Q&A: Helix Rockette by Lefroy Brooks
Christo A. Lefroy Brooks, Designer
Helix Rockette, 2004
How did you get the idea for the Helix Rockette?
The design was inspired by industrial catering taps developed in the 1950s. I have retained the ’50s feel reminiscent of soda fountains, hence the name Rockette and the streamlined appearance.
What’s innovative about the piece?
I developed a single “spout” that can rotate and be used for both spray and fill. It is also the first time a joystick control has been used completely upside down.
What was the greatest challenge to realizing the design?
I suppose ensuring the complete rigidity at the joints. It was also a challenge not to compromise the proportions of an industrial product when scaling it down for domestic use.
Did anything interesting happen during the development of this product?
I was so intrigued by the ’50s style that I was inspired to develop a full range of bathroom fixtures and fittings. In fact, I should be launching this range, which I am calling Bel Air, this September in London at [design fair] 100% Design.
What’s your favorite object?
It’s difficult to pinpoint, but I guess I would chose from a ’30s Lalique relief sculpture, a Palladio villa, or maybe the Citroen DS.
Is there anything you absolutely must do while you’re in New York for the ICFF?
I’m looking forward to visiting the new Modigliani exhibition, which is opening in May at the Jewish Museum. Otherwise, I will definitely be having a meal at Omen in SoHo and meeting up with old friends.