Monday, January 10, 2011

Get Instant Patina with Architectural Elements from Compas

I am crazy about this antique bathtub!  The large marble slabs show
off the pretty veining and natural color variation of the stone. 
The simple tapered shape makes for an elegant profile.
One of the best ways to give a new house character and soul is to incorporate antique furniture, lighting and salvaged architectural materials whenever possible.  On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was impressed by Compas, an exquisite source for custom cast bath fittings, reclaimed architectural elements, antique tiles and stone floors.

The walls and floors of this light filled showroom display beautifully patinaed lime stones and marbles as well as antique majolica, mosaic and terra cotta tiles.

"Reclaimed Antique Blue Tarquin and Antique White Marble".
I find the half hexagons a unique way to incorporate two
marble colors rather than the usual method of alternating
the colors of whole tiles. 

The imperfections and color variations of this "Reclaimed Antique
White Marble" give the floor a sense of age.

Walking on this "Reclaimed Italian Limestone" will make you feel
like you are in an old Tuscan villa. 

The pattern and color combo on this "Reclaimed European Majolica"
looks like one of today's hip block printed fabrics.
Throughout you will find reclaimed mantles, deep marble bathtubs and stone and cast sinks.

I would use this antique French limestone mantle to add
scale and interest to a warm hued room with plaster walls,
a limestone floor and beamed ceilings.

This antique marble sink was one of my favorite pieces at Compas.
Sometimes it is hard to make a small powder room a unique
decorative space, but this sink with engraved chantus
leaves reinvigorates a typically static environment.
Compas designs their own line of bath systems.  All fittings are made in the Old World European artisan lost-wax technique where fittings are cast in solid bronze or brass, then chiseled, brushed, finished and plated.  Finish options include oil rubbed bronze, Belgium bronze, polished nickel, matt nickel, antique nickel antique silver, antique bronze, antique brass and 24 carat gold.

I like the cut corners and proportions of the "Berain Back" escutcheon
and the unusual hexagonal shaped spout.

This "Pearl" lavatory set is wall mounted in a
way that blends function and art.

Close up of the "Pearl" handle.  I always like beading and this
over sized beading updates the look.
For over three decades, Compas has worked in some of the finest residences in the US and Europe.  The next time you need to elevate a space with rare stone or special fittings, be sure to check out Compas on La Cienega Boulevard in LA's Design Quarter.

843-845 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 845-3023

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