions. 

COCOON Accessories

Bathroom accessories are essential in determining the mood, style and overall look of your space. By selecting pieces to complement your COCOON products, you can elevate the space and make the bathroom chic, luxurious and cozy. 

Since COCOON embodies a timeless, minimalist, and luxurious design, we suggest seeking accessories that align with those same elements. Not sure where to start? That’s okay – we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories to compliment your COCOON products. 

Let’s Talk Towel Rails

When looking for accessories to complement your COCOON products, towel rails should be an important consideration. Why? Towel rails or racks can easily overpower or contradict a minimalist design. 

Additionally, towel rails contribute to the functionality of a luxurious bathroom design; owners should have a clean, easily accessible place to put their towels after using their COCOON shower or tub.

So, how do designers balance the need for functionality and minimalism when selecting towel rails for a bathroom space? We recommend the John Pawson towel rails. 

John Pawson Towel Rails

The JP Towel Rail is available in different sizes and combines perfectly with the rest of the John Pawson COCOON collection. The photo above shows the product in the brushed inox finish, but it is also available in brushed gold and dark gray. 

Check out these JP towel rails, here. 

Can’t Overlook Clothing Hooks

Similarly to towel rails, clothing hooks contribute to the functionality of a bathroom space. Let’s take a look at some hooks that complement your favorite COCOON products.  

John Pawson Clothing Hook

The JP Clothes Hook Dark Gray is made from premium materials and comes in two other finishes: brushed gold and brushed inox. 

Or, Consider the COCOON Clothing Hook “Short” 

This clothing hook is available in a variety of finishes, including:

  • Black
  • Brushed inox
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Gray

Check out these other finishes, here. 

Or Maybe COCOON Clothing Hook “Long” Is More Your Style

Like the short hook, the COCOON Clothing Hook “Long” is available in the following finishes:

  • Brushed inox
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Gray

Find more information about the COCOON clothing hook, here.

Don’t Forget Flush Plates

If you’re interested in minimalist designs for bathroom spaces, you’ve likely come across wall-hung WCs and concealed cisterns. However, you may have overlooked an essential piece of completing the design for functional and aesthetic minimalist bathrooms: a flush plate!

Flush plates are mounted on the wall and allow users to operate mechanisms with the touch of a button. These plates can come with a range of built-in smart features, such as sensor-activated flushing and a night light to guide you in the dark. Let’s take a look at our favorite flush plate by COCOON. 

COCOON Flush Plate

The COCOON Flush Plate (shown above in brushed inox finish) is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for your home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s Mono Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room.

This flush plate is also available in the following finishes: 

  • Black 
  • Brushed Inox
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Gray

Check out the COCOON flush plate, here. 

Think About Toilet Paper Holders

Toilet paper holders may seem trivial and, we admit, aren’t often the subject of most conversations about interior design.  These holders can, however, make a significant impact in the design of a luxury bathroom space. Let’s review some of our favorite minimalist options. 

John Pawson Toilet Paper Holders

These JP toilet paper holders are available in brushed gold, brushed inox and dark gray. 

Need a little help selecting the best fixtures for your products? Check out our guide, here. 

Easy Drain Tile-able Toilet Paper Holders

These holders by Easy Drain are installed inside walls and therefore allow users to save more space in their bathrooms – no need for a support bar! They are available in various finishes and have an optional tileable or stainless steel front. 

The Off White Toilet Paper Holder, by Easy Drain USA

Like the above holder, the Off White Toilet Paper Holder, by Easy Drain USA is also designed to be installed into walls in order to preserve space. This design also considers room for a toilet brush and holder, which can be easily tucked inside and covered by the door. This product allows for functionality and convenience without compromising the minimalist design of a luxury bathroom space. 

Users can also purchase a version with two doors – one door covering the toilet paper and one covering the brush set – for the ultimate minimalist look. Check out the two-door option, here.

The Details Are in the Drains

Drains are an important detail in any bathroom space. Not sure where to start when picking out drains for your minimalist bathroom? We’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some options, whether you are choosing one for your COCOON tub or shower. 

The COCOON Pop-Up Waste Drain/Bath Drain

Available in 12 finishes, this drain allows the focus to remain on the main attraction: that beautiful COCOON tub. 

For Showers: Easy Drain USA Modula Trim Stone Flex

This drain by Easy Drain USA is a unique custom length shower drain that is developed for natural stone flooring of any thickness. This linear shower drain is installed from wall-to-wall and has an invisible appearance thanks to its frameless design. 

Working with Specialty Hardware + Plumbing for COCOON Bathrooms  & COCOON Accessories

As the premier dealer and distributor for COCOON in the United States, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing has worked on hundreds of design projects to specify COCOON taps and their matching accessories. We understand the U.S. plumbing standards, and can work with clients to customize their requests. We are here to help make your luxurious bathroom design dreams a reality.

Need finish samples, price quotes or have general questions? Please reach out to us: email  – beverlyhills@byCOCOON.com  

Download: COCOON Sample Finish Guide

Piet boon luxury taps

COCOON once again brings international award-winning designer, Piet Boon, and his exclusive designs to the luxury bath space. Piet Boon’s newest bath products continue to follow his design ethic of creating the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality. He is most known for his iconic KEKKE design element as well as his distinct mixers with sleek levers and smooth 2-axis operation. 

With a passion for innovation, Piet Boon has created a line of new products as the perfect design solution for those who wish or need to work with smaller spaces, whether for a home, or a shared space. 

This items, designed by Studio Piet Boon for the COCOON collection, epitomize the minimalist charm and effortless architectural style Piet Boon is known for.

Ready to view these highly anticipated and newly released pieces? Let’s take a look.

The Piet Boon 10 Spout

The Piet Boon 10 Spout (PB10) is a simple, yet elegant wall mounted tap, faucet or tub filler for your bathroom, kitchen, or even outdoor spaces. The PB10 offers the flexibility of pairing it with any of the Piet Boon mixers and now comes in different lengths for your design needs: PB13 – 130mm; PB18 – 180mm and PB10 – 220mm. 

The Piet Boon 08 Single Hole Basin Mixer

The Piet Boon 08 single hole basin mixer (PB08) is everything you need in a bathroom faucet in a refined form. Its clean control mechanism is intuitive to use with its 2-axis design in a single lever, minimizing its footprint on your sink. 

The Piet Boon 11 Set Micro 2-hole Basin Mixer Set

The Piet Boon 11 Set Micro 2-hole basin mixer set (PBSET11 Micro) is a minimized version of Piet Boon’s best-selling, stunning PBSET 11 basin mixer. Perfect for when you want to achieve the same look with a smaller space. 

The Piet Boon 40 Floor Mounted Bath Mixer with Hand Shower

The Piet Boon 40 floor mounted bath mixer with hand shower (PB40) streamlines the tub filler and hand shower into a single design. Intuitive and sleek, The PB40 integrates the essentials into one beautiful product.  

Each COCOON trim is carefully crafted in AIS316L marine grade stainless steel and comes in a brushed finish PVD coating in Gunmetal Black, Raw Copper, or Brushed Gold, ensuring a high-quality lifetime finish. 

The Piet Boon MicroBasin 37

And last but not the least, the Piet Boon Micro Basin 37 is a minimized version of COCOON’s best-selling luxurious PB Basins. Measuring only 14.6 x 8.7 x 7.9 inches, it is the basin designed for small spaces without compromising luxury or functionality. Custom-made and handcrafted, the PB Micro Basin 37 is available in several natural stone or solid surface options. 

Execute the perfect minimal space by starting with a beautiful PB Micro Basin 37 in your desired material. Then complement it with the luxury tap of your choice in terms of style and finish: a PB10 Spout and a mixer, a PB08 basin mixer or a PBSet11 Micro. Effortlessly complete your minimalist bathroom look with an elegant PB40 tub filler. 

With COCOON by Studio Piet Boon’s new bath products, achieve that sophisticated, minimalist luxe look for your dream project, no matter how small – all without compromise. 

Discover Piet Boon’s new luxury bath products at COCOON Beverly Hills. Visit our showroom to see our COCOON collection of luxury bath products or contact us for more details. 

BeverlyHills@byCOCOON.com 

310 935 3229 

luxury bathroom trend with COCOON bath

In 2022, top trends for Beverly Hills bathrooms transform functional spaces into a soothing spa-like environment. Many of these trends, based on minimalism, strive to create a relaxing experience through natural, high-quality materials and timeless, purposeful pieces. 

In this article, we focus on the trends of PVD finishes as well as concrete tubs and basins. Let’s dive in.

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) Finishes 

Shown above: the John Pawson Complete Thermostatic Rain Shower Set

What is a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) Finish?

In technical terms,  the PVD  (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish is created through a process in which hardware is subjected to a high voltage charge in order to attract that vaporized metal and deposit it on the surface. This creates a super hard coating.

Advantages of a PVD Finish

This coating provides a range of benefits, making it a popular choice amongst interior designers and architects.

  • Corrosion-Resistance: PVD finishes are designed to combat challenges such as UV rays, rain, salty air, and humidity.
  • Improves Durability: PVD finishes can help to extend the lifespan of a piece by making the material extremely hard and resistant to scratches.
  • Environmentally Sustainable: other coating processes are more damaging to the environment and require the use of chemicals, such as powder coating involving cyanides and toxic cleaning solvents.

Due to these advantages, PVD finishes are popular for designs incorporating elements such as outdoor showers or near an ocean.

COCOON Offers PVD Finishes

Wondering how to get your hands on some pieces with this popular type of finish? COCOON offers PVD finishes on their entire line. Let’s take a look at an example.

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to present this Dark Grey Bathroom Sink Faucet, by COCOON. The JP36 Dark Grey is made from premium materials, this Bathroom Sink Faucet offers great function and value for your home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s John Pawson Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room.

For more examples of PVD finishes, check out our article about what’s new at COCOON.

Concrete Tubs

Concrete tubs have become a significant trend in 2022, especially in Beverly Hills,  for several reasons. For instance, concrete tubs are:

  • Resistant to humidity
  • Versatile
  • Able to be paired with a range of accessories and fixtures
  • Long-lasting and incredibly durable

COCOON concrete tubs and sinks carry additional advantages as well:

  • Up to 80% lighter and more flexible than traditional concrete tubs
  • Little maintenance, as no wax or oil is needed to seal the tub after usage
  • Heat-resistant
  • Will not crack
  • Built to last a lifetime

According to the COCOON Lab Concrete Material Guide, their concrete finishes are made from a special, natural mixture and hand polished. Each tub has its own unique look, with a visual patina and variation in color.

Learn more about COCOON concrete tubs, here.

Concrete Basins and Sinks

Concrete basins and sinks have become increasingly popular amongst designers in Beverly Hills. They have several positive characteristics, including:

  • Each concrete basin is unique: there will never be a solid block of the same finish color, due to the variables within this specialized concrete mix. If you are looking to achieve a more smooth surface, there is an option of “Polished Concrete,”  which gives the treatment an extra polish to smooth out the surface area.
  • Style and textural flow lines: the concrete mix is liquid when being poured into the mold, so textured flow lines are expected and can add to the unique look of the piece.
  • Strength and durability: Each concrete sink is pre-sealed before it is brought into the home. Users can expect the sink to last for decades –likely over 50 years, in fact – with the correct care and maintenance.

Designing a Luxury Bathroom?

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing can assist with pricing, design options, and finish match recommendations. For samples and more – stop by our Beverly Hills showroom or send us an email for more information.

cocoon john pawson

In 2022, top trends for Beverly Hills bathrooms transform functional spaces into a soothing spa-like environment. Many of these trends, based on minimalism, strive to create a relaxing experience through natural, high-quality materials and timeless, purposeful pieces. 

COCOON Bathroom Bath Tub

As an interior designer, your job is to turn your client’s house goals into reality. However, this is often easier said than done. The process of transforming design ideas into a physical space requires innovation, patience, and determination.

Let’s explore some steps interior designers can take to make this process easier as they strive to bring their clients’ ideas to life.

modern luxury bathroom design, beige COCOON tub with outdoor view

A  modern luxury bathroom can elevate a home and inspire relaxation and comfort for the owner. Designers may consider the following elements to transform a bathroom space from ordinary to luxurious. Let’s take a look at five of these elements. 

1. Statement Mirrors

Mirrors can be more than just a functional afterthought in design. A luxury bathroom demands a large, bold mirror that will serve as a focal point above the vanity or tub.

mirror in a luxury bathroom, minimalistic with white walls, simple fixtures and brown basin

Rectangle Mirrors Are a Classic Option

a mirror with lighting around the edges in a luxury bathroom

The BEL-3642, shown above, is made from premium materials. This electric lighted mirror offers great function and value for a home. This fixture is part of Electric Mirror’s Bella Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room.

Round Mirrors Offer a Chic Touch

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs

Designers may also opt for round mirrors to complete the luxury bathroom. We enjoy the look of the Electric Mirror Eternity 36” Round Mirror. The ETE-36 is made of premium materials and pairs with the Electric Mirror’s Eternity Collection. 

2. Elegant Vanities

Piet Boon basin in gray with a keke shape mirror in luxury bathroom

Vanities are one of the most important features for a designer to get right in a luxury bathroom. Vanities serve several functions in a bathroom: hide plumbing, provide storage, as well as offer a practical space for users to prepare for their day. 

At Specialty Hardware + Plumbing, we tend to gravitate towards vanities that complement the other features without taking away from the rest of the space. For instance, the Piet Boon COCOON Bespoke Cabinet, as shown above. 

Or, the PB Basin 180, for Those Who Prefer More Space

basin in dark gray luxury bathroom with minimalist design

The COCOON washbasin designed by Piet Boon is available in a range of finishes and provides users with more space without overwhelming the bathroom. 

3. Free-Standing Tub

A free-standing tub can make a bathroom feel like a spa experience. No luxury bathroom is complete without the perfect tub. Let’s take a look at some options.

For a Timeless Look: The COCOON Free-Standing Bathtub 

white cocoon free standing bathtub in a minimal room design in a modern luxury bathroom, gold accents

The Free Standing Soaking Tub by COCOON is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for a luxury home. The Concrete-05 finish is shown above, but the finishes Concrete 01-10 are also available, ranging from lighter to darker shades. 

For a Darker Look, The JP Bath

We adore the Natural Stone Free Standing Soaking Tub from the John Pawson COCOON Collection. The tub, shown in Pietra Griggio above, is available in many shades, such as natural sand, for those who may love the tub but prefer a lighter finish. 

4. Shower Hardware

Designers have numerous factors to consider when selecting shower fixtures for a luxury bathroom. Luckily, there is no shortage of options, ranging from handheld to wall-mounted to recessed ceiling rain showers.

For a Sleek Look: The COCOON PB SET23THERM

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs, black shower set

This best-seller was designed by Piet Boon for COCOON. The COCOON PB SET23THERM thermostatic shower fixtures are made from AISI 316L marine grade stainless steel with PVD colors of gunmetal black, raw copper, and brushed inox. The exterior parts include a hand shower, diverter 2 outputs, and a thermostatic (U.S. compliant) mixer.

Prefer a Rainshower? Consider the John Pawson Complete Thermostatic Rain Shower Set

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs, silver rain shower

This set includes a stick model hand shower in addition to the wall-mounted rain shower. The photo above shows the set in brushed Inox, but the finishes of brushed gold and steel are also available.

5. Elevated Fixtures 

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs. silver shower fixture

From bath fillers to drains to basin mixers, the details can make a significant difference in the design of a luxury bathroom. We recommend taking the time to find elevated fixtures that complement each other while allowing attention to the eye-catching pieces in the space: the vanities, tubs, and showers, for example. We’ll show off a few of our favorite elevated fixtures. 

One of Our Timeless Go-To’s: The COCOON John Pawson Floor Mounted Bath Filler

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs, silver shower fixture

You may have already spotted this piece paired above with the JP Bath. From the award-winning John Pawson by COCOON Collection, this piece combines elegance and minimalism. 

The Details Make the Difference with the COCOON Pop-Up Waste Drain/Bath Drain

modern luxury bathroom with minimalist designs, ESS easy drain in black

Available in 12 finishes, this drain allows the focus to remain on the main attention: that beautiful tub. 

Need a little help selecting the best fixtures for your products? Check out our guide, here. 

Designing a Luxury Bathroom?

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing can assist with pricing, design options, and finish match recommendations. For samples and more – stop by our Beverly Hills showroom or send us an email for more information.

client goals with tiles, paint color and textures on a table for interior designer

As an interior designer, your job is to turn your client’s house goals into reality. However, this is often easier said than done. The process of transforming design ideas into a physical space requires innovation, patience, and determination.

Let’s explore some steps interior designers can take to make this process easier as they strive to bring their clients’ ideas to life.

Understand Your Client’s Lifestyle 

By taking the time to understand a client’s lifestyle, an interior designer can anticipate a client’s wants and needs within their home. For example, a client that works from home will have different needs than one who is using the house as a weekend getaway. Designers can use this information throughout their design process to balance functionality and style within the home.

Separate the Client’s Wants and Needs

Creating separate lists of the client’s “wants” and “needs” can help a client establish expectations as well as keep you focused throughout the project. Of course, you want to give your clients everything they want in their dream home but sometimes, clients have to make choices between different features they have in their home. Understanding their priorities and preferences at the beginning of the project is an important step in helping turn their dream home into a reality. 

Incorporate Your Client’s Specific Interests

As you get to know your client, take notes of their interests and preferences. For instance, if a client mentioned their favorite activity as a child was riding horses, consider adding a small horse statue into the design of their child’s bedroom. These little details can impress your client and turn the project into their dream home. 

Less Is More (Especially in a Small Space)

Interior designers may feel the need to add more to impress a client or to fulfill their own vision. However, unnecessary accessories can overwhelm a space. By removing these accessories, designers can make a space feel more like a home and focus on the client’s goals.

Stand Your Ground

Sometimes the way to help your clients achieve their goals is to stand up for your opinion. You may occasionally have to respectfully insert your opinion in order to create a cohesive style for their home. After all, your clients hired you for your talent and expertise. Your client will likely appreciate your professional touch once the project is finished.

Balance Cohesive Style and Purposeful Exceptions

A consistent style will make the home feel harmonious and unified. Designers can stay within a color palette and use complementing materials, patterns, and textures. Additionally, by implementing small, purposeful changes throughout the house, designers can make each room feel unique and fresh without straying from the theme.

Opt for Functional Furniture

Some of the most beautiful pieces are often some of the most uncomfortable. Designers selecting functional furniture can help to bring a sense of comfort into a home. In the case of dream homes, lasting comfort overrides trendy style. 

Don’t Overlook the Outdoor Space

Many interior designers may make the mistake of forgetting about the outdoor space around the home. By making changes such as adding in outdoor showers, designers set themself apart and build a complete vision for the home. 

For example, the COCOON Piet Boon Freestanding Shower

outdoor shower by COCOON in dark gray with accents of plants, a way to make client dreams a reality

Outdoor showers offer a minimalistic feel with a high-quality design to compliment the surrounding nature. Add an outdoor shower to your home’s design to connect high-quality design with nature’s serenity. Learn more about outdoor showers, here.

Don’t Forget to Believe In Your Vision

The interior design industry is expanding rapidly and designers are constantly looking for ways to impress clients, create innovative projects and outshine their competition. Remember to believe in yourself and your vision as you help clients bring their dream home to life.

Need a Little Inspiration?

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, and luxurious design. Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments.For samples and more – stop by our showroom in the Los Angeles area or send us an email for more information.

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Piet Boon book on counter

Coffee table books, also known as cocktail table books, can be used for display, entertaining guests, and educating readers. Whether you plan to use coffee table books as your favorite new decoration, a conversation starter at your next dinner party, or as an interesting read while drinking your morning espresso, it’s important to choose the right pieces.

Books about minimalist design, such as works detailing the iconic work of designers such as Piet Boon and John Pawson, are timeless classics. Let’s dive into a few of our personal favorites.

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum by Alison Morris

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum by Alison Morris is a powerful monograph that explores showcasing the defining elements and architectural anatomy in Pawson’s work.

Google Books describes the piece as a monograph that “hones in on the essential details that mark his [John Pawson’s] distinctive architectural and aesthetic style. It groups a selection of his recent works into domestic projects, including his own house in rural England; extended sacred spaces; and repurposed structures.”

Throughout the piece, Morris showcases Pawson’s unique approach to minimalism. Additionally, Morris captures Pawson’s interesting use of doors, walls, windows, light, and proportion.

Piet Boon 1 by Joyce Huisman

Piet Boon 1  by Joyce Huisman discusses the timeless design, functionality, and sustainability of the Piet Boon work and legacy. The piece presents nine Piet Boon projects through insightful photography.

The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living by Nathan Williams

In The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams explores “how embracing that same ethos—of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community—allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space.”

The piece brings readers inside 35 homes around the globe, ranging from Japan to Scandinavia, the United States, and more. While some projects were freshly built from a blueprint, others grew with a long history. No matter their age or design, each of these homes was created with great intention and a slow, purposeful process.

This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton

This is Home serves as a back-to-basics guide on creating authentic, wholehearted interior design. The piece defines living simply as “finding the essence of what makes you happy at home and creating spaces that reflect your needs with style.” 

This book is an excellent resource for designers or homeowners without a significant budget to create minimalist spaces. This is Home showcases creative spaces, resourceful decor, and innovative methods to transform your home. 

Google Books summarizes the piece with the note “featuring 16 case studies from Australia, the US, and Europe, and nearly 200 color photographs, This is Home will inspire you with beautiful, authentic places you want to be – today.”

Minimum by John Pawson

Minimum by John Pawson presents an array of photographs that embody the idea of less. Pawson explores minimalism as a way of finding clarity and simplicity. This concept, clear throughout Pawson’s range of work, is explained in greater detail throughout the pages of Minimum.

Phaidon Press describes Minimum as “an extended visual essay exploring the idea of simplicity in architecture, art, and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts.”

This piece organizes images into themes such as essence, expression, light, and structure. 

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker is a new classic that has graced countless coffee tables since its publication in 2017. In this piece, Walker presents a brilliant compilation of essays to explore the lasting style, 800 years of history, and vast global significance of Japanese gardens.

As a garden designer herself, Walker provides a unique perspective as well as interesting insights into Japanese culture.

Piet Boon 2 by Joyce Huisman

After the first international bestseller Piet Boon 1,  Studio Piet Boon creates Piet Boon 2 to display its new projects. The piece aims to show, through a collection of color photographs, that the Studio Piet Boon creations are enduring and timeless.

Studio Piet Boon states “the studio’s modern classic and austere style retains a classical touch as a consequence of its obvious affinity with pure, traditional building materials and architectural styles.”

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luxury hotel bathroom curated with COCOON products

Luxury hotels evoke feelings of calm, relaxation, and serenity… So, why wouldn’t designers want to capture the same essence in a home?

Designers and homeowners can take a series of steps to make a home feel like their favorite five-star hotel; these steps range from choosing fresh scents and soothing, neutral colors to donning chic shower sets and upgraded bathtubs.

Let’s talk about each of these steps a bit more.

Establish a Scent

Many luxury hotels brand themselves with scents. The same can go for homes. Bright notes can make a room smell fresh, clean, and luxurious. Common luxury-esque scent options include sandalwood, vanilla, cedar, lemon blossom, citrus, neroli, leather, and white tea.

Choose Neutral Tones

Minimal room in a luxury hotel room with neutral colors

Neutral tones are soothing and gentle on the eye. In addition, neutral tones carry a timelessness, whereas colors are more likely to go out of style or overwhelm a space. Most luxury hotels will not include many pops of color, especially red or yellow, and instead opt for color palettes including bone, white, and beige. 

Keep Scale in Mind

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones

Many designers have made the mistake of trying to squeeze too many pieces into a small space, or, on the other hand, leaving too much room in a large space. Understanding proper scale and proportions can make a home evoke the luxury feel of a hotel without feeling empty or overcrowded.

Consider a Minimalistic Approach

When guests step into a hotel, they aren’t met with the usual clutter of a home, a collection of patterned pieces, or an array of bright colors. Minimalist design can help a home feel elegant and purposeful.

Design the Bathroom into a Luxury Spa

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones and COCOON bathtub and features

Hotels are known for their spa-like bathrooms with plush towels, spacious showers, and luscious bathtubs. An elegant bathroom can completely transform a space.

Install a New Showerhead

Designer bath manufacturers typically create a variety of showerheads, such as rain showers, handheld, wall-mounted, and recessed ceiling rain showers.

Here are some of our favorites:

The COCOON PB SET23THERM

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON, a black shower set

Designed by Piet Boon, these thermostatic shower fixtures are made from AISI 316L marine grade stainless steel with PVD colors of gunmetal black, raw copper, and brushed inox. The exterior parts include a hand shower, diverter 2 outputs, and a thermostatic (U.S. compliant) mixer.

The John Pawson Complete Thermostatic Rain Shower Set

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON, a gold shower set

This set includes the stick model hand shower and the wall-mounted rain shower. This set comes in three finishes: brushed gold, brushed inox, and dark gray.

Consider Upgrading the Bath Tub

Installing a bathtub creates the opportunity to elevate a bathroom space. After all, a tub is one of the first elements that catch the eye and can make or break a bathroom design.

At Specialty Hardware and Plumbing, we enjoy the look of COCOON bathtubs. Why? COCOON tubs pair elegance and functionality with a design built to last a lifetime. 

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

The COCOON Atlantis Free-Standing Tub

Shown in the color “dust,” this tub is available in a variety of other finishes as well. These finishes include Earth, Pebble, and Shell. Learn more about the COCOON Atlantic Free-Standing Tub.

The COCOON Purist Free-Standing Bathtub With Pure Geometric and Smooth Details

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON free standing tub in dark gray

This tub is available in natural stone and can include a recessed drain in the same material. Shown above in natural light grey, the COCOON Purist Free-Standing Bathtub is available in several finishes. 

Read on to learn about fixtures that complement COCOON tubs.

Consider Specialty Hardware + Plumbing to Make Your Home Feel like a Luxury Hotel

With friendly, knowledgeable product experts and the latest selection of plumbing products for the kitchen and bath, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing helps make your Beverly Hills dream home a reality.

At Specialty Hardware + Plumbing, you’ll find a large selection of quality brands for kitchen and bath projects as well as dedicated showroom specialists.

When you visit Specialty Hardware + Plumbing, you’re guaranteed incredible quality—from sinks, faucets, bathtubs, shower systems, and toilets.

Let one of our expert product specialists guide you to products that fit the scope of your job and budget. When you need help finding the right kitchen and bath products, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is the place to shop in and around Beverly Hills, CA.


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Infographic about how to make a home feel like a luxury hotel