Continuing my report from ISH 2013, the Bathroom Experience show in Frankfurt, I’ll focus on fixtures that caught my interest. First up, some lavatory basins.
This is a free-standing design by Flaminia.
I like the detail of the swirl. I’m not sure what type of material this was molded in (white matte Corian-like), but it was well done.
Laufen collaborated with Kartell for a collection which had plastic modular shelves and a faucet which had an integrated caddie-shelf. More on the faucet on my next installment (part 3) but here was the lavatory from this collection. A nice asymmetric shape, very cubic. The faucet being very round and the lav being square… I thought this could have a bit more integration in concept but perhaps we’ll look at that criticism closer in the next installment.
Here is another design from Laufen, this one I think in steel. I rapped the side and it made a tinny sound, so that is all I am going on. I love the thin edge at top.
A free-standing lavatory from Zuchetti. I love integrated towel bars and heightened functionality. I think we could take this further, showing where/how the soap is used. Come to think of it, having no flat surface here, this might be better for a powder room or a commercial (boutique-type) space? Not sure where this type of columnar lav works best.
A trend in Europe is to have baths up on pavilions. I really like this as there is a chance to bring more materials in, it gives some accessibility to the bath (easier to get in/out), and also the chance for storage underneath. Here are some pavilion-type installations:
This was my favorite bath of the show. Faraway by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Zuchetti. This was released in 2009 but I have never seen it before. Love the shape, proportion, detail. The wide edge is seductive. Zuchetti is always a highlight for me.
The last bath pic is actually first I took when entering the show. I love these sharp-edge Corian-type matte finish fixtures. The deck would be great for a small TV or candles, etc.
The next round will show my faucet highlights. As I mentioned in the first installment, the scale of this years ISH was down a bit. There were some nice innovations in faucets, however, and since I have been working on a faucet project I was keyed in pretty close to the trends on shape and finish. I saw some new designs which looked a lot like some things I have been working on, which is maybe not too surprising. Maybe I’ll show some of my sketches in comparison.