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When it comes to inspiration, the Brizo design team excels at looking outside the kitchen and bath realm. From a vintage bar cart paired with a Frank Lloyd Wright building to the Bauhaus design movement, this team sees a unique application in almost everything. So, when they were tasked with improving on the traditional movement of the kitchen faucet, they turned to a design object that knows how to move: the classic Luxo lamp.
This iconic architect’s lamp was invented in 1930 by an English automotive engineer who specialized in the design of vehicle suspension systems. George Carwardine invented a spring that could be moved easily in every direction but remained fixed once placed in a position. George realized that his new high tech spring could be the answer to his lighting woes and the resulting lamp has been beloved by architects, designers and tastemakers ever since.
Like its design classic lighting forefather, the Articulating Kitchen Faucet with SmartTouch® Technology by Brizo® is the answer to kitchen frustrations. There’s nothing that you touch more frequently than the kitchen faucet, and its important to have one that works with you. (If you’ve ever been elbow-deep in bread dough, you’ll get the appeal.) This new design combines a jointed arm that allows the spray wand to be positioned virtually anywhere around the sink
The resulting design is a faucet with a much greater range of motion than a traditional pull-down kitchen faucet. The entire piece easily moves up and down, but for bigger kitchen jobs (bring on the paella), you can undock the spray wand. Brizo is known for finding new ways to improve the standard home technology. In this case, the wand locks to the dock using patented MagneDock® Technology, which keeps the spray head perfectly aligned (and gives you that satisfying snap when it locks back in place).
But the biggest tech update to this new faucet is the optional SmartTouch® Technology, which allows water activation with just a simple tap anywhere on the faucet base, handle or arm for maximum flexibility and functionality. It’s easy to use, but also helps to conserve water by activating flow only when needed. “The wide range of motion and enhanced control of water flow brings increased flexibility to the kitchen and delivers on the Brizo brand’s dedication to blending form with function,” said Celine Garland, Brizo lead industrial designer.
So once you’ve ticked all the functionality boxes, you can turn your attention to the form and how it fits into your kitchen decor. The articulating arm faucet is an option in two Brizo kitchen collections: The Artesso® Kitchen Collection, which is inspired by early 20th century metal works and is a warmer take on the industrial aesthetic. In this collection, the articulating faucet is available in three finishes: Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Venetian Bronze.
Then there’s the Solna® Kitchen Collection, inspired by contemporary Scandinavian furniture (with a name to match—Solna is a Swedish town). The articulating faucet is available in Polished Chrome, Brilliance® Stainless and a Matte Black finish. (Did someone say matte black—yes, please!)
Whatever your finish of choice, this is a faucet guaranteed to be your kitchen workhorse. Eyeing the Julia Child class recipe for sole meunière? Bring it on.