Inspiration from an Unlikely Place

I am knee deep in the field of fashion fabric right now and you can bet that technology is fast changing the face of the field. No longer are designers limited to cotton, rayon, wool or silk. Fabrics are truly high-tech and some don’t ever need cleaning. They can include metallic threads, textured surfaces and built-in gloss. There are waterproof and sun-proof textiles that protect wearers from the elements. It all comes down to how easy it is to work with the new breed of fabrics and the purpose of your output. It is not newness for its own sake but true innovation that suits an intensely active era where change is the order of the day. We expected a lot from the 21st century and so far there are minimal changes in some fields like home exterior design—but it is happening. The world is changing daily and technology and innovation are affecting all areas of our lives. We want to see more. Think of your humble kitchen faucet. They are now touchless and pull down and come with assorted bells and whistles like instant hot or filtered water. Most importantly, the designs are cutting edge and a glory to behold. They work in any context. I love the graceful curve of a slender faucet, unmatched except by an elegant knob.

As entrenched as modernization is in home or clothing design, there are times when you feel a need for contrast. So you go retro. It’s a hot trend. Antique styling is back in kitchen faucets, electric mixers, dinnerware and stoves. I was made aware of this fact when I was visiting a friend in the middle of restoration. I love his new look, especially the antique touches. The farm sink is so in, whether your cabinets are sleek or not. He was torn, he said, between this classic and an antique metal sink. This trend reminds me of the passion for claw foot tubs in bathrooms a while ago. You can choose from many finishes including pewter and brass. As long as the faucet is retro, the whole décor works. You can be eclectic and mix in whatever streamlined items you want. After all, streamlined cars were the obsession of the early 20th century.  Building facades were curved and rhythmic. I say everything goes now, and it is certainly true in fashion. In every way, the old is new again.

The designer in me wanted to add my touch to his renovation, but I am not an expert at appliances like fridges or dishwashers.  But I am conversant with all styles from traditional and classic to antique retro. So, I couldn’t resist designing for a pin for his girlfriend using the same lines as the new faucet. They say that artists draw inspiration from anywhere and I am here to confirm this belief. Imagine getting excited about the look of an antique style faucet.