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virtual spaces for the bathroom of tomorrow. 

The modern bathroom is a multifunctional place where elemental needs meet the desire for a little beauty in life, the desire for a sense of security and luxury. High-tech mingles with primordial naturalness, daily routines blend with cleansing rituals. United by design, materials, architecture. 

Pop up my Bathroom gives visions a place to unfold. A team of creatives, experts and trend researchers explores the possibilities that modern bathroom design holds for the bathroom culture of an individualistic society. We gather information, discuss tendencies, allow ideas to take experimental shape. With a realistic background, but with no real barriers. 

04/17

Interview with designer Partick Frey: “I wanted to create a feeling of softness and warmth.”

In the interview Patrick Frey talks about the creation of the Villeroy & Boch Finion collection. 

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09/16

"Shower toilets provide more independence for people with restricted mobility."

Kirsten Wienberg, head of Global Product Development & Design at Villeroy & Boch, explains in the interview everything you need to know about shower toilets.  

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07/16

Interview: "True Classics have an impressively simple yet well-thought out Design."

In the interview the designers of Villeroy & Boch,Chris Hegeman and Johan de Groot, are talking about their own style, a formula for excellent and timeless design and where they get inspiration for new collections. 

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01/16

Interview Christoph Behling: "The shower toilet is a sort of unfavoured child."

Since 2006 Christoph Behling has been designing bathroom products for the sanitary specialist, Geberit. In the interview, the London-based designer talks about sustainability, economic principles and the new shower toilet of Geberit. 

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11/15

Interview: Functional aspects of the coloured design of the Hewi washbasin

In the interview, architect Dr. Birgit Dietz explains the background thoughts in the development of the age and dementia-sensitive washbasin, which she designed together with Hewi.  

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09/15

In the bathroom with Philippe Starck: a hut on the beach

Precision and persistence when it comes to implementing details has certainly been a crucial factor for Philippe Starck’s success in the field of sanitaryware design. In this interview, the French designer talks about real needs, new materials, sustainability and his dream of a hut on the beach. 

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07/15

Barrier-Free Building: “I think Planners and Architects need to change the Perspective.”

The topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. Paralympics gold medallist Anna Schaffelhuber has been wheelchair-bound since birth. In the interview she will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch. 

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04/15

“No compromises”: Star designer Arik Levy talks about working with Kaldewei

Arik Levy is at home with a vast array of design segments and has also achieved global fame other fields. In this interview, the Tel Aviv born designer talks about the design idea for the ensemble, the cooperation with Kaldewei, and the challenge of lending a new shape to the material, steel enamel. 

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11/14

Interview Paul Flowers: “The bathroom will become a place for health diagnostics.”

As Senior Vice President Design at Grohe AG, British designer Paul Flowers has been responsible for the brand’s creative strategic direction since 2005. More than anything else, he expects the progressive digitisation of the bathroom to lead to more individual comfort and convenience, but also to a stronger emotional bond – encouraged by snug design and more options in terms of equipment.  

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10/14

Interview Konstantin Grcic: "The prospect of working with a new material, certainly gave the project an extra edge."

With SaphirKeramik from Laufen, a new material is being launched on the market. The hardness of this material permits shapes which were previously not possible. Together with Konstantin Grcic the Swiss-based company hat designed a series of new products with this ceramic. 

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09/14

Interview with Kurt Merki Jr.: “Managing 'space' will become increasingly important in the future.”

With the Vero bathroom furniture collection for Duravit, Zurich-based designer Kurt Merki Jr. was breaking new ground. In the interview he talks among others about challenges and current developments in bathroom design. 

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02/14

Bathroom trends in modern home worlds – an interview with designer Michael Lammel

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. 

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01/14

25hours Bikini Berlin opts for innovative bathroom solutions from Kaldewei

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. 

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12/13

Dominik Tesseraux: “The product has to speak for itself …”

Designer Dominik Tesseraux on his design philosophy, the design process and the challenges presented by steel-enamel as a material  

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11/13

Interview Marc Sadler: “This is only the first step"

Bathroom furniture specialist Burgbad is known for its broad spectrum of washstand solutions and mirror cabinets, for solitaire collections and the architectural furniture range rc40. The new system Cconceptwall is a modular programme that integrates a wide range of different functions. It is about to blur the boundaries between the washstand and furniture. This project is the result of burgbad's collaboration with one of the most renowned designers of Europe's creative scene: Marc Sadler. 

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07/13

Interview Nexus Product Design: "With rc40, we're giving the wall an integrative function."

Ulli Finkeldey and Kai Uetrecht are Nexus Product Design and, together with bathroom furniture manufacturer Burgbad, responsible for the development of the bathroom furniture concept rc40. In time for this year's ISH, the innovative module system has been enhanced and extended by the addition of various new components. The collection gives architects and bathroom planners totally new possibilities for structuring the space commonly known as the "bathroom". In an interview, the two Bielefeld-based designers explain their ideas and visions of what living in this space can be like.  

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05/13

Interview Annette Maria Sonntag: “There must be ways to make the bathroom individual and personal.”

With the Joyce collection Villeroy & Boch is presenting a concept that redefines individualisation in the bathroom and wants to give it a completely new, ground-breaking dimension. Joyce gives users diverse options to play with forms, colours and accessories and thus to shape the bathroom in line with their own individual ideas. In the interview, designer Annette Maria Sonntag talks about the development of Joyce. 

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05/12

Interview Phoenix Design: “The bathroom is where you get ready for the day in the morning and wind down again in the evening.”

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. 

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05/12

Interview Andreas Dornbracht - Part 3:“A product with an aesthetic lifetime of 20 years is an ecological product.”

In the first two parts of the interview Andreas Dornbracht has talked about demographic and architectonical solutions in the bathroom. The third and last part deals with ecology. 

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05/12

Interview with Andrea Wirges-Klein:“The sanitaryware is like an instrument in an orchestra.”

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.  

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05/12

Interview Jans Wischmann:“Hey! I need this room!”

On the occasion of the ISH in Frankfurt, the world’s leading fair for the entire sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector, Jens J. Wischmann, managing director of the VDS, explains the revolutionary ideas behind the pictures and headings of the new “Pop up my Bathroom” campaign. 

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05/12

Interview Andreas Dornbracht - Part 2:"As for construction architects, we need to trigger a shift in attitude."

In the first Part of the interview, Andreas Dornbracht, president of the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V., VDS), has talked about demographic issues of the bathroom. The second part is devoted to architectural solutions and room concepts. 

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05/12

Interview with Thilo Dreyer:“The first step towards a holistic design is listening.”

Listening to Thilo Dreyer, you soon realise what constitutes a good bathroom designer and sanitary expert: a passion for the bathroom as living space that has been precisely geared towards the customer’s needs.  

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05/12

Interview Andreas Dornbracht - Part 1:"Barrier-free is a term, that doesn’t whet people’s appetite"

Andreas Dornbracht is regarded as one of the most progressive thinkers in his industry. For a fittings and accessories manufacturer, the family company of the same name that he co-runs has provided an unusual amount of impetus for an integral approach to bathroom design. He also seems to want to help the industry progress towards a more holistic approach in his capacity as president of the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V., VDS), the umbrella organisation of the bathroom and sanitary sectors with member associations from industry, specialist wholesale and specialist trades. In the first part of this interview Dornbracht talks about demographic issues. 

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