Bathroom Month: Jason Wu for Brizo, Baroque flowers

The simplicity of a baroque flower can easily be referenced in today's contemporary interior design. Sometimes it's harder to see because there is a subtle difference between a baroque flower and damask/brocade and only the astute and well trained designers can identify the two. Baroque style is identified by an exaggeration of sculptural forms to produce drama or tension. What is really interesting about the Baroque style is that it was essentially created out of the High Renaissance as a means for the Christian church to impress the congregation. Baroque style is the primary design style that we associate with Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Christopher Wren, Luxembourg, Austria, Trevi Fountain... but historically speaking, what we are actually referring to when we talk about a Baroque flower is the Gothic Rose.

Contemporizing a somewhat historical, but not traditional, design is well suited to the new Jason Wu collection for Brizo. Yet, what is most stunning and most appealing of the whole collection is the reverse image, or positive and negative space, that is created with the matte black finish juxtaposed to the polished chrome finish. As with all things Brizo, and you all know I'm a HUGE advocate for them, form easily blends with an otherwise functional fixture.

The matte black finish is something I've been searching for in design for about two years now. We have begun to see matte black finishes in auto-body paint and it is the unfinished, the rawness, yet somewhat stealth look that is appealing to me. It is almost as if it strikes the balance between the feminine flower motif disguised under the pre-text of a masculine finish. This is only the beginning of matte black finishes, this is going to be a huge hit.

Take a look at the promo piece and you tell me if you don't see a gentrified masculanization of fluid shapes - but, after all, this is Jason Wu.

All images and video courtesy Brizo (www.brizo.com)