NEW YORK (August 2012) Recognized for design authenticity, craftsmanship and quality, Waterworks, the luxury bath and kitchen company, proudly introduces a new collaboration with renowned design firm, Roman and Williams. Together, they will debut the new R.W. Atlas Fittings and District Tile, available September 2012.
After a decade of work and numerous high-profile projects, R.W. Atlas is Roman and Williams’ first-ever product launch and product collaboration. The distinctive R.W. Atlas line marks not only a milestone for the design firm, but also an extension of Waterworks’ portfolio of celebrated partnerships.
“We are very proud of this collaboration and the design possibilities it affords our clients,” says Peter Sallick, Waterworks’ CEO. “Together with Roman and Williams, we went to great lengths to create fittings and tile that combine function with a profound sense of beauty and refinement. This product marries a heritage of great American design perspective with decades of experience engineering and producing the highest quality products. Throughout the process, we were inspired by the idea of utilitarian objects that are made exceptionally well and that work beautifully for generations, and this is our hope for R.W. Atlas and District Tile.”
The introduction of R.W. Atlas includes over 30 new styles of bath fittings, fixtures and accessories. Each piece of the collection was meticulously designed and engineered by Roman and Williams and Waterworks. Brass makes resurgence as the primary material of the R.W Atlas collection, offered in several finishes, including—new to Waterworks—Burnished Nickel and Carbon. The assortment also features knurled and tumbled elements.
District Tile encompassing 20 deep rich hues in a large range of field tile sizes and multiple architectural trim pieces offered in two body types – artisanal, perfectly handmade and dust pressed, both types are hand glazed for a natural pooling effect.
“R.W. Atlas is part of our ongoing interest in embracing the idea of American utility, but imbuing that with a sense of glamour and sophistication,” explains Robin Standefer, principal of Roman and Williams. “The result is a wonderful sense of tension -- between the masculine and the feminine, the industrial and the sensual, the familiar and the new.”
Showcasing the integrity of Waterworks’ superior production capabilities, the R.W. Atlas line boasts both a weight and a sense of craftsmanship, embracing a powerful and refined sensibility that speaks to the strong commitment of both partners.
Co-Founded in 1978 by Barbara and Robert Sallick, Waterworks is based firmly upon a foundation and commitment to design authenticity and excellence. Now led by son, Peter Sallick, CEO, Waterworks draws continual inspiration from the rich history of the European bath, and continues to bring impeccable style and artisanal quality craftsmanship to the American bathroom. Each product has a story to tell and is created through a unique collaboration involving designers, craftsman, artisans, and manufacturers. Highly regarded as a premier design resource, its exclusive designs now encompass bath and kitchen faucets and fittings, surfaces, bathtubs, washstands, accessories, home furnishings and more. Waterworks showrooms can be found in 14 cities across the country. Expanded distribution channels include: boutique wholesale partners, Bloomingdales, a growing online store e-commerce business, as well as commercial, residential and hospitality business across North America, Mexico, and Europe.
ABOUT ROMAN AND WILLIAMS:
Founded in 2002 by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors is a comprehensive design firm based in New York City. Together, Standefer and Alesch have forged an ability to create projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, high and low, and past and future. The result is an oeuvre of instant classics – projects that transcend architecture and interiors and rise to the level of cultural polemics.
Roman and Williams’s style honors craftsmanship, the use of natural materials, and the overlooked in unexpected ways. Their understated, glamorous sensibility is imparted in Manhattan’s Ace Hotel interiors and restaurant The Breslin, The Standard Hotel, with its iconic Boom Boom Room, and the Royalton lobby. For such popular restaurants as The Dutch, the duo created environments with textured backdrops that reference a rich past with a contemporary sensibility. The firm’s innovative work has captured the attention of companies such as Facebook— they recently completed its campus food hall—and residences for celebrities such as Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as two homes that they designed for themselves and that serve as design laboratories, are equally imaginative. A new book, published by Rizzoli and to be released in Fall 2012, celebrates Roman and Williams first decade of practice.