February 22, 2012

Brizo Fashion Week - A Faucet is More than Just a Faucet



For my 2nd post following my recent Brizo Fashion Week trip (the first post being here), I want to dive into what I thought was one of the most intriguing parts of the whole trip - the design inspiration behind a faucet.  Did you ever stop think about what must go into the design of something as simple as a faucet?  It's mind-blowing! The whole process of design, engineering, marketing, etc. can take a couple years, so it's important for the design team to stay ahead of current interior design trends.  (Isn't it brilliant that they've worked closely with fashion design, since fashion often dictates future decor trends?)  While the process itself - conception, 3d mockups (they can print actual 3d faucet forms!), revisions, engineering, focus groups, etc.- is overwhelming, I was really blown away by how the designs originated.  The Brizo team looks everywhere for inspiration, and once you hear the origin of each faucet concept, you look at it in a completely different way.  I want to highlight a few of my favorites using various images I found online:

Vuelo -  Spanish for "flight", the Vuelo is "Inspired by the elegance of a gliding swan"

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Virage Virage is French for "twist".  The Virage collection was inspired by the beautiful iron work we found throughout Europe. It was everywhere – gates, balconies and door hardware – and it was stunning,” - Judd Lord, Director of industrial design for Brizo


photo via akhnatonsjournal

image source unknown






RSVP - "Drawing on the influences of Art Nouveau, RSVP features a sensual design that follows the curves of a woman’s silhouette."


images by Rene Gruau, an Art Nouveau style fashion illustrator.  "Gruau’s women are glamour and high-society, femininity and sensuality" - swingfashionista







Belo - Portuguese for "beautiful", inspired by Nambe vases



Talo (with SmartTouch) - Inspired by a bluebell flower



Baliza - "means 'beacon' in Portuguese, and as its name suggests, the clean, simple lines of the collection were inspired by lighthouses and their iconic nautical beacons."




And, how cool is this?  The Baliza kitchen faucet has a coordinating towel hook accessory, so you can hang your wet dishcloths / towels over the sink without draping them over the neck of the faucet!






Floriano - I have to throw in the Floriano, even though we didn't discuss this one at Fashion Week, it is the first faucet I ever bought for myself, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Floriano - a wilted tulip

After learning all of this, you'll never think of a faucet as just a faucet.  It's a work of art.

(All faucet images courtesy of brizo)