"What do you touch every day, besides the person you love?" asks architect Lee Mindel. "You touch a faucet." Which explains the hand-friendly curves and satin-smooth surfaces of Opus, a new collection of bathroom fittings that his firm, Shelton, Mindel & Associates, has designed for Waterworks. But the line, with its unadorned forms and precisely judged proportions, offers more than tactile pleasure: Its components, such as the parasol-shaped handle or the austerely simple hand shower, pack a sculptural punch. For less pared-down tastes, Waterworks has introduced Boulevard, a boldly fluted collection conceived by the young New York designer Steven Sclaroff. Both the lever and cross handles show how Sclaroff has taken forms inspired by 1930s European hotel fixtures and reimagined them on a generously large American scale. It's as if a bathroom at Claridge's overlooked the Grand Canyon.
Opus and Boulevard fixtures with chrome, aluminum, nickel, or brass finish ($400-$1,695); cross also available with gold finish ($1,900). At Waterworks nationwide; 800-899-6757; www.waterworks.com.