Organic beginnings often lead to the best things in life, be it experiences, art, or architecture.
Drawing from the palette of the natural world, the newest bath collection from Brizo is showing that faucets and fixtures can also draw from organic inspiration.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection by Brizo is an homage to the great American architect, designer, writer, and educator.
“The late Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the world to organic architecture,” says Rick Cooke, manager of The Water Closet in Orillia. “He believed in design and construction that was in balance with the environment; buildings should be one with the landscape, not imposed upon it. And he designed over 1,000 structures during a 70-year period.”
Inspired by this legacy, Brizo’s bath collection strives to honour Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture by staying true to six key principles: simplicity, individuality, belonging, palette, substance, and integrity.
Examples of each principle can be found in every fixture and hardware accessory, from drawer pulls to towel bars, lavatory faucets, tub fillers and custom shower components.
“Simplicity can be found in the clean lines and composition of every piece,” says Rick. “Individuality is achieved through the selection of finishes available; belonging is the way the collection finds harmony within the bath space; the palette is of course the natural woods and elemental metals that are used.”
Guyana teak, a strong and durable wood, is used throughout the collection due to its lovely texture, slight variations in colour, and the way it will patina over time to give it a different look as it ages.
The teak is not stained, but it has been treated with a clear sealant for additional protection. Rick says if you’d prefer to keep the look from acquiring a patina, it’s just a matter of drying it with a soft cloth when it gets wet.
As for the metals, finishes available include polished chrome, polished nickel, luxe nickel, luxe steel, polished nickel and wood, and luxe nickel and wood.
Substance and integrity
Wright’s principle of substance is found through the design and expression of the materials’ characteristics. Integrity is represented by incorporating the free spirit of Wright in the cantilevered spouts and innovative water flow.
In the spirit of challenging convention, the unorthodox water flow streams from the side of the spout on lavatory faucets, with the horizontal planes of the cantilevered spout echoing Wright’s structures.
The raincan showerhead showcases the distinctive rush of the Canopy Spray; when in use, the water flow activates a built-in light to dramatic effect.
“There is tremendous function and style with every piece in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection,” says Rick. “This line is the perfect fit for someone wanting to stand out from the crowd and wow their guests. The collection personifies organic architecture in an improved, modern way . . . beautiful and sophisticated while providing simplicity in the way it works.”
In keeping with Wright’s environmental ethos, all Brizo products are packaged with recycled and recyclable materials. The collection also promotes conservation of water and energy without sacrificing performance.
The WaterSense-labeled lavatory faucets, showerheads and hand showers provide strong flows while using less water, giving you the performance you’re accustomed to, while being friendly to the environment.
Adding this inspired collection to your home is easy with the help of the team at The Water Closet in Orillia. With their no-pressure approach, they can help you pick out the perfect fit for any home, cottage, or unique taste.
“Our expert showroom staff can’t wait to make your renovation dreams come true.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI