This summer is a hot one. We’re desperate
to cool off – in the sea, a crystal-clear mountain lake or the sauna. Sauna? That’s right –
because if you want to cool down, there’s nothing like working up a sweat first.
Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the door were the innovations of yesteryear. In future, our houses will be equipped with a level of comfort that still seems like science fiction to many of us today. But even now, household appliances deploy a wealth of sophisticated technology to save energy and make our lives easier. This potential can be further increased with a central control system.
The bathroom specialist Sanipa has introduced a number of extensions and updates to their bathroom furniture series 2morrow. With the extension of the furniture range and colours, the programme is being modernised to reflect contemporary trends and market developments, ensuring satisfaction for customers.
In recent years, the bathroom has become increasingly important as a living area. With its Delos range of bathroom furniture, Duravit wants to contribute to this trend. The reduced design brings new lightness into the bathroom.
The enamelled shower floor panel “Design-Studie 20122” by Kaldewei in steel enamel blends with the bathroom floor in a harmonious balance, uninterrupted by an outlet, which is discreetly integrated in the wall. With this innovation Kaldewei wants to enable bathroom designers to devise new, aesthetic design concepts for floor-level shower areas.
Style and substance: One of the world’s most ancient and revered cultural techniques – plus Villeroy & Boch – bridge the gap between art and (ceramic-based) artisanship in an exclusive collaboration with US artist Ebon Heath
“Pop up my Bathroom” is an information campaign by the German sanitary industry. Under this unusual motto, we aim to inform professional bathroom designers, architects and the media about trends in the bathroom – both in terms of consumers’ needs and developments within the sector.
Seamless walls and floors not only make it easier to spring clean or renovate the bathroom, kitchen and entrance areas. Thanks to the new PUR-Loft coating technology, they can also be used to create flowing transitions and a consistent overall look in the interior and outdoor areas as well. A patchwork of rooms with different wall and floor coverings can thus be transformed into an aesthetically appealing residential or business unit.
With their Horizontal Shower, fittings manufacturer Dornbracht present for the first time showering in a horizontal way. With this technique Dornbracht wants to fulfill the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience in order to set a new trend in the shower area.
Has the obligatory club bed linen started to get boring? Your wife doesn’t fancy your fan pyjamas? And the Christmas tree balls, towel and candles in your favourite club’s colours don’t harmonise with the furnishings? For FC Barcelona fans there’s now an elegant solution – at least for the bathroom: Fittings by sanitaryware manufacturer Hansa engraved with the club logo of the star Spanish team transform your washbasin into a one-off fan experience.
Keuco’s new Edition 11 mirror cabinets - at the heart of the furnishing concept Edition 11 for superior interior design are the storage space solutions measuring between 70 mm and 280 cm coordinating with the extensive furniture and washbasin range. The mirror cabinet Edition 11 thus offers optimal freedom when it comes to planning.
On 8 June 2012, the Bisazza Foundation will open a new cultural space
dedicated to design and contemporary architecture in their headquarters in Montecchio Maggiore, near Vicenza. More than 6000 square metres will showcase works and mosaic installations created by internationally renowned artists and designers, as well as host temporary exhibitions from the foremost institutions around the world.
Duravit was on the winners' podium three times at the 2012 universal design award. It won the universal design award and the universal design consumer favourite award for its innovative OpenSpace shower partition, which was acclaimed by both the expert and the consumer jury, and received a further universal design award for its latest universal bath covers.
Designers are for ever asking themselves how the water comes out of the tap. Or why showering is so popular, how the experience could be enhanced even more and the shower made to use 10 litres instead of 12. Or why a bathroom fitting actually has to be made of cast brass. These and other questions, say Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr of Phoenix Design, have given the German sanitary industry a competition-promoting culture of innovation.
Peter Wippermann specialises in communication strategies for trend-based brand management and is consulted wherever future issues are involved – at the VDS Trend Forum, for instance, the key convention of the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e. V., VDS), where Wippermann gave a lecture outlining his visionary interpretation of demographic developments.
We’d love to populate our bathroom with plants: flowering, fragrant, rampant plants glistening with beads of water. But seriously: whether we think back to our last holiday by the sea as we enjoy a relaxing bath or step out onto the patio after our morning shower to take a few deep breaths of fresh air – we rarely feel as in touch with nature during the course of our daily routine as we do in the bathroom.
The new landmark of Frankfurt airport, The Squaire, is deemed to be a masterpiece of contemporary architecture and aesthetic design. Its concept creates a unique experience of urbane sophistication by fusing offices, shopping facilities, restaurants and bars as well as hotels under one roof. This international business hotel not only benefits from its pre-eminent location at one of Europe’s most important air travel hubs but also treats its guests to a first-rate experience which blends all-round comfort with modern style. In the guest bathrooms, the design character of the house is accentuated by selected premium fittings from Grohe.
The work of architect Andrea Wirges-Klein (born in 1963) stands for what springs to mind when you think of holistic architecture: she plans and supervises new buildings that are progressive yet liveable, modernises context-sensitive existing buildings, refurbishes and redesigns listed buildings and provides advice and support for both private clients and public projects.
What should a bathroom look like? The standard array of shower or tub, toilet and basin, a mirror above it and maybe a little cupboard over there... all in a nice straight line up against the wall? That’s all in the past. But the bathroom’s shift in meaning, away from pure practicality and towards more ambience and cosiness, still has to find suitable forms of expression.