Faucet “Rorschach with Gessi …

I spent alot of time alone as a child, so I made up games to amuse myself and one of these was something I called “find a face” where I would look at ordinary objects and force myself to see a pattern in it.  Clouds became marching elephants.  Tree trunks hid amused faces.  Mail boxes morphed into robots.  As I grew older, I couldn’t quite shake the habit and still to this day, I find myself spotting figures, faces and animals where none should exist. It’s a handy tick to have when stuck in a long line or bored out your skull having run out of reading material while on a plane.

However, this quirk does pop up in odd situations like when looking at faucets.  Gessi, the maker of high-end faucets, fixtures and accessories for the kitchen and bath, was kind enough to be a sponsor of BlogTour London and invited the attendees to review their products.  What started out as a small Italian workshop in 1992 has morphed into an international powerhouse brand that produces sleek, modern and extremely beautiful goods.  As I perused their wares, I noticed many of the company’s contemporary designs had either a curvilinear feel to them that almost felt organic or a super regimented structure that harked to machinery and engineering – both equally engaging and satisfying in my book.

As I dug deeper into Gessi’s portfolio, my quirk did arise and I found myself seeing similarities that may or may not have been intentional…..


The Goccia reminded me of The Birth of Venus by Botticelli — the liquid, almost fluid quality of the nozzle reminds me of water droplets.  In my mind’s eye, I can see the Goccia rising from the stillness of the sea to an awaiting customer excited to give their bath a dose of drama.


I am not sure anyone would think Erector set when looking at the Incline faucet but I do.  The faucet begs to be placed into a rough and tumble setting to juxtapose all its modern sleekness.  It is asking to be built upon and it’s why I think it would be a stunning addition to a traditional kitchen or the much need tension in a space full of warm natural elements.


And I am positive you will think I am mad for seeing a flamingo but honestly, you don’t see the graceful swoop of the neck in the Energy faucet?  Tall, lean and slightly bent (probably how folks will describe me after reading this post), the Energy has a quiet grace like the flamingo — it’s totally fine standing out on its own for others to admire.

So there you have it – I see water, a toy and a bird in Gessi faucets.  Crazy?  Perhaps but I dare you take a look at their portfolio and not let your mind soar for a moment.  I promise you with Gessi’s ability for merging technology and design, you just may be seeing some strange and wacky things yourself!

[photos: Gessi]

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How A Monkey Made a (Steam) Believer Out of Me ….

The older I get the more I realize that the answers to many of my design dilemmas can be solved with a bit of time communing with nature.  Stuck on finding a color combo?  Go to the botanical gardens and take a gander at the flowers.  Want inspiration on how to combine materials for a project?  Take a hike and see how Mother Nature effortlessly butts wood, flora and rock together into interesting combinations.  Need a solution on how to approach a client’s request for soothing experience in their bathroom but hates baths?  Talk to a monkey…….


The monkeys of mountainous Japan have long known about the therapeutic qualities of steam.  Their common sense didn’t jump over that chromosome differential we share, so I was in the dark about steam for a long time until my trip to London.

You see, the last time I was in Europe I traveled through Germany and avoided the public baths like the plague.  Maybe it was my puritanical American upbringing or that recurring dream of being nude in front of a group of people, but the thought of “freeing my willy” in front of group strangers sits about as well as me giving Bernie Madoff my living savings for “safe keeping”.  However, meeting one of the founders, Martha, of Mr. Steam in London changed my notion and completely opened my eyes (and the client’s eyes) to the therapeutic qualities of steam showers….

Mr Steam Generator

I know.  I know.  You are wondering what that thing is that closely resembles your car radio.  That my friends is a revolution in a tiny metal box.  As Martha explains it, steam therapy isn’t just for spas and luxury resorts thanks to their innovative approach to the technology. Thanks to America’s propensity for glass shower installs, very little retrofitting has to be done to accommodate  Mr. Steam’s residential series of products.  Matter of fact, the base line of products can be had for less than some mid-level tubs.  In design, it’s about trade-offs and since my client wasn’t crazy about a tub, the notion spending about the same and getting an in-home spa hit the nail on the head.

So I would like to thank Mr. Steam and monkeys for potentially solving my design dilemma.  Now if you excuse me, I am going to consult with the monkeys on tax shelters for 2014.  I figured they helped once, it couldn’t hurt to ask.  Have a great weekend!

[pictures courtesy Norikazu Satoni & Mr. Steam]

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Cheerio America! London Design Festival Here I Come…..

London or Bust

So I am just warning y’all now — if you hear of a stylishly dressed African-American who bummed rushed the Queen Mum for a hug, it was not me.  Everyone knows Pippa Middleton is more my speed!  But seriously, this week I am catching a plane to go across the pond to attend London Design Festival 2013 as a guest of BlogTour London 2013 presented by Modenus …..


However, before I go, I need to say thank you to the generous sponsors of BlogTour London 2013 because without their donations this trip would not be possible……


I am excited to see the innovations the sponsors along with the numerous other vendors in London will be debuting at the Festival and plan reporting back over the course of October all the discoveries I stumble upon.  In the mean time, if you want to live vicariously, be sure to check my Insta.gram feed over the course of the week to get a sneak peek!

Until then mates, cheerio!  (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)…….

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