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Laufen presents the Val SaphirKeramik collection by Konstantin Grcic
Just how much design potential is in Laufen’s revolutionary SaphirKeramik is demonstrated by the new bathroom collection Val, which has been designed for the Swiss bathroom specialist by the Munich-based star designer Konstantin Grcic.
Simple architectural lines, extremely slim rims and thin walls, together with fine surface structure, make the collection’s washbasins without equal anywhere in the world. Val includes washbasins, washbasin bowls, storage dishes, and a bathtub – matching furniture from Laufen’s range is also available.
The Munich-based designer Konstantin Grcic is not only one of today’s most influential designers, but is often recognised for his ability to take new materials and production methods to their limits. With the new SaphirKeramikLaufen gave Grcic the opportunity to push back, and at the same time redefine the design boundaries for ceramics in the bathroom. The intensive collaboration started with Laufen’sSaphirKeramik project, in the course of which spectacular concept studies were developed, based on washbasins with functionally decorative surfaces, and presented for the first time at the Eurobagno/Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan.
The Val bathroom collection is a further development of the SaphirKeramik project, benefiting from the experience gained by Grcic and Laufen in the course of the SaphirKeramik project. Although Grcic adopted central aesthetic characteristics from the studies, he transformed them into a design that is on the one hand simple, functional and architectural, but on the other hand has no lack of expressive details. In the process he benefited from Laufen’s vast experience with ceramics, since over the past decades the company clearly demonstrated that it is capable of developing innovative materials and then transferring outstanding designs to an industrial process.
For Val, too: The central component of the new collection is a rectangular wall-mounted washbasin, available in widths of 450 to 950mm. Its main characteristics are straight geometric lines, rims with narrowly-defined radii, and gently rounded corners which emphasise the thin-walled SaphirKeramik. “The simpler some pieces are, the more aesthetic they are. When they are installed in a bathroom, one must not look at them in an isolated way, but rather observe them as part of a complex environment. The simpler they are, the better they appear”, says Grcic.
Additionally, Val includes a rectangular and an asymmetrical washbasin bowl, which developed from conceptional pieces in the SaphirKeramik project. The bowls each feature an integrated shelf, the tactile surface structure of which creates semi-dry areas which are ideal for storing soap and cosmetics. “These surface structures and patterns are decorative on the one hand, and functional on the other. They prevent items from slipping off, or leaving unsightly marks”, explains the designer.
The round and rectangular SaphirKeramik storage dishes, which are also part of the Val collection, also feature such surface textures. The round dish is 325mm in diameter, the rectangular one measures 360 x 280mm. Their graceful look reminds the observer of fine porcelain, but thanks to the SaphirKeramik material used, the bowls are far more robust, and are suitable for daily use in the bathroom and other living areas. They can be freely placed in the bathroom, serving both as storage for bathroom accessories and for decorative and other practical purposes.
Bathtub and bathroom furniture to match Val
To match the SaphirKeramik objects Grcic has designed a freestanding 160 x 75 x 52cm bathtub. The oval tub appears light and elegant, and thanks to its extremely slim rim harmonises perfectly with the filigree washbasins. Since Laufen manufactures the bathtub using solid surface Sentec material, it can be made with a single wall in one casting, without having to do without an integrated overflow. In this way the bathtub is far lighter than double wall tubs produced using other solid surface materials. The velvety, matt white and easy-to-clean surface flatters the skin, inviting the observer to a relaxing bath at first glance. The bathtub can be installed conventionally; the feet and siphon are already integrated.
With the new Space bathroom furniture Laufen is giving Val an ideally matched partner which provides a lot of storage space. With slim frames and aluminium handles which are shaped in the same way as the washbasin, the practical vanity unit speaks the same form language as the wall-mounted washbasins. Various countertops, matching drawer units, tall cabinets with and without door mirrors, together with a practical trolley, round off the bathroom furniture programme. Space is available in dark elm, light walnut, and matt white surface finishes.
Photo credits: Laufen
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