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August 16, 2021

THG Paris: Master Craft

Referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of sanitaryware, THG Paris products can be found in the most opulent homes around the world, from New York City skyrises to mega yachts in the Mediterranean. Crafted from semi-precious stones, crystal, porcelain onyx, optical glass, and natural marbles, the brand creates entirely handmade pieces in the North of France near the Normandie region that represent timeless luxury and the art of living.

August 16, 2021

Referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of sanitaryware, THG Paris products can be found in the most opulent homes around the world, from New York City skyrises to mega yachts in the Mediterranean. Crafted from semi-precious stones, crystal, porcelain onyx, optical glass, and natural marbles, the brand creates entirely handmade pieces in the North of France near the Normandie region that represent timeless luxury and the art of living.

Please tell me about THG and how the company got its start?

THG was started more than 60 years ago, in a small town a couple of hours outside of Paris. The company started as a collaboration between 3 artisan families that decided to join forces to create a unique factory on the edge of artisanal craftsmanship and industrial production. As all good French stories, a marriage in the family joins the two. Now the heirs of the company are part of those original families. Our factory is still located in the same original area obviously having grown over the years.

What is your specialty? What makes you different from other bathroom fittings and accessories companies?

What makes us special is that we are at this intersection of artisans and industrialists. We are able to make products with the absolute highest quality along with artisanal flexibility to create bespoke design for our most discerning customers.

We are known as the “Rolls Royce” of faucets, fulfilling the highest expectations. Our customers range from ultra-luxury highrises in NYC, celebrity mansions in Beverly Hills, palaces in the Middle East, mega yachts in the Mediterranean, to Five Stars hotels in Asia. All of our products are hand made in our factory from raw materials to the highest standards around the world.

Who designs your collections? Do you ever do collaborations with different designers?

Our collections are a collaboration of internal know-how with the inspiration of some of the most recognized designers around the world such as Gilles & Boisier, Jamie Drake, Pierre Yves Rochon. We also partner with some of the most prestigious decoration brands in France such as Baccarat Cristal.

Where do you source your materials?

All of our products are made of solid brass that is hand cast, forged, or molded by our artisans. We use fine metals for the finishing of the product from nickel to gold or rhodium, to more complex materials such as zirconia. We also integrate noble materials in our collection to make our products more refined such as onyx inlays, cristal, semi precious stones such as amber or malachite.

Do you have a sustainability component to your company?

Our factory has adopted a strong sustainability approach for over 2 decades before green was in fashion. Not only do we cover the basics, such as generating excess solar power or internal recycling programs for many materials. We also implement more comprehensive systems such as responsible sourcing raw materials. We also have our own water treatment facility for our plating department and our own systems to sequester fumes and gases. THG has been at the forefront of environmental responsibility for many years.

What are some of your newest products?

We are a company that prides itself on innovations. Every year we are introducing several new collections or finishes. For example, recently we introduced a graphite and an umber finish.

We also launched a few new collections that are having a lot of success such as Les Ondes with Gilles & Boisier and Le 9 with Pierre Yves Rochon.

How have the recent times affected your business?

We have been very fortunate that our product manufacturing has seen no interruption. Because we are fully integrated and because we make our products from raw materials, we have been able to fulfill our customers’ orders just like we did in previous years.

Where we have had to innovate and adapt is how we interact with our clients and connect with our teams around the world. Being a global company we’ve had a front row seat into the global events. Our office in China was closing at the beginning of the year but has now been fully operational. While we have lived through disruptions in different places at different times from Europe to North America, the Middle East to Russia and we’re also not immune to these times, we have been fortunate to continue forward.

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