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.
Light is indispensible to well-being. No wonder that lamps and lighting systems are becoming ever more sophisticated. The correct illumination is crucial not just at the workplace but also in the private sphere. This is particularly true in the bathroom, which is increasingly used not only as a functional room for personal body care but also as a place of relaxation and revitali-sation.
Heavenly blue skies, fine sand and warm light: Casa de La Flora is located in a place where the sun, beach and sea appear to be as one. The 36 cubic villas that make up this pristine resort blend in seamlessly with their natural surroundings, offering paradisical luxury on the coast of Thailand. In the bathroom products from Duravit are about to contribute to the relaxation.
Eleven years after the introduction of MEM in 2003, Dornbracht wants to beam the iconic fitting series with a new glow. With 'Cyprum' the German Manufacturer has created a finish in pink gold made with 18-carat gold and copper. Furthermore Dornbracht has reviewed MEM’s formal aesthetic elements and added products to the series.
It is well known that opposites attract. And so even in interior design the classic colour contrast black and white continues to reinvent itself again and again. In the bathroom for example with products of the manufacturer Duravit.
Showering and bathing refresh both body and soul. But besides the water ritual itself, the setting can have a positive impact on our mood as well. Often the interplay between different elements is used to create a special atmosphere. That's exactly what the cooperation between Swiss fittings manufacturer KWC and Italian designer label Falper aims to demonstrate.
Michael Lammel, managing director of the Aachen-based design company NOA, and his team have investigated the impact of global social trends on the layout of modern residential buildings. In the interview the designer talks about the results of his research.
The name is synonymous with the transformation of authentic airplane trolleys into timeless design objects for private use. They are an expression of individual culture in private living quarters, office and outdoor areas. And even in the kitchen and the bathroom the useful storage furniture are doing well.
Using new technologies, multi-sensory solutions and diverse, attractive and ergonomic styling Grohe showers are about to convert the formerly purely functional bathroom into a personal feel-good oasis. Let us get an a journey through time and look back over some of the important steps in the development of the shower manufacturer.
The Hansamix series has been on the market since 1978, and is one of the most successful single-lever series made by Hansa. The company has now upgraded its bathroom classic and presents it in its fourth generation. The design is now softer and more elegant. The nickel-free channel flow and extended range for the washbasin with attractive versions for the private bathroom and public areas are new.
Crono is one of the most flexible and versatile solitaire collections from bathroom furniture manufacturer Burgbad. Thanks to its clear, linear design vocabulary and cuboid interpretation of volume, it is timeless as well. The broad spectrum of washbasins and bathroom furniture offers the same kind of planning scope you'd usually only expect from comprehensive furniture systems.
We're used to shutting the door behind ourselves when we go into the bathroom. Yet the notion of the bathroom as a place of retreat is a modern invention. Now that it has been upgraded to living space and a growing range of products for jointly used bathrooms is available, the space with the water connection is taking on a highly social dimension again: as a place of encounter.
In early 2014 the 25hours Group gets in gear to open a new hotel in the historic building ensemble Bikini Berlin. Under the direction of noted architectural firm Aisslinger the modern hotel promises guests familiar design in every detail. The bathrooms of 22 suites will be styled with innovative product highlights supplied by Kaldewei. In a short interview Christoph Hoffmann, CEO/partner of the 25hours Hotel Company explains why.
As always at the beginning of each new year, January 2014 will once again show future lifestyles, emerging trends and new design styles. This is because no other question is as important and makes as many conclusions for the development of society as those for housing and tomorrow's lifestyle. For the bathroom Paul Flowers is looking for an answer to this question.
Clothing, Food and the way of interaction are part of our culture, also reflected in our furnishings – even in the bathroom. In different series, Duravit wants to combines different cultural influences at international level whilst retaining an own distinctive style.
Why is a campaign about imaginary bathrooms so very successful? How meaningful is it to invent stunning images of all the things that are or could be feasible in the bathroom? Wouldn't practical tips be more suitable for creating incentives? After all, there are already so many beautiful bathrooms in ads! And aren't the benefits of modern shower toilets already sufficiently familiar to TV viewers as well?
For many years light was simply reduced to its basic function: providing brightness to enable vision-related tasks to still be done even after dark. Now it has been recognised that light has a tremendous influence on people and their health. Light significantly determines our well-being, it controls our sleep / wake patterns and during the day it regulates the release of a wide range of hormones.
Every two years the Solar Decathlon takes place in California. The highly acclaimed university competition for sustainable construction organised by the U.S. Department of Energy has been honouring energy self-sufficient building innovations for future living concepts. From 130 entries submitted, two European teams qualified. Duravit supported both of them.
Music transports us in time and emotion, it can take us on a journey down memory lane, have a calming effect, or cheer us up – Sound Wave from Kaldewei harnesses this power in innovative ways and combines it with the therapeutic effect of a hot bath to create an entirely new bathing experience.
Création Baumann, the Swiss innovative textile specialist, artistically fuses refined weaves and light. This autumn the company is launching “eLumino”, an exclusive textile product with embroidered LED elements that shine, glow or shimmer depending upon the desired look and which can even be dimmed.