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In our very modern homes filled with automation and technology, it is a step backwards that the most coveted tapware is offering. Backwards, that is, into the charms of a time gone by, and into the era of art deco. While some of the most stunning on-trend tapware pertains to the charms of old, it is concomitant with function and quality.

It is, perhaps, the very essence of the Art Deco movement that characterises these modern renditions of the period – stylised, ornamental pieces crafted with a focus on both classicism and modernity. In the contemporary setting, art deco-inspired tapware is a drawcard for its unique designs.

“Even 20 or 30 years ago, when people looked to Art Deco to inspire the design of a home, they often did so fervently, determined to capture the essence of the post-war design revolution throughout each element of the home,” Paterson’s Hamish Paterson says.

That’s not the case today though, with a more surreptitious incorporation of the movement. “Now, the lines are much more blurred than previously, and Art Deco inspired tapware is a mix of very modern materials and manufacturing processes, which fits into a bathroom or kitchen design as a standout object, often surrounded by a more contemporary style of finishings and fixtures,” Hamish says.

In our very modern homes filled with automation and technology, it is a step backwards that the most coveted tapware is offering. Backwards, that is, into the charms of a time gone by, and into the era of art deco. While some of the most stunning on-trend tapware pertains to the charms of old, it is concomitant with function and quality.

It is, perhaps, the very essence of the Art Deco movement that characterises these modern renditions of the period – stylised, ornamental pieces crafted with a focus on both classicism and modernity. In the contemporary setting, art deco-inspired tapware is a drawcard for its unique designs.

“Even 20 or 30 years ago, when people looked to Art Deco to inspire the design of a home, they often did so fervently, determined to capture the essence of the post-war design revolution throughout each element of the home,” Paterson’s Hamish Paterson says.

That’s not the case today though, with a more surreptitious incorporation of the movement. “Now, the lines are much more blurred than previously, and Art Deco inspired tapware is a mix of very modern materials and manufacturing processes, which fits into a bathroom or kitchen design as a standout object, often surrounded by a more contemporary style of finishings and fixtures,” Hamish says.

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One collection in particular has encapsulated Kiwis’ desire to source tapware that is cognisant of the need to make a statement; those pieces that work as art within the overall design.

Italian tapware manufacturer and designer Fima’s latest collection, texture, places great weight on the inspiration of the Art Deco movement, paying homage to its lines, forms and beauty. “But it has a modern design twist,” Hamish says. “And each of the basic models has different styles of handle available, as well as different cover plate options so you can curate a number of different looks with one product. It’s something designers are loving because of the ability to create and customise the products to develop a certain aesthetic.”

One collection in particular has encapsulated Kiwis’ desire to source tapware that is cognisant of the need to make a statement; those pieces that work as art within the overall design.

Italian tapware manufacturer and designer Fima’s latest collection, texture, places great weight on the inspiration of the Art Deco movement, paying homage to its lines, forms and beauty. “But it has a modern design twist,” Hamish says. “And each of the basic models has different styles of handle available, as well as different cover plate options so you can curate a number of different looks with one product. It’s something designers are loving because of the ability to create and customise the products to develop a certain aesthetic.”

In contrast to the Art Deco tapware, the other trend making waves in New Zealand is that of Scandinavian design. While this has been popular for some time now, the ability to create this aesthetic in the kitchen or bathroom has expanded and another new collection from Swedish designers Nivito provides a stunning simplicity in a variety of rich materials and colours.

These options for tapware and sinks offer a pared back style combined with a depth of colour and finish to again, create edgy standout pieces. Nivito’s latest range encapsulates brushed copper and brass and solid stainless steel options.

In contrast to the Art Deco tapware, the other trend making waves in New Zealand is that of Scandinavian design. While this has been popular for some time now, the ability to create this aesthetic in the kitchen or bathroom has expanded and another new collection from Swedish designers Nivito provides a stunning simplicity in a variety of rich materials and colours.

These options for tapware and sinks offer a pared back style combined with a depth of colour and finish to again, create edgy standout pieces. Nivito’s latest range encapsulates brushed copper and brass and solid stainless steel options.

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Paterson is a family-owned and operated business with more than 50 years experience in offering bathroom and kitchen design solutions. It aims to provide products to the New Zealand market that have one thing in common: that they represent excellence in design and functionality.

Make sure you visit Paterson on ArchiPro here to peruse the latest in Paterson’s exclusive range of European tapware.

Paterson is a family-owned and operated business with more than 50 years experience in offering bathroom and kitchen design solutions. It aims to provide products to the New Zealand market that have one thing in common: that they represent excellence in design and functionality.

Make sure you visit Paterson on ArchiPro here to peruse the latest in Paterson’s exclusive range of European tapware.

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