ANTONIOLUPI | Rigorous geometry
Gumdesign embraces stripes, one of the preferred motifs of antoniolupi, for the new Pagine Scritte collection (on cover), composed of three tables of different heights that can give rise to various combinations, when interlocked in different arrangements and directions. They are made with parallel metal bars and are tapered at the ends, with a larger cross-section at the center to create a three-dimensional surface. The tables, capable of creating games of light and shadow on the floor, are produced in brushed steel with a burnished effect in the central part of the top, precisely to create a chromatic difference, with variable width based on the three different configurations.
FLAMINIA | Organic design
Giving ceramics softness might seem like a paradox. But this is the effect conveyed by the Spire+ washbasin by Flaminia. The creative touch of Elena Salmistraro, the designer of the project, is revealed in the delicate relief decoration that suggests the spires of a seashell, becoming the distinctive feature of this countertop washbasin that accentuates the typical roundness of the collection. Spire+ expands the Spire line of washstands presented by Flaminia last year (also winning the Ceramics & Bathroom Design Award 2021 at Cersaie): a family of round or oval washbasins, in one or two colors, with an organic, natural shape. The ample border, of variable size, is capable of creating different effects depending on the vantage point of the observer.
MARGRAF | Perfectly irregular
The concept behind the design is about deconstructing stone material to the point that irregularity is found. This is not, however, irregularity just for its own sake, but used to enhance the contrast between natural stone, no two ever the same, and the precise cut of the metal that punctuates it. This is the principle behind the new Margraf bathroom collection designed by Wilmotte Design Studio. This wellness line took up the style and design tenets of its founder Jean-Michel Wilmotte including elegance, precision, and minute attention to detail from the smallest to the largest scales. The new bathroom collection forges a balanced dialogue between elements made by people and nature. Likewise, a union emerges between processes with futuristic CNC machines and next generation robots and the artisanal craftsmanship of Vicenza-based company.
AGAPE | Water lines
The shape of the washbasin chases new geometries, between the search for essentiality and refined materials. A graphic and light object: the top – with jet breaking grid – and the basin coincide and become a single element, to transform the washbasin into a totemic object capable of living on its own. Ell, designed by Benedini Associati for Agape, this year is transformed and becomes freestanding. A horizontal line, a column supporting it, are two simple architectural elements that radicalise the functions, and are enhanced by the beauty of the materials chosen. The top is made of white or “deep caviar” Corian® as is the grille, or of white Carrara, Carnico grey or black Marquina marble, and the column is made of white or dark powder-coated steel. A new element that once again marks the company’s path, that has always been characterised by profound research that takes its inspiration from those notes for a design method recounted by Bruno Munari in his famous ‘From One Thing Comes to Another’. The idea stems from simplification, to solve the problem by eliminating everything that does not serve the realisation of functions. A mission which leads to the creation of timeless objects, because at Agape, the bathroom is culture.