Delta Faucet design team talks inspiration

Aidan Imanova visits Eelta Faucet company’s HQ in Indianapolis, USA to study the brand’s technological accomplishments and the inspirations behind its vast bathroom and kitchen collections.

Speaking to Delta Faucet’s leading designers, Commercial Interior Design digs deeper into what inspired the brand’s key collections. Judd Lord, senior director of Industrial Design at Delta Faucet Company says the Virage Bath Collection was born out of the team’s exploration of Paris and London on foot — most importantly the consistent inspiration of the “impeccable iron work of the cities”.

What inspired you to create the Virage collection?

Several years ago, I explored Paris and London with a design studio teammate. We canvased different areas of each city on foot — snapping pictures and searching for “off the beaten trail” discoveries.

When I shoot pictures, my eyes tend to be drawn toward the small details in larger architectural elements, such as a detailed doorway or mouldings on a window. We noticed that a great amount of our photography highlighted the great iron work of the cities: window treatments, balconies, railings and building ornamentation – all using a material in different and interesting ways.

One image in particular caught my eye. A decorative railing atop a long, unbroken sightline of a beautiful fence we happened across in Paris. The top of this fence boasted a loose spiral and the slow twist of the iron was intriguing. It was this strange and unique detail that lead to the idea of the simple quarter twist found in the Virage faucet spout. We incorporated this elegant detail throughout the handles and the suite to create one of my favourite bath collections.

What makes it stand out?

Reinvention is at the core of what it means to be fashionable. The Virage collection beautifully embodies this spirit with its evolution of a classic faucet design. The collection refines the familiar and timeless geometry of a graceful arcing spout.

Tell us an interesting fact about the design.

The unique design of the Virage collection has gained international recognition. Twisting and turning details are carried through every element of the collection, from the faucet handles to the showerheads. The faucet received an honourable mention in the 2010 Red Dot product design competition, one of the largest design competitions.

What was the greatest challenge when designing this collection?

The twist of the faucet offered quite a puzzle for our engineers, as each piece of the collection required a special mould and the twists needed a delicate hand-buffing following the curve of the fixture. The collection includes a full suite of fixtures that provide luxury and customisation for the homeowner, including H2Okinetic showers, which create a shower experience like no other.

Celine Garland, lead industrial designer at Delta Faucet Company looked back at her childhood in Singapore and her love for aeroplanes to create the distinctive streamlined design of the Sotria Bath Collection.

What was the inspiration behind the Sotria collection?

The BrizoSotria collection is one of our most striking bath collections to date. It features distinctive, triangular silhouettes and was actually inspired by my childhood in Singapore. Singapore is a small country and, like most Singaporeans, I travelled often. During my childhood, the idea of hopping on an aeroplane was always an adventure and therefore the love for airplanes grew naturally. It didn’t matter if it was a stealth jet or a retro spitfire aeroplane, something about their sleek silhouette always intrigued me.

Several years ago, we began to see a lot of interesting mid-century modern influences in products and spaces. This, coupled with inspiration from aeroplanes, resulted in the creation of a prototype which I designed for fun. Combining my background with a love for geometric shapes – Sotria was created.

What makes it stand out?

You can actually see the breakdown of my inspiration in this design. The forward leaning spout was inspired by the sleek, streamlined silhouette of an aircraft. As for my love of geometric shapes, you can see the circle on the base of the faucet, the rectangle from the top view and the triangle from the front view.

Tell us an interesting fact about the design.

Sotria is the first complete collection – from faucets and showerheads to bath accessories – that I have designed for Brizo and it has recieved a fantastic response from media and designers.

Seth Fritz, senior industrial designer at Delta Faucet Company cites the industrial design aesthetic as the key inspiration for the Artesso Kitchen Collection.

What inspired you to create the Artesso Collection?

I began working on Artesso about two years ago. I was infatuated with the industrial style and was discussing with my wife how we could incorporate this design aesthetic into our home. I had been tracking the industrial trend for a while, so naturally I had been sketching ideas for incorporating the raw, artisan feel into a collection. This was one of those designs. When I saw it in sketch form, I knew I had something special.

What makes it stand out?

Artesso is transformative. I can see it in a variety of kitchens, from an urban-loft apartment to a chic farmhouse. It combines the artisan feel of the industrial era with elegant touches of traditional aesthetics. I wanted this design to work in a contemporary kitchen and a traditional kitchen while remaining a statement piece in both environments.

Tell us an interesting fact about the design.

The collection, named after a variation of the Portuguese word for artisan, incorporates masculine, hand-forged design nuances with sophisticated aesthetics. The Artesso kitchen collection is a full kitchen suite featuring an articulating kitchen faucet, single-handle pull-down faucet, a two-handle bridge design, a sleek bar faucet and a matching soap dispenser. The single-handle pull-down faucet is available with optional Brizo SmartTouch Technology, allowing users the option to activate the flow of water with a simple touch anywhere.

What is your creative process when creating a new design or inspiration?

I constantly sketch and build 3D models and trend spot. My favourite place to find inspiration is an architectural salvage yard.

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