Monte Carlo is a lavish collection based on Manufacture de Monaco’s Alhambra pattern that incorporates fine porcelain and Swarovski® crystals combined with 24 karat gold to create intricate multi-layers that reveal a very detailed and structured design reminiscent of antique filigree jewelry.
“At THG we are always a step ahead of luxury bath design, and Monte Carlo is a reflection of our expertise in working with fine materials and the patience and technical know-how of our master craftsman to create each element in the series,” said Pedro Uranga, North American director for THG Paris. “We are honored to work closely with Manufacture de Monaco to reinterpret their Alhambra collection into these two ornate handle options of white gold with clear Swarovski® crystals and yellow gold with black Swarovski crystals."
Recognized worldwide, the Monegasque porcelains are highly valued for their distinct, unique style and durability. Manufacture de Monaco’s process of designing and carving the pattern on each porcelain handle requires a traditional, detailed technique and the use of overlay, which involves working carefully with the porcelain to bring out the pattern. After the pattern is set, 24 karat matte yellow or white gold is applied in three layers with annealing between each step (a process that uses heat which is cooled slowly). The final step is to delicately insert each Swarovski® crystal element, one-by-one. To further the handle’s design, the base of each is set on a substantial beveled escutcheon crafted with a distinct beaded pattern into the brass. The combination of both matte and polished golds create a sense of refinement, formality and opulence never before conveyed in a decorative plumbing fixture collection.