Kamis, 26 November 2009

9 million viewers see PuraVida by Hansgrohe

Who's PuraVida mixer?

Doctor Who was watched by over 9 million viewers on Sunday 15 November and they saw Hansgrohe's PuraVida basin mixer working on a space station on Mars, where the main theme of the episode, which was set in 2050, was that the water kills everyone it touches! Just one drop of water is enough to wipe out life as we know it back home on Plant Earth.

Phoenix Design designed the innovative range of mixers and showers from the PuraVida range for Hansgrohe. The subtle emotionality, soft naturalness and clarity of PuraVida turn the bathroom into a living area that can be enjoyed with every one of the senses: “Bathrooms are increasingly regarded as living areas and individual design ideas will continue to assert themselves”, explains Tom Schönherr, co-Managing Partner with Andreas Haug of the award-winning design studio Phoenix Design, which has been enjoying successful collaboration with Hansgrohe for more than 20 years. “More form, more emotion – PuraVida introduces comfort and calm for the senses to the world of bathing. The goal was to design something we can experience and understand with our senses: poetic design full of feeling and joie de vivre.”

Apart from the comprehensive range of mixers and showers for Hansgrohe, Phoenix Design has also developed a new range of ceramic and bathroom furniture for Duravit with the aim of consistently integrating the bathroom as a living area. As a result of co-operation by Hansgrohe, Duravit and Phoenix Design, PuraVida now represents a perfectly co-ordinated and exclusive range of bathroom interior based on consistent design principles. “A wonderful challenge for achieving a perfect symbiosis of form and space”, is how Tom Schönherr describes the range.

A new kind of luxury
With a combination of white lacquered surfaces and shiny chrome, the Hansgrohe PuraVida range of mixers and showers introduces a new dual-finish principle to the bathroom, where elegance and clarity reflect true and subtle luxury. Clear white organically-shaped undersides interplay with generously-proportioned and shining chrome areas. Thanks to a new manufacturing technique, these two surfaces merge seamlessly, representing a sign of high-quality perfection – and not only as regards the PuraVida wash basin mixer fashioned as a single piece.

The colour white is consciously used for the whole PuraVida range as an image conveying purity, lightness and beauty. Furthermore, white also stands for independence, honesty and courage when it comes to well-rounded designs, because white does not display any imperfections, demanding formal perfection instead. With its slender, white lacquered carcass, the mixer seems to grow out of the white ceramic merging to become a new and independent product. This creates an impression of floating lightness. The new, lively, free interaction with shapes, supported by the cleverness of the lines, is seen in interplay with the contrast between surfaces and flowing volumes, between softness and precision. There are no aggressive corners or sharp edges. Instead, pleasantly round, soothing shapes radiate comfort and safety, and invite the observer to touch them.

The spray former disappears in the underside of the spout, giving the impression that the water appears to come from nowhere, flowing into the wash basin as a calm and clear laminar jet simply picking up on the overall pure appearance. The jet angle can easily be adapted by just moving it with the finger to the respective wash basin shape.

More form, more emotion and more innovation!

Harmonious bathroom design through to the shower and bathtub area is assured by the Hansgrohe PuraVida range thanks to the availability of numerous mixer models for both surface-mounted and concealed installation: from thermostats through 3-hole mixers to projecting, base-mounted mixers for the bathtub. Matching PuraVida accessories and a no less comprehensive shower range offering hand showers, overhead and side showers as well as a new and slim bar-shaped hand-held shower element complete the Hansgrohe PuraVida range. Characterised by the same design philosophy of emotional and sensual contours, dual-finish principles and integrative design, PuraVida showers are convincing thanks to their unusual shapes.

Gently-rounded edges, quality flatness and the combination of bright white and shiny chrome create exciting contrasts and sensual lightness, while the generously-proportioned PuraVida overhead shower provides the ultimate in showering pleasure. Its shower head is produced by merging two high-quality zinc die-cast halves. It appeals for its unusual flat rectangular shape which, with a width of 400 millimetres, perfectly follows the silhouette of the bather. Despite of its size, it comes across as light and restrained, thanks to the precision of the subtle chrome edges and white shower disc. With its flowing shapes and white material, the generously-dimensioned PuraVida overhead shower positively seems to float. The broad, flat shower arm embodies both stability and lasting value.

The innovative shower technology applied in the PuraVida hand shower is concealed between the two outer discs. Designed as a square with harmoniously rounded corners, the 150 mm shower head flows smoothly into the flat, gently-rounded handle. The new EasyClick push-button converter integrated in the hand shower silhouette facilitates intuitive selection of the three different spray types via a simple click feature. Thanks to Hansgrohe AirPower technology which injects the water with air, a soft rain spray and a vitalising mixed spray ensure pure showering pleasure. For the very first time, the Hansgrohe PuraVida hand shower also enables bathers to enjoy a slow yet powerfully caressing massage spray generating finger-like and intensive massaging movements on skin thanks to five whirl jets. As the technology is integrated in the design, this enables the product to depart from classically rounded shapes. Accordingly, the PuraVida hand shower appears to form a single solid unit representing an emotional and “tangible” design in every sense of the word. These features also convinced the iF Design Award jury. In fact the design experts rewarded even three products: the Hansgrohe PuraVida wash basin mixer the PuraVida overhead shower as well as the PuraVida hand shower, which also won the Design Plus Award 2009.

Digital showering pleasure
Picking up on the clear design language of the PuraVida range of mixers and
showers, the new Hansgrohe RainBrain electronic shower control feature also received one of the famous iF design Awards in 2009. Thanks to an innovative coloured touch-screen, it offers digital operating comfort in the shower as well as representing an ideal supplement to the PuraVida shower family and high-end shower systems. Exclusive comfort showering functions can be easily activated manually: the switch on/off shower function, selecting various showering functions, contrast showers, water cascades or controlling the light sources integrated in the shower, for example. What’s more, a warm-up function ensures pleasant water temperatures right from the start. Thanks to clear and large-sized pictogrammes, operation is intuitive and practically child’s play. Furthermore, all of the functions can be individually set up and saved for up to five people. As an optional extra, main functions such as water temperature and start/stop can also be set at the rotary knob which is pleasant to the touch. Musical entertainment is provided via Bluetooth from an MP3-player or iPod directly transmitted to the Hansgrohe RainBrain shower controls. The smooth, white mineral glass touch surface has a chrome-coloured frame giving it a light and elegant appearance, thereby enabling the independent and clean design to reflect the shower control concept: high-tech and complex features translate into a digital lifestyle which is easy and convenient to use.

Hansgrohe PuraVida – the products in detail:
Wash basin: Single-lever basin mixer
Single-lever highriser basin mixer for wash bowls
3-hole basin mixer
Bidet: Single-lever bidet mixer
3-hole bidet mixer
Thermostat: Concealed-installation thermostat (with stop device and/or
stop device / converter)
Bathtub: Single-lever bathtub mixer, surface-mounted
Single-lever bathtub mixer, concealed installation
Base-mounted single-lever bathtub mixer
Bathtub spout
Shower: Single-lever shower mixer, surface-mounted
Single-lever shower mixer, concealed installation
Shower elements: Hand shower, ø 150 mm,
- Rain Air/ Mix / Caresse Air (5-jet whirl spray)
- Convenient EasyClick pushbutton conversion
Overhead shower; width: 400 mm
Bar-shaped hand shower, 120 mm
Side shower, ø 100 mm
Hand shower set with Unica shower pipe
Surface finish: White chrome or pure chrome
Hansgrohe RainBrain – Electronic operating unit for the shower
Available with or without water volume regulation feature
Touch-screen surface for controlling up to 5 jets
Convenient rotary knob for setting the temperature and water
Warm-up function
Electronic thermostat with scalding protection
5 user settings possible
MP3-player with Bluetooth interface
Controls for external lighting
Surface finish: White chrome or Silver chrome

Design: Phoenix Design Stuttgart & Tokyo
Design Prizes: iF Award 2009: PuraVida hand shower and overhead shower, PuraVida single-lever basin mixer and Hansgrohe RainBrain shower control feature
Design Plus Award 2009: PuraVida hand shower
Red Dot Design Award 2009: PuraVida single-lever highriser basin mixer for wash bowls

PuraVida is now on display in the Soak showroom.

Kamis, 12 November 2009

Add a touch of flamboyance to your bathroom

Perhaps you want a divinely decadent romantic look?

Then search no further, the Muse basin is available in Silver with matching legset immediately giving a retro style.

A new washbasin collection designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Catalano, Muse draws on a form of classicism in tune with the present.

The concept of larger and deeper washbasins was inspired by Rome’s fountains; its soft lines enriched by a hint of the past whilst the voluminous shapes highlight the flawless Catalano quality.

The Muse collection are multiform talent items; a design that matches memory, technological know-how and contemporary insight which also appears in their performance, because the careful design is based on water-saving purpose and hygienic clearness; the WC section is designed to reduce water consumption, the volume shape highlights the excellent Catalano glazing quality, a fast and loose water flowing leaves no trace thanks to their fine-grained permeable characteristic and adequate geometry nearly self-cleaning. All this means that these sanitary-ware items take care of themselves in economic terms, being water and time saving.

Nowadays time is valuable; we are aware of this and we are getting knowledge that water is a precious resource too, running a risk in a very close future. Two basic aspects generating an appropriate and sensual design, paced with contemporary way of living. This is the pleasure of the Muse collection.

Muse (and other Catalano products) are available through Soak in Style, and the Muse wall-hung pan is on display in the Soak showroom at Maidenhead.

Hansgrohe has launched a new XXL range of overheads to join the popular Raindance AIR shower family. Distinguished by an ergonomic rectangular design with softened corners and available in three widths (24cm, 36cm and 42cm), the new Raindance E showers have been created in collaboration with Phoenix Design and offer a very direct and pleasurable experience of the element of water.

The rectangular format of the Raindance E showerheads are designed ergonomically to mirror the dimensions of the shoulders and guarantee soothing showering pleasure over its entire breadth. For the first time an overhead shower also offers a choice of two different jet types. The largest Raindance E 420 AIR 2jet model pampers users with its RainAir spray and the refreshing RainFlow flood jet. All models in the Hansgrohe Raindance E range guarantee expansive showering pleasure thanks to Hansgrohe AirPower technology which infuses the water with air inside the shower head.

A shower makes you clean. A bath also. But a shower is something totally different. It not only cleanses your body, but also your soul; it not only washes your hair, but also your head;
it not only massages your muscles and tendons or firms your skin but also awakens new energy.

Does this surprise you? Where, other than in the shower, does water provide us with such a complete sensual and physical experience? Hot or cold, drumming loudly or flowing quietly, patting you on the shoulder or caressing your cheek, this life element lets us discover ourselves under the shower. Our surroundings disappear as if behind a curtain, we get closer to our true selves, supported by the rhythm of the water melody we allow ourselves to be carried into a process of meditation.

We experience how the water carries away our cares, problems, burdens and disposes of them in a small hole in the floor. At the same time the positive aspects, the plans, the affections become much clearer, gain sharper contours. The whole being stretches out, like a branch dripping with melting snow.

Special moments such as these deserve exceptional products.

Hansgrohe and Axor Hansgrohe is on display at the Soak showroom in Reform Road, Maidenhead.

New ranges and finishes from Montrose

There's fitted furniture and there's Montrose fitted furniture - hand-made in the UK.

November sees the launch of 2 new ranges, Centro and Linear. The Centro door style has gently routered curves to the corners, giving the rectangular fronts a very distinctive rounded appearance. Available on all types and sizes of unit and with the choice of a new Centro Cylinder Handle, this range provides Montrose with a truly individual look!

Centro forms part of a larger product launch from Montrose which will see the introduction of; 2 new door styles, 4 new finishes, a range of DuPont Corian Worktops, optional gloss internals for open units, 3 types of full height unit in 2 depths and width options, a smaller corner mirror cabinet and an additional type of toilet roll unit.

4 great new finishes available with immediate effect, in all styles, are African Zebrawood, Hi Gloss American Walnut and Hi Gloss Cream. Samples will be available shortly in the Soak showroom.

a Full range of 22mm thick Corian sheet with Water Resistant MDF substrate, worktops and integral bows in 8 finish options. These worktops are made to order only, with a 3 week lead-time (no fast track available). Colour matched bowls and coved 100mm rear up are just 2 of outstanding features.

Lots more updates, so why don't you pop down to the Soak showroom in Reform Road and check them out.

Sabtu, 07 November 2009

Gessi @ Cersaie 2009

Check out the link to the video of the new Gessi Home Collection that the digital TV channel FASHION TV broadcast worldwide