Urban Collection by Claire Davies and Antonio Blanch for Pomd´or
Urban was the last collection I worked on with Antonio Blanch and I think it is fair to say unites all the best qualities of Antonios´ eagle eye for detail and my love for geometry and fashion. The original idea for Urban came from my obsession for shoes, actually, it was Todd’s studs on my shoes that set us off talking about fashion. We were sitting having lunch together and Antonio was saying how he thought nothing could beat 1940´s fashion, all geometry and elegance. He remembered how his mother had dressed and the architecture of her clothes. I agreed, so we made a bet that we could come up with an acessories collection that would somehow be as sassy and architectural as the 1940´s ladies clothes.
Ever a man for quality , he wondered if we could combine opticians black glass (horrendously expensive) and chromed solid brass to come up with this sort of quality timeless look we needed. We poured over every minute inch of the designs, taking us about 6 months of continuous prototyping and debating to get it bang on right. We wanted a sort of graphic severity underlining the elegance. (SEE BELOW)
Shortly after we built the photographic set to shoot the collection, this time with Jordi Blanch, the brother with a love of beautiful spaces. We wanted to créate a luxurious bathroom that looked like it could be in New York or Chicago with Marble and with a very graphic architecture, with some shoes thrown in for atrezzo of course! The collection proved to be a smash and we showed it for the first time the prestigious Salone di Bagno at the Milan Furniture Fair the following April.
I was the creative director for Blanch Cristal and Pom d´or at the time and we were just beginning to reap the benefits of repostioning the Brand as a world leader in luxury avante garde bathrooms when the crisis hit and the global recession belted the design world like a heavyweight boxer. Sadly the two ageing brothers Jordi and Antonio Blanch “the Saville Row of the bathroom World” after a life long commitment to craftsmanship and excellence were forced to Industrias Cosmic part of the large Roca Group.
Urban is my tribute to the retired Blanch Brothers, who left an amazing design legacy of quality, craftsmanship and gentlemanly savour faire. The story of the creation of these pieces and also the DESIGN CREDITS seem to have been lost in the take over by Industrias Cosmic.