Joseph Starr

Joseph has been an English teacher, Spanish translator, no-nonsense bartender, cantankerous bus driver, and failed carpenter. He enjoys sitting, reclining, and using home appliances, all of which give him great authority as a product reviewer for 3rings.

Brand Highlight: Laufen

November 28, 2012

Swiss company Laufen has been steeped in bathroom culture since its founding in 1892. Laufen’s portfolio of sanitary ware, bathtubs, furniture, faucets, and accessories “reflects a symbiosis of design, quality and functionality.” Combining exceptional manufacturing knowledge with practical elements such as water-saving features, Laufen products are best known for their high style, often achieved through […] Continue Reading

Brand Highlight: TOTO

November 28, 2012

TOTO offers a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths, and urinals. The Japanese company began in 1917 in Kitakyushu, Japan. In its more than 90 years of business, TOTO has earned a reputation for products that seamlessly integrate […] Continue Reading

Brand Highlight: Axor

November 28, 2012

The Axor brand from Hansgrohe is defined by creative visionaries: “Comprehensive and individual bathroom collections are created in cooperation with some of the world’s most successful designers.” From organic to futuristic, sleek to whimsical, Axor designer collections appeal to diverse individuals. Axor’s signature series include Axor Starck (and its incarnations, Axor Starck Organic and Axor […] Continue Reading

Brand Highlight: Valli & Valli

November 28, 2012

To enter a space, one must first cross a threshold, an act that invariably involves turning a door handle. And while the door handle is oft ignored, this object can add or subtract style to interiors. Italian company Valli & Valli was founded in 1934 by Pasquale Valli, a visionary “born with a compass in […] Continue Reading

Brand Highlight: Rapsel

November 28, 2012

If the Italians reign in the bathroom, then Rapsel is king. Since the 1970s, the company has been designing modern washbasins, bathtubs, showers, furniture systems, WCs, bidets, and accessories. Rapsel’s philosophy is guided by “identifying objects with highly innovative content and great quality of aesthetics and form.” Rapsel designs for a sophisticated public, and while […] Continue Reading

Brand Highlight: Hansgrohe

November 28, 2012

For the ultimate bathing and showering experience, Hansgrohe offers exceptional bathroom faucets and shower faucets, as well as complete shower systems. With products in contemporary, traditional, and transitional styles, many created by world-renowned designers, Hansgrohe continually illustrates its “great passion for the element water.” Continue Reading

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