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.
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.
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.
The Dom Hotel Cologne is one of the oldest grand hotels in Europe. No other hotel in downtown Cologne offers a better view of the city's stately landmark cathedral. In order to increase the hotel's capacity, the neighbouring Blau-Gold-Haus (Blue-Gold House) has been remodelled and renovated as an extension to the Dom Hotel. When it came to equipping the bathrooms, the interior designers chose fittings and accessories from Keuco's Edition 300 series.
Bathroom furniture specialist Burgbad has developed a new kind of bathroom furniture system in collaboration with designer Marc Sadler: Cconceptwall. Unlike conventional bathroom furniture collections, Cconceptwall is a modular “wall in front of the wall” system. The crucial product benefit Cconceptwall offers is however the, so the manufacturer says, almost infinite combinability of its elements. Similarly to a construction set, the washstands can be combined with deck-mounted or wall-mounted fittings, tall cabinets, mirrors and shelves in various sizes and top panels as required.
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.
Water is one of the elementary requirements for life on earth. The human body consists of 60% water. About 71% of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Water is our most important aliment and, among other things, it serves as a means for bodily hygiene, the preparation of food or for energy production. It offers recreation and pleasure and is, moreover, a very attractive and sensuous material. The Designpreis Halle 2014 deals with even this topic: Water.
People are unique - just like their values and principles which are mirrored in their various characters and lifestyles. The individual design of living spaces follows these styles and is an expression of the personality. It is therefore vital that the washplace, being an intimate central point of the daily cleaning rituals, should represent the lifestyle. With the new furniture system A˘system init, Alape is offering a wide selection of solutions for the design of washplaces that emphasise the specific character of their owner. Later this year, there will be a new online configurator available to aid the planning of the individual washplace.
With its 160 metres and 44 floors the Cosmopolitan Tower in Warsaw’s city centre is a building project best described in superlatives. When completed in early 2014 it will be the second highest residential building in Warsaw and the third highest in Poland. The bathrooms of the then offered 252 luxury apartments will be fitted by bath tubs and shower surfaces from Kaldewei.
A trip to the bathroom is part of our everyday morning and evening rituals, for it is where we wash, shave, put on make-up and do our hair – all of which is designed to ensure we feel comfortable in our own skin. For this, aright lighting is an essential element.
DuraPlan shower trays feature simple and timelessly modern design. The flat form permits a flush and aligned fitting with tiled surfaces. There are fourteen models in sizes ranging from 800x800 mm to 1600x900 mm.
When summer temperatures begin to climb, there is nothing more enjoyable than dipping into a whirlpool. Blue Moon and Sundeck from Duravit feature refined details and purist design for tingling pleasure from head to foot.
Feeling beautiful means feeling good. It is no wonder that a cosmetic mirror is right at the top of the popularity scale of daily beauty care accessories – with both women and men. The cosmetic mirror iLook_move wants to make Keuco the health care and wellness routine even more attractive – be it at home or in a hotel.
When living relocates outdoors in summer, the daybed, easy chair and coffee table migrate to the patio. But there are other refreshing activities that can be pursued without a roof over your head too. According to the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft / VDS), sanitary manufacturers have developed home spa enjoyment in the form of whirlpools to such an extent that moving this particular water feature into the greenery has been no problem for some time now.
Modern living means the greatest-possible flexibility in all areas of life. Area's hallmark is a modern, versatile character that fits in with any furnishing style. A movement of the hand is all it takes to realise what is so special about the filigree LED luminaire. Area by Dreipuls means variable light – as if by magic.
The “Hansgrohe Prize 2013: Efficient Water Design” competition for young design talent rewarded seven fresh, exciting ideas and concepts centering on the topic of showering. This competition was a special prize in the iF concept design award 2013. A panel of four experts selected the seven most innovative, exciting shower concepts from about 135 entries.
With Fjord Duscholux presents a shower tray in an unique design. The asymmetrical position of the drain with cover in the same colour as the shower tray makes drainage technology invisible for the user.
Interior culture always adapts to the circumstances in society. And since our modern lifestyle is influenced by an increasing blurring of the borders between our private and social lives, more and more people are calling for less rigid ways of living. Thereby the bathroom is becoming cosier too. But there is still a huge gap between the desire for creative freedom and the practicable solutions. And that gap Burgbad wants to close.
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.
Brushes and aftershave, lipsticks and cotton pads. The bathroom can quickly become full of a whole host of different products. Intelligent interiors for drawers offer individual solutions for well-sorted storage space.
Individualisation remains one of the strongest trends of the present day. More and more people are taking advantage of the many opportunities to express their individuality, also in their home interiors. Villeroy & Boch has seized upon this trend and playfully interpreted it to create a new complete series for the bathroom.