When it's time to spec plumbing fixtures, Rose says his team tends to favor “reliable companies such as Grohe.” They're looking for good design, of course, and “even better function,” he says. The Talia kitchen faucet seen here fits the bill. A lifetime warranty backs the mechanisms behind the fixture's sweeping lines. Finishes include chrome, polished brass, and velour chrome. Grohe America, 630.582.7711; www.groheamerica.com

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