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Leading Italian designers are turning their hand to tapware. The latest range from Nobili features the work of Ferrari designer Pininfarina

Design on tap


hen you consider the financial in?vest?ment most of us have in our new home, it makes sense not to scrimp on the finishing touches. After all, it's often the details that make all the difference to the way we live.

Good quality tapware, for example, not only makes a design statement. It also makes an everyday task easier.

The latest Nobili Italian tapware is de?signed for functionality, but not at the ex?pense of looks, says Dean Palmer, national sales man?ag?er for New Zealand importer Hydroflow Distributors.

"Leading design companies, in?clud?ing Ferrari designer Pininfarina, are behind the lat?est Nobili products to come out of It?a?ly," he says. "The same basic prin?ci?ples that go into the design of sports cars and in?dus?tri?al prod?ucts have been applied to this tapware. As with all Nobili tapware, these col?lec?tions combine er?go?nom?ics with stream?lined styl?ing."

Palmer says the chrome-plated Palladio Col?lec?tion is the flagship of the Nobili range. Its styling was specially de?signed by Pininfarina to com?ple?ment con?tem?po?rary interiors, he says.


The Uniko Collection is another new line. This features a kitchen mixer, that com?bines a curved base and han?dle with a long, straight spout.

Uniko taps are avail?a?ble in either chrome or satin bronze, and can be cus?tom?ised with different handle colours.

Palmer says another popular choice is the chrome-plated Luxus, which features an up?ward-curving handle.

Bathroom taps and show?er mixers are also available for a co-ordinated look

The tapware features a galvanic system, eliminating lead, nickel and chrome coming into contact with drinking water.

Nobili taps can be viewed at Plumb?ing Plus outlets nationwide and Chesters Plumb?ing and Bath?room Centres.

For further in?for?ma?tion, contact Hydroflow Distributors Ltd, PO Box 33-780, Takapuna, Auck?land, phone (09) 415 5585, fax (09) 415 6150, or Christchurch, phone (03) 341 1048, fax (03) 365 6957.

First published date: 12 October 2003

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