Times are changing, and with them, our priorities. As is the case with every industry, the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on design remains immeasurable. Clear consequences are developing, though, one of them being an obviously heightened attention to sanitation and hygiene. This makes design products that answer to those needs all the more relevant: even when curves flatten and quarantine restrictions end, it is likely that people will feel more comfortable in spaces – private and public – that are designed with health and wellness in mind. We share a collection of eight products, from innovative bathroom fixtures to sanitary surfaces, which help in creating them.
Coverlam by Grespania
Made possible by lamination pressing technology, Coverlam’s large-format, thin technical porcelain tiles are created using natural raw materials. The Grespania brand introduces Arles, a warm sandstone tile with a natural finish [as seen in header image]. Arles’ palette embodies shades of white, grey and sand – a harmonious earth-tone composition ideal for applications from façades to indoor flooring.
To evoke Scandinavian lifestyle ideals in the bathroom, Duravit and Danish designer Cecilie Manz imagined a minimalist set. Crafted with an emphasis on gentle forms and harmonious hues, the Luv wash bowl series in particular has recently grown to include new natural colour combinations with the Almond Satin Matt tone and a larger range of sizes. The matching mirrors have been upgraded as well.
Ease of use is synonymous with Roca’s high-tech Smart Shower. With a simple, intuitive interface, thermostatic technology that keeps water temperature at a constant, a comprehensive cleaning programme, water- and energy-saving mechanisms and a child protection lock, the shower promises safety, sustainability and utmost hygiene for all users.
A conceptual bathroom collection created by Patrick Norguet for Rak Ceramics, Rak-Valet sets the stage for spaces that envelop a visitor in reflective surfaces – of ink, light and matter. Planned to be launched in an installation entitled Black Ink Water installation at the now-cancelled Salone del Mobile 2020, Rak-Valet celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rak Ceramics.
FRAGMENTA FULL BODY
Featuring a compact structure with a grey-blue background, contrasting tone-on-tone elements and pebbles of different sizes, Ariostea’s striking Fragmenta Full Body tiles take cues from natural stone. Three 10-mm-thick surfaces – Soft, Levigato Lucidato and Strutturato – are manufactured in three sizes: 120 x 60, 60 x 60 and 60 x 30 cm, allowing for infinite solutions in many different settings.
Striations of dark grey, inky blue, tobacco brown and subtle gold punctuate Calacatta Luxe, a bright white Sintered Stone surface from Neolith. The slabs – inspired by Carrara marble – are based on a model stone sourced from a quarry in Tuscany. Resistant and hygienic to Neolith’s standard, the high-performance Calacatta Luxe surfaces can be installed anywhere from the kitchen to the swimming pool.
Versatility and modularity define Geberit’s VariForm range, a line of washroom furniture that adds a minimalistic, calm appeal to hygienic spaces. Updates to the product family include new cabinets, available in three colours, which allow one to create a consistent look with the company’s existing lay-on washbasins. The shelf surfaces are made of durable, compact laminate and are edged in an ornate black material; its drawers designed without a trap cutout.
A collection of HPL design laminates, InteriorArts – from the makers at Chemetal and Treefrog – provides unique features and finishes for designers to utilize. A group of 20 bold new textured laminates, dubbed Fresh Data, introduces subdued and neutral tones. The collection also offers three matte anti-fingerprint, scratch-resistant performance surfaces in black, white and grey.