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Bathroom Shopping

Designers' sources for the bathroom.

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MATERIALS

Ann Sacks
37 East 18th Street (212-463-8400)
204 East 58th Street (212-588-1920)
Specializing in handcrafted tile, limestone slab, antiquated stone, and glass and terra-cotta mosaics, this high-end retailer also carries hardware and plumbing products.

Bella Tile
178 First Avenue
(212-475-2909)
This small East Village showroom displays about 100 different brands of tiles: mosaic, glass, stone, and a nice selection of hand-painted tiles from Spain and Mexico.

Bendheim
122 Hudson Street
(212-226-6370)
Bendheim is New York’s top distributor of specialty glass, from architectural (great for bathroom doors) to stained glass. Its showroom has more than 1,000 samples.

Bisazza
12 West 23rd Street
(212-463-0624)
Bisazza’s hand-cut glass tiles come in several sizes and shapes, but most popular are its mosaics, which come in 97 colors.

Canal Plastics Center
345 Canal Street
(212-925-1032)
These fabricators work wonders with Plexiglas. There’s no design team on site, but they’ll create almost anything your designer has in mind, from tub surrounds to shelves.

E-One Glass and Mirrors
630 Avenue U, Brooklyn
(718-812-8400)
Ivan Strachnyi designs and installs major glass projects. He works with all types of glass—frosted, tinted, mirrors—to produce pieces like shower doors and glass walls.

Fireslate
www.fireslate.com
(800-523-5902)
Fireslate, a synthetic stonelike product, can be ordered by the slab for uses like countertops, flooring, and shelving. The material comes in four colors and various shapes and finishes.

Oregon Hinoki Products
www.molalla.net/ohp
(503-829-4524)
This source of fine hinoki, or Port Orford cedar, builds standardized and custom soaking tubs as well as traditional Japanese stools, bathing buckets, and soap boxes.

Panelite
600 Broadway, No. 4C
(212-343-0995)
Panelite specializes in lightweight yet sturdy translucent panels that are most often used for doors, walls, and basic furniture. There’s no real showroom, but the sales office will provide sample books as well as a few sample installations.

Vermont Structural Slate
(800-343-1900)
Vermont Structural distributes high-quality slate for flooring, roofing, and architectural products. In addition to local slate, it offers imported quartzites and sandstones.

FIXTURES & FITTINGS

George Taylor Specialties
76 Franklin Street
(212-226-5369)
This plumbing supplier is a great source for sinks, tubs, toilets, and fixtures in both classic and contemporary designs. There’s also a machine shop on the premises.

H. Theophile
(212-727-0074)
Erich Theophile’s team includes architects, engineers, and designers as well as sculptors and silversmiths to work metal-fabrication miracles in the form of hardware, fixtures, fittings, and furniture.

Urban Archaeology
143 Franklin Street
(212-431-4646)
239 East 58th Street
(212-371-4646)
Come here for contemporary stainless-steel fixtures and fittings as well as quirky salvaged ones—plus tile and stone from more than 100 vendors, and reproductions of antique lighting and plumbing.

Waterworks
469 Broome Street
(212-966-0605)
225 East 57th Street
(212-371-9266)
These showrooms display chic plumbing fixtures and fittings, tile, stone, and mosaics. They also have bathroom-perfect dressing tables and small sitting stools.


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