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Specified: Interiors Jul/Aug

PIP casts an eye over the latest news and innovations

Porcelain tiles
Rombini by Domus

If you like to put on Spotify, move the coffee table and throw some shapes when no one’s watching, then maybe this tile collection is for you. French design bros, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, have magicked up the maths and conjured squares, triangles and diamonds – flat and ridged in a variety of permutations – to produce a funky new range. The standout is ‘Triangle,’ moulded in a corrugated 3D effect which creates light and shadow with alternating ridges and grooves. Come to think of it, use as a dance floor is probably not recommended, actually.

domusgroup.com

Kitchens
Marchi Cucine

Do you have a grumpy cook at home? The type that won’t let you talk to them if they are julienning carrots or making a cranberry jus? They’d look right at home in this moody, dark grey Italian ‘Art Fashion Beauty’ kitchen: grouchy steel, testy recycled wood and bad-tempered cement. The industrial aesthetic of the Brera 76 celebrates loft living and is the result of the firm’s 40 years of production. It will also make any budding Masterchef semi-finalist who relishes making a three-course meal for 150 sailors aboard a Type II frigate feel right at home.

marchicucine.com

Floor and wall tiles
Reed Harris

Mary Beard would probably traipse over these Roma Statuario and Roma Imperiale tiles in her blingy lamé pumps seeking telling Latin inscriptions from long-dead citizens. (She’s the only person on telly who carries a shoulder bag even though there’s a whole team of people employed to satisfy her every whim on set. And what’s in it anyway?) Whether she’d be able to evince some of her wry-but-learned enthusiasm about how the tiles, which come in four colourways, can be arranged in a herringbone pattern, is harder to say; but they’re way better than Watling Street to walk on.

reedharris.co.uk

Shower system
Methven

Where gentrification happens inside the home, it is done by accessory; very little is safe from being zhushed up these days. In this narrative, Methven’s system doesn’t disappoint, bringing what it calls the ‘science of showering’ to bear on a product that has not one but two heads. The Aio overhead shower is 70% larger than a normal unit, with a unique ‘halo’ design, while the handset (bit of terminology for you, there) gives a more directed spray. You’ve got the rays, now all you need is a soap dish dispensing suds from a bust of Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Teresa and you’re in heaven.

methven.com

Latest

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Award-winning Danish designer introduces Almond Satin Matt shade and extra wash bowl sizes to the minimalist bathroom collection

Award-winning Danish designer adds new colour to bathroom collection

To promote housing diversity and unlock potential for 130,000 new homes, the National Custom and Self Build Association has united with the Federation of Master Builders, UK Cohousing Network and National Community Land Trust Network to create new group, Housing Diversification. We ask group spokesman and NaCSBA CEO Andrew Baddeley Chappell why it’s needed.

What issues will Housing Diversification press government on?

Corten stitches together Fraserburgh’s granite fabric in Moxon Architects’ civic and symbolic Faithlie Centre

Moxon Architects sews together granite heritage with Corten intervention

There are always winners and losers in a recession. This time, the winners are wealthier buyers and – with luck – architects benefiting from a resurgent interest in home improvements

Who are the winners and losers in the housing market?