ISSUE 8  |  LA Midcentury

10 Easy Pieces: Modern Shower Fixtures

February 24, 2011 11:15 AM

BY Janet Hall

We asked a coterie of architects and designers, including several from the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, for their go-to shower fixture solutions—both high and low. Who better to hear from—the professionals who spec the fixtures, day in and day out?


Above: New York architect Elizabeth Roberts is a fan of the workhorse Speakman SC-1131-AF Commander Two-Valve Shower with Four-Arm Handles. The full set, including showerhead, comes with a 25-year warranty; $182.79 at Every Faucet.

Above: LA-based Commune specified Kohler Stillness shower faucets In the baths at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. The Kohler Stillness One-Handle Shower Valve Trim Kit is $321.64 in polished chrome at eFaucets.

Above: Austin, Texas-based architect Mell Lawrence uses the Kohler Industrial Exposed Shower (K-7258) in a rough plate finish with adjustable showerhead; $214.13 at Every Faucet.

Above: San Francisco architect Christi Azevedo’s affordable fixture choice is the Danze Parma Single-Handle Shower Faucet in chrome, which includes a shower head, shower arm, and a ceramic pressure balance mixing valve with stops; $134.40 at Amazon.

Above: Cary Bernstein favors the Grohe Essence Valve Trim 19.347 ($132 at Every Faucet) combined with the Grohe Rainshower Shower Head ($300.30 at eFaucets) and the 12-Inch Grohe Rainshower Shower Arm ($72.15 at eFaucets).

Above: One of Christi Azevedo’s favorites is the Hansgrohe Metris S Shower Set featuring thermostatic temperature control and volume control in one unit. The set includes the shower head, shower arm, and trim; $343 in polished chrome at eFaucets.


Above: Jerome Buttrick, a partner at Buttrick Projects (formerly Buttrick Wong Architects), favors the Arne Jacobsen-designed Vola One 4.5-inch Shower Head; $273.75 at eFaucets, paired with the Vola One Shower Valve; $468 at Amazon.

Above: Cary Bernstein appreciates the refined lines of Dornbracht’s Tara line. Dornbracht Tara.Logic Shower Rainhead (28 548 970) with wall fixing (top); $1,022.25 at American Home Plus. Dornbracht’s Tara.Logic xTool Thermostat Module with 3 Valves; $940.27 at Designer Plumbing.

Above: The high-end choice for Mell Lawrence is the sleek Italian Boffi Cut Built-in Shower System. “The levers feel great to operate,” he says. This stainless steel mixer, available in a polished or satin finish, is $2,962 through Dzine.

Above: The Porcher Chipperfield One Handled Shower Faucet Kit includes shower head and valve trim; $455 in polished chrome at eFaucets.

Above: Nameek’s Matrix (S3535/2) Wall-Mounted Shower Faucet is $1,809 at Fixture Universe.