Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the very talented designer brothers, are probably best known for the Algue Screen and the Vegetal Chair, both designed for Vitra. They also craft wonderful designs for Capellini, Ligne Roset, Kartell, Alessi and Issey Miyaki, to name a few. Last year they created an interesting line of bathroom fixtures for Axor. The line has a very refreshing feel to it, and at the same time seems to be inspired by the classic dollhouse aesthetic. The mirrors on the other hand are stylized to resemble back-view mirrors of automobiles, so there is something in it for both girls and boys.
I am visiting my sister in England this week. I couldn’t help myself and snap few photos of her very English bathroom. We are talking about exposed plumbing pipes, individual taps for cold and hot water for the sink and the bathtub, painted white wood floor, freestanding claw foot tub and lots of quaint details.
We at Uniform have a high regard for wall mounted toilets (and bidets). They not only look good, take up less space than floor mounted fixtures but are also easier to maintain. The tank can be usually hidden in the wall and will mostly likely have a dual flush system that saves water. The floor below the fixture can be thoroughly cleaned without much hassle. And did I mention that they look good?
I am super pleased to share the story of this all white, brand new custom bathroom. It used to be a regular 5ft x 7ft bathroom. We extended it 30in taking up closet and part of the hallway, got rid of the tub and changed the layout. Now we have space for a big shower, double sink, toilet and bidet. We used few tricks to make this bathroom feel extra spacious: wood floor extends into it from the rest of the apartment, we installed a full height mirror, we demolished dropped ceiling and exposed the original vaulted structure. The entire bathroom is white: white concrete, white wall tiles , white corian and white painted walls. Here is how it happened:
Possibilities of wood applications in bathrooms are numerous. Last week we mostly focused on wood applications on surfaces: walls, floors and ceilings. Another option is the use of wooden plumbing fixtures. We found some wonderful examples and are excited to share them with our readers. Please let us know what you think.
The cool thing about the bare bulb fixtures is that they are multifunctional and are very inexpensive. There is a wide selection of bulbs that can be used to create different results: from big globes to traditional Edison lamps, and silver tip bulbs that cut down the glare. These fixtures are great for walls and ceilings, can be used single, in pairs or groups. They are now available in many different colors and finishes. They are not only excellent for a bathroom but any other space as well.
Uniform Design attended the Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party held at the Manhattan Duravit showroom on April 7th. The catering was splendid, as was the attendance. The stars of the night were the Sensowash Starck: a combination toilet and bidet, and its designer Philippe Starck. Monsieur Starck spoke about the idea of nature being in constant movement. The human of today is not perfect, but constantly striving towards perfection. The Sensowash brings us one step closer to perfection, Mr. Starck claims. A combination toilet and bidet has been used in the Asian cultures for a long time, but Mr. Starck is convinced that this product will finally be embraced by the Western culture also. When asked by a member of the public to demonstrate the operation of the Sensowash, Mr. Starck declined. However, he assured the audience that he tested the fixture multiple times a day during the prototyping process.
We like the idea of a combination toilet and bidet. It will allow the installation of a bidet in even the smallest of bathrooms. The design is clean and unobtrusive. We agree with Mr. Starck that the Western culture will only benefit from a more widespread use of the bidet fixture.
We have recently shared our inspiration for the Naturalist 2 bathroom. One of the features that make this bathroom so special is the use of wood. Wood adds a feeling of incredible warmth to any space. It may seem counter-intuitive to use in wet areas, and indeed, some rules need to be followed. For areas where there will likely be direct contact with water (bath tub, shower, behind the washbasin) a special, water resistant species should be selected. Good choices are tropical woods like Teak and Ipe, and it is important here to verify that the wood comes from a sustainable source. In areas that are away from a water source many other species can be used. However, an appropriate wood sealant should be applied to avoid staining and aging of the natural wood surface.
Below is a couple of examples from around the world of wood applications in a bathroom setting.
Nature is such a pool of inspiration. We took a sip from it and created the Naturalist series. A while back I shared the backstory of Naturalist 1 and it is Naturalist 2′s turn. Little different: warmer with lots wood and soft sand like stone. It is celebrating the beauty and richness of the natural materials.