MGS Progetti Faucets
Review & Rating
185 Park Lane
Brisbane, CA 94005
MGS Progetti SRL
C.so Milano, 189
28883 Gravellona Toce
(VB) - Italy
Footnotes:1. "MGS products are covered by a warranty of 5 years from purchasing date on all stainless steel parts and of 2 years on all other components...."
This Company In Brief
MGS Progetti S.r.L., is an established Italian design and manufacturing firm located about a hour from Milan, Italy. The company is wholly owned by COPAMA SA a Swiss company established in Lugano in 1978. It is represented in the U.S. by Purcell Murray, Inc., a distributor of high end kitchen and bath products located in California.
MGS manufactures stainless steel sinks, faucets and coordinating accessories for kitchen and bath, merging "Italian luxury and style with the innovative precision of Swiss engineering", or so the company's literature states. Each MGS faucet is individually cast using the lost wax process, then carefully machined and brushed to produce a unique finish. The designs are very minimalist modern.
MGS determined in 1997 to switch to the design and manufacture of all-stainless steel faucets to match the quality of the company's stainless steel sinks, and has aggressively pursued a very active expansion of its faucet line to this day. The very contemporary minimalist designs have won several design awards for the company, including the Adex Platinum award in 2006 and 2008 for its Vela L (pictured above) kitchen faucet and Adex Gold in 2005.
But, MGS faucets are not really about design. In fact, most of the faucets are rather mundane, what we think of as "traditional contemporary" — no design adventures here. MGS faucets are about the fabrication. Steel is a lot more durable than brass, but it is also a lot harder to form and machine. The MGS forte is that it has mastered steel fabrication to produce some fabulous faucets, manufactured with care and precision in northern Italy.
There is no record of any importation of faucet components from Asia, which leads us to conclude that either all of the components are made by MGS, or they are all sourced from within the European Union. Movement of goods within the EU is not considered importation, and is not recorded in customs records.
The available finishes used to be limited to matte and polished stainless steel . Polished stainless tends to show fingerprints, and Progetti faucets are no exception. The polished steel finish is striking, but the matte finish needs less maintenance and is more family-friendly.
The company has now supplemented its basic finishes with new finishes in Onyx, Black Steel, Titanium, Rose Gold and Yellow gold. PVD finishes are almost science fiction. The finish metal is vaporized into individual atoms and deposited on the faucet in a very thin coating that is so dense that it is 20 times more scratch and dent resistant than chrome. The result is a very durable finish resistant to most environmental effects, including fingerprints. cleansers, acids, and detergents.
The ceramic cartridge valves used in MGS faucets appear to be Italian in origin, but the lack of markings on the cartridges did not allow us to identify a specific manufacturer.
The faucets are so exclusive that each one is individually numbered. You pay for this exclusivity, of course, but what you get in return, besides major-league bragging rights, is a faucet that will last nearly forever, notwithstanding the skimpy 5-year (or 2-year) European-style warranty.
A 2 to 5 year warranty is the standard for faucets in Europe. In North America, the standard is a lifetime warranty. If MGS wants to make significant inroads into the faucet market here, management ought to reconsider its warranty on faucets sold in the U.S. and Canada. The company lost points in our ratings for its dismal, sub-par warranty.
MGS has one website, viewable in twelve languages, representing the cultures in which the faucets are sold. The English language site is in British English, so some of the terminology is strange to American ears. Faucets, for example, are "taps".
The company's faucets are well presented on its site. Each is illustrated by several images, most showing the faucet installed in a typical bath or kitchen setting. The "Features" tab links to a some detail. The "specification" tab, which we thought would be much more detailed, displays just a measured drawing of the faucet in .pdf format or the AutoCAD standard drawing format (.dwg). It does not contain actual specifications as we understand the term. The measurements are in metric, so get out your handy Android/Apple conversion app when trying to determine if the faucet will fit your sink.
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with MGS faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.