Photograph: Nathan Kirkman / Produced by: Arden Nelson
Shown here: Astra handmade cement tiles from Mexico, available in a wide variety of sizes, patterns, and colors (including custom combinations), price upon request, at Urban Archaeology, 108 Merchandise Mart, 312-527-4627. Dakota towel, $25, at Bloomingdale’s Home, 600 N. Wabash Ave., 312-324-7500. Circa-1900 cedar platter handcrafted in Pakistan, $150, at The Golden Triangle, 72 W. Hubbard St., 312-755-1266. Assorted bath soaps, $12 to $15, at Barneys New York, 25 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700.
(1)The Pill ceramic wall tile by Chicago artisan Bryan Kerrigan, $60 per 93¼8-by-151¼8-inch tile, at Morlen Sinoway Atelier, 1052 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-432-0100.
Waterworks.Photograph: Tyllie Barbosa