Delta Faucet is known for crafting beautiful faucets that elevate the look of any kitchen or bath. Seth Fritz, T.J. Eads, Jordan Bahler and Ben Stoler are a few of the Delta industrial designers who bring faucet designs to life, treating each as a functional piece of art meant to change the way consumers experience the everyday. The designers regularly use travel as part of the creative process.
The Delta designers and the Ovation team take a moment to enjoy the sunshine (above); Granville Bridge (top)
When these designers needed to develop a fresh cache of concepts, they did what they love to do—book a getaway. “What I love about travel,” says Bahler, “is it kind of wakes you up. You become very much a part of what you’re seeing, your surroundings.” Past trips have taken the team across the world to Germany, Finland and Singapore, and this latest adventure brought them to a place they were all excited to visit: Vancouver, British Columbia. The architecture, influential food culture and dedication to public art made Vancouver an ideal city to explore. Fun fact: Architecture is a major influence for the designers and according to Fritz, the Delta Faucet Ara collection “is a direct representation of the architectural boat tour in Chicago. If you look at it, it’s very linear, it’s very monolithic.”
The film crew caught the Delta designers taking in the stunning architecture during their sunny boat ride across Vancouver Harbor.
If you’ve ever wanted to see what happens on an inspiration trip, viewers will get a chance to experience one firsthand: Ovation, an independent television and media company dedicated to celebrating art and culture, documented the team’s Canadian travels in a recent episode of the network’s show The Art of. Watch as the team tours Vancouver’s stunning cityscape, including the Fairmont Pacific Rim with a Liam Gillick poem wrapping the façade, and the noteworthy public art displays, like Yue Minjun’s sculpture “A-maze-ing Laughter.”
Clear, sunny skies make this view from Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park another epic vista.
“When we first arrived in Vancouver, one of my first impressions was it was just so clean and pure. The variety, the people, the cultures—you really had to look at everything and experience it all,” reflects Eads. When the team wasn’t looking up at the buildings, they were perusing the Granville Island Public Market, a particular treat for Bahler, the resident foodie on the team, and for Stoler, who proclaimed his love for the hot glazed doughnut he was served by one of the vendors.
Watch this episode and think about what inspires you. For more on Delta Faucet industrial design team adventures, check out last year’s inspiration trip to Australia.