In anticipation of the upcoming Salone Mobile Fair in Milan, we sat down with our friends at luxury Italian faucet company Fantini. At St. Charles of New York, we partner with connoisseurs of both cutting edge trends and timeless designs. Fantini is a brand whose repertoire includes both.
Founded in 1946 by brothers Giovanni and Ersilio, Fantini has always been a force of creative intensity that combines hand-craftsmanship with industrial technology. Fantini has been producing innovative products with a deep concern for ethics in manufacturing and production methods, and inspired by the form, qualities, and applications of water. Consequently, their designs have become an international benchmark in the evolution of kitchen and bathroom design, emphasized by their collaborations with the best design minds and creative forces.
LK: What are people picking out for their kitchens these days? What has changed in the past few years? Where are the trends going?
Fantini: We have noticed that customers want a pull-out spray with their kitchen faucet. Two of our kitchen faucets feature a pull-out spray, the latest was designed by Naoto Fukasawa. We will be introducing another version of that faucet that features a pull-out spout with a secondary spray. We will have this at the Salone del Mobile.
LK: Do you notice a particular metal or finish that everyone is suddenly gravitating toward?
Fantini: We are getting a lot of requests for Brass, especially un-lacquered. We started offering it as a custom finish, available polished or brushed. Since it is un-lacquered it will tarnish, which is very trendy right now.
LK: What about color? At St. Charles, we’re big advocates of using color in kitchens and bathroom, however that may be. Are people trying out the colored knobs or are they staying within the confines of their comfort zone and sticking to metal finishes?
Fantini: We were one of the first manufacturers to introduce color to plumbing fixtures. We launched our iconic Balocchi collection in the late 70’s in a variety of colors and a couple years after introduced the Calibro collection, which later became part of the permanent collection at MoMA. We currently offer the Balocchi collection in a number of standard colors and can produce it in any RAL color (over 200 colors available). Clients are very interested in customizing their faucets and shower systems in fun colors, we have seen a huge increase in requests for fun colors, and not just for children’s bathroom’s.
LK: Is there any difference between the bestselling styles in Europe and the bestsellers in the states?
Fantini: There isn’t much different in popularity between the US and Europe. Our most successful collections are popular in the US and Europe.
Thank you to our friends at Fantini for this exclusive interview. Visit their website for more looks and products at Fantini.it