Source: residential architect Magazine
Publication date: November 1, 2008
By Nigel F. Maynard and Shelley D. Hutchins lotus blossoms
The suave aluminum shell of the LOTUS luminaire isn't just another pretty exterior. The casing is engineered to dissipate heat generated by the LED bulb, and a built-in switch allows users to control brightness with 6-watt, 11-watt, and 16-watt settings. Its maker, Journée, estimates that LOTUS uses up to 50 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and should last 10 years. The fixture is Energy Star-rated and contributes toward LEED certification. Journée Lighting, 800.886.1880; www.journeelighting.com. new b
Affordable is a relative term. Take Bulthaup's system b1 modular kitchen. Starting at $18,000 (with many systems averaging $35,000), b1 would be considered pricey in some circles, but when compared to the company's signature b3 collection (which costs 35 percent to 40 percent more), it's a steal. The b1 even offers similar features, such as central islands, full-height architectural cabinetry, and overhead shelves with optional sliding doors. Other choices include lacquered doors, solid wood and stainless steel tops, and laminate or aluminum toekicks. Bulthaup Corp., 800.808.2923; www.bulthaup.com. forge ahead
The bold look of Sonoma Forge's WaterBridge faucet (and accessories) collection suits a range of aesthetic styles. Handcrafted fixtures come in wall.
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