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.
Montreux, the legendary spa resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, was the inspiration for a collection reminiscent of the beginnings of the 20th century. Now the series has been extended by kitchen fittings and a showerpipe.
The contact-free and automatic control Touchfree from Dornbracht has an invisible sensor and is developed specifically for the semi-public sector. It enables architects, interior designers and planners more creative freedom in their schemes.
Kludi Push is a sophisticated user interface for shower and bathtub: Ergonomic push buttons start and stop the flow of water at the push of a button, and the temperature can be pre-set on the thermostat handle.
Michelin starred chefs Quique Dacosta and Sybille Schönberger collaborate with Hansgrohe to bring to life the movement of a modern chef in a busy kitchen. The light shows their better flow in the kitchen with the Hansgrohe Metris Select kitchen mixer.
Dornbracht's new Lissé series is a designer fitting that is geared to a quality-conscious as well as budget-conscious target group. It has an aesthetic quality that wants to sets an open invitation to simply and easily enhance the interior design.
Aesthetics and functionality: with Axor Citterio E, Philippe Grohe and Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio are introducing a new collection that aims to exude value and elegance. It is their third jointly developed collection.
Matt instead of shiny is the new trend for kitchen faucets. In future, the familiar mirror-like gleam of chrome looks set to give way to velvety elegance. Grohe too is aiming to radiate a sense of matt understatement in the form of faucets with a Supersteel finish.
The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in Amsterdam offers an unforgettable hotel experience. An old harbor crane incorporated three suites, all in their very own design. In the bathroom, the sanitary expert Grohe ensured a harmonious ambiance.
Guest bathrooms have become an established part of modern life. Nearly half of all German households have such a bathroom, and they are seen as essential when planning new homes. Cubbyholes that used to house the vacuum cleaner, toilet paper and other odds and ends have been transformed into imaginatively individual oases of well-being.
With meTime_spa Keuco presents an elegant kind of concealed thermostat for the shower and bath, with lots of shelf space and its own unique design. Large format glass plates in two sizes add colourful accents in a matt or lustred finish. The special coating on the glass surface allows water droplets to simply roll off.
New achievement in water design: With its revolutionary washbasin mixer Starck V Axor is introducing the vitality and emotionality of water in its purest form. In collaboration with Philippe Starck the brand’s first transparent mixer was brought to life, and it shows an intensive water experience with a fascinating vortex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The era of "smart" devices with its tablet PCs and its smartphones is making its mark in many different areas of life. In our homes too, it is hard to imagine life without clever high-tech elements any more - even in kitchens and bathrooms. But electronic fittings, like those from KWC, are far more than just a gimmick for technophiles. What youngsters perceive as a luxury becomes a useful barrier-free solution later on in life.
With two new variations of its single basins, Dornbracht extends the range of the usages for the Water Units in the kitchen. They supplement the synchronised complete packages of Dornbracht sinks and fittings.
With its Grohtherm 2000 thermostat, Grohe aims to offer its users not just enhanced safety and extra convenience but responsible sustainability as well. With an aesthetic water flow and functional tray, the thermostat aims to present itself as a modern and flexible all-round solution for the bathtub and shower.