HI I just got a v nice 'designer' tap on Ebay, the shop was buyatap.com - I was slightly worried but it was great quality, £50 instead of £150 - a Waterfall style, nickel plated brass... our plumber installed it fine, it came with a pop up plug and all the pipe attachment bits. Bargain!
I think it depends on the particular style you are after! I personally really like matki designs in bathrooms, do contemporary and can offer quite classic vintage designs! I also really love the taps that have the waterfall feature! I think if I had unlimited amount of funds I'd get large stone/marble basins, think look so chic!
We have a bath where water comes out the side, we got the eastbrook one Celsius I think it's called, really liked the duravit bath but budget wouldn't stretch. For all taps and showers we use grohe, DP is a plumber and won buy anything else!