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.