"As we progress into this new century I strongly
suspect that the control of water will be by electronic
solenoids like our dishwashers and washing
machines. Taps will disappear and we will
be left holding remote controls or prodding
Taps therefore as we know them today may have existed for only around a century
and are perhaps destined like the horse and carriage to disappear into the mists of
I have therefore taken on the task of researching this century of taps and selecting
the great classics from each decade. From their domestic origins in the late Victorian
era through the mechanical angularity of the Edwardians, the curvaceous turn of the
century French, the colonial twenties, the Deco thirties, the streamline fifties, the
starry sixties to the nineteen seventies when it all seemed to begin again.
Each decade has been carefully considered and researched. But what does a true
classic mean and how does a design become a classic. Foremost it stands the test of
time, it is popular, a design which sold over in its day and continued to be demanded
and of course it worked, it functioned, it did its job.
Beautiful products, beautifully made, beautifully practical and still beautiful today.
Today we don’t buy baths we buy bathrooms so ceramic chinaware, accessories,
lighting, baths and showers had to be added to complete each period. As a result of
my labours to date— ‘A century of classics’ - the story of a hundred years of bathrooms."
- Christo Lefroy Brooks
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