NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Delta brand announced its partnership with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and acclaimed interior designer Bobby Berk to explore designing with the senses in mind. With the unveiling of a conceptual design, the program reveals how brands like Delta shape the future of design for the home. The concept, named Delta Avvalo, is inspired by Cooper Hewitt's "The Senses: Design Beyond Vision" exhibition.
"The Delta brand is rooted in a passion for innovation. We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of both design and technology," said Laura Brooks, Delta brand marketing director. "The collaboration with Bobby Berk and design-minded curators at Cooper Hewitt helps us reimagine our product category and explore new ways to interact with water."
As part of the brand's Design Beyond™ initiative, the Delta Faucet industrial design team and host Bobby Berk will highlight the importance of sensorial experiences in today's landscape and where the future of design could possibly lead. The discussion will culminate with the reveal of the Delta Avvalo concept, a prototype that embodies the softness and fluidity of water as an art form and invigorates the senses through sight, touch and sound.
A play on the Italian word for "drape cloth," the Delta Avvalo concept was inspired by the Renaissance art observed during the Delta Faucet design team's recent trip to Milan Design Week. The conceptual installation is touch-sensitive with the help of a triangular interface which controls the flow and temperature of the water. The Delta Avvalo concept evokes a serene sensation, where nature collides with modern aesthetics to allow further exploration around the endless possibilities of water.
"Sensorial design, which seeks to appeal to all of the senses holistically, is so important in today's tech-driven landscape," said interior designer Bobby Berk. "The Delta Faucet design team and I share a belief that home design must awaken one's senses. We strive for an environment that leverages technology without losing sight of the physical experience – design that is both functional and emotional."
In addition to the installation reveal, event attendees will have the opportunity to visit "The Senses: Design Beyond Vision" exhibition supported by the Delta brand, which examines how multisensory design amplifies people's ability to explore the world.
As part of National Design Week, the Delta Faucet industrial design team will also partner with Cooper Hewitt to offer a workshop with local teachers in New York City to underscore the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education.
"Both partners share a commitment to make great design accessible to all, as well as an appreciation for design excellence and innovation," said Ruki Ravikumar, director of education for Cooper Hewitt. "The Educator Open House workshop expands upon the Delta brand partnership in the second year of our collaboration and extends design education and the proponents of STEAM into the minds of future generations."
ABOUT DELTA® BRAND AND PRODUCTS There is transformative power at the heart of every Delta® product. From Touch2O® Technology that turns faucets on and off with just a touch to H2Okinetic® shower technology that provides the feeling of more water without using more water, Delta® products incorporate smart thinking that anticipates people's needs. Paired with beautiful and inspirational design, the Delta® brand is more than just a faucet. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet Company is a global organization offering kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, tub and shower systems, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries. For more information, visit www.deltafaucet.com.
ABOUT BOBBY BERK Celebrity designer, Bobby Berk's rise to fame in the home design world didn't happen overnight. Originally hailing from Texas, Bobby had big dreams of the big city and moved to New York in 2003 with only a few dollars to his name and no job in sight. After working his way up in retail at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware to a Creative Director position at Portico Home + Spa, Berk decided that it was time to create his own brand. Since 2006, Bobby Berk Home's retail division has consistently provided customers with a unique approach to modern design. Epitomizing hip, minimalist urban luxury, Berk's designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any cool, relaxed lifestyle. Berk most recently has taken center stage as a member of the "Fab 5" in Netflix's Emmy Award winning remake, Queer Eye. Berk has also appeared as an expert on numerous television networks including HGTV, Bravo, NBC, and CBS.
ABOUT COOPERHEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM Cooper Hewitt is America's design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum's dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master's program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution—the world's largest museum, education and research complex—Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City's Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world's most diverse and comprehensive design collections—over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code—Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls, and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation and connection. In 2018, the London Design Biennale awarded a medal to Cooper Hewitt for its presentation "Face Values," an immersive installation that explores the pervasive but often hidden role of facial-detection technology in contemporary society.
Cooper Hewitt is located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, accessible without an admissions ticket, opens at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Tarallucci e Vino café is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Public transit routes include the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 subways (86th or 96th Street stations), the Second Avenue Q subway (96th Street station), and the Fifth and Madison Avenue buses. Adult admission, $16 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $18 at door; seniors, $10 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $12 at door; students, $7 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $9 at door. Cooper Hewitt members and children younger than age 18 are admitted free. Pay What You Wish every Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. The museum is fully accessible.