For the collection's 10-year anniversary, Burgbad is presenting a whole series of new components which, besides adding new functions to the range, represent an evolution of its forms as well. Crono now looks even more restrained and even more reduced to the essentials – as well as providing even more storage space options and optimised usability. At the same time, its combinability with the rc40 furniture system has been improved as well. The character of the series, which was developed in collaboration with Nexus Product Design, is shaped by a sense of tranquillity and its timelessly modern design. But the greatest benefits are, according to the manufacturer, in the details.
The most striking of the new components is the new sit-on washbasin: the perfectly round mineral cast basin hovers over the vanity unit on its simple, slender cylindrical base like a goblet for precious water. The simplicity of its basic form becomes startlingly clear when the sit-on basin is mounted flush with the top of the vanity unit and its base disappears completely into the cabinet – an option that can easily be implemented at a later date thanks to its flat bottom edges.
In terms of their shape, the two new rectangular mineral cast washbasins are not all that different from their older sisters. You have to look hard to spot that their overhangs have been reduced so as to achieve an even calmer overall look, or that their inner shape has been optimised to improve the water's flow behaviour. And it isn't so much the visual impact of the new shapes that plays the crucial role as the fact that Crono's design and excellent usability have been successfully transferred to a more compact footprint: the 120-cm wide basin is now also available with a depth of just 42 cm, and the second model variant, which has a standard depth of 50 cm, can now even accommodate two full-depth basins across the same width. This was only possible thanks to the exceptionally thin edges of the basins – the result of highly sophisticated design engineering. Despite their reduced surface area, both variants are compatible with all conventional basin mixers.
Because of their reduced volumes, the new Crono models are ideal for use as sophisticated space-saving solutions that provide maximum storage space even in particularly narrow or medium-sized bathrooms.
Accordingly, the matching bathroom furniture has also been adapted to modern layouts and requirements. The wall-mounted vanity units have been joined by a floor-standing variant and are now also available with several pullouts so as to create meaningfully structured storage space for different purposes. Then there's a cabinet with storage doors and a wealth of interior features: simple and compact on the outside, it opens to reveal a full-length mirror attached to the back wall, a hairdryer holder, compartments, hooks and power sockets. Lots of different utensils can be neatly arranged in a small space and are always easily accessible.
With this concept, Crono now also provides modern, spacious design options for fully equipped, comfortable solutions in small or awkwardly shaped bathrooms – a common phenomenon in pre-war buildings or new apartments in densely populated urban areas. And besides the advantages of their compact forms, the cabinets are just as suitable for creating large-scale, elongated combinations with lots of countertop basins and glass shelves.
Burgbad is also presenting some innovative lighting solutions in connection with Crono. The new mirror cabinets, for instance, now feature a continuous light aperture in the double-sided mirror doors. Thanks to an innovative technology, there is no longer any need for the illuminated areas created by the interior lighting to be interrupted.
In the case of the new recessed mirror cabinet, the narrow flush-mounted frame and its integrated lighting give the mirror an almost window-like effect whilst simultaneously concealing its connection with the wall. The surrounding LED lighting provides perfect light even when the double-sided mirror doors are open. Inside, thanks to a new arrangement reminiscent of nostalgic display cases, the recessed mirror cabinet is just as functional as it is stylish, and the wood the organisers are made of adds a cosy charm to the interior. The quality of the light is just as warm and functional and can be switched from cool-white to warm-white.
The new, large-area illuminated mirrors definitely enhance the collection – especially from an interior design perspective. Because the mirror, which is only illuminated from the top via an LED strip, can be placed directly on the deep washbasin, the entire unit merges completely with both the wall and the space. Available in two heights and four widths, the new mirror shapes can be used to create a wide variety of different accents and thus give a totally new structure to the washing area – a modular configuration consisting of the washbasin and vanity unit in combination with matching cabinets and sideboards.
The new built-in bathtub is also very much in line with Crono's combination-friendly and system-based character. It adopts the oval shape of the collection's freestanding tub and, at the top, merges seamlessly with a flat, uninterrupted mineral cast surface available in various depths and widths. This permits individual, reduced-height solutions equipped with integrated storage space beneath the upper edge of the tub.
With its geometric shapes and horizontal banding, Crono's timelessly simple design makes it highly compatible with other collections and particularly suitable for combining with the rc40 furniture system. It is also available in a wide range of colours and surface finishes that has recently been extended to include matt lacquers and glossy finishes in Champagne, Sand, Grey, Dark Brown and Dark Grey. The choice of natural wood veneers now also includes bamboo, black oak and a light, creamy variant by the name of Oregon Oak. New, flat and unobtrusive strip handles in white or chrome and glass top panels with a glossy or matt finish – as familiar from the rc40 system – further enhance Crono's combinability and its potential for creating a design that encompasses every aspect of the space.