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Favorites 1 2 Todd Oldham’s Top Product Picks Renowned designer Todd Oldham, founder of Todd Oldham Studio in New York City, is a pro at coming up with new and innovative ideas to define each of his projects. His knack for the original and his creativity stem from a multifaceted career that began in fashion but then evolved to include all areas of design, such as interiors, film and photography, furniture, graphic art and floral designs for FTD.com. Oldham, who rose to fame in the 1990s as a regular guest on MTV’s former show, House of Style, has also been a mentor on the Bravo reality series, Top Design. In his own top designs, Oldham loves “celebrating design icons or classic ideas.” Heading the list are eccentric designer Philippe Starck and his eponymous bathtub collection for Duravit (1). The tub, Oldham noted, “is exquisite, both flawlessly ergonomically considered and so beautiful.” Another take on classic ideas, TOTO USA’s Soirée high-efficiency 1.5-gpm lavatory faucet (5) invokes an Art Deco sensibility with its architectural themes of curved surfaces, geometric forms and clean, symmetric lines. “I especially like the spout of the lavatory and how the water pours out so elegantly.” Speaking of clean lines, for the kitchen, Oldham prefers the Level faucet collection by Moen (4) “because it combines a clean faucet design with an integrated pullout mechanism for easy cleaning.” Boasting a minimalist look, the faucets feature flowing lines and high-arc spouts. Of course, aesthetic appeal isn’t the end-all for Oldham when choosing products. Functionality is also important, which is why Oldham likes Jenn-Air’s 30-in. Double Oven Freestanding Dual Fuel Range with Convection (3). A great option for clients who love to cook, this double-oven range offers the benefits of a gas cooktop and an electric convection oven in the same space as a single freestanding range. Innovative custom products are a boon for Oldham, who enjoys playing with “color, texture and peculiar proportions” as a way to tailor his designs to each client. He said, “The tweaking of public domain ideas that end up with very new results is most exciting to me.” A product that lends itself well to his manner of working is terrazzo from Durite Concepts Inc. (2), which provides Oldham and his studio with a number of material combinations to use in a variety of applications, including as countertops. “We love terrazzo,” he noted. “This material is so fun to work with, as anything can be done with it to achieve what you want. I love including nontraditional materials like mirror in the mix.” While finding unconventional solutions is one of Oldham’s signature traits, he brings to each project an empathetic point of view. Both are key in creating spaces that provide his clients with “the most potent and engaging experience.” s —Matthew Marin 3 4 5 5 66 + K BB June/July 2009 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of K/BIS www.kbis.com http://www.FTD.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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KBB - June/July 2009
Contents
Online Contents
Online News
Editorial
Focus
Trends
Products
Profile
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Design
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Grand Master
Green
Access
Practice
Education
Opinion
Editorial Index
Ad Index
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