We love a good budget renovation, but if you're a multi-millionaire celebrity or a Wall Street mogul looking to redo your kitchen and bath in style, you want the best you can afford. For all you high rollers out there, here's our superstar source list.
- BISAZZA: Since 1958, they've been combining modern technologies with age-old Venetian glass tile-making techniques. Their lines are pricey, but the quality is exceptional and the range of colors and choices is huge.
- BULTHAUP: German company Bulthaup is a leading high-end source for modern, minimal kitchen systems. Every kitchen is custom (in other words high quality and expensive), designed to fit snugly into the architecture of your space.
- AXOR: This is the high-end division of German plumbing company Hansgrohe. Axor works with contemporary designers like Patricia Urquiola, the Bouroullec Brothers, and Antonio Citterio to produce bathroom sinks, tubs, and fixtures. Shown above: Axor Urquiola.
- DURAVIT: Not everything they sell is expensive, but they work closely with designers like Philippe Starck and Norman Foster to produce modern ceramic sinks, tubs, and toilets. Their most expensive collections are refined and sculpted by hand at their factory in Germany.
- BOFFI: This company is an international trend-setter in the world of bathroom design, and they've worked with greats like Joe Colombo. They maintain a New York showroom (designed by Piero Lissoni) in SoHo, as well as multiple European locations.
- POLIFORM | VARENNA: This Italian company has been around since 1942, and their trademark is high-end modular storage solutions. They have a line of Italian-made modern designer kitchens called "Varenna." Shown above: Twelve Kitchen by Carlo Colombo.
- TOTO: This Japanese company is a leader in the field of "sanitation technology" — a euphemism that refers to development of high-tech bidets. Their toilets are so advanced that some models can stream music while shooting waterjets and putting on a light show... you think I'm kidding, but I'm not. When it first debuted, the Neorest 550 Toilet cost $5,000, but the price has since come down to $3,705.
- ROHL: This American company works with specialists around the world to perfect faucets and fixtures. In person, their pieces are stunning — fixtures go through multiple coatings to create a deep, translucent finish. They have gold-plated faucets that run as high as $10k, although most of their inventory is well below that mark. Shown above is the Empire collection in platinum finish.
- LAUFEN: Headquartered in Switzerland, this bathroom fixture company has international distribution. They make ceramic sinks, bidets, and toilets — all crafted with what they describe as "Swiss precision."
- KOHLER: This Wisconsin-based company has a range of prices and levels — some high, some low — but the quality is consistently good. They own several kitchen and bath brands, including Robern, Kallista, and Ann Sacks. Shown above: Kohler K-2333-1 Botticelli 22" Marble Vessel Lavatory Sink with Single Faucet Hole, $2,777.
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