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THE ENGLISH TAPWARE COMPANY is a big fave with architects and designers, the place to spend up big on top-notch Brit Perrin & Rowe tapware used in Claridges and The Savoy in London and the ultra-sophisticated Sandy Lane in Barbados. As well as local hotspots like Chiswick, Victor Churchill, Barrenjoey Beachhouse and Grossi Florentino. We have used it in our own country house, too.
You get a lot of style for your money. Expect the best traditional English-made fittings and accessories including popular designs like Ionian, Phonecian, Provincial and Aquitaine in the mid-to-high price range along with great service.
More recently it’s launched new designs such as Athenian, Parthian and Biasol as well as the popular Mayan bench-mounted bibcock taps with cross heads. Choose from more than 56 combinations of finishes and styles in chrome, nickel, pewter, gold and bronze finishes, as well as polished or satin bronze.
It’s where designers Thomas Hamel, Lynda Kerry, Adelaide Bragg, Arent & Pyke, Nick Tobias, Cameron Kimber and Justine Hugh-Jones all shop. It’s an impressive spread. (02) 9362 4736, www.englishtapware.com.au
REECE One of our biggest plumbing retailers, this place is good and affordable. We recommend the snappy branches at St Leonards and Waverley for the Nicolazzi Classic provincial-style kitchen mixer. Cameron Kimber’s choice at his new country house. 1800 032 566, www.reece.com.au