Milan-based architect Victor Vasilev produced the Kub basin in 2010. Its styling, lines and considered designed elements stand classic three years on. Made from carrara marble and glass, this piece challenges the traditional solid styling of bathroom vanity systems. I like this. Born in Bulgaria, Vasilev moved to Israel and later to Milan where he studied. Years later, he still hasn’t left the city. He is an architect who established his own firm taking commissions in architecture, interior and industrial design. He has produced collaborations with the like of Boffi and is clearly dedicated to his craft and the discipline of minimalism. His studies in Scandinavia have also added to an extension of this dedication. The Kub system is one that challenges convention and is incredibly beautiful.
Famed Japanese design studio Nendo and Italian brand Bisazza Bagno gave birth to this beautiful bathroom collection. The line includes a crate-like bathtub, washstand and mirrors that resemble droplets of water, sticks in a stand for a towel drier, diagonally patterned mirrors, stackable containers for plans, rotating storage boxes and an elegant seating piece. Each element is an individual statement of minimalist creativity. Here is how designers explain their vision: Our objective for this bathroom collection was to create a strong singular impression by assembling the various elements of a bathroom suite as though they were ‘all in the bath together’. The feeling of connection that comes from a bath with someone you don’t know at a hot spring or local public bath is an important part of Japanese culture. Our bathroom collection for Bissazza expresses this feeling through its design. I love how many different ideas are unified by the homogeneous geometry of the collection. The combination of white and woodgrain is another theme that creates an aesthetic bond between the pieces.
Birillo by Alessi, is the ultimate no-mess bathroom set. It is made up of 10 minimally designed bathroom accoutrements assembled out of imperfect squares and wrong circles, according to the designer, Piero Lissoni. And while they are clearly designed to camouflage themselves, items like the soap dish can’t help but stand out as particularly pleasing forms. Great minimal design.
A place to indulge while you cleanse your mind and body. Il Bagno Alessi One, designed by Stefano Giovannoni and manufactured by Laufen reflects elegance of restraint and intimacy. Italian industrial designer and architect Stefano Giovannoni work is part of the permanent archive of Centre Georges Pompidou and the MOMA collection, in NYC. Each bathroom piece has simple, feminine curves. The body hugging, oval tub is one amazing piece; the sink makes me think of a drum and the toilet of an egg. The red accented wall helps the white curvaceous fixtures stand out as art pieces. Think of it as the new bathroom aesthetic: bathroom as art gallery.
British/Irish design collective UsTogether have treated us to the Ebb bathroom series. The white lines and glass sides form a striking, sculptural picture. All elements are made of LG HI-MACS, a natural acrylic stone material, giving the surfaces a high-quality, modern feel. One for my next house…