AXOR BOUROULLEC

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.

Axor Bouroullec

Axor Bouroullec

Axor Bouroullec

Axor Bouroullec

Axor Bouroullec

ENGLISH BATHROOM IS ALL ABOUT DETAILS

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.

Thermostatic pressure valve.

Claw foot tub detail.

English flush lever.

Washbasin tap.

Light pull.

WALL HUNG TOILETS (AND BIDETS)

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?

Sanitary Pear by Patricia Urquiola for AGAPE.

Sanitary Pear by Patricia Urquiola for Agape.

Roma collection by Catalano.

Roma collection by Catalano.

Verso collection by Catalano.

Verso collection by Catalano.

Zero collection by Catalano.

Zero collection by Catalano.

Link by Flaminia.

Link by Flaminia.

Boing by GSG Ceramic Design.

Boing by GSG Ceramic Design.

Planet by Nameek.

Planet by Nameek.

STORY IN WHITE

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:

Just demolished, the white space on the right used to be a closet and now will be incorporated into the bathroom.

 

Freshly installed white concrete shower floor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Closer look at the shower floor. The niche on the right will have floor to ceiling white corian shelves.

 

Installing the shower tiles. This is the only part of the bathroom that will be tiled.

 

Full height mirror visually expands the space and reflects the window and day light coming from the bedroom.

 

Cast concrete sink in white and a close up of storage unit constructed out of white corian and painted gypsum board. The vertical storage also serves as a divider between the shower and the sink.

 

Wood floor extends from the living room and bedroom into the bathroom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exposed vaulted ceiling.

WOOD IN BATHROOMS PART 2

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.

Wood and glass washbasin by Agape.

Wood and glass washbasin by Agape.

Agape Cartesio bathtub with wooden surround and built-in shelving.

Agape Cartesio bathtub with wooden surround and built-in shelving.

Agape Woodline  wooden bathtub.

Agape Woodline wooden bathtub.

Neutra Design Vitalty Collection.

Neutra Design Vitalty Collection.

Rapsel ONE wood washbasin.

Rapsel ONE wood washbasin.

SIMPLY BARE

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.

Etna en in polished chrome, Mawa Design.

 

Etna en in black, Mawa Design. Available powder coated in various RAL colours.

Teti, Artemide.

Lampholder, Absolute Lighting.

Eve, Tobias Grau.

Eintopf design by Martin Wallroth, Mava Design. Available in white powder coated RAL 9016, polished chrome and matte nickel.

UNIFORM AT DURAVIT SENSOWASH STARCK LAUNCH PARTY

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.

Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party

Water was not the only beverage served at the Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party.

Uniform cofounder Magda Keck at the Duravit party.

Uniform co-founder Magda Keck at the Duravit party.

Albrecht von der Groeben, Head of International Sales for Duravit, speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Albrecht von der Groeben, Head of International Sales for Duravit, speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Designer Philippe Starck speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Designer Philippe Starck speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Mr. Starck used a body brush as an accessory during his speach.

Mr. Starck used a body brush as an accessory during his speech.

WOOD IN BATHROOMS

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.

Golden wood and white tile in bathroom designed by Owen and Vokes Architects.

Golden wood and white tile in bathroom designed by Owen and Vokes Architects.

Queens Park House bathroom in Sydney, by MCK Architects

Queens Park House bathroom in Sydney, by MCK Architects

The bathroom at the Atrium House near Lake Constanze, Switzerland, by architect Andreas Zech.

The bathroom at the Atrium House near Lake Constanze, Switzerland, by architect Andreas Zech.

Bathroom at House Tsai, in Ancram, New York, by HHF Architects and Al Weiwei.

Wood floor in bathroom at House Tsai, in Ancram, New York. By HHF Architects and Al Weiwei.

Wood and marble bathroom designed by Dana Lyon.  Found via houseandhome.com.

Wood and marble bathroom designed by Dana Lyon. Found via houseandhome.com.

BACKSTORY OF NATURALIST 2

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.

Naturalist 2 visualization.

Bathroom shots from "Essential Home" by Judith Wilson, photography by Jan Baldwin.

Naturalist 2 stone.

Oil finished wood cabinet with apothecary bottles.

Organic linen and cotton towels to finish off.