Jacob Delafon highlights two bathroom furniture collections made of solid wood: Vivienne and Odéon Rive Gauche.
The French brand Jacob Delafon has been innovating the bathroom with elegant and natural styles since its founding in 1889 and became highly successful with its appearance at the 5th edition of the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1900 where the brand earned a Grand Prize, 3 Gold Medals and 7 Collaborator Medals. Since 2014, the brand focuses on representing bathrooms “à la Française” with a certain “je ne sais quoi”. Today, they’re highlighting two bathroom furniture collections that exemplify the use of solid wood.
The Vivienne Collection and the Odéon Rive Gauche act as a reminder of the brand’s image of creating elegant bathrooms with careful attention to detail. It’s known that Jacob Delafon has understood the necessity to treat the bathroom like other rooms of importance, with a precise decorative eye, for a long time and has always worked its sanitaryware collections as collections of fashion, design and skilfully chosen materials. With 130 years of experience and two factories in France, the company has grown its network of partners to more than 70 and uses wood from a local Jura partner to fabricate its products. The furniture pieces come with a guarantee of 2 to 10 years and are tagged with a PEFC certification (traceability of wood from the forest to the finished product).
The Vivienne Collection is available in three shades of oak—natural, white and dark. As there are naturally different colors and knots in the wood, the pieces in this collection are unique. The Hungarian point concept furniture from the Vivienne collection consists of a solid wood body and a Hungarian point front, available in natural oak. The wooden slats affixed in the layout add cachet, while the originality is found in the details, such as the staggered solid wood handles. The sleek design of the furniture and the “English cash register” with the recessed front gives a chic and refined appearance. The range, made entirely of solid wood, covers the fronts, the structure, the handles, the feet and the interior of the drawers.
It is possible to match the furniture with the solid wood column and the mirror from the Vivienne collection. Available in white, dark or natural varnished oak. Vivienne solid wood furniture pieces begin from €1,490 including tax.
The Odéon Rive Gauche is a new, original concept developed by Jacob Delafon which was inspired by the codes of Hungarian point marquetry, recalling the refinement of Haussman apartments. The front reveals oak veneer and the interior drawers are of solid wood. The finish of the handles—black, gold, bronze or chrome—can be harmonized according to the interior decoration. The furniture pieces in the Odéon Rive Gauche “Point of Hungary” collection start from €1,987 incl. tax.
In addition to these two collections, the company emphasizes its Plan Parallel which offers a solution that adapts to all bathroom configurations. These suspended tops can be cut to the nearest centimeter, completely modular and customizable, to be combined with a countertop or built-in washbasin. Designed in solid oak, this chic and refined concept goes perfectly with a loft or industrial-style bathroom. The Parallel tops can be combined with furniture from the Parallel collection, as well as furniture from the Odéon Rive Gauche collection. Three shades of solid oak are available: white, dark or natural varnish. The Plan Parallel solid wood starts from €756 incl. VAT.
A Piece of History to Better Know Jacob Delafon
In 1972, the modernization of the Belvoye factory made it possible to pass the symbolic bar of one million parts produced per year, thus meeting the needs of the French market. The development of the brand soon exceeded the borders of France, with the creation of Jacob Delafon Spain in 1971, then Jacob Delafon Morocco in 1976. The ceramic factory in Tangier opened in 1980. The year 1986 is a strategic stage in the history of Jacob Delafon. The Company integrates the American group Kohler, one of the main world players in the sanitary market and number 1 in the USA.
In 1993, Jacob Delafon acquired Sanijura, one of the furniture experts in Europe, then the thermoforming plant in Troyes two years later, thus further developing its expertise in all bathroom products.
The brand continues to develop abroad and begins its establishment in Russia. In 2008, the European logistics center at Passel in France was inaugurated on September 24. Then, in 2010, major investments in the Tangier factory made it possible to double its production capacity. Since 2015, showrooms have sprung up in Dubai, Oman, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Abidjan. It sets objectives to anchor the character of a French heritage brand while constantly making it evolve towards new expectations, becoming the leading brand in France and in French-speaking Africa.
It confirms its leadership in Russia among international brands, develops in high-potential markets such as the Middle East or Asia-Pacific, and achieves 60% of its export sales within 5 years. Celebrating his 125th birthday in 2014, Jacob Delafon still has big ambitions. The Kohler group intends to make Jacob Delafon shine in the world. The brand has many advantages for this. The first of these is its French roots: an EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) headquarters in Paris, a Parisian design office made up of 6 designers, 4 R&D centers (Dole, Troyes, Reims, Champagnole), three production sites (Dole, Champagnole, Troyes), an EMEA logistics center (Passel), a valve technical center in Reims, etc. Jacob Delafon took advantage of his birthday to reinvent himself.
The brand represents the “French-style” bathroom and wants to appropriate this specificity, going well beyond a design trend, by embodying the image that Parisians or French women convey. Throughout the world, they are synonymous with elegance, refinement, indulgence and irreverence. Jacob Delafon intends to make the bathroom the source of that “je ne sais quoi”, of that mystery that inspires the world, and summarizes this through a new signature, “Where elegance begins”.