Tom Dixon and VitrA introduce the pop artwork rest room

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Tom Dixon grew to become to each sanitary historical past and a relied on long term for inspiration when designing his new tub assortment for VitrA. “We take a look at Victorian bathtubs and church fonts,” says Dixon. “Issues that labored neatly however have been additionally very clearly sturdy.”

With the ‘Liquid’ rest room vary, VitrA and Dixon strove to succeed in what the dressmaker calls ‘expressive minimalism: extremely visual but leading-edge capability and diminished visible noise’. Ergo, exaggerated curves, shapes and silhouettes, nodding to Jeff Koons’ pop artwork sculptures and acknowledging Barbara Hepworth’s geometry of easy shapes and rounded marbles, including persona and a modern sense of solidity.

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“I just like the sense of permanence in Victorian toilets, with their giant chunky taps and thick pipes. It’s a cultured this is carefully connected to a complete custom of British engineering and that has influenced the improvement of the toilet world wide. If the pieces within the assortment really feel a little bit like a comic book guide illustration of the artifact, I believe that is most certainly a just right factor,” says Dixon. ‘There is something amusing a couple of smooth, thick edge.’

From the outset, it was once essential to Dixon to create an entire vary encompassing all rest room parts – sanitary ware, furnishings, faucets, tiles, bathe programs and equipment – designed to paintings in combination or as stand-alone items. It was once additionally key that the VitrA items matched and contrasted with Dixon’s present ecosystem of goods.

Chunky VitrA faucet and round basin

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Extending sculptural ceramics past the normal domain names of sinks and water closets, the gathering contains the strange function of a spherical, molded ceramic stool, to be used within the bathe or anyplace else in the house. “The stool looked to be the type of overlay – it is an iconic design but in addition gives the choice of sitting conveniently in the toilet.”

Sensible, tile-like ceramic counters and cabinets are an integral a part of the ‘Liquid’ idiom, whilst the soft-edged aesthetic additionally bureaucracy an expressive body for an oblong-shaped replicate with integrated lights. The toilets are Dixon’s rectangular interpretation of the vintage butler’s sink or, as with the tall-bowl cylindrical sorts, a reinvention of baptismal fonts.

Close up of black sculptural faucets by VitrA and Tom Dixon

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Countertop choices are designed to leisure at the assortment’s ultra-practical ceramic slab, and wall-hung variants may also be paired with a ceramic pedestal. A monobloc sink, molded as a unmarried piece of ceramic, is designed for use with wall or ground fixed taps. The sculptural, playful, chrome-plated bathroom roll holder refers to Claes Oldenburg.

VitrA and Tom Dixon proportion a imaginative and prescient of constructing cutting edge and unique designs that retain their attraction over time; “Recent with out being of the instant,” says Dixon. In opposition to the present development for lean, hyper-modern and extremely technical minimalist designs, Dixon selected counterpoint. The ‘Liquid’ assortment is minimalist but powerful, curvy, robust and sturdy. The sleek surfaces are simple to wash, whilst the sleek, rounded edges be sure a secure rest room setting. Taps, levers and bathe taps are operated intuitively with easy, conventional mechanical controls. “I sought after the gathering to seem like a kid’s comic strip a WC sink or tap,” says Dixon, “appearing transparent good judgment and ease in glance and use.”

gray bathroom

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Whilst the ceramic is most effective presented in white, the variety combines other fabrics, together with fluted glass and steel mesh. The faucets and showers are to be had in chrome or, as a distinction, a brand new gloss black end, strange in leading-edge toilets. The variability additionally contains unique coverings, to be had in 5 designs and with colour choices of white, black, gray, sage inexperienced and ecru. Tile designs nod to ripples in water and have patterns impressed by means of the vintage U-bend, raised dots and ripples that may be creatively configured.

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