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Thread: Bathrooms of the Rich and Not-So-Famous

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Bathrooms of the Rich and Not-So-Famous

    As I've mentioned before, my new job as an artwork installer gives me an opportunity to see some pretty cool houses. And as much time as I spend driving in thick and unpredictable traffic every day, I usually don't pass up a chance to use the guest bathroom when we make a stop. I figured I'd share a few quick (and poor-quality) cell phone shots of some of the more interesting bathroom sinks I've seen in the past few weeks. This will likely be a continuing series...

    I honestly don't recall the locations of any of these sinks. Could be Beverly Hills, Encino, Bel Air, Thousand Oaks, Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades. The low-rent districts of Los Angeles.

    This first one is a really poor photo, but it is what it is. What it is is a chrome pipe coming down from the ceiling into a concrete or stone sink. The faucet control lever is mounted to the mirror that makes up the entire wall behind the sink. (It looks like two pipes due to the reflection in the mirror. You can also see a reflection of some ugly guy with a cell phone camera with his back to the opposite wall.) It's a pretty splashy experience when you wash your hands...

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    This sink is lathe-turned stone, sitting on a stone vanity top. The faucet lever is a chrome cube. I just thought it looked cool, so I snagged a pic...

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    This is a one-piece sink and vanity top, all clear glass...

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    And here's the faucet that's on that sink...

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    This isn't a bathroom, but Perry (my boss) and I both figure this antique piece of carved marble is one of the coolest kitchen sinks we've ever seen...

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    And lastly, this isn't sink or bathroom related, but I figured I'd show it anyway. These are three out of about a dozen pieces of artwork that we removed from the walls and wrapped in plastic for temporary storage early Friday morning, then went back as the the TV shoot was wrapping up and re-installed everything late Friday evening. (I happened to have this shot because I needed a record showing the order they were placed in.) This particular client has used Perry's installation services for years. (Perry installed all of the artwork originally.) He also rents his house out for film and TV shoots, and quite often some of his artwork is taken down and prop artwork is installed in its place. One of this client's stipulations to the production companies is that they hire us to remove and reinstall all the artwork. He just feels more comfortable with us handling things like these signed original Andy Warhol prints. (These are worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $100,000 each.)

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    No pics, but we also removed and replaced an original Roy Lichtenstein painting that is worth somewhere north of $100,000. This thing was about 6' x 7' and it weighed around 120 to 130 pounds. We got to carry it up and down the stairs you see in the photo. Very carefully.

    But just in case you think my job is all champagne wishes and caviar dreams, here's a fairly typical shot from my "office" window...

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  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I guess those homeowners have better jobs than I did
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  3. #3
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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Those are really interesting Vaughn. Would not own the glass one, but the shot of the water running is cool!!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  4. #4
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    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Very cool Vaughn. The new job certainly has its share of interesting places. The way my mind works - I wonder - if the sinks look as shown, what do the toilets look like? Don't answer.....I don't want TMI.

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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    The last shot ruined it all.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Cool pic's pic's Vaughn. But as bad as the DC traffic is I think you got it worst.
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Ohhh the vanity of some people, the way they throw their money down the drain. Plumb washes away my envy!
    Then again, if I was flush with cash...
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Have to admit, some of those are pretty darn cool!
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Really neat pics. I really enjoy interior design. Keep up the good work.


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  10. #10
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Pretty cool...except for the last one. I like the glass one the most personally. Would like to get back into my glass work and do some slumping at some point. A sink is one project I'd like to try.

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