The lovely and talented Adrienne Palmer from Susan Palmer Designs in Honolulu sent me a photo yesterday in the hopes of getting a rise out of me. It worked. Wow. Here it is.
I'll ask you what she asked me: how does something like this make it into production? This faucet's made by a big player in the world of specialty faucets and these things don't come cheap. But really, who gets an idea at a brainstorming meeting and shouts, "That's it! We need a dragon tub filler! It's perfect!" Then somebody else agrees with the original guy who thought it was a good idea. So much so that the dragon gets designed and produced. Then it shows up in a showroom and somebody buys it. Who are these people?
I've hauled my share of existing swan faucets and tub fillers out of homes I've renovated. Somebody thought they were pretty once. Chances are though, she thought that in about 1968 and her house is being renovated because she's dead and her kids sold the house to somebody who hired me to de-old lady-fy it. Can I say that? Let me tell you, it's a very special kind of a person who buys a gold, swan-shaped faucet.
Believe it or not, I once talked someone out of buying a dolphin-shaped tub filler like this one.
But a dragon? Honestly, I wouldn't know how to react if a client introduced that thing as an idea.
Well, I suppose that there's something out there for everyone. But I'd rather not know about some of that stuff.