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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.

luxury kitchen in white

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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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.

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Interior design in Beverly Hills calls for the perfect combination of luxury and functionality, vintage and innovative, and timeless and trendy– a tough ask, we know. Luckily, the Los Angeles design scene is bursting with talent and more than a few designers are up for the challenge. 

We’ve compiled a list of our featured interior designers in Beverly Hills. Read on to learn more about them and be sure to check out their recent projects for a little inspiration. 

Waldo Fernandez

Photo: Courtesy of Architectural Digest 

Waldo Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and principal in Waldo’s Designs. Fernandez, deemed a “trailblazer in the subtle discipline of mixing objects of widely varying periods and styles” by Architectural Digest,  had an impressive client roster that included names such as Brad Pitt, Will Smith, and Elizabeth Taylor. 

Waldo’s Design has been at the same Almont Drive location since it opened its doors in the early 1970’s. His firm includes a staff of architectural and interior designers as well as assistants each as committed to the love of design and its process as he is. Waldo Fernandez has managed all elements of his own interior design practice, working on various projects all over the world.

Michael Berman

Photo: Courtesy Alan Weissman

Michael Berman has completed residential interior projects from New York to Los Angeles. Berman’s products and interiors reflect the designer’s interest in history, art, architecture and nature. 

According to Design Collaborative, “Berman’s work resonates with design industry colleagues for its attention to detail and usable scale. Michael has crafted an epic romance that blends the luxury of casual lifestyle and eclectic cinematic swank.”

Michael S. Smith

Photo: Courtesy of Michael S Smith INC

is an American interior designer based in Los Angeles. Smith was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House from 2008-2016 and is responsible for the 2010 makeover of the Oval Office. 

According to Michael S Smith INC, “Michael S. Smith is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today.  With an international profile of residential, hospitality and commercial clients, Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism—always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love.”

Vanessa Alexander 

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Vanessa Alexander, Hollywood manager turned interior designer, works out of Alexander Design. This full-service interior design firm specializes in residential, retail and hospitality interiors. The team at Alexander Design is dedicated to creating holistic spaces inspired by clients’ “visions, lifestyle and stories.”

According to The Expert, Alexander Design’s clients range from “lawyers and agents of Hollywood’s elite to celebrity chefs and high net worth financiers. Hospitality projects include the acclaimed Malibu Farms, a restaurant series native to California with new locations opening in New York City and Tokyo.”

Check out Alexander Design’s portfolio, here.

Jamie Bush 

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Jamie Bush is known for his ability to blur the lines between architecture and interior design. Bush approaches the design of a space as one holistic vision. His designs have been featured in over 100 publications, such as Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Vogue, Elle Decor, Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, and Los Angeles Times.

Additionally, Bush has been honored into both the AD 100 top global architects and designers of the year, as well as Elle Decor’s  A-List of top designers.

Check out Jamie Bush’s projects, here.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Photo: Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer with an impressive list of high-profile clients including Elton John, Kid Rock, Cher and Edward Norton. Bullard is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic and luxurious designs. 

In addition, Martyn Lawrence Bullard has been “consistently named one of the world’s 100 top interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Decor’s A-List, and listed among the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter.”

Check out his portfolio, here.

Mat Sanders

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Mat Sanders, a founding partner of Consort, an interior design firm and furniture line, has over a decade of success in interior design. In fact, Sanders’ career has been thriving since his New York City apartment landed on the cover of Apartment Therapy’s “Big Book of Small Cool Spaces” in 2010. Sanders’ designs are playfully chic and sync to the personal style of his clients. 

Sanders states he loves “creating  casually elegant homes that feel comfortable, livable, and–most importantly–distinctly you.”

Find the portfolio of Mat Sanders here.

John Pawson

John Pawson is a renowned British architectural designer known for his minimalist designs. Pawson—often hailed as the father of modern architectural minimalism—founded his firm in 1981. For nearly forty years, Pawson has built a successful career dedicated to less.

Pawson’s projects range from the Cistercian monastery, the New York flagship store for Calvin Klein and Jil Sander, sets for the Royal Opera House, and hotels for Ian Schrager.

Read on to learn more about John Pawson’s work and how to bring a touch of his talent into your modern minimalist designs.

Find John Pawson’s work, here.

Interested in learning more about Pawson’s impact on minimalism? Check out our article, here.

 Piet Boon 

Piet Boon founded Studio Piet Boon in 1983 as a small design practice that specialized in the design of tailor-made homes. Throughout the years, Piet Boon Studio grew into a globally operating design studio and built an impressive portfolio of private, corporate, and hospitality clients. 

Learn more about Studio Piet Boon here.  See Piet Boon’s collection by COCOON.

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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.

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.

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.”

Looking for Inspiration for Your Minimalist Designs?

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing can assist with pricing, design options, and finish match recommendations for the COCOON Collection. For samples and more, stop by our Los Angeles showroom or send us an email for more information.