Water Craft


The award-winning Segreta, from Italian company Abis, is both an oversize bathtub and a comfortable seat. A padded rectangular panel can be moved, by means of a simple rotation, from a vertical position on one side of the tub to a horizontal position above it. The tub is made of acrylic resin; the seat is covered in a waterproof material. The outer covering is constructed of wooden panels. www.abisbagno.it


Dutch architect Wiel Arets has designed a bathroom range for Alessi that is both radical and restful. Ilbagnoalessi Dot features oblique shapes, with a recurring circle motif. Washbasins, bathtubs, sanitary ware and shower cabin are produced and distributed by the Swiss company Laufen – as are furniture pieces (mirrored cabinets, wall closets, etc.) and accessories (soap dishes, glass holders, etc.). Faucets are produced and distributed by Oras from Finland.



Designed by Roviras y Torrente for Barcelona-based Estoli, Modular Modules is a versatile furniture construction system that creates customized storage space. Three different aluminum profiles can be mixed and matched to achieve the desired look and functions. A specially designed stainless steel washbasin attaches easily to a pre-tooled panel from below. The small dimensions and modularity of the furniture allow the user to create different compositions to suit changing needs or space requirements. www.estoli.com

1–CURVES AHEAD For Italian company Ceramica Flaminia, French designer Patrick Norguet has created an awardwinning sanitary-ware collection composed of toilet, bidet, and bench or wall-hung basins in three different sizes. Mono is characterized by great thickness and sculptural shapes; it’s completed by Noke, a tap range with compact lines. www.ceramicaflaminia.it

2–BEARING FRUIT A new pedestal washbasin has been added to the Pear series, created by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Agape. The soft, sculptural volume is monolithic in form and can serve as a freestanding piece or can be placed against the wall. Made from Exmar, it’s available in white and in a two-tone version with satin-finished grey exterior. www.agapedesign.it

3–SMOOTH OPERATORS Nacho Lavernia and Alberto Cinefuegos designed Transit – an award-winning collection of two different toilets and a bidet – for young Spanish company Sanico. Toilets (with interiors of hygienic porcelain) and bidets are made in white, cream and anthracite Stonefeel, a mineral resin developed by Sanico. Stonefeel fuses with porcelain to be converted into a single, solid piece in which each material contributes its qualities – porcelain giving cleanliness and hygiene, Stonefeel a silky finish and ability to form shapes almost impossible to achieve in porcelain. www.sanico.es

4–COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT D-Code, a complete line of bathroom sanitary ware, furniture and accessories from Germany’s Duravit, was created in collaboration with Sieger Design. The centrepiece of the collection is the washbasin, whose ceramic form comes in 15 different sizes and versions; it’s complemented by a series of two toilets, two bidets and one urinal. In addition, D-Code features a complete range of bathtubs in various shapes and sizes. www.duravit.com

5–ALL TOGETHER NOW Architect and designer Matteo Nunziati created the Yume collection of washbasins for a five-star hotel project in Dubai. Produced by Milan-based Rapsel, Yume is made of a new, durable material called Nikron, which comes in a wide range of colours. The collection comprises a washbasin, washstand, storage space for towels, and a basket. www.rapsel.it

6–INSIDE THE BOX Created by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba for Kos, the Avec multifunctional shower box, made of glass and aluminum, is available in freestanding, wall and corner versions. The standard version includes Turkish bath, central showerhead vertical hydro-massage jets and Kos’s patented Idrocolore lighting system. Radio and touch screen are optional. Avec comes in two sizes – Avec Moi (shown) and the larger, equipped-for-two Avec Toi – with black or white gloss lacquer finish. www.kositalia.com

On tap
1 – Kohler’s Bellhaven faucets, in polished chrome or bushed nickel, feature a gooseneck spout and lever handles that taper into bell-shaped bases.www.kohler.com

2 – Brizo’s RSVP collection, available in polished chrome, brushed bronze and brushed nickel, features Swarovski crystal accents. www.brizo.com

3 – The Kensington line of faucets, from Grohe, offers a choice of two handle designs: solid metal levers (shown) or multi-faceted round handles of Swarovski crystal on solid metal. www.grohe.com

4 – Designed for Zucchetti by architect William Sawaya, the Wosh range of taps is characterized by bold, faceted geometric volumes. www.zuchettionline.it

1–GO WITH THE FLOW Dornbracht’s Elemental Spa suite for lavatory, tub and shower was designed to provide a discreet source for the flow of water – allowing the water itself to be hero and star. Inspired by architecture, the collection includes the Iam single-lever mixer with housing (in white Corian), which conceals most of the spout, revealing just a narrow lip. www.dornbracht.com

2–ALL IN ONE Young Spanish company Inbani has made its mark with the award-winning Tambo washbasin, which features an integrated storage area – saving space while concealing the drain trap. The sink is white resin. Storage units are available in white Corian, lacquered wood or veneered wood, with Plexiglas bases. www.inbani.com

3–WET AND WILD Hansgrohe has added the award-winning Croma 100 Showerpanel – designed by Phoenix Design, Stuttgart and Tokyo – to its high-tech Croma 100 line. The slim panel features three embedded, flat body sprays, manual singlelever mixer tap, and a shelf for storage of shower items. www.hansgrohe.com

4–FORM AND FUNCTION For the first time in its 259-year history, German giant Villeroy & Boch is producing bathroom fixtures in North America, designed for the N.A. market. With its sleek lines and simplified forms and proportions, the Twist range – including toilet and pedestal sink – is designed to appeal to the hip, young, urban householder. www.villeroy-boch.com

5–IN PLAIN SIGHT Quebec company Wetstyle recently introduced its C Collection of vanities, inspired by the concept of a beauty lab. Transparency is key: cleansing products and cosmetics are meant to be exhibited on the shelves, and water pipes are left apparent. A stainless steel console in mirror or brushed finish supports a countertop made of Wetmar (a fusion of natural stone and plastic) in glossy or matte finish; the countertop is molded in one piece that incorporates the sink. Various lengths and sink models are available, along with a mirror. www.wetstyle.ca