CW Interiors |
Retail Therapy | February 2015

Faucets with flair

Creativity meets a new high with every collection of luxury tap and bathroom accessories by IB Rubinetterie. We catch up with designer Kelly Hoppen on what inspired her designs for a range of faucets by the company.
Founded in 1985, IB Rubinetterie is a young and dynamic family-run business, which sees its values and objectives in quality, functionality, design and ecological sustainability. The company today boasts of decades of experience in the high-end tap and bathroom accessories industry. With avant garde design being their focus, they encourage designers and technicians to fuse creativity, innovation, attention to detail and technology and mould products that highlight the company´s ethos. In a recent collaboration with renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, IB launched a range of faucets that exude style and substance just like the designer herself. We chat with Kelly as she unveils more about herself and her designs for IB Rubinetterie, a brand available in Mumbai exclusively through its flagship showroom at Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Lower Parel.

Tell us about yourself and your journey into the design world.
I have always wanted to be an interior designer. My mother tells me that as a child I was constantly shifting furniture around our home, displaying everything at its best. I am sure that it used to drive her crazy! I grew up with money but I was raised in a world where you got up and went to work. My father died when I was very young and I inherited the family fortune. I didn´t have to work but it was never an option not to go and succeed. I left school at 16 with no formal training in interior design. After leaving school, I was offered a small job doing a kitchen for a family friend, and then a girlfriend of mine asked me to work for a racing driver. That is how I got my business off the ground. I am completely self-taught in every respect.

Elaborate on your designs for IB Rubinetterie
My collection of contemporary taps and showers for IB Rubinetterie is very sleek and luxurious as well as highly functional. I have translated elements of my signature style to the collection. It is aerodynamic in form and has clean and simple lines. I think that having a stylish bathroom is a definite a plus in a home.

What inspired these creations?
My collection for IB Rubinetterie is synonymous with my own design philo¡sophy. It is timeless and very elegant.

Which is your signature style?
My design philosophy has always been to create timeless and understated elegance. Trends fade but my designs last the test of time. My signature style is luxuriously neutral with lots of sumptuous textures and layering. The principle of East-meets-West has also always been a big part of my designs and my natural palette will never change.

What is your prediction for 2015 design trends?
Copper bathroom fixtures will be in this year. In fact copper will be used for every¡thing from bathroom fixtures, decorative accessories to tableware.

Products designed by Kelly Hoppen for IB Rubinetterie are available in their flagship store at Elegant House, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound,
SB Marg, Lower Parel (West), Mumbai 400 013.
Tel: 022-6633 2200.

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