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May 28, 2007

Jamie Drake's Luxury Faucets for THG


559_sq Luxury bath firm THG (the House of Tetard-Haudiquez-Grisoni from Normandy, France, THGs) introduced several new collections this spring at the Kitchen and Bath show, but our favorite was the Profil by New York designer, Jamie Drake. We caught up with Drake and asked him about the inspiration for his sculptural handles enhanced with dramatic inlays.

G4j_151G4g_151 Drake is known for interpreting past time periods with new finishes and genres. For the Profil Collection, it was a mid-century, brass and crystal vanity mirror by famed Italian architect Gio Ponti that provided a point of departure for his collection. In fact if you look closely, the lines of the mirror's stand (above right) look very similar to the sculptural arcs that are apparent below the faucet handles.

Drake's design, with its mix of curvilinear and straight components, drove the decision to accent with inlays. (Although it couldn't have hurt that Lalique and THG had an agreement to feature the French maker's crystal in THG's products.)

Profil is available in 35 different finishes sans inlays, or a choice of onyx, horn or Lalique crystal. They also can be custom fabricated with tiger eye, malachite, lapis -- or any other luxurious detail that one wants to splurge on. Drake tells me his personal favorite is the gold finish with horn inlay. --diane

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