Jill Platner + Waterworks’ Isla Collection

The NYC jewelry designer and sculptor injects tactile elegance to the bathroom

Our 2010 studio visit (video below) with NYC-based jewelry designer Jill Platner revealed a genial spirit who looked most comfortable when forming and playing with her materials of choice: silver and gold. Though metal can sometimes give off a cold, pristine feeling, Platner’s expertise has been in creating accessories and sculptures that desire to be touched and held, almost like an extension of the body. …

Inside Kohler’s Century-Old Wisconsin Factory

Touring the American-made manufacturer of brass, porcelain and steel sinks, bathtubs and toilets

There’s a great number of things we interact with on a daily basis that are too easy to assume have been made by machines. Take, for example, toilets, sinks and bathtubs. These steel, porcelain and brass pieces of industrial design are so commonplace that it’s nearly impossible to image a human hand touching each in their fabrication process. Though as we saw during a recent …