The revitalization of Boston’s South End has attracted well-known developers to make their mark on the area. National Development’s multi-building project, Ink Block, named after its location on the site of a former Boston newspaper facility, has certainly made an impression. Ink Block consists of three apartment buildings and Sepia, the luxury condominium building. Each are differentiated by their unique design features.

The Challenge

  • The four buildings have different interior layouts and the unique design of each building is a selling point for National Development; making product variety an important part of the specification process.
  • National Development wanted a partner that would provide similarly styled products for all buildings and products that were low maintenance.
  • The sleek, contemporary products selected for the buildings needed to be available in two finishes.

The Solution

  • Using Symmons Design Studio™, Symmons created custom 8” rain showerheads and accessories for this project.
  • Symmons offered both Dia™ and Duro™ premium products in Polished Chrome finishes and Satin Nickel Radiance® PVD finishes to differentiate the building designs.
  • Symmons contemporary Sereno™ faucet in Stainless Steel Radiance PVD finish was selected for the kitchens in all four buildings.
  • All Symmons showerheads were designed with 1.5 gpm flow rate, lavatory faucets with 1.0 gpm flow rate and the kitchen faucets with 1.5 gpm flow rate.

The Outcome

  • 1 Ink, 2 Ink and 3 Ink, as well as, the Sepia condos, are currently under construction with an anticipated completion in 2015.


At Symmons, we’ve built a foundation of quality craftsmanship by placing a premium on exceptional service. It’s an inner strength and outward focus that makes Symmons the smart choice. Built to last, designed to stand out, and backed by a customer-first culture.


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