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Bathroom fittings.

Rob Gregory takes the plunge into some recent bathroom innovations.

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501 CERAMICA FLAMINIA

IO is a new bathroom concept from Ceramica Flaminia, comprising a bathtub, three basins in different sizes, wall-hung wc and bidet Together with SI, a new integrated tap system derived from elegant, and simple ribbon-like forms, bold geometries are mixed with minimalist forms in this new range designed by Alexander Duringer and Stefano Rosini.

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502 DURAVIT

In the 10th year of the Starck bathroom, Philippe Starck's latest anniversary product is putting on the ritz for the celebrations. The new formal wear is a luxurious dark brown Macassar ebony veneer, shown here in a new furniture line, Fogo. The consoles, 550mm deep, 80mm thick and in 1200mm and 1600mm lengths, have been specifically created for the Starck basins, fitting perfectly into the distinguished family image.

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503 HOESCH

If you like gadgets, the SansaMare 1100 from Hoesch may be for you. With 3.3 kW steam generator, two multifunctional seats, six asymmetrical side sprays, hand-held head, disc shower head, kneipp hose, aromatic scent dish, waterproof touch-screen remote-control unit and four dimmable spotlights as standard, you can wash with whistles and bells. In fact, with all the available accessories--Aroma Comfort Package, Water Package, Light Package, Sound Package, and the four Wellness worlds (combinations of sounds, scents, colours and water applications: Zen Spirit, Silent Jungle, Nordic Mystery. Oriental Magic)--you needn't come out for weeks. However, if it's simplicity you're looking for, Hoesch have also released Dreamscape, an 1800mm diameter bath designed by Michael Graves. This no frills bathtub can be fitted or free-standing.

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VILLEROY AND BOCH

With its 'Creative System New' Villeroy & Boch has created an innovative design concept, argued to be the most extensive and versatile modular system currently on the market. At the centre of the concept is an appealing range of tile colours based on a system of five harmonizing colours, which has been developed exclusively for Villeroy & Boch. The system of 30 colours, complemented by black and a new, pure white, has been created by the renowned designer and interior designer Veronique Hertig, and is based on a colour matrix with five harmonizing colours and six thematically-determined series of colours.

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505 AXOR BY HANSGROHE

As an alternative to the flat overhead showerhead, Hansgrohe's Rainbow Shower System is a shower set with overhead comfort. Large, flat overhead showerheads are popular, but cannot always be installed without costly renovation. The easy-upgrade set has a new hand shower, the Raindance Puro Air, that forms a single unit with shower holder bar. The generous showerhead reaches far into the cubicle and, with 410mm projection, water falls centrally over the bather. The showerhead's patented air intake generates full, air-enriched water droplets, so, in contrast to conventional showers that form twine-like water sprays, the water has a more voluminous feel. AXOR Hansgrohe have also released their extensive Citterio range with over 70 products by Antonio Citterio.

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Publication:The Architectural Review
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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