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Steeling Beauty

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Pumped Up: Bath fixtures that won't drain your wallet.  

The notion of forking over hundreds of dollars for a couple of towel bars sends us straight to the showers. But there’s no better way to polish up a bathroom than fresh chrome (or nickel, or stainless steel). Enter Rhea Alexander, an award-winning designer whose incredibly stylish and pricey bath fixtures were, until recently, sold at upscale stores all over the country. Long story short—her German manufacturer went bust, and Alexander finds herself with heaps of towel bars, glass shelves, wall hooks, and more, in five finishes. Priced originally from $70 to $660, pieces are now about 90 percent off, from $7 for a towel ring to $60 for a hotelier towel rack. Jump in fast, and clean up. (October 20–25, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; D.I.G.S. Showroom, 115 Wooster Street, No. 2R; 212-966-7352.)


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