Grohe Allure F-digital: the focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. (photo: Grohe)
With its digital products, Grohe is one of the pioneering forces in digital sanitaryware technology and has been continuously expanding this segment since Ondus was launched in 2008. As well as fittings for every kind of bathroom tap, the range also includes digital showers and kitchen fittings. Now Allure F-digital is set to become the new star of the technological bathroom.
When it comes to the design, the company has opted for understated simplicity and a mixture of cuboid and cylindrical shapes. Grohe sees the square base plates of the circular controllers as their style-defining feature. Sized to complement the square base plates of the bent, u-shaped spouts, they are intended to emphasise the harmonious combination of round and angular forms – a characteristic feature of Allure’s design vocabulary.
The focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. To start the water flowing, the user simply pushes the power button, tapping lightly on plus and minus to change the temperature. The illuminated LED ring provides visual feedback on the temperature setting. Turning the outer ring of the controller regulates the amount of water. Thanks to their textured surface, the controls are easy to operate even with wet and soapy hands.
26. October 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News, Spa & Wellness
Tags: Allure F-digital, basin, bathroom, bidet, controller, design, digital showers, exhibitor, flow rate, Grohe, imm cologne 2013, kitchen fittings, LED, sanitaryware, shower, spa, tap, tub, water temperature
The Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water. (photo: Kaldewei)
The days are gradually getting shorter and the Indian summer is just around the corner. Whereas summer is a time for active leisure pursuits, autumn is a good opportunity to withdraw to the cosy atmosphere of one’s own four walls again. Relaxation and regeneration are the order of the day.
Wellness enthusiasts, for instance, are often big fans of floating, an activity familiar from hotels and thermal spas. Anyone who wants to let his worries float away at home can now enjoy this particularly relaxing experience in his own bathroom: the Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water.
18. September 2012
Categories: News, Spa & Wellness
Tags: Bassino, bathroom, bathtub, comfort, design, floating, Kaldewei, regeneration, Relax Lounger, relaxation, spa, wellness
Uncompromising minimalism and modularity – these are the principles Axor has committed itself to with its Starck ShowerCollection. The idea: a simple system of sprays, mixers and accessories intended to turn the shower area into an individually designed spa. The square modules measure 12 cm x 12 cm and are complemented by a ShowerHeaven with three spray patterns. Now Axor and Philippe Starck, the “enfant terrible” of the international design world, are extending their joint collection with new products for the shower and bathtub area. read more…
14. September 2012
Categories: News, Spa & Wellness, Trends
Tags: accessories, Axor, Axor Starck ShowerCollection, bathroom, mixers, Philippe Starck, shower, spa, sprays
Werner Aisslinger, Klaus-Peter Schöppner and Leo Lübke in Cologne. (photo: Koelnmesse)
“We feel very much at home!” could easily be the title of a recent study conducted by Emnid on behalf of interlübke. Leo Lübke, managing director of the renowned producer of top-quality furniture made in Germany, can certainly feel vindicated as far as his corporate philosophy is concerned – especially when it comes to issues like the living room as the focal point of life, quality, the design and functionality of the company’s furniture or even its distribution system.
The representative opinion survey interlübke commissioned to mark its 75th anniversary – “Germany in private – Germans’ homes and lives in 2012” – revealed that Germans like to live in light, upscale surroundings and – besides their partners – consider brochures and a personal sales consultation at the furniture store the best sources of advice. They also set great store by enduring furniture and are not particularly keen on change.
16. May 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News, Trends
Tags: bathroom, bedroom, design, functionality, Interiors, interlübke, Leo Lübke, living conditions, living room, opinion poll, quality, TNS Emnid, Werner Aisslinger
The days when the bathroom was a separate space and spent its lonely existence in isolation from the rest of the home are long since gone. The bathroom has meanwhile become living space in its own right, a veritable wellness oasis – and thus an elementary component of modern architecture. Rather than ignoring the bathroom, interior decorators and architects are now incorporating it into their plans on an equal footing with the kitchen and living room. Bathroom furnishing concepts are becoming increasingly varied and individual: when it comes to our personal sense of well-being, we all have our own standards and expectations – which can vary considerably depending on our life stage and situation. There is a growing demand for consistent room concepts that go beyond the scope of individual products and pure functionality. read more…
21. December 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, Exhibitors
Tags: aesthetic, Axor, bathroom, feel-good room, functionality, Hans Grohe, individual, Massaud, modern, Raum & Ruhe, sanitary, ShowerCollection, Starck, synergies
Layouts are loosening up, architecture is becoming more open, various areas of the home – like the bathroom and bedroom – are growing together. But bedrooms themselves are still dominated by massive, overpowering wardrobes that stifle any hint of lightness. Holzmanufaktur is trying to counteract this with a clear design vocabulary and subtle contours.
Holzmanufaktur’s Plan B is still pretty big – between 200 and 400 cm wide and 220 or 240 cm high. read more…
13. December 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts
Tags: asymmetrically, bathroom, bedroom, clear design vocabulary, colour contrast, glass, Holzmanufaktur, Jürgen Bauer-Loges, lightness, modern, open, Plan B, symmetrically, textures, wardrobes, wood, wood textures
With its latest ad campaign, German furniture and furnishing concept manufacturer burgbad is breaking new ground when it comes to marketing sanitaryware. The drawings of French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme are intended to appeal to a sophisticated target group for whom good style and humour are by no means mutually exclusive.
We generally encounter fittings, bathtubs, rainfall showers, washbasins and even toilets as highly polished stars set against a perfectly styled backdrop. Or as elemental water dispensers that bring us closer to nature. And indeed, the product collections from burgbad come across as sometimes architecturally reticent, sometimes sculptural-looking objects for the design-oriented bathroom. But in the new ad campaign, they are not the stars but merely the backdrop – for the people who live with them. “The product is an element around which the characters can play,” says illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme of the ad visuals he has created. “I’m not trying to isolate the product, but rather integrate it into the scene, as part of the character’s life.” read more…
01. September 2011
Categories: News, top designers, Trends, young designers
Tags: Barneys New York, bathroom, bathtubs, concepts, design, design-oriented, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, lifestyle, rainfall showers, sanitary, sanitaryware, style, washbasin
»Swan« is a combination of shower and bathtub. (Photo: Hasenkopf)
With its Design Characters series, the Hasenkopf company – a manufacturing specialist that produces both on industrial-scale and a one-off basis – is deliberately pushing the envelope of what is feasible when it comes to the processing and deformation of such vastly different materials as Corian, Parapan or acrylic. Hasenkopf’s aim in producing the series is not to develop prototypes for future lines but to experiment with forms, materials and processing techniques that point to unusual individual solutions and are intended to encourage architects and designers to rethink the limits.
Well-known designers and architects are asked to develop their own interpretation of new living environments for the kitchen, bathroom and workstation. The first sequence has already been produced and includes objects by Stuart A. Veech, Paul Flowers, Titus Bernhard and Peter Martin.
31. August 2010
Categories: Design concepts, Innovation, Trends
Tags: acrylic, bathroom, Corian, design, Design Characters, experiments, Hasenkopf, Hydra XXL, innovation, interior design, kitchen, new concepts, Parapan, Paul Flowers, Peter Martin, Stuart A. Veech, Swan, Titus Bernhard, trend, Twister, Workflow, workstation
Life in the home is changing. The distinctions between kitchen and living room and between bathroom and bedroom are becoming increasingly fluid. Factors such as lighting, textiles and accessories are becoming more significant in the new furnishing worlds. As a furnishings trade fair, Pure Village (hall 3.2) at imm cologne 2010 will impressively present these trend themes.
02. November 2009
Categories: pure village, Trends
Tags: architects, bathroom, bathroom design, boundaries become fluid, concentration on presentation, design, designers, Dick Spierenburg, furniture design, Hall 3.2, imm cologne 2010, innovations, innovative room concepts, interior design, lifestyle, new and creative impulse, overall furnishing concepts, private spa, pure village, Trends, Video
There’s more to a living room than a sofa by Marcel Wanders, a chair by Konstantin Grcic or a shelf by Arik Lévy. It is the nuances, the scenography of the room and the context of the lighting, furniture and fabrics that provide the backdrop for showing the leading actors off at their best – one reason, perhaps, why design items are increasingly providing the face for complete creative concepts.
The new presentation format Pure Village caters to this market development by creating a stage on which stand-alone presentations of exclusive design items are showcased just as effectively as creative interior concepts. From 19 to 24 January 2010, Hall 3.2 will cluster the highlights from the various specialist ranges in the immediate vicinity of the furniture in the Pure segment (Hall 11) and the ideas of the d3 Design Talents forum (Hall 3.1).
25. August 2009
Categories: pure village, Trends
Tags: architects, Arik Lévy, bathroom, bathroom planners, brand spaces, current trends, designers, Dick Spierenburg, exclusive design, fusion of various living areas, Gerald Böse, hall 11, hall 3.1, Hall 3.2, imm cologne 2010, imm pure, interior design, interior designers, Konstantin Grcic, lighting designers, Living Bath Room, Marcel Wanders, pure village, retailers, spa, Trends, [d3] design talents