Copper is a material of choice by many when it comes to cookware, range hoods, sinks and even counter tops. But going with exposed copper plumbing design takes guts. The look elevates functional plumbing elements — raw copper piping — to a design element by exposing — rather than disguising — it. The look fits nicely in a primitive or industrial setting and it can be equally at home in an urban loft or modern cottage. A trip to a local big box store and a few hours can net something similar to the custom kitchen tool rack [above] that also provides an imaginative solution to the common dilemma where to hang the kitchen towel and other commonly used items. The deck-mounted faucet is also created from purely functional fittings — piping with soldered joints showing and common valve wheels used for handles.
The tool rack would be even more interesting if the copper piping also supplied the water and it likely does. This bath is in an English hotel – notice how the copper pipes run down the wall and behind the mirror. The primitive spouts and small industrial style handles have a sculptural style which requires a skilled craftsman to confect.
This rustic set up features water shut off valves for knobs, and copper pipes are easy to bend into a pleasant shape. I love the board soap holder – perfect when there isn’t a counter and, even better, no drips on the floor.
(Sources: vtwonen, Archangel Hotel, French by Design)
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