22nd March 2019

I’ve been an admirer of Dowsing & Reynolds for some time – we’ve used their matt black switches and sockets at home, and their Trikonasana pendant light hangs in my yoga space, glowing with their beautiful squirrel cage filament bulbs. (And could there be a better-named light for a yoga space!) Deciding to use matt black for the hardware also fitted in with a wider aesthetic: when redesigning the kitchen and shower room – a long term plan once the budget allows – I’m planning to use black taps in both, and a black shower. All with a lovely matt finish, of course, as looks aside, that tactile quality makes these everyday pieces a real pleasure to use.

KAGERA bathroom tap

HANNOKI shower

ROSUMO bathroom tap

BARKANA bathroom tap

So needless to say this collection of kitchen and bathroom taps and showers from Dowsings & Reynolds caught my eye, particularly as each design comes in a choice of satin gold or – yes – matt black. Taking inspiration from waterfalls around the globe, these taps and showers include the KALANDULA, MANDRAKA, KINTAMPO, TINKISSO, HAVASU AND HANNOKI.

TINAGO shower

TINKISSO kitchen tap

YUNTAI bathroom tap

HAVASU shower

KALANDULA bathroom tap

I find matt black very easy to live with, and whenever I see this look used in a project I’m instantly drawn to it, but the satin gold is a gorgeously luxe finish – subtle without being brassy – and will catch the light beautifully. I’m drawn to the chunky, curvy lines of the MANDRAKA kitchen tap and the elegant lines of INGA bathroom tap combined with the HAVASU concealed shower, which I’d like to pair with these Vyne white matt tiles inspired by Calacatta marble. Yes, these finishes are on-trend, but these new designs are timeless in their quality and simplicity.


INGA bathroom tap

JADIPAI bathroom tap

HANNOKI shower

MANDRAKA kitchen tap

See the new collection here.

All photography from Dowsing & Reynolds.

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  • Emma 25th March 2019 at 11:29 am

    Hi Fiona,

    I find it interesting to see how matte black is becoming popular.

    I love the idea of having a satin gold shower.

    Look forward to reading more from your blog

    All the best,

    • Fiona Reid 1st April 2019 at 11:22 am

      Hi Emma,

      Glad you enjoyed this post! It’s interesting to see a style like this really growing. I spotted matt black popping up in projects a while back and thought, ‘where am I going to source this from…?’ and now, lo and behold, it’s accessible. And the satin gold is gorgeous. We inherited polished chrome fittings in our home, which are fine obviously, but I’m itching to change them…

      Thanks again, Fiona