GPS Living Fall 2022

BRIGHT IDEAS TO LIGHT RIGHT

FROM BATH TO SPA CREATING THE ESCAPE OF YOUR DREAMS

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. GPS something for everyone

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ON THE COVER Why call Nebia by Moen Quattro Handshower the “Shower of the Future”? That it can provide 60 percent more force than standard showerheads while saving 50 percent more water may have something to do with it. 10 RAW MATERIALS Enticing selections to refresh your kitchen and bath. 16 JEWELRY OF THE HOME Suggestions for inserting more sparkle throughout your space. 22 CABINET GAINS What you need to know when it’s time for new cabinetry. 25 SAY SPA Setting the mood for relaxation with sounds, scents, and more. 30 BETTER KNOW NJ An electric piece of history and other Orange-area attractions. 31 MEET THE DESIGNERS Why Ada Saharig would like to sleep in the Sistine Chapel. 32 FEELING LIGHT Discussing the art of illumination with a man who’s shaped lighting. 36 TALL ORDER Shaping lavatories for the lanky and showers for the statuesque.

CONTRIBUTORS Justin Freedman PRESIDENT, GPS Brian Maffia DIRECTOR OF SHOWROOMS, GPS Sarah Barton MARKETING DIRECTOR, GPS Rebecca Jean Cortés, GPS Isaiah Dismuke, GPS

Hudson One Media, LLC PRESIDENT Steven Mandel ADVERTISING SALES Sophia Koutsiaftis

All rights reserved. GPS Living Magazine is a production of Hudson One Media, LLC, copyright ©2022. Any reproduction or re-use of the articles, images and content without the express written consent of Hudson One Media, LLC,. is strictly prohibited. Hudson One Media, LLC, 246 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518 ©2022 All Rights Reserved

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The Genta LX bath suite boasts contemporary, curved edges for an appealing, yet substantial style that brings a sleek feeling to the Bath. Available in a matte black finish - the perfect complement to modern spaces.

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This Fall finally feels like the return to normalcy that we have all craved for the last two and a half years. COVID and the effects of COVID are not gone, but they have become a somewhat more normal part of our daily lives. Kids are back in schools, and employees are settling into their new normals of returning to the office as their families figure out this new cadence. Pricing of commodities and finished goods in the home building space has been a challenge over the last year, but we are starting to see this dynamic moderate as we come into the final stretch of 2022. Despite what other parts of the country might be seeing, the Northeast still has a strong appetite for new construction and remodeling—including would-be homeowners looking for condos, existing homes, or single-family new construction.

As more homeowners continue to put significant upgrades into their existing and new homes, this issue highlights the “Jewelry of the Home” (GPS – page 16) with all the patterns, textures, finishes, and hardware that add a little extra pop to your space. For that next level of creature comfort and home form and function, our article “Say Spa” (GPS – page 25) explores the best in creating your own personal oasis with features such as steam showers and hydrotherapy. You will also find a comprehensive guide for going through the cabinetry selection process for your a kitchen or bath project. We showcase several industry-best lines of cabinetry designed for all parts of the home and have certified cabinetry designers on staff to help with your project (GPS – page 22). In this issue’s pages, we also spotlight two of our designers: Ada Saharig (GPS – page 31) and Amanda Rodriguez (Kohler – page 8). All of our designers, experience ongoing product knowledge training across categories and vendors, including plumbing, lighting, hardware, and even tile at our Kohler Signature Store locations. So they are ready to discuss what you’ll find in “Raw Materials” (Kohler – Page 4), including the newest products from Kohler Company across a variety of brands: Statement & Anthem showering, the Tone and Riff collections, new collections and colors from Ann Sacks, and Robern Murray Hill medicine cabinets. We’d also like to acknowledge the recent passing of Herb Kohler, chairman of Kohler Company. Mr. Kohler was one of the great innovators in our industry, is well known for creating the “Bold Look of Kohler,” and guided his company on the trajectory it follows today. Kohler is one of our best-in-class brands; Mr. Kohler’s legacy will live on in the worlds where he made his mark. Kohler doesn’t do anything casually; when they create businesses, their aim is to make an impact. This echoes the way Mr. Kohler led his life and his company: succeeding in the decorative bath and kitchen industry; power systems/engines; hospitality (hotels, resorts, several of the world’s best golf courses); and even chocolate. He will be missed, but his footprint and the strength of the Kohler brand endure. One last noteworthy section is on things to see and do in the Oranges. After visiting our Orange, NJ showroom, stop by this selection of sights, sounds, and bites: Bistro d’Azur, The Fox and Falcon, Edison Museum, South Orange Performing Arts Center, and the not-to-be-missed Turtle Back Zoo. Thanks for reading—we are truly honored to be a part of your home’s next project. Best,

Justin Freedman, President

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That’s Putting cleaner water within reach.

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BATHROOM

▫ Bath Exhaust Fans ▫ Bath Faucets

▫ Mirrors ▫ Shower Heads and Body Sprays ▫ Steam Shower Systems ▫ Tile ▫ Toilets ▫ Towel Warmers ▫ Vanities

▫ Countertops ▫ Faucets ▫ Garbage Disposals ▫ Instant-Hot Dispenser ▫ Kitchen Cabinetry ▫ Kitchen Sinks ▫ Water Filtration Whole House or Point of Use ▫ Bathtubs, Whirlpools and Air Baths ▫ Custom Shower Door Enclosures ▫ Heated Shower or Bathroom Mats ▫ Lighting ▫ Medicine Cabinets

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▫ Cabinet Hardware ▫ Grab Bars ▫ Soap Holder ▫ Soap/Lotion Dispenser ▫ Toilet Paper Holder ▫ Towel Bars/Rings

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A reflection of you.

With hundreds of innovative KraftMaid® products, you can build a room that fits your life. We’ll help you decide.

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TANKLESS SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY APPLICATION

People love the performance and continuous hot water of Rheem ® tankless water heaters. But every customer application is unique. So, we’ve created a complete line of solutions to provide the flexibility you need—and the ease of installation that saves you time and money. Meet our entire family of residential tankless water heaters online today.

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Whether finished in black or brushed gold, the distinctive design of these Riobel Ode single- handle bathroom faucets means they will make an impact on a space—no matter how busy or basic the back- ground. Read on to see more from this beautiful collection.

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RAW MATERIALS

WATER WAYS REFRESHING CHOICES FOR KITCHEN AND BATH

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“It’s up to you, New York,” Sinatra sings. But what is the MTI New Yorker 12 up to? Its clean design offers a welcoming backrest angle, room for two, and integrated faucet deck and overflow.

Every detail matters—so InSinkErator created these diverse butt ons , so you can stay true to your style even when turning on your disposal.

Moen Wallmount Tub Fillers offer consumers new choices when placing freestanding tubs.

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Moen Motionsense faucets offer the ultimate in style, convenience, and cleanliness, allowing users to summon water with the wave of a hand.

Quiet Bathroom Fan/Heater Solution • Pick-a-Flow™ high speed options of 50, 80 and 110 CFM to properly ventilate various room sizes, all in one fan. • 1600W heating element for instant warmth and comfort from head-to-toe. • Adjustable louvers for customer-controlled direction where warmth is desired. • Virtually silent operation, as quiet as <0.3 sones. . • Requires single dedicated 20 AMP service. • 6-year warranty gives added confidence in exceptional product performance. • LED-lighted model includes 10W dimmable LED chip panel with <1W LED nightlight for warm, long-lasting, energy-efficient illumination; 3000K, 90 CRI, 70 lumens per watt.

What’s that well-dressed island wearing? That off- white with oh-so-subtle maroon veining is Riverlet from the Caesarstone Pebbles collection.

For over two decades, Panasonic has delivered innovative ventilation solutions that have set new standards for performance, energy efficiency, and quiet operation.

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RAW MATERIALS

You never know what use you’ll find for the added reach offered by the Delta In2ition combination showerhead and hand shower.

The Fairmont Grand Central vanity, shown here in natural walnut, offers options for organizing your bath essentials.

GET THE TOOLS TO TACKLE ANY TASK

Elkay Circuit Chef Sinks lend needed extra work space.

Fixtures from the Rohl Apothecary collection are inspired by the shapes of collectible antique bottles.

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Brushed gold finish coming Fall 2022 GEMINI PLUS 2 SIDED ENCLOSURE + OPUS CABALETTA TUB

PERFECTLY CHILLED DRINKING WATER, INSTANTLY Designed to fit under your kitchen sink, the InSinkErator ® Water Chiller is ready to dispense water as cool as 40°F. Bundle with our Showroom Collection hot/cold dispenser and water filter to give yourself the gift of health.

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RAW MATERIALS

The ezH20 Liv Water Filter from Elkay makes it easy to offer friends a drink.

Featuring the make-yourself-at-home feel of farmhouse style, the Delta Saylor collection combines throwback elements (like this showerhead) with the pleasures of modern plumbing.

This transitional kitchen feels timeless, while still featuring clean Rohl fixtures, such as the Lombardia pull-down kitchen faucet at the sink.

Seeming to float above the floor, the Strasser Amiri vanity looks as futuristic as your cool new mirror.

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A SMARTER CHOICE IN HOME COMFORT.

Luxaire ® is a premier line of high performance heating and air conditioning equipment, continually setting the standard in features and innovation. Since 1954, Luxaire has stood for uncompromising quality and unmistakable attention to detail. The latest advancements in quiet technology, energy efficiency and lasting dependability make Luxai re an intelligent choice that delivers optimal comfort and exceptional value. luxairesmart.com

JEWELRY OF THE HOME

It’s not all about sparkle. The MTI Bowie bath and pedestal’s pleated exteriors are ornate as any Elizabethan collar.

BRIGHT SPOTS HOW THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES BECOME JEWELRY OF THE HOME

J ewelry of the home: it’s a term that’s often used to refer to lighting. And that makes sense: lights can sparkle, sway, catch the eye. Many pieces hang like drop earrings. And it’s no coincidence that the word pendant can refer just as easily to an object that hangs around your neck as one that swings from the ceiling. But if the sparkle of a sconce or chandelier can be the jewelry of the home, why stop there? You might think of personality-adding pulls as the earrings for drawers: they’re also made in shapes from simple studs to hanging hoops, in finishes that include myriad metals, and often come adorned with decorative stones or etchings. T E X T PAUL HAGEN

What of your fixtures? Choosing the ones that best com- plement your kitchen or bath can transform space as cer- tainly as a brooch can smarten up a jacket or a decorative pin can put the finishing touches on a special occasion hair- style. A home accessory need not be diminutive or metallic to qualify as jewelry of the home. Anything that transforms a room with decorative flair qualifies. For example, the addition of a freestanding tub with a surprising shape or a stand-out sink with an eye-catching exterior might change that room forever. Thhe pieces on the following pages make excellent candidates, but stay on the lookout for accessories that will add flair that fits your style—just as you would with jewelry.

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A Creative Spirit. Timeless Design.

TIMELESS BEAUTY Graceful elegance blends with solid foundations, balancing a deep, cozy warmth with a confident edge. The promise of Montlake’s simple aesthetic fashions a timeless charm that endures.

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JEWELRY OF THE HOME

Its red gold finish shines, but the Hansgrohe Axor Edge also adds interest with its design—reminiscent of postmodern architecture.

Each facet and bend of the Chareau Collection in

SOME FINISHES DEMAND ATTENTION

polished chrome from Top Knobs seems designed to catch light.

It’s almost impossible to look away from the Native Trails Rhapsody Farmhouse Sink with its handsome apron in hammered polished copper.

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EASCO Shower Doors has been exceeding expectations since 1960 by creating and installing custom glass shower doors for the most demanding tastes. Using the latest technology combined with Old World craftsmanship our talented engineers can design a shower door for virtually any array of hardwar e finishes and glass types to complete the look of your bath. application. We offer a vast

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The Delta Monrovia single-handle faucet lends decorative energy—both with its bright, Champagne bronze finish and its swanlike curved neck.

The Rohl Palladian collection for the shower, named for the great architect Andrea Palladio, has the flourish of Italian fashion.

FASHION FLOURISHES IN FIXTURES

Love mixed metals? The Watermark Lily collection brightens its base finishes, adorning them with contrast details like dimples.

The Perrin & Rowe large contour Drawer Pull shines bright enough to check your makeup in.

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MAKE COMFORT A PRIORITY.

The T10 Pro Smart Thermostat with RedLINK™ Room Sensor extends the thermostat’s reach into the rooms that matter – like bedrooms and living spaces. Homeowners can prioritize different rooms at different times of day, or, they can allow each sensor’s motion-detection technology to shift priority automatically as they move around the house. It’s a smart, simple way to help your customers feel right at home.

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CABINET GAINS

Achieve a two- tone look like this black and white cabinet combo from KraftMaid .

CABINET GAINS Ready to soup up your storage? Here’s what you need to know when making decisions about cabinetry.

W hat’s one perfect way to improve how your kitchen looks and functions? The answer may be cabinetry. This guide will help you take the first steps toward organizing a more beautiful space. And remember that cabinetry design services from GPS are here to help ease you through the process. THE FIRST STEPS You may have asked yourself, “How do you start planning a kitchen remodel? What do I need to consider?” Here are a few things to keep in mind: Set goals and priorities. What parts of your room feel tight and cluttered? Are there open spaces that could be put T E X T BOSIE CRAWFORD

to better use with organization? Is there something you’ve always wanted to make room for—from a baking station to an indoor herb garden—that’s on the top of your wish list? Establish a loose budget. Kitchen renovation costs can range from $100 per square foot (if you’re going bare bones) to $250 per square foot (for more bells and whistles). Choose a number you are comfortable with and let your designer walk you through what’s possible in that price range. Take rough measurements. Sketch out your floor plan and note the width, height and position of walls, windows, doorways or other obstructions. Add the location, width, and depth of your appliances and how far each is from the nearest wall. Note the placement of appliance connections,

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This StarMark cabinetry is cherry wood in a cappuccino finish.

plumbing and gas lines, electrical outlets. Plus, measure the room from floor to ceiling in several spots to ensure consis- tency, and take pictures of the room to show your designer. THE GRACE NOTES Once you know what you have room for, it’s time to think about aesthetics. Here’s how to find a look that’s right for you: Understand your style. Most kitchens fall into five main categories: traditional, transitional, contemporary, modern, and rustic. Not sure what you want? Talk to your designer about what you love and let them guide you toward log cabin coziness or space age chic. Collect inspiration. Pull pages from magazines, collect looks on Pinterest, take pictures of other spaces you love. The more you can show your designer what appeals, the better chance they can give your space that feel. Think about appliances. You may be planning to keep or replace your appliances. In either case, consider how their di- mensions will affect the available space and how you’ll want them to blend in—or stand out—next to your new cabinetry. Manage materials. Consider not only the materials in your cabinetry but also how they will look next to other major elements like floors and countertops, whether you’re working with a pallette of saturated colors or shades of white. MAKING IT HAPPEN Unsure about anything from style selections to ceiling mea- surements? Working with a designer can save you time, mon- ey, and frustration. Schedule an appointment with a friendly GPS expert to get started. They can also offer help with countertops, hardware and everything your renovation needs—even advice choosing a contractor and organizing installation. With options including great brands like KraftMaid, StarMark, Kohler, Silestone, and Emtek, you know you’ll get top quality in any style. ■

This unique StarMark colorway is Rye with Ebony glaze.

Seating can do double duty as storage in this eating alcove, thanks to pieces by KraftMaid .

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Oh look... a SPA! Elevate an everyday routine with a simple steam shower upgrade in any bathroom.

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SAY SPA

SAY SPA

Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Mr. Steam Audiowizard brings music to your spa experience.

IN TIMES OF STRESS, SELF-CARE BECOMES EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL

S tudies show that nearly half of people actively think of their own bathrooms as places to escape. That might mean rush- ing home to de-stress after a tough day at the office with a nice soak. Or it could mean finding momentarily respite from a houseful of boisterous kids or tedious chores. But if this is going to be the kind of escape others find when they go out for a mani-pedi or massage, you’re going to need a bath that’s stocked with all the fixings. First, set the scene with a wonderfully water-resistant music system delivering tension-easing tunes and aro- matherapy offering a dose of zen from your favorite scents. You should also be surrounded by the very best for the bath, so make certain you have a luxurious tub with room enough to lay back comfortably and rest your back and neck. Pair it with a basin-filler that offer a few bells and whistles, like a hand shower to clean off anything leftover from your favorite bath bomb. Add a truly glorious shower that’s easy to get in and out of, offers a variety of sprays, and is within reach of a heated towel warmer—and you’ve got the full package. T E X T PAUL HAGEN

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SAY SPA

Fill your space with spa scent thanks to the Moen INLY aromatherapy showerhead; it’s as easy as popping in a pod for coffee.

Is that enough to lead to pure spa bliss? The proven benefits of bathing in such a steamy en- vironment may include clearer sinuses, improved breathing, glowing skin, easier shaving, better circulation, increased metabolism and muscle function, decreased toxins, reduced stress, and an increased sense of well-being. So say yes to your own spa bath today, and start feeling better.

A spa-worthy bath deserves a filler like the Hansgrohe Axor MyEdition with its hand

shower and black glass accent.

Inspired by the iconic paintings of Jackson Pollock, the texture of Americh’s ROC collection adds an artful touch to your well-deserved soak.

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The Darlington offers a classic contemporary design. It has a roomy interior with a trim, simple exterior that will blend well with a wide variety of personal design preferences. The Darlington is available in all Americh standard colors with dual color options also available. Dimensions: 66x 32x 23 The Americh Freestanding Collection is broad ranging from elegantly traditional to minimalist contemporary. The skill of our artisans shines through in this collection of beautiful stand-alone baths that transcend expectations of luxury bathing.

Artistically crafting bathtubs & shower bases since 1982.

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Love the modern look of a doorless shower but not sure where to begin? Fluerco Vectra fi xed shower panels could be the right first step.

With settings like Angel Hair, Hard, Super Saver and Soft, Moen Nebia will find that just- right spa sensation.

With the Amba Jeeves Wet Rated Kit , you can install your towel warmer within easy rich of even the most sprayable areas of your bath setup.

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BETTER KNOW NJ

For comestibles from preshow seafood to aftershow espresso, seek out Bistro d’Azur. (PHOTO COURTESY BISTRO D’AZUR)

Grab a bite, discover electricity, go wild, and reserve a ticket to top-tier entertainment. Orange: You Coming? S topping by the GPS location in Orange, New Jer- sey? Why not make a day of it? We’ve got places to enjoy a meal, get closer to history, and see can’t-miss entertainment. It may be the most fun you’ve ever had running an errand. If you’re starting out with lunch or brunch, head to downtown South Orange to find The Fox & Falcon. Its contemporary American menu mixes classics and subtly reinvented favorites from burgers to bucatini. Two floors means you’ll find ample room at a table or the bar, and the casual atmosphere offers guests a warm, homey welcome. thefoxandfalconnj.com For a truly electric peek back at history, there are few spots more intriguing than Thomas Edison National Histori- cal Park at Glenmont Estate in West Orange. Bought by the inventor for his bride, Mina, in 1886, the estate was both their family home and a bustling hub for Edison’s experi- ments. See the knowledge collected in his library, feel the vibrations in the music room that helped shape the pho- nograph, and picture Edison and associates at work in the Chemistry Laboratory and Blacksmith Shop. nps.gov/edison If you (or perhaps a smaller someone with you) would appreciate the chance to commune with nature, you’re not far from an ideal opportunity: the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Turtle Back has been entrancing visitors for genera- tions. Attractions include a carousel honoring endangered species, safari-themed mini-golf, pony rides, a treetop adventure course, and the zoo train. But the real stars of the show are its animals, from alligators to big cats. And if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to celebrate the end of October, their Howl-o-ween event offers a sweet twist on trick-or-treating. turtlebackzoo.com Ready for a show? The South Organge-Maplewood neighborhood—dubbed SOMA by some—welcomes fans to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). With the goal of enriching lives and engaging the community, T E X T PAUL HAGEN

Family home or idea factory? Decide for yourself at the Edison Museum. (PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)

If you’re ready for an evening out, SOPAC may be just the tricket. (PHOTO BY MIKE MULLAN PHOTOGRAPHY)

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SOPAC showcases art, hosts events, invests in education, and welcomes must-see artists to take the stage. The first Wednesday of each month brings local comedians together for Laughs in the Loft. Coming months will also bring appearances by 1990s vocal powerhouses Paula Cole and Sophie B. Hawkins; a tribute to iconic farewell concert film The Last Waltz ; and a performance by singular singer-song- writer Judy Collins—welcoming the season with a mix of holiday favorites and treasured hits. sopacnow.org If you’ve still got cravings, head to nearby Bistro d’Azur. When they call themselves an “artisanal French Med- iterranean” restaurant, they mean the whole Mediterranean: note influences from Greece, Spain, North Africa and the Middle East in their menu, which changes daily. Selections may include sea-sourced sensations like octo- pus, tile fish, swordfish, and salmon. Meanwhile, the less seafood inclined can look forward to inviting presenta- tions of proteins such as lamb or duck. bistrodazur.com ■ If you were a color, what color would you be and why? Royal Blue: it stands out, it’s vibrant. Is there a design upgrade you’d love to make in your own home? I’d love to put a steam unit in my bathroom. How do you unwind when you’re feeling stressed out? I jump on my Peloton bike. What’s something about the world of design that fascinates you? The drastic change in color finishes— specifically matte black and brushed brass. Those two colors have made a very big impact. Is there an iconic building or space where you’d like to try living? I’d love to live in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City in Italy. I’d love to wake up each morning and look up to see the famous painting by Michelangelo of Noah and the Flood. ■

Share an app at The Fox and Falcon while enjoying comedy, trivia, or live music. (PHOTO BY CATHY ROMA)

The Turtle Back Zoo is for the birds—in the best way. (PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON)

MEET THE DESIGNERS

What inspires you? I could get something as simple as a tile sample or a photo of a color scheme from a client and just run with it. Is there a TV show or movie with design that you love? This Old House is one of my favorite TV shows because I love how they update old homes so that they still have classic charms—even though they add modern fixtures. Can you share how you dealt with a problem you encountered on a project? A contractor who was redoing his personal primary bathroom found himself with an awkward design problem. He was trying to decide between replacing a corner tub or installing a freestanding tub. The space we were working with was extremely limited and tight. The only option that could work—and that the contractor seemed to like—was a small freestanding tub.

ADA SAHARIG ORANGE

How would you describe your personal design style? Very eclectic, contemporary and transitional.

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Hudson Valley Lighting’s Orbit

chandelier, with its intertwined arms bearing bright LED capsules, makes a classic statement piece.

FEELING LIGHT

T E X T PAUL HAGEN

L ighting is essential to the utility, percep- tion, and experience of a space,” explains Robert Sonneman. As the founder and chief creative officer of Sonneman, which creates some of the more noteworthy pieces of lighting available today, he understands the impor- tance of lighting decisions. “You see what you light,” he expands. “Light affects your color perception—as well as having a psychological impact.” So how do you make the decisions that change how people perceive your space? Sonneman weighs in. Function Comes First According to Sonneman, everything follows function. “The selection and design of your lighting program must be wrapped around the functional application,” he explains. That’s true, whether major elements are pushed to the foreground or demurely hidden. “Lighting can be a strong decorative statement or a

minimal functional element. Consider the activities that will occur within the space and select lumi- naires that will achieve effective illumination for those utilities.” Look Beyond the Statement Piece Sonneman notes that a beautiful chandelier may satisfy the need for a decorative focal point and still not provide enough illumination. “The room may still require well placed down lights and or wall-light sconces to bring illumination across the entire area.” But more light is not necessarily the right light. “Simply adding more brightness doesn’t compensate for poor distribution.” Stay in Control “Lighting is no longer about burning filaments or gas- ses in bulbs or tubes,” explains Sonneman. “Today lighting has moved to an electronically controlled

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technology from light-emitting diodes: LEDs.” Indeed, technological progress has given owners and designers infinitely more control. “We now determine the intensity, distribution, and color temperature of the lit environment,” he adds. “Integrating lighting controls into a building system for variable control presents a broad range of options and choices, but matching the system to the right controls can get very challenging.” For exam- ple, Sonneman says, it may seem appealing to control all the lighting in your home from your phone—until a tech glitch or other disruption. “For that reason, I often prefer to keep it simple: putting smart dimmers in lo- cally controlled room locations.” Sometimes there’s no substitution for a switch. Be Inspired by the Past “Lots of lighting designs were originally cre- ated in, or reproduced to echo, a historical time. Of course, the crystal wall sconce or chandelier remains a desired decorative lu- minaire of classical design,” notes Sonneman. But when he thinks of lighting that’s still relevant today, Sonneman is drawn to iconic pieces of the 1960s: the happy bubble lamps of George Nelson, the Arco lamp of Castigli- oni with its delicate stem, the versatility of Sonneman’s own Orbiter. “So much from this period is still fresh and relevant in the mod- ernism of today.”

With their faceted and flared details the Kohler Riff one-light sconce, faucets, and lever handles complement one another.

Sonneman’s Constellation Galaxy Matrix is composed of brilliant, double-sided LEDs woven together to create a unique balance of form and function.

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Value Unsung Heroes They may not be as Instagrammable as showpiece chandeliers or statuesque floor lamps, but Sonneman notes that many key sources of illumination go nearly unacknowl- edged—from caged exterior wall lamps to industrial linear metal reflectors. “Indirect reflectors have the weight and grit of a differ- ent time but the relevance of classic indus- trial design,” he says. “Good, functional design endures and finds new relevance.” What’s Right and What’s Popular So how does Sonneman decide what light to bring into the world? “We are creatively free to innovate by design, but our inspiration must be justified by market acceptance,” Sonneman explains. In other words, designing a perfect piece of lighting can’t do any good if it doesn’t sell. “Creativity is quantified by performance,” he continues. So the company will continue to innovate, while also looking to the market to guide what pieces will be manufactured and distributed. That said, cer- tain central tenets animate the process. “We are foundationally committed to modern- ism—simplicity, innovation, and technology,” says Sonneman. It just may be the philosophy that shapes the next great lighting choice you bring into your home. ■

The Corbett Jai-Alai plays with light—filtering it through clusters that resemble the sports equipment after which the piece is named.

LIGHTING IS ESSENTIAL TO THE EXPERIENCE OF A SPACE

From below, the Mitzi Hope appears like interlocking pearl rings.

Pivoting shades make the Kohler Vorleigh especially versatile.

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Sure to get looks— Sonneman’s Arctic Rings is a series of tapered circles that can be sized to fit the available space.

Softened by a globe of holophane glass, Hudson Valley Lighting Sphere No. 3 produces a dreamy glow.

The design of this Kohler Riff chandelier has the grandeur of an 18th century New Orleans manor.

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This luxe bath features Kohler lighted

medicine cabinets.

TALL ORDER WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWERS, SIZE DEFINITELY MATTERS

A rchitect Adi Gershoni was work- ing on making the Manhattan dream of more space come true by combining two smaller units, transforming what had once been a foyer, a small bathroom and several closets into a grand bathroom and dressing room for his younger, male client. The challenges? The client is very particular about his showers, and he’s tall. “He was a bachelor, a young guy, a busi- nessman who traveled a lot,” remembers Gershoni. Accustomed to staying in fine hotels, the client wanted his apartment bath to have the same feel. And Gershoni was able to deliver a premium hotel-quality bath while also giving the dressing room a high- end retail feel with steel-framed shelving and directable lighting like that of a showroom. T E X T PAUL HAGEN

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This showerhead was set into the ceiling for a tall client. (PHOTOS THIS SPREAD FROM GERSHONI STUDIO)

The client’s height proved a dif- ferent kind of challenge. To prevent the dreaded shadows-at-the-sink issue, over-the-mirror sconces were replaced with Kohler Verdera lighted mirrored cabinets. But when it came to the shower, Gershoni recessed a showerhead into the ceiling. “Otherwise, he would hit his head,” Gershoni explains. Below that, for additional coverage, is an- other showerhead that comes out of the wall. Though the client loved the re- sults, he soon fell in love and went off in search of new space to start a family. So he was only been able to enjoy his supersized shower for a short time, but he’ll always appreci- ate the boost it gave to the apart- ment’s property value. But it makes one wonder: are we all bathing in showers designed for someone of a different height? Out on Long Island, designer Abigail Shachat of AJS Design was working on an even more mas- sive space. Her homeowners were taking advantage of some water issues to rearrange the problematic format of their bath and dressing room. ”Our big question was: how do you make these large, volumi- nous spaces work for the rituals of bathing and dressing, which are inherently intimate experienc- es,” she recalls. “I think it was this perspective combined with the owners’ more functional requests that played into the development of the design.” The first step was to swap the tub and the shower. This placed the shower in a large glass box with a stunning view—not to mention striking Hansgrohe fixtures—and addressed a previously awkward approach to the tub. Height was a factor here, as well. The shower had to be large enough to function for the husband, who is over six feet tall. But it also had to work for his wife, who is just over five feet

“THERE’S A VERY LARGE SHOWER IN THE CEILING ” —ADI GERSHONI

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tall. Shachat found solutions like frosting the bottom of the husband’s shaving mirror so that the lady of the house needn’t be faced with her own reflection while showering. Shachat also placed a dressing table be- tween the vanities. “It brings a furniture-like element to the space and gives our client a place to sit and put on makeup,” she ex- plains. But in the dressing room, her favorite elements were the rich finish materials she used: “gray-stained sycamore millwork, nick- el-and-leather hardware, silver-backed grass cloth wallcovering, thick wool carpeting and oversize perforated tin light fixtures.” Their richness helped scale the voluminous space to a more personal level by “quietly demand- ing your attention,” she says. But what if you’re designing for tall people in a less voluminous setting? That’s what was facing designer Devon Wegman of Devon

Shachat also created the decadent home spa space (above) for her clients.

Who wouldn’t want a shower with a skylight, Hansgrohe fixtures at multiple heights, and Kohler sinks at his-and- hers vanities?

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“THE MATERIALS BRING A LUXE, JEWEL-LIKE QUALITY TO THE DRESSING

ROOM. ” —ABIGAIL SHACHAT

The oversize scale of the bath continues into a dressing area with more than enough room for the couple to get ready.

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Wegman’s core palette of marble and wood pairs beautifully with these dark fixtures by Brizo ,

“WE LOVE THE SPACE. IT FEELS COMPLETELEY CUSTOMIZED .” —DEVON WEGMAN

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One way to help tall people feel at home is to raise vanities—like this one featuring Brizo fixtures—for comfort.

Grace Interiors. Both she and her husband are tall, but in their area of Chicago, Wegman says, “You don’t really have the option to make bathrooms very big.” Wegman loves that they have 16-foot-tall ceilings in their general living area, but the bedrooms and baths don’t reach that high. Thus, her only option was to create the illusion of more space. She points to the shower, which is only about seven feet tall but appears much taller. She accomplished this by placing the Brizo fixtures on a wall of vertical lines, designed to trick the eye. Another trick—and more beautiful Brizo hardware—can be found at the vanities. Wegman went with 36-inch high vanities to bring the surfaces up to the couple’s comfort level. And eliminating the need to stoop over is a great first step toward helping a tall person feel unconfined. So, even if you don’t have the wherewithal to embed a showerhead in your ceiling or rearrange your bath and dressing room under a soaring roof, it turns out a few verti- cal lines and raised vanities might be enough to fill your tall order. ”We love the space,” says Wegman. “It feels com- pletely customized to our needs and has been functioning exactly how we hoped it would.” ■

If you want to make a smaller shower feel elongated, try placing fixtures, like these by Brizo , against a wall of vertical lines.

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