Classic Stylings: Bel Aire Collection by Lefroy Brooks
Get a little piece of Streamline Moderne for your bath with the Bel Aire collection by Lefroy Brooks. These sink, bath, and shower faucets feature the very best lines of the Art Deco period. Like a combination of elegant trains and sleek sedans, the curved shape of Bel Aire brings to mind the elegance and futurism of this eclectic style.
Bel Aire sink faucet. Manufactured by Lefroy Brooks.
Art Deco Bath Faucets
The Bel Aire sink faucet is a three hole deck mounted basin mixer with click-up waste. With a Chromium Plate, Antique Gold, Silver Nickel, or Satin Nickel finish, this shiny trio recalls the bulbous noses of zeppelins and the sharp fins of rockets. The cold water tap includes a slim blue line and the hot a thin red line—a little hint of color encircling the base like a planetary ring. The central mixer resembles an aerodynamic plane (and one can only imagine the stewards and stewardesses moving efficiently inside the craft in their pressed uniforms).
The Bel Aire bath fittings have the slick stylings of a jet with sharp wings. The form reminds me of the fabulous eagles on the Chrysler Building in New York City—and these sculptures were modeled after the auto giant’s hood ornaments, with which the faucets share their silhouette. The collection also includes fittings for showers and other accessories.
About the Manufacturer: Based in the UK, Lefroy Brooks manufactures classic bath fittings. The company suggests that in the new century, water will be controlled by electronic solenoids (as with dishwashers and washing machines); “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 nostalgia.” Lefroy Brooks has carefully researched a century of classics, discovering taps that are themselves “art forms—sculptures not only for the eye but also for the hand.”