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.
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.
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.