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. 

From walls to cabinets to countertops to exteriors, interior designers can’t help but notice that many modern homes are dripping in white. Why? This bright finish can bring a bright, luxurious feel to any space.

With the rising popularity of minimalist design, we’re seeing white go beyond walls and cabinets with accessories such as faucets, shower sets and more. 

Today, we’ll be looking at some of our favorite white faucets, showers and hardware. Let’s get started. 

Let’s Talk White Faucets

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Do white faucets sound familiar? You might have already seen white faucets gracing the Instagram of many celebrities, such as minimalist-luxury-design-devotee,  Kim Kardashian. You can spot one in her family kitchen in the photo above!

Let’s take a look at some white faucets from a few of our favorite brands.

Vola

Vola carries white faucets in two finishes: White 18 (a polished white) and White 28 (matte white). 

What is special about these pieces? Take it from Vola:

“​​The key elements of bathing are surfaces, taps, spouts and water. Water defines the experience but surfaces, taps and spouts can shape and steer the experience. Touch can transform everyday moments into quietly satisfying rituals that enhance the user’s relationship with the natural world and ease the complexities and stresses of contemporary life.”

Let’s take a look at more of this collection.

Pictured above is the Vola 520 one-handle mixer with ceramic disc technology in white. 

Interested in learning more about these pieces?

Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments. Send us an email for more information. 

Dornbracht 

Above: The Dornbracht Tara Single Hole Lavatory Mixer is available in matte white (shown) and black. 

Check out similar pieces, here. 

GRAFF

The GRAFF designs powder-coated collection includes the above finish: Architectural White. 

According to GRAFF, “Powder Coat finishes provide resistance to humidity and ultraviolet light and have a long lifespan.”

GRAFF’s Powder Coat finishes are also available in: Architectural Black™ (BK), Matte Black (MBK), Steelnox® Satin Nickel (SN), and Olive Bronze (OB). GRAFF’s Vintage Brushed Brass (VBB) finish is a liquid epoxy coating with properties similar to Powder Coat.

Check out our favorite GRAFF collection in the architectural white finish, here. 

California Faucets

Shown above is the 8″ Widespread Lavatory Faucet – High Spout from Cal Faucets. 

Cal Faucets have two white finishes: standard (glossy) and matte white.

Cal Faucets states “Noted as one of the top trends of the year by Decorator’s Wisdom, among others, white faucet finishes offer a clean and updated look while blending beautifully into contemporary, classic, and transitional décor styles.”

The powder coat finishes are protected with a clear powder coating designed to allow the underlying color to show through and provide a layer of protection.

Zucchetti 

Our favorite is the Zucchetti Pan collection, which comes with a white finish. 

Visit Our Showroom for Unmatched Modern Bathroom Design Inspiration

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, 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 Los Angeles showroom.

White Showers 

Phylrich

We adore this white outdoor shower by Phylrich. This piece comes in four other finishes as well, including: stainless steel, polished chrome, matte black and polished brass.

Finish the Look with White Hardware 

Designer Doorware offers finishes that can complete any modern bathroom design. For a simple, mono-tone statement effect, Satin White Powder Coated Colour accentuates your application with bright, clean lines.

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 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 

shower with PVD Finish

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishes involve a highly technical process which creates a hard surface coating. But why are these finishes trending? PVD finishes have amazing aesthetic properties and technical characteristics; not only are they beautiful, they are exceptionally durable, sustainable and resistant to corrosion (but more on this later!). 

Say goodbye to rusting hardware and say hello to looks that last a lifetime. 

Let’s take a look at what PVD finishes are, how they work, and some examples of how brands are using these innovative finishes to ensure their products last the test of time. Let’s dive in. 

First, 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.

This coating covers hardware and protects it against the elements – it won’t come off unless it is damaged, chiseled or hammered. 

Let’s take a look at how it works. 

Hardware Without a PVD Finish May Look Like This…

If a designer or project manager selects the wrong finish for a project -such as a beachfront property, for example- the hardware can quickly begin to show surface wear and corrosion. 

Hardware With a PVD Finish May Look Like…

This COCOON Piet Boon Wall Mount Rain Head will maintain the same look and feel without showing wear as a result of its durable PVD finish. 

What Settings Are Best Suited for PVD Finishes? 

PVD finishes are commonly used in kitchen and bathroom spaces. As these areas are used on a daily basis and the hardware is frequently exposed to water, hardware -a faucet with a gold finish, for instance- would lose its finish, whereas a PVD finish product will not fade, scratch or tarnish.

Additionally, while these finishes can be an excellent addition to any space, they are perfect for any setting that exposes hardware to the elements. For instance, spaces that are exposed to:

  • Salt water and/or salty air, such as coastal properties
  • High humidity
  • Strong winds

These elements are a recipe for rust, corrosion and damage. PVD treated hardware is designed specifically to mitigate these challenges.

What Are the Advantages of a PVD Finish?

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

  • Corrosion-resistance: PVD finishes are designed to combat challenges such as UV rays, rain, salty air, and humidity.
  • Improved 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.
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Available in a wide range of tapware, accessories and sinks

What Brands Offer 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.

COCOON’s  PVD Finishes

We adore this dark gray bathroom sink faucet by COCOON. The JP36 Dark Gray 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.

How Do You Maintain PVD Finishes?

While these finishes are incredibly durable, they are not indestructible. Therefore, owners should be cleaning hardware, especially any pieces that are exposed to salt or wind-driven grit. We recommend wiping with a soft, dry cloth. Additionally, owners can clean hardware pieces with a polish to maintain the finish. 

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

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. 

luxury and comfort living room with gray details and minimalistic style

For interior designers, combining modern luxury with comfort is essential… But not always an easy feat.

The combination of luxury and comfort allows individuals to imagine themselves in the home; for example, relaxing on the couch beneath a lush blanket, taking a bath in the spa-like bathroom, and cooking their favorite meal in a top-of-the-line kitchen.

However, designers may find it difficult to balance the sophisticated elements they want into a space while still making the home feel warm and inviting.

That’s why we’ve compiled a quick list of tips to help designers accomplish the perfect mix of elevated design, comfort, and functionality (and some brands that epitomize these ideas, but more on that later!)

How to Make a Modern Luxury Interior Design Comfortable and Functional

Let’s Talk Texture: Incorporate High-Quality, Cozy Textiles

Rich fabrics complete a luxurious interior design. By including a variety of high-quality textures, a space can feel cozy without sacrificing sophistication. For some interior designers, texture may take the form of a curated collection of throw pillows and blankets on the couch or in a relaxing reading nook.

Is minimalism more your style? That doesn’t mean you have to give up cozy textiles in your design. We are partial to minimalist luxury interior design—such as pictured above—by designers such as John Pawson and Piet Boon. The above photo includes designs from Piet Boon and perfectly mixes luxurious comfort with a minimalist touch. Learn more about Piet Boon.

Consider Natural Materials and Colors

Genuine high-quality materials, such as solid wood and natural stone, create sophisticated, warm atmospheres. For example, the Free Standing Soaking Tub by COCOON, pictured above, 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.

Or, the JP Bath

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

Read on to learn how to make a modern home feel like a luxury hotel.

Make the Bathroom Feel like a Spa

Spa-like bathrooms evoke a sense of luxury and comfort. After all, what could be more comfortable than a bubble bath with lit candles and a chilled glass of white (or red!) wine?

The good news for interior designers: You don’t have to have a large bathroom space to create a sophisticated yet functional spa bathroom. Instead, designers can opt for elements such as:

  • Rich colors
  • Natural materials
  • Customized organization 

Learn more about the advantages of bespoke bathroom design.

Invite Nature Inside

A hint of nature can add life and charm to any space. This touch can be as simple as a vase of flowers on the table, a larger plant (such as birds of paradise) in the corner of the room, or even eucalyptus in the spa.

Other elements may include stones, pieces of driftwood or weathered wood, and sand.

Interested in similar designs for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest.

Maximize Space

Space is a luxury in itself. Interior designers can make a home feel sophisticated through careful consideration of scale.

Without purposeful use of the space, a home can feel overcrowded.

Brands That Perfectly Mix Modern Luxury with Comfort

COCOON

COCOON embodies bespoke, minimalist, luxurious design. The products are versatile, sustainable, and built with the world’s best materials: Unique natural stone, solid surface, and concrete.

Interested in learning more about COCOON? Download our 2022 Lookbook.

In this lookbook, we walk you through the different options from the collections of Piet Boon and John Pawson, to the COCOON Lab, including the bathtubs, basins, taps, and accessories.

Mr. Steam

The Mr. Steam product line is a perfect match for interior designers who want to “think outside the tub” and provide a luxurious spa experience without compromising functionality.

Mr. Steam offers contemporary, technologically advanced products such as steam generators, soothing aromatherapy, and chromatherapy.

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is honored to be the premier U.S. distributor of Mr. Steam, with a flagship showroom located in Beverly Hills, California. It is conveniently located in Los Angeles, just a couple of hours from San Diego, Orange County, and the Santa Barbara area. 

Shop the Mr. Steam collection.

Zucchetti

Zuc­chet­ti is one of the oldest Italian kitchen and bath fittings designer companies. In fact, Zuccheti is still in operation in Italy.

The company designs and manufactures uniquely styled fau­cets in Italy’s Piedmont area using components made either in-house or purchased from European sources.

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Let’s Talk Modern Luxury Interior Design, Shall We? 

Stop by our showroom in the Los Angeles area! We’re proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, luxurious design.

Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments. Send us an email for more information. 

Read on to learn how to make your client’s house goals become a reality.

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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.

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Kitchens are often one of the most used spaces in a home. In fact, one might even refer to a kitchen as the “heart” of the home.

Why? This is where individuals cook, eat, and socialize with friends and family. Kitchens can be tricky for designers because they not only have to be aesthetically pleasing but also need to be functional to provide adequate storage, appliance safety, and room to cook.

This long list of requirements may leave interior designers feeling overwhelmed and lacking inspiration. Flipping through your favorite magazine or scrolling through Pinterest will only go so far when you’re lacking inspiration as an interior designer.

Sometimes, there is simply too much to look at. So, how can designers focus their creative minds and recharge their batteries?

We suggest the following:

  • Flipping through your favorite coffee table design book
  • Taking a trip to a museum
  • Seeking out the work of fellow designers
  • Drawing inspiration from your favorite brands, and
  • Visiting a local showroom

Read on as we discuss each of these recommendations in detail.

Read Your Favorite Coffee Table Design Book (or Buy a New One!)

Whether you’ve flipped through your favorite coffee table design book a hundred times or used it as a decor item (yet to look at the first page…), it’s time to read—again.

Consider spending time with each design; try to find an element that interests you or that you haven’t noticed before.

Anne Mueller, Principal at Briar Design, states, “For inspiration, I often turn to print publications… There is nothing more beautiful than a wonderfully curated coffee table book filled with stylish shots from talented photographers.” 

Looking for some new coffee table books about interior design? We compiled a list of some of the best books for minimalist design, including our favorites like The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker and John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum by Alison Morris.

Take a Walk Around a Museum

A museum can serve as a place to recharge and get the creative juices flowing. 

Why? Museums are bursting with inspiration. After all, you can’t spell “museum” without “muse!”

Additionally, taking a stroll around a museum allows designers to connect to other artists and other forms of art that may fuel their next project.

Seek out the Work of Fellow Designers

Whether you are a fellow designer or are working on your own home, interior designers can be a great source of inspiration. Some of our favorites include Piet Boon and John Pawson.

Draw Brands that Inspire Luxury Kitchens

Your favorite brands and the details you choose to fill a space with say a lot about you and your preferences. By taking a look at pieces from these brands, you might find one that evokes some inspiration for your next project.

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

The Bulthaup Brand

The Bulthaup Brand provides incredible, uncompromised quality for kitchen and living spaces. Additionally, this brand prioritizes high ethical standards while working with premium materials as well as values craftsmanship and design.

According to their website, Bulthaup “[wonders] whether our concept of ‘the kitchen’ is enough to meet people’s wants and needs, now and in the future. We continually investigate this question as we manufacture our products with a passion for detail and a love of authentic materials, to create kitchen and living space systems that enrich lives now and tomorrow.”

Check out more of The Bulthaup Brand’s projects.

MGS

According to their site, “​​MGS stainless steel fixtures merge Italian luxury and style with the innovative precision of Swiss engineering, creating slim silhouettes and simple shapes that represent the perfect harmony of aesthetics and technology.”

MGS uses high-quality stainless steel materials to create sleek, functional designs. These pieces are durable, efficient, and bring a touch of refinement to any kitchen space.  

Read on to view some MGS kitchen faucets.

Designer Doorware

Designer Doorware “was born out of Joseph Di Benedetto’s vision to provide architects and designers the products they were truly looking for. Since inception, our focus has been on providing high-quality innovative designs in hardware with quality at the core of our offerings.”

This brand offers excellent choices for kitchen cabinet pulls and refrigerator door handles.

Check out their site for examples of Designer Doorware projects.

Studio Piet Boon

Every Piet Boon kitchen is designed with “a passion for natural materials, keen technical insights, and an eye for detail. Each kitchen concept is ‘tailored to taste’, being unique in form and proportion, material, texture, color, finish, and appearance.” 

For example, we love the COCOON Piet Boon Deck Mount Swivel Spout (PBSET11).

The PBSET11 is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for a home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s Piet Boon Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room!

Moreover, this piece is available in four finishes:

  • Gold (shown above)
  • Black
  • Brushed inox, and
  • Copper

Find more Piet Boon kitchen products.

HydroTap by Zipwater

Take it from Zipwater: “Ultra-modern. Boho-chic. Contemporary classic. Whatever your taste, there’s a HydroTap to match, with a stunning selection of tap styles, finishes, and dispensing options to choose from! Browse the range below to find the perfect HydroTap for your home or office.”

These products are made from premium materials and built to last. 

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Visit Our Showroom for Unmatched Luxury Kitchen Inspiration

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, 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 Los Angeles showroom.