April 16, 2010

The Brizo Talo: Art for the kitchen

Back in February, Jamie Goldberg at Gold Notes wrote this post about a great little kitchen gadget. It’s the Dish Towel Butler from Brizo:

Brizo - Dish Cloth Hook in Chrome

Why did it take so long for someone to come up with this great idea?! I left a comment on Jamie’s post gushing over the awesomeness of Brizo’s dish towel butler.

A couple of days later, I received an e-mail from Charlie Kondek, Director of New Media Relations at MS&L Worldwide, the PR firm for Brizo. He had seen my comment over at Gold Notes, and popped over to check out DesignTies. He offered to keep me in the loop on all things Brizo. Having read numerous posts about the beautiful Brizo faucets by Paul over at Kitchen and Residential Design (do a search at K&RD for “Brizo”) as well as Jamie’s post, I was thrilled to be part of the Brizo in-crowd :-)

brizo close

But that was nothing compared to what happened next — Charlie offered to send me a faucet of my choice to use and review!! I had bought a gooseneck faucet in oil rubbed bronze for our kitchen, but I wasn’t happy with it. It dripped a lot, and the pull-out spout didn’t always stay firmly in place. So I told Charlie I’d love to replace it with a Brizo faucet, and he told me to let him know which one I wanted.

How to choose?! I narrowed it down with three requirements — gooseneck style, single-lever pull-down, and the Venetian Bronze finish. The Talo was the perfect choice :-) From Brizo’s web site:

brizo talo bronze


Classic. Fresh.


blossoming innovation

Inspired by the bluebell flower's distinctive silhouette, Talo is Brizo's first traditional pull-down faucet. This unique form is married to a wealth of advanced features, including a 2-Button, 4-Function spray wand, MagneDock Technology®, and Brizo's exclusive SmartTouch Technology®, which allows water activation with just a light touch.


Can you see the inspiration from the bluebell??

bluebell k53 pbase flip bluebell flickr 2

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My Talo faucet doesn’t have the SmartTouch technology and I didn’t get the dish cloth butler. Two great innovations that would be fantastic to have, but when you’re replacing a 1975 Pinto with a free 2010 Ferrari, it’s no biggie if it doesn’t have every bell and whistle!!

I’ve been using my Talo faucet for a few weeks. The lines and finish of the faucet and matching soap dispenser are beautiful — like a piece of art for the kitchen.

faucet and dispenser

The Venetian Bronze finish has strands of copper throughout the metal:

copper strands

The soap dispenser is the biggest and heaviest soap dispenser I’ve ever seen!! It looks like a mini-faucet :-)

soap dispenser

soap dispenser 2

My favourite feature of the Talo faucet is that if I select the sprayer option, it stays on the sprayer option after I turn it off. So next time I turn it on, I get the sprayer. Our old faucet always reverted back to the regular flow after I turned it off, which was annoying because I like to use the sprayer the majority of the time.


The water flow is a lot more powerful than it was with the old faucet. In fact, our two previous kitchen faucets had pretty weak water flow. I had just assumed it was because the water had a long way to go from the water tank to the faucet.

The MagneLock Technology keeps the pull-down spout firmly in place. When the spout is about here:


It literally gets sucked right back into place.


If you live in Chicago or happen to be travelling to Chicago this weekend, you can check out Brizo faucets in person at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. And be sure to come back soon to read more about Brizo and check out the stories behind some of the most beautiful faucets you’ll ever see!!

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amariaf2000 said...

OH MY! What a gorgeous faucet!! That is one piece that I am definitely looking to replace this year! My definitely are just like yours except I am not quite sure what finish to get yet (I need to pick out my granite and tiles first).

~angela @ peonypatch

Kathysue said...

How wonderful to recieve such a beautiful faucet. It sounds as if you are more than happy with it. I will have to remember this brand next time I look at faucets. Kathysue

DesignTies said...

I want one of those dish cloth butlers!!!!

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

That faucet is absolutely gorgeous! It couldn't suit your kitchen any better, and it looks so solid and robust. It is visible quality (or luxury?), lol!

Jeannine | The Small and Chic Home said...

I want to get a SmartTouch faucet for the kitchen so badly! I haven't read any reviews of them, though.

The "touch" faucets made by another company are exorbitantly expensive, so perhaps that's why there aren't any reviews just yet.

The color on your faucet is beautiful! Congrats!

Karena said...

The design, the finish, the spray, fabulous!

Art by Karena

White Alder Home said...

LUCKY GIRL!!! It's a beauty..............and thanks for the intro to the dish cloth butler, can't believe it's taken this long for someone to figure that one out ;-)

Have a super weekend.


PS: thanks for your lovely comment, will definitely keep in touch, you guys keep me in the loop!

Lisa said...

It's beautiful and goes so well with your kitchen. I have a relatively new kitchen faucet with a pull down spray but it doesn't snap back into place which is a major pain. I wish it had that feature.

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Your new faucet is beautiful and goes so well in your kitchen. The dish towel butler is genius.

Katrina said...

Oh wow! I have never seen it before! I love the soap dispenser. Do you mind if I steal these photos and put over on a decorating forum as my friends would love to see it?

Katrina :)

Nancy@marcusdesign said...

Now that is one HOT faucet, I don't think I knew that a faucet could be so attractive!?! I love the bits of copper and I love the feature that allows the sprayer to stay on. The soap dispenser does look heavy duty! It's really beautiful overall!

Unknown said...

Fantastic post. Talo is gorgeous and your photos captured every beautiful detail about the faucet.

In case your readers might be interested, Brizo is sponsoring a giveaway of the Talo with SmartTechnology for one lucky winner who's ready to replace their old kitchen faucet.
Giveaway details here:

Best, Carmen @ The Decorating Diva, LLC

Paul Anater said...

Hurray! It's high time that new kitchen of yours got a proper faucet. It looks terrific Kelly, good job!

Oh and Jeanine, I can vouch for the SmartTouch personally. I have one and I spec them all the time. They are genius and they work like a charm. Every time.

Diane Schuller said...

wow, I'm so far behind in what's available. I love the little (er, big) butler. Great idea.

Gayle said...

Wow! That is beautiful! It really is art for the kitchen!

John Taylor said...

The faucet is too beautiful. I like the design, the color of it, look so perfect for our faucet.
John Taylor
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