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Here's Why You Shouldn't Skimp on Bathroom Fixtures

Some of the country’s top movers and shakers in the fields of architecture and interior design got together for lunch to check out Axor's latest luxurious fixture collections by renowned designers.
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Bathroom fixtures are sometimes merely an afterthought for homebuilders.

But what escapes many builders' minds is that these fixtures are a simple yet very important upgrade.

The bathroom is, after all, among all the rooms in a home, one's most private sanctuary.


Quality fixtures will not only save you money and trouble in the long run, but they also have the ability to transform your bathroom into a haven of peace and tranquility—a harmonious combination of quality with style and luxury.

HGTV advises homeowners, "Focus on your faucet. Bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore. People like to feel relaxed like they are in a spa."

Kate Brady, showroom director of Northern California-based General Plumbing Supply and former president of the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association, tells Elle Decor: "Something that's very cheap is likely made out of plastic and will last only a short amount of time. With expensive faucets, you're looking at a product that's likely hand-made, designed by a classic designer, and has valuable materials like gold and other precious metals."

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AXOR, a brand of the Hansgrohe group, together with Town&Country, recently brought together some of the country’s top movers and shakers in the fields of architecture and interior design, as well as some of their esteemed clients for a tropical-themed luncheon in the Hansgrohe Flagship Showroom at The Eton Residences.

AXOR products adorn some of the most prestigious hotels around the world—Four Seasons Milan, The Chedi Andermatt, Mondrian Park Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton Montréal, W Hotel Taipei, Bulgari Hotel Bali—and their latest offerings in bathroom and kitchen fixtures acted as the perfect backdrop for the festive lunch.


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The German premium bathroom and kitchen fixtures brand is strongly rooted in the principle of Form Follows Perfection. As such, it continually collaborates with the world's leading designers to create stylish and innovative collections, including Philippe Starck, Jean-Marie Massaud, Antonio Citterio, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Patricia Urquiola.

T&C editor-in-chief Yvette Fernandez shared a few words to kick off the festivities. Afterward, Kuysen’s Jensen Go talked guests through the new collections available at AXOR’s flagship store. Attendees sipped on the vibrant mix of delightful cocktails while the table arrangements by Fiori di Marghi added to the festive atmosphere.


Town&Country editor-in-chief Yvette Fernandez

The guest list included architects Ramon Antonio, Jorge Yulo, Anthony Nazareno, Alfred Wieneke, Lara Fernandez Barrios, and Denise de Castro; interior designers Cynthia Almario, Eric Paras, Rachelle Wenger, Maja Olivares Co, Sonia Olivares, Tessa Alindogan, Nicole Whisenhunt, Trisha Bermudez-Calma, and Tania Fricke Lichauco, among others.

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Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 Margarita Forés served up a visually appetizing feast that left everyone satisfied. To start, a sustainably prepared ahi tuna poke salad with adlai crackers. This was followed by an organic ginger chicken in coconut water garnished with chili leaves, a pan-roasted mackerel on banana leaf, and for the entrée, braised and grilled U.S. angus short ribs. To finish, Forés offered a dessert medley that consisted of  Cordillera black rice mousse, coconut crumble with a glaze, and macadamia and dried papaya bread pudding with first-press coconut milk pool.


Tania Fricke-Lichauco, Nicole Wisenhunt, Trisha Calma, and Crisann Celdran


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Cynthia Almario and Ronna Reyes Sieh



Crisann Celdran


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Trina Licauco-Alindogan and Tessa Alindogan


Jorge Yulo and Anthony Nazareno


Kuysen Enterprises President Jensen Go and Yvette Fernandez


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Christine Yap, Ronna Sieh, and Tiffany Siy



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Rachelle Wenger and Eric Paras




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Bea Ortoll-Manahan, Tina Dy, Lara Fernandez Barrios, and Marleen Go-Uyecio


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Alfred Wieneke and Ling Ling Yao




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Nicole Whisenhunt, Trisha Bermudez-Calma, and Kai Nakanishi Lim



Eric Paras and Nina Santamaria


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Town&Country executive editor Alicia Colby Sy and Rachelle Wenger


Jensen Go and Ramon Antonio


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Jensen Go, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, and Marleen Go-Uyecio
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