ROHL Bridge Faucet
The ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet blends perfectly elements of luxury, traditional and contemporary styling
by Marcus Bloom | 28 December 2011
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As I’ve come to learn, designing a kitchen is like putting together a very complex puzzle. There’s a bevy of considerations to take into account, including its day-to-day usability, the amount of space at your disposal, and the specific style you’re trying achieve. Once you actually start breaking these considerations down, you quickly come to realize just how huge the amount of decisions you have to make are, and how difficult it can be to bring the solutions to all three together in perfect harmony.
Despite the many challenges I’ve faced in my own kitchen renovation, there is one item in the kitchen that was tremendously easy to select, probably more so than any other area – the kitchen faucet. From the moment I began seeking out my ideal kitchen, there’s been one brand that’s made its way into virtually all of the top kitchen designer’s spaces, and that brand is ROHL.
Before I delve into why I picked ROHL for my current kitchen, I wanted to touch briefly on who exactly ROHL is, simply because I’m a huge fan of companies with an interesting heritage. ROHL is in many ways the quintessential American company – the kind of company you read about, where one person with a vision manages to transform an entire market. In this case, it was a man with a vision that would eventually alter the kitchen faucet landscape as we know it.
The story begins in 1983, when a gentleman by the name of Ken ROHL recognized an opening in the kitchen faucet market: the concept of a pull-out faucet. Working out of a converted bedroom office and selling faucets out of the trunk of his car, Ken’s vision was one that was quickly met with success. Needing help, Ken’s son Lou joined his father in expanding ROHL, forging relationships with the company’s European suppliers before returning to California to expand operations here in the United States. Not long after, Ken’s oldest son Mark joined ROHL, opening an East Coast office in New York, and the family tradition was completed when Ken’s youngest son Greg joined the company 10 years after its start.
Today, it’s this tradition of family that continues to lead ROHL, with Lou serving as Chief Operating Officer, Mark serving as president of ROHL’s Eastern Division and Greg heading up ROHL’s Western Division. Just as impressive as its family heritage, however, is how ROHL has managed to expand from its pull out faucet roots. Today, the company offers an impressive range of kitchen and bath products, including both pull-out and non pull-out faucets, showerheads, sinks, etc. Their products are all exquisite, ranging from classic to contemporary, and all are built with an attention to detail that is absolutely stunning.
The ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray Overview
In my own kitchen, the most difficult part of selecting a kitchen faucet wasn’t the brand, it was selecting the particular ROHL kitchen faucet that best suited my style. Truthfully, I could pick almost any of their kitchen faucets and be completely happy, but in the end, I settled on the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray, a gorgeous bridge style kitchen faucet with goose neck design.
In selecting the Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet, my goal was to find a faucet that would bring a classic feeling into the kitchen irregardless of cabinet type. Although I haven’t yet finalized my kitchen cabinet design, I tend to favor a slightly more contemporary style of cabinets with classic elements mixed in. Mick de Giulio, for example, is a kitchen designer that exemplifies the idea of blending contemporary with traditional. So I wanted a faucet that would allow me to bridge the gap between both styles, allowing me the ability to potentially choose a more contemporary styled cabinet, but keeping the kitchen anchored with traditional elements. And that’s exactly what ROHL’s Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet does.
It perfectly bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional, and frankly, it could be used in virtually any style of kitchen. I’ve seen it used in country farmhouse style kitchens, I’ve seen it used in ultra luxurious English kitchens, I’ve seen it used in Hamptons style kitchens, and I’ve seen it used in the aforementioned traditional and contemporary kitchens. There’s just something about the Perrin & Rowe Bridge faucet’s design that makes it perfectly adapted for almost any space.
ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray Design
In selecting a ROHL faucet, some of the elements to consider are handle type (and number of handles), bridge vs. no bridge, and the arc and height of the faucet itself. ROHL faucets span the design range from what they call their Country Kitchen collection up to their Modern Kitchen collection, with many of their Perrin & Rowe line stylistically falling in the middle. No matter which line you look at however, the common thread among all ROHL faucets is the gorgeous, meticulous attention to detail and character that exudes from the entire lineup. They are in many ways sculptures for your kitchen – metallic works of art that while not always the centerpiece of your kitchen, play an integral role in complimenting it and bringing it all together.
In my case, I wanted a style that bordered on traditional, but one that could be paired with other more contemporary kitchen elements, and that’s exactly what the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen faucet does. It’s sweeping gooseneck design is one traditionally found on a more contemporary faucet, capturing your eye with it’s beautiful shape and giving height to the faucet. Paired with it, a bridge design with traditional lever handles keep the faucet rooted in traditional, perfectly blending together attributes of luxury, traditional and contemporary styling. Lastly, an additional sidespray matches the styling of the levers, adding extra functionality to the already stunning design.
ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray Construction
The ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen faucet is incredibly well crafted, built from solid brass and absolutely stunning in person. I’ve already made mention of this, but the Perrin & Rowe Bridge kitchen faucet really does feel like a sculpture when viewed and touched in person. It’s so stunning and well-built, you forget it’s there to serve a purpose. Despite having seen the faucet online, in too many kitchens to count, it’s a faucet that’s even more beautifully crafted than I anticipated, and one that really does need to be witnessed firsthand to be truly appreciated – both for its quality and style.
For my home, I opted for the polished chrome finish, as my kitchen will note a lighter, almost white cabinet color with chrome accents. Depending on your style, however, there’s a total of five finish options for the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge kitchen faucet – the aforementioned polished chrome, polished nickel, satin nickel, English bronze and Inca brass.
ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray Conclusion
Selecting the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray wasn’t a difficult decision for me, but it was one that I would unequivocally recommend to anyone considering a faucet. ROHLas a whole produces a range of stunning kitchen and bathroom products, and the Perrin & Rowe Bridge faucet is one of the jewels in their lineup. It stunning design bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary, it notes an understated luxury that’s as much at home in an ultra extravagant English kitchen as it is in a country kitchen, and it’s built with a quality that’s absolutely impeccable. In my opinion, for my kitchen, it’s simply the perfect faucet.
To learn more about the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray, you can find more info at the official ROHL website. Pricing for the faucet varies, but you can find it at your local showroom or on Amazon.com. You can also see more photos of the ROHL Perrin & Rowe Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray in the gallery below.