A Guided Video Tour of Our Extensive Santa Monica Faucet Selections Including Iconic Brands Such As Dornbracht, Fantini, Gessi, Graff, Kallista, Newport Brass & Vola
Do you love your faucet?
As we all sing Happy Birthday twice and wash our hands again and again, the faucet has suddenly become the star of the show. Now more than ever we have come to realize staying healthy and preventing the spread of Covid-19 means keeping our hands clean and to that we say let’s do it with style! With so many stunningly beautiful faucets to choose from in our Santa Monica showroom finding the perfect tap has never been so easy.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a short, guided tour by our very own, Jennifer Tarus.
Brands featured in the video include:
Nestled on the shores of Lake Orta in the Piedmont region of Italy, Fantini occupies a design factory, a family business and a boutique hotel. The company’s values as well as its designs are heavily influenced by the underlying theme of water.
Bringing clean drinking water to those who don’t have it is a long term initiative called “100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa” intended to bring water outlets to the communities of Masango, Burundi, Africa. Since 2012, Fantini has dedicated their most iconic line- Balocchi- to this effort.
Balocchi came out with a bang in 1978 and was the first series of colored taps to meet with enormous and broad success in the market. With an obvious Pop Art reference, it is fun, playful and colorful. Fantini’s Balocchi has earned iconic status and owns a place in the Italian design history books.
Normally this time of year, Snyder Diamond would be in Italy enjoying our Fantini Weekend experience with a select group of designers. Daniella Fantini would be our gracious hostess. We would be staying on beautiful Lake Orta where the company is located. As a tribute to that as well as our gracious hosts of past and future, we share this video of Fantini’s Headquarters designed by Piero Lissoni.
According to Gessi, “the most perceptive consumers are expressing the need for a return to authenticity, and a desire to surround themselves with products that exude a feeling of reliability, true depth and quality.”
In their first collection by an American designer, Gessi tapped David Rockwell from The Rockwell Group to create INCISO. The INCISO Collection is the embodiment of old era brassware manufacturing infused with modern architectural taste and enhanced by the most advanced metal processing technology. The result is a warm, modern line with subtle and elegant industrial details.
Quality is part of the culture at Vola’s factory in Denmark. Snyder Diamond offers an entire VOLA wall of products from the iconic HV1 to the KV1 shown in some of the 27 different colors/finishes available. The VOLA faucet was first designed in the 1960s by renowned architect Arne Jacobsen, and it is the only faucet which resides in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
As you would expect from a German manufactuer, Dornbracht stands out for their quality and uncompromising attention to detail—clear-cut lines, precise edges and exceptional finishes. Dornbracht finishes are characterised by an intensive sheen, an impressive depth of color as well as a high degree of durability. They use traditional craftsmanship as the basis for ensuring the highest quality possible today – a combination of function, form and quality production for every single product design.
With its timelessly beautiful design and clear, purist character, the TARA CLASSIC is known the world over as the original design icon. Only the original TARA CLASSIC can claim the perfect layout and proportion of cross handles and outlet spout.
No supply impact expected
Dornbracht’s production and most suppliers are located near the company’s headquarters in Iserlohn, Germany, which allows them to maintain production and delivery times. To date, they have not been negatively affected by Covid.
Graff is internationally recognized as an avant-garde manufacturer of exciting, trend-setting bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Graff brings creativity and inspiration into many homes, and as a company, remains keenly aware of human and environmental issues and values.
Handles from their Harley collection (above).
Graff is one of only 3 manufacturers globally to produce from raw brass stock all the way to the finished product. Their finishes are automotive grade, and they have been doing plating for Harley Davidson for over 30 years.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Graff has deep inventory so many products can ship within 2 days of placing an order.
Another American manufacturer is Kallista. The brand believes in pushing the envelope of design through partnering with the very best: world-renowned designers, architects and artists to reimagine and elevate every detail. The outcome is a wide range of product offerings for every style and price point.
Ornate detailing and embellishments in a modern form set the brand apart with products like the Script Saint-Louis. Arch spout. Porcelain or Crystal etched knobs.
Or, for those who appreciate simplicity of design, the One Collection is the way to go. One infuses minimalistic design with classic character to create an elegant collection has a soft, sleek form that pairs perfectly with a range of environments. The Kallista One presents a full line of brassware for the bathroom and kitchen: Fourteen sink faucet options with cross, lever or decorative stone handles; An array of finishes including Unlacquered Brass and Gunmetal, and most recently, Matte Black joined with a powder coat finish.
Newport Brass- Newport Brass® is a premium brand of solid brass kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures. A California manufacturer with an eye on sustainability, their products meet or exceed CalGreen and WaterSense standards and are available in a variety of styles and price-points.
Founded in 1989, Newport Brass has always been at the forefront of innovation and was one of the first companies to implement PVD finish technology, a highly specialized process mastered by few in the industry. They offer one of the largest catalogs of solid brass kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures in the industry and their products are available in 27 finishes.
That’s a wrap!