Axor WaterDream 2016 presented at FuoriSalone in Milan
Published: April 14, 2016

admin | Product Launch | 14 April, 2016

    Do you need a little bathroom inspiration? The appearance of your water closet dictates its overall energy and mood. Tiled walls may give it a modern look, while certain colors and stylish accents can make it seem more inviting. The bathroom is likewise a place where people can relax at the end of a hectic day. Hence, making it a soothing environment where you could apply your interior design ideas is essential. In this article, we will be focusing on chic and out-of-the-box faucet ideas that could stun you every time you wash your hands.

    Axor WaterDream 2016. (Image © Uli Maier).

    Axor WaterDream 2016. (Image © Uli Maier).

    Only recently, AXOR invited a group of international designers and architects to join its WaterDream 2016 project. These artists were asked to interpret the meaning of water within the living space and think of new solutions for the bathroom of the future. AXOR presented five uniquely-designed faucets during Milan Design Week, which brought a new sense to spouts in terms of form and function.

    Ritual by David Adjaye

    David Adjaye is a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye’s “Ritual” spout is a remarkable acceptance by the industry. In Ritual, water flows from under a granite inlay that is cradled by a wedge-shaped spout made of bronze. Explaining the concept, he states, “The water, always in view, is ritualized: from source, to flow, and finally, to descent.” This spout can spruce up any kitchen or bathroom’s décor, making it more attractive and pleasing.

    Ritual by David Adjaye. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE).

    Ritual by David Adjaye. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE).

    Regularly collaborating with contemporary artists on installation art projects, Adjaye is the mastermind behind works such as: “The Upper Room,” with thirteen paintings by Chris Ofili (2002) and now in the permanent collection of Tate Britain; “Within Reach,” another installation with Ofili in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2003); and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art for the 21st Century Pavilion that was designed to show a projection work by Olafur Eliasson, “Your Black Horizon,” at the Venice Biennale (2005). He is currently collaborating with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the forthcoming 56th Venice Art Biennale.

    The Sea and Shore by Werner Aisslinger

    “The Sea and Shore” is a faucet masterpiece by designer Wener Aisslinger. The spout is a hybrid designed with a fountain and a shelf—a space for functionality and rituality. Crafted from clay material, The Sea and Shore highlights the permanence and the value of water and water-releasing objects in our society. This interpretation will be well-suited if you have a contemporary kitchen or bathroom.

    The Sea and the Shore by Werner Aisslinger. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE).

    The Sea and the Shore by Werner Aisslinger. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    Aisslinger’s works cover the spectrum of experimental and artistic approaches including industrial design and architecture. He has helped unveil new materials and techniques to the world of product design that could be seen in his unique gel furniture with the collection “Soft Cell” and “Chaise Soft” for Zanotta in 2000. The “Juli Chair” (Cappellini) was the first furniture item to use a new type of foam called polyurethane integral foam. This became the primary German chair design selected as a permanent exhibit at the MoMA in New York since 1964.

    Water Steps by FRONT

    Swedish design duo FRONT explores its fantasies by creating design objects that are often surprising and somewhat “irritating” at first sight. According to Anna Lindgren of FRONT, “I think it is interesting to find materials that are sort of outside the classic design world. But we also like to push the limits of a material that is already quite known—wood or ceramics for example. Most of our design projects are technology and material-driven. We always look for new materials and we like to experiment and combine different techniques. When you put together knowledge of different professions, you can achieve greater things.”

    Water Steps by FRONT. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    Water Steps by FRONT. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    This year, they chose to craft a pair of playful saucers. There are two discs in “Water Steps,” one beneath another. The principle spout flutes upwards and spills the water onto the second disc underneath it, which then passes on the water for use. This faucet is sure to catch your guests’ attentions because of its distinctive and exceptional features.

    Zen by GamFratesi

    GamFratesi’s design, “Zen,” is an innovative creation with a fusion of tradition and renewed experimental approach to their chosen techniques and materials. With their dual traditional background, GamFratesi draws on the classic Danish furniture and craft tradition as well as the characteristic Italian intellectual and conceptual approach.

    Zen by GamFratesi. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    Zen by GamFratesi. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    “Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising. Often it takes just a small detail to achieve or break an expression, and we are very curious about that. We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work,” noted GamFratesi.

    The creative drive of Zen reinterprets the iconic far eastern bamboo fountain. GamFratesi displays the perfection of nature in a minimalistic tap shape made of wood through which the water flows in a meditative manner.

    Mimicry by Jean-Marie Massaud

    Jean-Marie Massaud is an inspirational designer who combines elegance and comfort in his products. His nature-inspired motto and designs set him apart from conventional style rules. Meanwhile, his creations seem to work without any technology and his extraordinary architectural visions highlight the full breadth of his creativity.

    Mimicry by Jean Marie Massaud. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    Mimicry by Jean Marie Massaud. (Image © Uli Maier for Axor / Hansgrohe SE)

    “Mimicry” is a concept where natural stone meets water in a tuneful connection. Simple geometric shapes were used to create countryside of marble that integrates perfectly into various interior design concepts. Indeed, it is homage to the significance of water. The said spout is another good option to add in your home. Mimicry will let you leave your busy life behind and plunge yourself into nature.

    What more do you need? This is the time to change your preconceived notions on home décor. Experiment with the uncommon and experience what it can offer you.


    Written by Saran

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