Technology is changing by the minute, and it is having a big impact on how we live and how we see the world. It is also impacting the bathroom, as more and more consumers become aware of the benefits of technology such as digital controls for example. The Axor LampShower for example, designed by Nendo for Hansgrohe, has succeeded in opening the traditionally isolated bathroom towards the living room through the addition of an elegant piece of furniture.
At first glance, you have to ask if it’s a lamp or a shower? Oki Sato, the creative brain behind the Japanese design studio Nendo, playfully indulges in artful shifts and transformations of concepts and meanings. His aim was to combine what is most typical about the living space – the lighting, with water, so as to give the shower an enhanced sensuous dimension in a way we have not yet seen before. The result is something that is not just a shower, nor just a lamp, but a magic trick with light and water that is readily available day after day.
The Magnetika Bathroom by Ronda Design is another example of how bathroom design is being led by a playful merging of technology and design. In order to make your bathroom more functional and comfortable, Ronda Design creates a set of magnetic accessories to store everything you need close at hand in a creative way. Thanks to a visible or invisible metal insert, even the mirror becomes a functional surface where you can hang whatever you need.
Information and images supplied by Lisa Millbacher of Bespoke Bathrooms, Cape Town.
Bespoke Bathrooms offers a specialist bathroom design and installation service. Visit www.bespokebathrooms.co.za or contact Lisa on 021 422 1331.