The attack faucet

The Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C. was in the middle of rennovations when I stayed there. I stayed in one of the newly refurnished rooms, but the faucet in the bathroom was one of the worst I’ve ever used.

And it wasn’t just me… “The Faucet” was a hot topic of conversation.

The Faucet looks nice. It gleams and it’s curvy. I’ll ignore the fact that hot water rarely ever came out of it, because that was more of a building problem than a faucet design problem, but…

The flat design of it caused the water to spread apart and then twist slightly when it came out. The sink was almost completely flat on the bottom, so the first thing that happened when the water hit the sink, was that it came straight back out. Most of the time it came straight back out just below belt level…

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the tap is on the right hand side only. Being right handed, that’s great for turning it on, but once on, I would typically have my toothbrush, my razor or my facecloth in my right hand. So my futile attempts to convince the tap to provide some hot water were typically performed with my left hand. The faucet is so tall, I had to engage in an obscure tai chi-like move to contort over the faucet to adjust the tap.

I’m not sure what inspiration the designers may have used for this faucet and sink combo, but I’m sure they didn’t actually use it after it was designed.

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