From monolithic forms to sculptural presences, from clear angles to curved lines and soft volumes, influenced by modern streamlined design. Shapes of great force, also thanks to the use of a particular material, referencing archetypes (like the baptismal font) or inspired by nature (the volcanic cone). The designs of bath fixtures and furnishings stand out for their great expressive impact, underscored by the use of proportions and empty spaces that establish clear relationships.
Designing Minimum for Falper, Victor Vasilev has been inspired by the art of Donald Judd to create a versatile, modular collection for vivid personalization, composed of wall-mounted washstands, self-supporting shelves and cabinets, available in multiple sizes with modular solutions. Marble, wood, Cementobasic® and Cristalplant Biobased Active: the materials have been carefully selected to enhance the pure forms of the collection.
Anima Liquida by Giorgio Rava for Antoniolupi has a spiritual presence, a freestanding washbasin in natural stone that returns water to its primordial value. Even the traditional faucet vanishes, becoming a cylindrical control made of stone. The result is a column (in stone) that reminds us of the archetype of the baptismal font. The washbasin is made with Ceppo di Grè on the inside, a strong, durable gray stone typical of Lombard architecture.
For the Rise washstands by Kos, designed by the Italian firm Zaven, the idea took for by looking at a plane that crosses a cylindrical volume, with the aim of obtaining the largest possible number of solutions from a simple intersection of parts. The encounter between geometric shapes is the distinctive feature of Zaven’s research. The matrix is a rectangular counter that incorporates the washstand, made in Cristalplant Biobased, available in round and oval versions.
Based on the conical shape of a volcano, a symbol of force and the power of nature, the Vulcan countertop washstands by Novello share the perfection of forms and evocative theatrical impact of this geological element. Designed by Studio Plazzogna as part of the D’ART collection, they are made with Teknorit – a compound of resin, mineral additives and pigments, which is exceptionally homogeneous, light and strong. Also available in the round and semi-oval versions, in white or in all of the 37 lacquer colors of the catalogue.
Devon&Devon and Gensler present the Dove bathtub in two versions. The freestanding model playfully reinterprets the soft retro lines of tubs on feet, referencing modern streamlining and the American take on Art Deco.
Not just fixtures but also faucets, which take their cue from the typical style of the 1930s and the bodywork of automobiles from the 1950s and 1960s, when studies of aerodynamics generated cares with elegant smooth forms. This can be seen in the single-control FOIL faucet designed by Marco Pisati for Cristina Rubinetterie. FOIL does not have a single curvature radius, like traditional faucets: the body and spout are made with two different curvatures. This convergence of curves generates a dynamic thrust that glides into the end of the spout with a soft, almost semi-elliptical shape, and becomes even more pronounced in the lever, set diagonally and shifted forward for an immediate approach.
A chest closed only on three fronts, with side panels and two horizontal supports for stability: this is Evo 21 by Agape, designed by Benedini Associati. The absence of a back panel and the counter on which to freely place washstands permit great flexibility for the positioning of the cabinets and the connections to the drain system. The tops in thermoformed solid surface material, like those in marble, can accommodate recessed washstands. The wooden tops can only be used with countertop washbasins.
Fusion Moby by Arbi makes the curved line its characteristic feature, creating soft volumes that interpret different styles and personalities, donning various colors and wood finishes. A project by Meneghello Paolelli Associati that envisions infinite scenarios and identities, telling stories with a language that engages the mind and the senses.
Material too can contribute to create a given volume, as in the case of Natural by the company Krion of Porcelanosa Group. The new bathroom series is composed of a texturized top and a built-in smooth washstand, along with furnishings in finishes suggested by wood. With three options for the internal facings and two main tones (classic white and graphite black), these independent tops bring an avant-garde touch to the bathroom, thanks to their geometric forms and innovative texture.
Ceramica Cielo presents Multiplo, the innovative modular system of ceramic counters and cabinets designed by Andrea Parisio and Giuseppe Pezzano, to stage sophisticated contemporary works of micro-architecture. The free combination of the ceramic tops, built into modular structures in steel with open compartments for objects, gives rise to a flexible and variegated system that offers symmetrical and specular solutions.
The Rift radiator by the designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba with Matteo Fiorini in 2014 for Tubes finds a new look in RIFT/reverse, enhanced by specially formulated accessories. The aluminium module increases its depth, evolving into a true warming shelf. The slim towel rack efficiently adapts to compact spaces, while the wooden tray with its curved lines triggers an interesting contrast of form and materials, acting as an insulating counter on which to place all the objects we want to avoid warming.
The global bathroom concept by Fiora is called ICON, a different, truly new type of furniture, a modern bath furnishing element of great personality. The materials Elaxpol® and Silexpol® add value and meaning to every detail of this design that offers a wide range of possibilities for colors and textures.
Toscoquattro presents WOTA, an innovative system for personalization and concealment of pipes. The industrialization of the crafted parts of the product offers the possibility of designing your own bathroom with multiple solutions that exploit the modular L-shaped form, in the structural efficacy and clean lines of the L’aria collection. Thanks to the exclusive workmanship with marble of Del Savio1910 and the decorations designed by the Lebanese studio David/Nicolas, the surfaces of WOTA are enhanced by graphic patterns.