“A Touch of Class”
The rose is one of the most ubiquitous decorative motifs that absolutely ever was. Even the most macho of men finds himself attracted to the form from time to time, either in actual rosebushes or in whatever representation of a rose he may be able to create himself. Painters have often depicted trellises awash with roses. Stained glass rose windows are a mainstay in cathedrals and churches. Truthfully, it’s a form too complex for me, but I don’t mind confessing that I took chisel and mallet in hand and carved some simple rosettes for a vanity I made for my wife some years back. But all the time I was carving those pieces, I wished I had the skills exhibited by those you’d never think would do such things. Big burly blacksmiths have sometimes created wrought iron fences or railings adorned with wrought iron roses in full bloom, a feat that sets every feminine heart aflutter. “It looks so delicate,” they gush, “but you can’t crush them in your hand.” And what glass blower who acquires the requisite skill level does not at least attempt a rose at some point?
But every now and again you come across a rose depicted so well that you can do nothing but take your hat off to the master, and if that rose has somehow been incorporated into a functional object, well, how wonderful is that? Not only do you get to admire it every day of your life, you get to touch it.
One of the companies I most enjoy blogging about is THG Paris because they create absolutely stunning designs that often incorporate a bit of a history lesson as they did with their line of faucets inspired by the Fabergé Easter eggs that were once an annual tradition during the last years of the Russian Romanov Dynasty. This time round they have again teamed up with distinguished French crystal maker DAUM which has a history all unto itself—and uses methods seeped in antiquity.
DAUM is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France that was founded in 1878 by its namesake, Jean Daum. It’s a studio that really hit its stride during the Art Nouveau period, during which time they both expanded their repertoire and explored a method almost as old as formal history. Pâte de verre (glass paste) is a process of glass casting that was first used by the ancient Egyptians some 5000 years ago, but not, I suspect, to make objects with the grace and delicacy of those that have been a mainstay for DAUM over the years. THG Paris’s teaming up with them is one of those perfect symbiotic relationships that business often strives for but only occasionally achieves.
“We are delighted to work with DAUM again and have the opportunity to reinterpret DAUM’s signature Rose flower to create this feminine bath collection in beautiful blush crystal,” said Pedro Uranga, North American director for THG-Paris. “This color and intricate design could only be imagined by DAUM and we are proud to combine DAUM’s expertise in the use of color and crystal, and one-of-a-kind molds, combined with THG’s flawless bath fixture design ingenuity.”
The DAUM rose used throughout in this line is not just perfect, but stunningly so. The pâte de verre method enables them to precisely place their multicolored crystal fragments in the mold. After what, in view of those colors, can only be described as a delicate firing process, the mold is broken, and an unique sculpture is revealed, unique because that mold can never be used again. It’s a method almost as old as time and as fresh as the morning dew on the rose it depicts, and it means that those avail themselves of this line have not only a gorgeous faucet, but one that is different from every other produced because it has literally been made one at a time.
Working with DAUM, THG has designed a line of faucets and accessories in various configurations for basins, tubs, and showers that enhance the rose flower design. Designers and consumers have a wide choice of finishes, including polished chrome, gold, soft gold, nickel, rhodium silver and the luxurious, contemporary rose gold.
A faucet as delicate as this one could only be used as part of a lady’s boudoir, but given the sheer elegance of it, I have to think that such a bathroom (and it would surely be the master bath) would occasionally be used by the husband on any pretext he may wish to conjure up just for the sheer joy of seeing and touching something so outrageously elegant. It’s more than a touch of class. It’s a work of art.
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