What does one do when the famous Brizo brand comes a calling and asks you to design a kitchen for the national launch of their latest product – The Artesso Collection? Personally, I acted very calm, cool and collected, politely and graciously accepted the offer and then promptly hung up the phone gasping for air and sweating with nerves:)
It’s been over a year in the making, but we can finally announce that Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs was given the honor of designing a kitchen that celebrates the birth of the new Brizo Artesso collection – particularly the bridge faucet and pot filler. The Artesso collection launches today!
Inspired by detailed, early 20th century metal works, the Artesso™ suite is Brizo® brand’s newest kitchen collection. The collection, named for a variation of the Portuguese word for artisan, incorporates masculine, hand-forged design nuances with sophisticated aesthetics.
“We drew inspiration from iron-workings dating back to the early 1900s,” said Sarah Schlifke, Brizo product marketing manager. “The industrial, yet refined, design will modernize any kitchen while offering a chic and functional focal point for the counter space.”
The Artesso kitchen collection by Brizo is a full kitchen suite featuring a single-handle pull-down faucet, a two-handle bridge design, a sleek bar faucet and a matching soap dispenser. The single-handle pull-down faucet is available with optional Brizo SmartTouch® Technology, allowing users the option to activate the flow of water with a simple touch anywhere on the spout, hub or handle. This unique functionality makes it easy to turn the faucet on only when needed, helping to reduce water usage, while enabling efficiency of motion during prep work and cleanup.
The team at Brizo sent me a series of inspirational mood boards illustrating how their trend research had led them to the design of the Artesso faucet. The feel was to be industrial and chic but with a relatable vibe that included pops of color, natural wood and brushed finishes. After a few conference calls with Brizo’s PR firm, I was given free reign to create a kitchen saluting this beautiful new faucet.
There was something about the Brizo inspiration pages and the bridge design of the Artesso faucet that instantly reminded me of summers in my grandmother’s kitchen in Westhampton, NY.
Lots of brainstorming ensued….
Then an upscale farmhouse design was born…
Rendering by Joan Borawski
The talented production team at Brizo then set to work building this kitchen on a set in Indianapolis. (Note to my designer friends: yes, this tested all of my Type A, control freak tendencies to not be involved with construction or stylizing). The final result came amazingly close to my design:
All on set photos courtesy of Brizo
The full kitchen suite will be available September 2014 in the following finish options: Polished Chrome, Brilliance®Stainless, Venetian Bronze® and Brilliance®Polished Nickel finishes.
A huge thank you to Brizo for including Kandrac & Kole in this campaign. We are big fans of the Brizo brand and it was a thrill to be such an integral part of promoting another exceptional new product.
About the Brizo® Brand
Rooted in the fashion and design communities, Brizo is a luxury fittings brand that strives to transform minds, moods and spaces with the belief that fashion is reflected in everything it crafts, every space it inhabits and every vision it brings to life. The Brizo brand has been a primary sponsor for fashion designer Jason Wu since 2006 and has been a national sponsor of the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway since 2010. Brizo products are available exclusively at Brizo Impressions Showrooms. Brizo is the luxury brand of faucets and related accessories within the portfolio of Delta Faucet Company, a WaterSense® manufacturing partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Visit www.brizo.com or call 877-345-BRIZO (2749) for more information and to locate a Brizo Impressions Showroom.