Barcelona – If you follow Netflix viewership numbers, you’ll have already realized one thing: nobody does vintage like the Spaniards. A slew of period dramas such as Grand Hotel, Velvet and Cable Girls have been veritable hits for the streaming service, and have cemented Spain’s position as the prime purveyor of retro romance.
So, when a Spanish design brand tells you they’re going to show you the proper way to do vintage, you listen. That’s where Roca and its Carmen line come in.
In the 1940s, the sanitary ware company had a series of vitreous-china washbasins named after women – Cristina, Raquel and Silvia made it on the list. To celebrate the bussiness' first century, Roca has reissued a refreshed version of one of its biggest classics: the Carmen. When it came out in 1946, the wall-hung sink featured a Grecian silhouette and an elegant podium, equally soft and robust. ‘We believe a good way to look into the future is to remember those great designs for which there is still a demand, and this has been the case with the Carmen basin,’ explained Josep Congost, Roca’s design and innovation director.