Spring is in full swing, and color is in demand. If you would like to add some color and playfulness to your bathroom, but installing a wall of orange tile is too radical for you, we propose you look into some products by the Italian company Agape.
First there is the Al Dente showerhead. What a simple yet ingenious idea. This showerhead design was inspired by a colander. The colander / water diffuser is made out of orange or green polypropylene and comes with a matching soap holder. Designed by M. Vittori, D Borin and N. Gibertini.
Next in line is the Kaa showerhead and hand shower. Made of anti-allergy silicone rubber the fixtures are soft to the touch and come in orange, green, red and gray. Designed by G. Gianturco.
The Hydro Rub is a water-powered brush used to clean the toilet. Considering the practicality of this tool we are surprised that it is not more commonly available. Designed by G. Gianturco.
Lastly, hand washing can also be made more playful by using these Agape Gerba soap dispensers. Reminiscent of IV bags those dispensers made out of clear plastic will take on the color of the soap of your choice. Designed by F. Bortolani and E. Righi.
We dropped by several of the parties organized by showrooms around the ICFF calendar. Those events do not necessary feature any new products, but they create an opportunity for architects and designers to get together in an inspiring setting. Design professionals need a break, too, after walking the entire Javits Center in one day.
The Friday party at the Nemo showroom actually featured some new stainless steel tile. The Saturday event at the BY New York Boffi showroom was well attended. The showroom itself, located on the top floor of a Soho townhouse, did not feature many items at all. But we did spot a classic Boffi lavatory and bathtub. The space itself is gorgeous, with tall ceilings, exposed roof joists and several skylights. This party was very well attended. One of the hours d’oeuvres served there was basil ice cream in miniature cones. An interesting visual concept with a novel taste.
The Agape showroom in Soho is relatively new and a bit out of the way. Perhaps this is why their Monday night party was not very well attended. The pieces on display are lovely. We admire the matte Cristalplant material many of the fixtures are made of. The Toto showroom was a bit more crowded, perhaps for the selection of Thai hours d’oeuvres served on a mountain of lettuce. Or the two types of drinks mixed at the bar – “clean” and “green” – representing the two pillars of the company’s philosophy.
Few interesting things at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this year. All of them happen to be prototypes yet to be developed further or mass produced.
The owner of this apartment in Warsaw, Poland appreciated the Townhouse 1 design, but needed some adjustments. The layout of the existing bathroom was different from our basic layout, and the owner requested to place a shower cabin instead of the bathtub. A washing machine needed to be incorporated into the layout, and we designed a simple, elegant closet to conceal it. We also suggested to the owner to use large size floor tiles instead of a marble mosaic, as the area of the bathroom floor was relatively large. Our client did not wish to have a medicine cabinet or vanity so we proposed a large wooden counter and open shelving below. You must agree with us that the results are stunning!
Photography: Adam Bochinski
International Contemporary Furniture Fair is upon us. We will be attending several events and reporting on the latest and greatest. The line-up is:
They hold much more than medicine, and are more than just simple storage. Their doors are more than likely mirrored to assist in make-up application and shaving. The most beautiful ones have a frameless mirrored front. The most luxurious ones feature glass shelves and a mirrored back panel. Some contain built-in lighting, electrical outlets, even a refrigerator. Below we share some of our favorites.
Our Loft series is rooted in Streamline Moderne aesthetic. The style was not only a reaction to Art Deco designs, but also a reflection of austere economic times. Gone was unnecessary ornament, replaced by aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed developed from scientific thinking. Eighty years later we still admire it.