These extraordinary materials make kitchens and bathrooms a joy
From touch-sensitive volcanic limestone tubs to fireclay sinks and exquisite brass faucets and accessories, unrivaled materials define House of Rohl and its collection of luxury brands.
In partnership with Maison Rohl
Cleansing, renovating and regenerating, combining both the liquid pleasure of hot, falling water with the soothing stillness of stone, ceramic and brass, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms offer a range of luxurious sensations: tactility and substance, alchemy and materiality. These qualities are at the heart of House of Rohl and its collection of brands.
Victoria + Albert Volcanic Limestone Baths and Sinks
Volcanic limestone is at the heart of the materiality of the House of Rohl bathroom. White rock is formed when the immense heat and pressure of liquid magma transform the surrounding limestone. The result is a world-class stone of unparalleled strength and beauty, perfect for creating Victoria + Albert baths.
Versatility, optimized insulation, liquid and heat retention are all vital considerations for bathroom materials. With every Victoria + Albert tub, cast from one piece hand finished and rich in stone, a thinner wall construction and exceptional strength-to-weight ratio is guaranteed, with the material providing superior strength and durability. chips and cracks. No cracking or bending of the tub guarantees quiet and intact soaking.
The color is pure, homogeneous and naturally white. The exterior surfaces of each Victoria + Albert bath can be painted and customized in a gloss or matte finish, and in a wide range of colors to match or complement the surrounding decor.
Shaws Fireclay Sinks
Top, precision craftsmanship at Shaws. Above, a craftsman’s hand pours liquid clay into a porous mold
In a quiet and distinctly non-volcanic corner of North West England, the artisans at Shaws have been making sinks the same way, by hand, for over 100 years. Using an age-old process passed down from generation to generation, each Shaws sink is a work of art and the epitome of understated luxury.
Materiality is the key to building a Shaws sink, the clean lines and natural shapes of its designs formed using the ancestral method of “slip casting” and locally sourced fireclay. The preferred process is manual and highly skilled; the liquid clay is poured into porous molds, glazed twice and fired for two days in specially designed ovens.
Shaws ‘Shaker’ Sink in Matte Black
When newly manufactured sinks are dry enough, an expert hand finish begins, using a handcrafted sponging and “burring” procedure to create a smooth surface. Only after a sink has been left to dry slowly for a period of more than 40 hours, is it deemed ready for a first coat of glaze. A second glaze is added to improve the feel and durability of the product. Each sink is then carefully fired in specially designed ovens at temperatures over 1,200 degrees Celsius to complete the manufacturing.
Perrin & Rowe Brass Plumbing and Faucets
A Perrin & Rowe faucet in the workshop
To best deliver water efficiently and beautifully from the outside source to the expertly formed ceramic vessel, brass – cool and smooth to the touch – is the ideal material. At the Perrin & Rowe factory in the English Midlands, the workshops are linked by a passion for traditional manufacturing craftsmanship that defines the brand.
Each product must be treated individually to ensure quality. Mass production has no business among its artisans who hand forge the highest quality brass faucets and sanitary ware. Perrin & Rowe’s manufacturing processes combine the latest technology with hand molding and polishing, while surfaces are plated to a thickness that exceeds industry standards, ensuring a deep, wear-resistant protective coating and pleasing to the eye.
“The brass items are also assembled by hand and each piece is individually water tested,” say the founders of the company. “Our casting plant in Wolverhampton is one of the last of its kind, carrying on a tradition dating back over a hundred years. But what sets us apart the most is our high level of performance and beauty. Because precision is not our method. This is our mission.
In its brand portfolio, House of Rohl relentlessly pursues its quest for the best materials and exceptional craftsmanship and engineering. He sees the potential of stone and clay, brass and steel, cast and cast, glazed and fired, and made into the finest products, bringing shine and beauty to kitchens and bathrooms. §