Water and Italian Flair Inspire Designs
authors Anita Shaw
Several kitchens and baths were honored as part of the second annual Fantini Design Awards, presented by Fantini USA. Recognizing excellence in kitchen and bath design throughout North America, the awards called upon architects, designers and building developers to submit eligible projects inspired by water and with a passion for Italian design that show how Fantini products helped turn their visions into reality.
Seven winners were chosen overall, with six from the category of completed projects and one from a future project, a new category in the competition. Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Stefano Giussani, CEO Lissoni Inc.; Jaime Derringer, founder and executive editor, Design Milk, and Arianne Nardo, Home + Design editor, Robb Report, on the basis of creativity, design, inspiration and quality of the submitted materials.
One representative per winning project traveled to the Fantini headquarters on Lake Orta in Pella, Italy as a part of a four-day, all-expenses-paid trip. Winners received a tour of Fantini’s recently renovated, state-of-the-art factory and headquarters designed by Piero Lissoni, and stayed at Fantini’s exclusive new resort, Casa Fantini/Lake Time.▪
5th Ave. Loft — Andrew Pollock Architect, PC
This New York City loft required clean, low-maintenance bathrooms, so Andrew Pollock chose to go with a minimalist spa style. The inspiration for the three baths came from different 20th century landmark buildings that can be seen from the home. The baths include Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa collection in chrome and Fantini’s Milano collection, sourced from Ferguson.
1309 Maple Street — SMD Interiors
Designed as a respite from the hectic world, the kitchen and master bath in this Vancouver, BC home were created to suit the time of day or seasons, offering a beachy vibe in summer and a cozy feel in winter, according to designer Sahra Samnani. Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa collection from Cantu Bathrooms are showcased in the bath and enhance the clean, calm aesthetic of the space.
Gramercy Park Residence — Eric Petschek LLC
Historical met contemporary in this older New York City apartment being updated for the luxury rental market. To modernize the two bathrooms in the space yet be respectful to the building and its neighborhood, designer Eric Petschek incorporated classic influences using natural materials, as well as Fantini’s Mint collection from Ferguson.
McGill 120 — La Firme Design
This enormous two-story loft in Montreal, housed in a 19th century building, was divided into separate zones by designer Louis Beliveau, yet kept as uncluttered as possible to maintain a sense of openness. Sourced from Batimat, Fantini’s I Balocchi collection in bold black and chrome add a vintage touch and provide a focal point, particularly in the expansive open shower in the master bedroom.
Vapor House — David Jameson Architect Inc.
The four baths in this Maryland home, owned and designed by David Jameson, reflect minimal details while incorporating meticulous authentic elements. Fantini’s Milano collection and Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukusawa collection, sourced from Union Hardware, provide a functional yet artistic element to each bath.
Osborne Residence — Reunion Goods & Services and Fogarty Finger
The apartment in this famous Gilded Age New York building received a modern and vibrant update, with bright colors and bold fixtures chosen to complement the building’s existing details, notes designer Laura Glam. The two bathrooms, which feature Fantini’s I Balocchi collection specified at the Fantini showroom, exude a playful yet sophisticated spirit.
Cedar Grove Residence — AKA Architecture + Design Inc.
This modern cabin in the mountains is a to-be-completed residence in Whistler, BC that will incorporate simple lines and a minimal color palette for a restful retreat, notes designer Josianne Berube. Six bathrooms will include Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa collection in a gunmetal finish from Cantu Bathrooms, chosen to bring a rich design element to the mix of materials such as tile and natural stone.