By Judd Lord, senior director of industrial design, Delta Faucet Company
Having worked in the design sphere for over 21 years, I have witnessed first-hand how interior design trends have changed over the years and how they continue to evolve – from floral interiors, to plain black and white, to colour blocking.
I’m constantly amazed by how new trends emerge from past influences. For this reason, I am a staunch believer in the necessity of keeping abreast with design trends and to keep an open mind because you never know where your next inspiration may come from.
Looking at product design more specifically, good design is where functionality meets aesthetics. I work on the design of faucets for the kitchen and bathroom and most people do not realise how much thought, design and engineering goes into such a small but essential item within the home.
Water is one of the world’s most valuable and scarce resources, particularly in the Middle East region. It is imperative products are not just on-trend and design-conscious, but also capable of harnessing technological advances. For example Touch2O Technology allows the user to tap anywhere on the faucet to start and stop the flow of water between uses, therefore contributing to a greener, more sustainable community.
While functionality is paramount, one challenge product designers often face is meeting the needs of a wide audience with a single design. In addition to keeping up-to-date with current and upcoming industry trends, I challenge myself to find inspiration in the world around me. Traveling is a key part of my research as inspiration can be found anywhere – from architecture, to art, nature, culture and fashion.
Taking a look at some of the work I am most proud of, you will be able to see how each product is unique in its design. For example, one of the bath collections I designed was inspired by Old World wrought ironwork such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and another collection has distinctive curves and expressive lines that convey the elegant form of a swan.
In the design sphere, we must always be forward-thinking, keeping our ideas fresh and creative in order to meet the ever-evolving needs of the design community. My design team is constantly identifying trends and inspiration across design, travel, fashion and more, whether a new finish or the resurgence of a vintage style.
Our products undergo arduous research, evaluation and testing and they need to be designed to last for years. To innovate our design, we continue to be vigilant about finding ways to inspire, motivate and excite our consumers.