I’ve been wondering when California Faucets—the company with the good sense to dress up the oft-neglected shower drain—might chime in with an innovation in bathroom fittings. That incipient moment has arrived as of now with their new faucet collection in PVD finish. This latest achievement in preserving the delicious sheen of spigots and taps is not only a sea change for the finish of fittings but also a bona fide chemical change. According to California Faucets, the process “uses a state-of-the-art technology that molecularly bonds the finish to the faucet... creating a super-hard surface that is by far the most durable available today.”
PVD Finished Faucet. Designe by California Faucets.
A Long-Lived Look for an Environmentally Friendly Faucet
California Faucets says they “don’t want to get too techie with us,” then proceeds to a nuts and bolts explanation of how the bonding process works: “The metal vapor is immediately ionized (given a positive charge) and accelerated to the negatively charged parts (faucets). Result: The metal is molecularly bonded to the faucet parts and forms a thin, highly adhered metallic layer.” In other words, the finish is the faucet, a fortuitous synthesis that creates the attractive and durable final product.
California Faucets offers the PVD finish in a variety of looks—each of which is achieved by subtle variations in the types of metal and gas used during the deposition procedure. The looks of the line run the gamut, from nickel to brass to mocha bronze to the latest design in Gun Metal Graphite. This industrial look is vital and versatile, fusing the implied age of rough metal with the refinements of a cutting edge and environmentally-friendly finish. California Faucets characterizes this as nurturing the true nature of metal, instead of polishing it into oblivion: “rather than obscuring the metallic properties, the process highlights them, resulting in a more natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance.”