State of the Art

From ultra high-tech Italian kitchens with an artisan’s touch to hand-crafted sinks, handles and hardware, to customizable tubs that defy the color wheel, here’s what has the kitchen- and bath-obsessed buzzing in 2014!

Arte kitchen by Pohlenz Dallas Valcucine, priced on request

Mama Mia!
Lone Star State kitchens are about to take a more artful turn with Pohlenz Dallas Valcucine, which just opened its doors in the Dallas Design District. Italy-made Valcucine’s new Arte collection is jaw-dropping in matte glass and is customizable with your own artwork or choose from 12 abstract designs. Handmade by artisans in Italy, each glass panel is one-of-a-kind and affixed to eco-sustainable wood cabinetry. Also earning wows is Valcucine’s Logica kitchen that defies gravity with a 12-foot-long cantilevered door constructed from a single piece of glass. “There’s nothing else like it on the market,” says David Arnwine, Pohlenz Valcucine showroom manager. Valcucine’s Sine Tempore collection also looks destined to be a Texas hot pick. “Crafted from elm wood, Sine Tempore is a chic take on Texas Hill country,” says Arnwine. “It’s Old World meets modern with options to add custom carvings and mosaics.”

Pohlenz Valcucine showroom owner Scott Pohlenz is a Midwesterner who ran his own architectural firm in London for 11 years before returning to the States where he purchased a Valcucine showroom in Tulsa. Pohlenz Valcucine is the exclusive Texas dealer for Valcucine kitchens, and the showroom also carries Agape baths, Rimadesio doors and closet systems, and Misuraemme furniture, among other lines. Overall, the 2,700-square-foot showroom represents 20 swanky lines from Italy with Valcucine as the headliner. Pohlenz serves as the architect on staff, alongside a team of designers who take projects from start to finish, whether it’s a single room (like a kitchen) or the whole house and patio, to boot. 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 470, Dallas, 214.484.8371

Get a Grip
With more angles than curves, Nest Studio’s Classic Series puts a glam spin on kitchen and bath cabinet hardware that die-hard design aficionados will appreciate: It was inspired by the great Dorothy Draper’s iconic, neoclassic creations. Available in satin brass and polished nickel, these are timeless accessories reinvented with a contemporary fashion edge. Clipped-corner and hinged drop-pulls conjure images of posh belt buckles, while faceted knobs resemble glam earrings—we’ve always said that hardware is jewelry for the home, and here’s a collection that proves it. $55-$80, Alexander Marchant, Austin; TKO Associates, Dallas; Fixtures & Fittings, Inc., Houston

Spring Clean
Add a twist of lime with Blu Bathworks’ Coco, a small footprint tub in matte or gloss finish, six hues and an exterior embossed pattern that can be custom designed. Sized for condo or guest bathrooms, this versatile 79-gallon oval tub is crafted of blu•stone, a highly durable eco-friendly quartzite material that’s high-pressure injection molded. Coco delivers the look and feel of natural stone in an antimicrobial, non-porous way.

Coco tub, by Blu Bathworks

The Vancouver-based company has also tapped into some high-tech trends, including digital Electronica basin faucets that feature simple touch-control digital interfaces and cool LED light rings that change from red to yellow to blue to indicate water temperature, then turn green when the faucet shifts into cleaning mode. To that we shout, Eureka! Tub, $5,250-$8,505, faucet, $3,290 and up, TKO Associates, Dallas; Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware Houston

Stone Age
Concrete sinks are the essence of design cool, but can be a tad off-putting because, face it, they’re heavier than lead. That’s why Native Trails’ NativeStone sinks caught our eye. These concrete kitchen, bar, prep and lavatory sinks weigh approximately 40 percent less than conventional concrete sinks because they’re made of an innovative blend of jute and cement. This revolutionary formula also makes the sinks stronger, more scratch- and crack-resistant, and ultraresistant to staining. Each NativeStone sink is crafted by artisans who build and fill the form by hand, then let the sink cure for five days before polishing and sealing. $435-$1,685, Ferguson, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio; Lighting, Inc., Austin, Houston and San Antonio

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