ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST’S AD100 ISSUE
As the pre-eminent source for the best and brightest in design and interiors, Architectural Digest has long-garnered respect in a competitive industry, hailed for its taste, acumen and commitment to showcasing luxury and innovation.
The recent announcement of this year’s “AD100” – an impeccable compilation of trailblazing artists, designers, decorators and design firms – Architectural Digest set out to capture the most influential stylemakers: tomorrow’s eyes of the world. It is an undertaking of substantial proportion and represents the industry’s most discerning opinion. It is with much pride and enthusiasm that two THG auteurs – Alberto Pinto and Jamie Drake – are among this coveted, prestigious group.
For Scott Triethart, National Sales Director, THG-USA, the inclusion of two THG visionaries is a testament to our brand and our cadre of designers – and only serves to uphold the standards for which THG prides itself.
“As the world’s leading luxury faucet brand, THG is committed to collaborating with the most talented, highly-regarded, and innovative designers,” Triehart explains. “This quality of artistry is synonymous with THG. It’s what puts us in the most immaculate settings around the world – from the finest hotels to residences to palaces and yachts. Our dedication to talent is our signature, and our designers’ presence in the AD100 is proof.”
The creative force behind the New York-based Drake Design Associates, Jamie Drake, is no stranger to navigating the aesthetic waters of post-modernism – moving seamlessly between traditional and contemporary and highly revered for his explosive and innovative use of color. And while Drake has long devoted his passion to interior work on a larger scale, it is in fact his most compact executions that truly illustrate his vision. The THG Jamie Drake Bath Collection highlights Drake’s singular eye for design-in-design. With Profil, his sculptural line for THG, Drake makes sharp use of both space and textures, incorporating stunning materials – onyx, Lalique crystal – in a most elegant setting. Faucets, levers, and other bath accessories crafted to resemble the most beautiful forms of flora are contrasted with inlays carved with the most intricate transparent patterns.
For Alberto Pinto, purveyor of THG’s stunningly sublime Le 11 Collection, when style, craft, and history are expressed implicitly and exquisitely, nothing is too big to be imagined. And from the mind behind some of the world’s most regaled interiors, Le 11 was born. The modern fixtures – so simple to the eye, yet devastatingly complex in every detail – are named for a mythical address located near Pinto’s Paris design studio. And mythical, it is. Water flows from the spout’s waterblade crevice, forming a perfect 90 degree angle. Every union of metal is deliberate and designed; no detail was left untreated. As Pinto strives to infuse life into his art, he breathes spirit into Le 11, a most impeccable accomplishment for THG.
“Style,” Gore Vidal once wrote, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” This unfettered commitment to artistry of the highest level – that which satisfies the high standards of two of the design world’s most accomplished names – is what brings Jamie Drake and Alberto Pinto into the THG catalogue, and the pages of AD100. To provide a space where beauty can thrive, unchallenged by norms or judged by conventions, is what THG fosters, and Architectural Digest commends. Great design does not exist in a vacuum; it is nurtured and developed by artist and critic, and it always rises to the top.