We started the day at the Dornbracht stand. Although their Rainsky shower is not new for ISH, the fabulous display really brought this award-winning design to life.
We were impressed by Duravit’s new Durastyle collection by legendary Italian designer Matteo Thun. He was part of the influential Memphis group in the 1980’s which brought postmodern design into people’s homes, and is a former Creative Director of Swatch. Durastyle might be the antithesis of his early work, with its elegant simplicity of form. We think it will be a real winner in the UK market.
The British have some of the smallest bathrooms in Europe, and we have considerable experience designing space-saving solutions for customers. We use 2D and 3D visualisation tools to help, but we did admire new digital planning software with virtual reality walkthroughs – even if it did involve wearing an 80’s style headset.
More accessible technology can be found in the new ONO basin mixer, which features a digital thermometer. Using the waterproof LED display you can set the temperature simply and precisely. Every home should have one.
There is a definite trend towards digital control. Many new shower systems have abandoned traditional lever controls in favour of buttons or touch screens. The new Select range from Hansgrohe is one of the most appealing of the new wave. C.P. Hart have always championed the cutting-edge and the traditional with equal passion, so we’re a little torn by this trend. Could turning a tap a thing of the past?
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