New Age Bal­ance

Be­liev­ing the bath­room to be a sanc­tum, Ital­ian firm Gessi runs a re­search depart­ment that de­vel­ops prod­ucts such as Equilib­rio, a series of faucets that evokes the tran­quil­lity of na­ture.

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It was a chance en­counter on a Sar­dinian shore­front be­tween two vi­sion­ary, creative char­ac­ters. In this fore­or­dained fairy­tale col­lab­o­ra­tion, Gessi’s founder and pres­i­dent, Gian Luca Gessi, stum­bled upon artist and philoso­pher, Marsel Lesko while the lat­ter was bal­anc­ing stones in the Mediter­ranean waters. It is a creative con­ver­gence that has since been trans­ported from the Ital­ian river­bank straight into bath­rooms world­wide through a series of ex­quis­ite, sleek lux­ury taps in­spired by Lesko’s prac­tice.

Named Equilib­rio, the line con­veys the art and aes­thetic of stone bal­anc­ing - show­cas­ing a strong re­la­tion­ship with wa­ter and re­lay­ing the en­ergy that is cre­ated when the stones are aligned. These par­al­lels were turned into phys­i­cal archetypes by Lesko and de­signer Giuseppe Mau­r­izio Scutella. The re­sult is an idio­syn­cratic form that repli­cates two er­gonomic stones bal­anc­ing upon each other. Mim­ick­ing the ma­te­ri­als and con­tours of nat­u­ral stones from the quarry, Equilib­rio brings an el­e­men­tal slice of life back into our liv­ing spa­ces, a re­minder

Equilib­rio con­veys the art and aes­thetic of stone bal­anc­ing.

of our fun­da­men­tal con­nec­tion to na­ture.

Gessi ’ s sales di­rec­tor, Luigi Leonetti, ex­plains the painstak­ing process taken to recre­ate this like­ness. “We tried plac­ing many dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als to­gether, such as stone or wood, to see how they worked in the con­text of a bath­room. Even the paints that we used are unique. They make brass look like stones to sim­u­late nat­u­ral el­e­ments. It is equiv­a­lent to what you would find out­doors,” he says.

Lesko in­sists that his role in the de­vel­op­ment of Equilib­rio is min­i­mal, be­liev­ing strongly that the power of the prod­uct lies in the hands of the end-user. “The faucets are a tool to reach an ex­pe­ri­ence, but the ex­pe­ri­ence it­self is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the per­son us­ing it.”

Gessi is a firm ad­vo­cate of cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence of holis­tic well­ness within per­sonal spa­ces, be­liev­ing that how you in­ter­act with your home sur­round­ings is es­sen­tial to liv­ing a bal­anced life. The com­pany runs a Pri­vate Well­ness depart­ment, an arm that car­ries out ex­ten­sive R& D and forges col­lab­o­ra­tions with cre­atives from var­i­ous fields to bring about a warm, thought­ful ap­proach to its prod­ucts.

Leonetti un­der­lines the im­por­tance of craft­ing these beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Our vi­sion is to im­prove the ev­ery­day lives of peo­ple. We are

“The paints make brass look like stones to sim­u­late nat­u­ral el­e­ments.”

con­vinced that when peo­ple are ex­posed to a beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment, they feel much bet­ter in­trin­si­cally. It’s the same as when you are walk­ing through a mu­seum or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a song or a piece of art and you feel up­lifted.”

Ad­vo­cat­ing the bath­room as a sanc­tum within ev­ery home, Gessi be­lieves that it is one of the most in­ti­mate, im­por­tant spa­ces where you find your­self at the start and end of each day.

Leonetti says: “The con­cept of pri­vate well­ness is that we want peo­ple not just to wash them­selves, but to con­sider the bath­room as a place of re­ju­ve­na­tion. It is where they be­gin the day alone and re­gain lost en­ergy at the end of it. And this is a sim­ple yet pro­found process.” ≠

Top and fac­ing page: each Equilib­rio faucet is de­signed as a per­fectly pol­ished stone. In­set: Gian Luca Gessi.

From above: nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as river stones are used in Equilib­rio; Marsel Lesko.

The taps take on the look of two ovoid stone-like forms in metal, stone and wood rest­ing atop each other.

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