Waterworks Kitchen

Almost every element of the kitchen is part of the Waterworks Kitchen line, creating a complete design experience.

I was in NYC recently for an appointment, rushing because I was late.  I stopped short when I saw a new Waterworks storefront with a beautiful vignette and just had to go inside even though I was running late.  This Waterworks show room is not massive in scale, but what they fit in was so impressive.    The line includes everything from sinks and fittings to cabinets and work tables.  Everything has been designed with an eye toward both form and function, using the finest materials.

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Almost every element of the kitchen is part of the Waterworks Kitchen line, creating a complete design experience.  I saw simple lines and super approachable products that a wide range of people will gravitate toward.  The cabinets are simple but come in sultry, interesting colors with smokier tones, not your typical white kitchen.  I find the way they displayed kitchen sinks so interesting, showcasing vast array of ways to use them.  One sink I loved was immense at 54 in long with two drying boards set underneath — so clever and really inventive.

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Waterworks has  expanded plumbing fixtures to the point where they have a grand scale and such a presence.  The new lines are not typical and show an insightful reinvention of fixtures and other kitchen elements.  Waterworks has turned a product that was already great into something really thoughtful.  This is such beautiful hardware.  I really appreciate how they’ve taken an element we all believe in at its simplest form and developed on it.   Today’s clients don’t want a lot of hardware in a modern setting, which is why the Waterworks recessed options are so smart.  The light fixtures are also quite modern and appealing with an industrial vibe, definitely something for everyone.

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I walked out wanting to design whole Waterworks kitchen with all of the accoutrements that go with it.  The Waterworks showroom is so well presented, it makes it easy for a client to envision their own kitchen design, and that in itself is a success.


Lunch with Barbara Sallick of Waterworks

A couple of weeks ago, I had the fantastic opportunity to have lunch with Barbara Sallick, owner of Waterworks.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the fantastic opportunity to have lunch with Barbara Sallick, owner of Waterworks.  It was really nice to meet someone so inventive and to be able to pick her brain.  I found sitting with her and talking woman to woman to be so delightful.  As someone who focuses on creating interiors, it’s fascinating to me to speak to someone who instead focuses on creating a product.  What Waterworks does is very specific, constructing items that must be precise down the the millimeter while maintaining the high standards of elegance for the product.  They really must think of everything throughout this clever process.

Waterworks was founded as a plumbing supply company in 1925 by Sam Grogins, Barbara Sallick’s father.  In 1978, Barbara and her husband Robert set out to bring their vision of beauty and perfect performance to a part of home design that often lacked attention.  Their son Peter later joined the company and Waterworks became an industry leader with a well-deserved reputation for craftsmanship and design.  With the growth of Waterworks, the company hasn’t lost its vision or mom and pop feel.  They truly listen to designers and have honed in on an ideal balance of functionality and gorgeous design, inspired by history rather than trends.

Henry Collection. Great profile and industrial flare; the column also comes with a reeded texture.
Voltaire free standing tub.
Humboldt Four Leg Washstand: Great size for a powder room!
Tampico Brush: Very cool accessory for the bath!

What I love about Waterworks is the diverse styles they offer.  They don’t just offer fittings, they offer an entire bath experience that truly has something for everyone.  The Studio Line, for example, is very accessible and well done.  The Henry line is designed so beautifully, with so many different facets.  Honestly, I can see uses for Waterworks elements in the kitchen and beyond.

Thermostat Valve: A more modern approach and my favorite for childrens' rooms.
Worth Stationary Mirror: Available in white too! Love it!
Gilbert Light Fixture: Great to mix with others in a kitchen.
Drake metal and linen stool. Who says this has to be used in a bathroom?

If you want to also pick Barbara’s brain about her thoughts on design you can access her excellent ideas through her blog, The Perfect Bath.  Barbara is also the author of two books:  The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath (self published, 2006) as well as Waterworks: Inventing Bath Style (Clarkson Potter, 2001).