PLUS WASH STATION

This unique concept of washstand / toilet combination was designed by Bora Cakilkaya of Turkish design studio P-arch.  The fixture station focuses on the preservation of water.  The so-called gray water draining from the wash stand is stored in a tank below and, after a purification process, is utilized for flushing the toilet.  Another interesting aspect of the design is the idea of disconnecting of the washbasin and toilet from the wall and instead setting them in the center of the space.

The design won the 2nd place in the Green Dot Awards in 2009.  Found via Design Milk.

Plus Wash Station 01

Plus Wash Station 02

 

 

PEDESTAL WASHBASINS

Pedestal washbasins are not often used in bathrooms as they take away the storage space underneath.  But their sculptural qualities are often magnificent, and storage can be carved out in other places of the bathroom instead, like in oversized medicine cabinets.  I admire the monumentality and simplicity of these plumbing objects.

The Slash by Antonio Lupi

The Slash by Antonio Lupi.

Tender by Antonio Lupi.

Tender by Antonio Lupi.

PHC by Boffi.

PHC by Boffi.

VOL by Boffi.

VOL by Boffi.

Il Bagno Alessi One by Laufen.

Il Bagno Alessi One by Laufen.

 

 

PHYTO PURIFICATION BATH

Japanese born, Paris based designer Jun Yasumoto developed this “phyto purification bathroom” together with Alban le Henry, Olivier Pigasse and Vincent Vandenbrouck.

Phyto purification bathroom.

 

The diagram illustrates how the bathroom become s a mini-eco-system using this natural filtering principle by recycling and regenerating the wastewater.

 

Phyto-purification is a natural water-recycling process which is commonly used in ecological purification systems. During its filtering process, the water goes through different steps. The rushes are planted in sand which filters larger particles. The root system of the rushes contain various bacteria which break down these particles for absorption by the plant. The reeds are planted next to the rushes as they have the ability to filter the heavy metals from the water. The floating water hyacinths draw through their roots some of the water borne particles which are still present in the water. The lemnas, which are also aquatic plants, bind to the remaining aquatic micro-organisms to complete the filtering process. Finally, a carbon filter stops the remaining micro-particles.

BATH LOUNGING

The ergonomic shape of the Le Cob bathtub by Omvivo allows for deep relaxation, as does the water overflow cascading down onto a bed of pebbles.  Named after architect and designer Le Corbusier, it is said to be inspired by his famous chaise lounge furniture piece.  The Joseph Licciarsi designed bathtub also pays homage to the built-in chaise lounge in the bathroom of Le Corbusier’s and Pierre Jeanneret’s Villa Savoye.

Omvivo Le Cob bathtub

Omvivo Le Cob bathtub.

Bathroom at Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

Bathroom at Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

Omvivo Le Cob bathtub

Omvivo Le Cob bathtub.

Bathroom at Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

Bathroom at Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

“BADKAST” BY ANNA VAN DER LEI

This tub – sauna – closet was designed by Anna van der Lei of Design Academy Eindhoven and presented during Milan design week 2010. “Badkast” is made out of larch wood, it has custom made joints that expand as they get wet, making it water tight. The rod above the tub can be used for steaming cloths. “Badkast” can be placed indoor or outdoor.

STONE IN BATHROOMS

The use of stone adds warmth, texture and depth to a bathroom space.  Stones with a strong veining require special consideration but have the potential to yield astonishing results.  More uniform stones introduce a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility.  The larger the slabs the more luxurious the feel (and the price tag), but even smaller stone tiles can make a strong statement.

HL23 condo by Neil M. Denari Architects

Strong marble veining in a bathroom at the HL23 condo in NYC by Neil M. Denari Architects

HL23 condo by Neil M. Denari Architects 2

A bathroom with different veining at the HL23 condo in NYC by Neil M. Denari Architects

RAAD Architecture NYC townhouse

A more subtle stone texture in a NYC townhouse bathroom designed by RAAD architecture

Black bathroom by Kouichi Kimura Architects

No veining, yet a strong stamement in a bathroom by Kouichi Kimura Architects

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT REALLY WORKS – TESTING A TUB MATERIAL

A client requested a bathtub which would keep the water hot, without noisy jets or fancy equipment.

Someone mentioned Kaldewei, a German tub maker. I chatted with the US rep for a while discussing our needs. Two days later a sample of Kaldewei signature steel enamel arrived along with some literature.

Tonight I am conducting a test. I submerged the sample in hot water, the sample got hot  immediately. It took 15 minutes to cool completely. I have had it half way submerged for about half an hour now and both the water and the steel enamel are still warm. I think what is really nice about it is the fact that the part that is above the water is equally warm.

Test samples.

Californian Borax, Scandinavian quartz, feldspar and soda are used produce this special enamel.

Kaldewei Conoduo tub.

THE BETTY BLUE

The Betty Blue by German manufacturer Alape is one of the most incredible washstands we have ever seen.  It looks like it belongs into a minimalist kitchen.  Designed by Sieger Design, this washstand is basinless.  Instead, the water flows from the tap onto a completely flat surface, and then drains outwardly into a perimeter linear drain.  From there it travels to a waste pipe concealed in one of the legs.  Granted, there aren’t many bathrooms that can fit this beauty, but this fact makes the Betty Blue only more desirable.

Betty Blue washstand

Betty Blue washstand