Freestanding tubs have been around forever and they are making a huge comeback in interior design. Taken a soak in a galvanized barrel, anyone? Hmm…I’ll take that pause as a No.
You there. You are a smart cookie for sticking to the indoor plumbing trend.
This fancy, antique French soaker is fabulous – rustic glam! – but can you imaging hauling enough hot water to fill up this puppy? Ya. Same here.
If you really wanted to, you could winter some ferns in it. Just a thought.
I saw the freestanding setup pictured below at KBIS last year and snapped a quickie so I could decide if I like it later. The jury will be in with a verdict any day. There are some major over-the-top design elements here, but this company sells sinks and bathtubs and they absolutely stand out in the photo, so good for them.
I did notice one detail the booth’s designers missed. They included faucets at the sink, but went back in time to recreate a water hauling situation at the tub.
I get they’re presenting ideas, not a functional bathroom, but it would’ve been fun to see what tub filler they would’ve paired with it, especially considering the elaborate decor.
Brief aside: Over the course of the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of seeing the development of some beautifully designed products as they made their way to market. This summer, I headed to Memphis with the crew from Brizo for a deep dive behind the scenes tour of the Delta/Brizo plant.
It was an illuminating experience, until lightning struck and the power went out. It happened.
The parts are just as pretty as the whole. These bad boys are normally hidden, but you could put them in in a bowl:
The talented team of people who build and assemble Brizo’s products aren’t “factory workers”, they are artisans, in the truest sense of the word. They take great pride in making sure the inside is as beautiful as the outside and the mechanics are solid as a rock. I was blown away by their enthusiasm, dedication and skill.
There’s an art piece in here, maybe a necklace:
How dedicated is their team? When the power finally came on after more than an hour, they went straight back to work and our tour picked up where it left off. Each team member specializes in crafting different fittings and they wanted to paint a whole picture for us.
Watching the young man who puts the delicate final touches on Brizo’s fixtures work was impressive. He’s 6′ 4,” or more and looks like a middle lineman, but is an experienced artist with years of experience. I was wowed as he turned a ho-hum tub spout into Champagne Bronze goodness.
And now we’re back to design.
One of my favorite things about getting to know Brizo’s team of designers is their willingness to share their process. Inspiration is found in very interesting places and they get excited talking about what they’re creating.
The addition of Roman Tub fillers to their line of products had the design team stoked for years and the engineers worked diligently to make the concepts come to life. Making the necessary twists and turns in some models was a real challenge, but they never gave up trying.
Confidentiality agreements kept me from sharing newbies in the pipeline, so it’s fun to finally be able to share them with you as they are released. The three designs presented are perfect compliments to today’s sleekly designed freestanding bath tubs.
Seth Fritz explains his concept and shares his inspiration for Odin:
Addition by subtraction is one of the few math problems I can handle. There is value in reducing something to it’s essential lines. I offer the black bathroom ^up there^ as proof. It’s looking like too muchness now, isn’t it?
With Siderna, Seth looked to toward Prairie School style:
A storied control freak, I think FLW would approve. Look how spare the spout is:
I’m sure getting two water lines in such a small space took some time to figure out.
Brizo’s lead designer, Judd Lord, gets his inspiration from extensive travel. He is animated when he breaks down his process and is so jazzed by what he does it’s hard not to find yourself in want of a project to make you feel the same. I’m guessing it rubs off on his team, too.
Ah, Paris. It’s seem impossible one could wander your sidewalks and feel uninspired at the same time. Your city streets puts me under a magic spell, even with some of those un-magical smells.
C’est la vie.
The simplified form of Virage is appealing:
It’s styling easily bridges the gap between traditional and modern. Brizo’s engineering team told us this was a particularly challenging project for them. Getting the supply lines just so took some brain power, all the mechanics are artfully hidden within it’s sculptural form, but they figured it out and brought Judd’s vision to life.
I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: Brizo’s fab team of designers thinks about every detail, including how the water looks and feels when it exits the spout. Attention to detail is what makes them special in my book.
Inspired to update your bath with some freestanding luxury? Yeah. Me, too. Let’s talk about how we’re going to pay for it in the comments!
Big hugs and bathtubs,
*Brizo put me up in the historic Peabody Hotel during my stay in Memphis. They also fed me for a couple of days. I paid for my transportation. Good thing I wasn’t coming from Dubai. They asked for nothing in return and all opinions expressed are my own.