When imagining the bath fixtures in the THG Pétale de Cristal line (www.thgusa.com; contact Snyder Diamond, 310.904.6827, www.snyderdiamond.com), the French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon looked to the lotus flower for inspiration. The engineers at the France-based bath-fittings manufacturer THG, with whom Rochon has collaborated for a number of projects, found that the best way to preserve the designer’s vision and make it functional was by following nature’s blueprint for the flower. The lotus bloom and its leaves float on the water’s surface, while its roots are anchored out of sight in the lake-bed soil; likewise, THG found a way to tuck Pétale de Cristal’s inner workings under the countertop. Normally, the company would have hidden the mechanical guts of the fixtures inside the fixtures themselves, but Rochon’s demand for transparent and colored Baccarat crystal rendered that impossible—the exquisite glass would have revealed all. This was just one of many challenges posed by the project, which Baccarat, Rochon, and THG confronted as a team. “There was a lot of trial and error,” says Pedro Uranga, national director of THG’s U.S. branch. “But after two years of working together, it came to life.” Pricing for the Pétale de Cristal collection starts at roughly $9,000 for a lavatory set and can exceed $100,000 for a full bathroom.
By Sheila Gibson Stoodley on June 1, 2014