Monday, November 21, 2011

Brizo and Jason Wu Go Nordic

As Brizo's guest during New York's Design Week last February I was shown a number of prototype faucet designs ... ideas they were percolating for future products.  Some were "okay", some were just too bizarre to work, and others were the sort that I couldn't wait to see put into production.

Last week, Brizo introduced Odin, the result of their collaboration with fashion designer Jason Wu.  I was very pleased to see that my favourite innovation, the clever little 45° lever, was part of the new design.  Watch the video to see how it works ... and the proximity sensor too!  But as you'll see, the Odin is more than just a technologically advanced faucet.  As you'd expect with Jason Wu in the picture, there's a lot of design in the Odin as well.

Jason wanted to create a complete powder room suite, a vision which led to the addition of several pieces not typically found in Brizo collections, including a wastebasket, free-standing soap pump, soap dish, and drawer knobs and pulls. The silhouette of a Baroque-inspired flower is subtly woven throughout, providing a sense of cohesive integrity.

“Much like fashion accessories help pull together an outfit, these added pieces complete the look of the home bathroom, allowing homeowners to infuse the collection’s style throughout the space to create one seamless, integrated design,” said Judd Lord, director of industrial design for Brizo products.
The complete suite is stunning, especially in the Matte Black finish.  There`s a continuation of Brizo's affinity towards a Scandinavian aesthetic, but with Jason's influence you'll also notice a bit of Baroque in the accessories ... a residual influence from his Versailles inspired line we saw in New York.  What I really appreciate about what Brizo and Jason have done with the new line is how they've introduced some cutting edge technology into the Odin faucet but acknowledge the importance of design in the home.

The Odin will be available in the Spring of 2012, but pre-orders are being taken until February 20, 2012.


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