Sabtu, 25 Juni 2011

Dolphin Bathrooms Customers - can we help?

For those homeowners who were expecting their Dolphin bathroom in the Berks / Bucks and Oxfordshire areas Soak may be able to assist.

Soak offer a full design, supply and installation service in these areas and we are a local family run business that keeps tight control of the whole process.  We have a team of locally based fully qualified installers with a sharp eye for attention to detail.

What Soak offer
  • Superb design by 2011 Young Designer of the Year finalist
  • Competitive pricing
  • High quality installation that we guarantee for 2 years
  • Friendly and informative service
Check our our website Soak in Style for more inspiration, and then call us on 01628 783686.
Recently installed bathroom

Sabtu, 18 Juni 2011

Axor Urquiola received Design Award of The Federal Republic of Germany

Axor Urquiola received the highest official German design award, the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Axor Urquiola Basin in the Hansgrohe UK Showroom

Philippe Grohe and Patricia Urquiola accept the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Philippe Grohe, Patricia Urquiola and her partner Alberto Zontone


The “award of all awards” is presented in Frankfurt. The winner: the Axor Urquiola wash basin

Philippe Grohe accepted the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany at a ceremony in Frankfurt am Main.  The head of the Axor brand was accompanied by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.  Due to her creativity the most prestigious German design award went to the Black Forest: the wash basin from the jointly developed Axor Urquiola Collection was presented with the “award of all awards” in silver. The award went to Hansgrohe for the second year running.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the fairest wash basin of all...?

“We are delighted to receive this award”, commented Philippe Grohe.  “It confirms our innovative strength and Axor’s design expertise.”  The work with Patricia Urquiola, who is regarded as a master of style fusion, was extremely inspiring. She looked at the bathroom and asked questions from a woman’s perspective: what room do I need to myself and what areas do I want to share? The Axor Urquiola collection aesthetically answers to these questions.  The Urquiola wash basin is now regarded as the fairest of all.

Judging panel: a wash basin that creates feeling

The Axor Urquiola wash basin has slit-like openings on both sides that resemble handles and can be used as towel rails.  The high-calibre judging panel regards the wash basin as a “homage to the traditional form of ancient wash tubs”.  It is not only functional, but also charges the wash basin area with emotions.  The top-end bathroom product also scored highly with the judges due to its material quality.  The mineral cast guarantees “a particularly pleasant feel” and allows the creation of an extraordinary design.

More than 1,500 products were nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, selected in 2010 by the federal and state economic ministries, but only 25 products actually received one of the prestigious awards at this year’s award ceremony.

The Axor Urquiola basin is on display in the Soak showroom, alongside the iconic Urquiola bath and bathroom mixers.
Axor Urquiola basin on display in the Soak showroom

Axor Urquiola basin and basin tap
Axor Urquiola Bath

Axor Urquiola bath on display in the Hansgrohe UK showroom

Sabtu, 04 Juni 2011

Flowers that flirt with Fashion

Adding floral theme in your bathroom can range from flowers on your bathroom furniture to floral tiles.  They can be strong dramatic flowers or delicate pastel hues with subtle floral impressions.

Flower Power never goes out of fashion!
Catalano Roma Basin with delicate floral imprint
Catalano Roma sit on Basin with floral imprint

And there is even a Roma Shower Tray with the same delicate pattern
Bisazza tiled Mini with floral pattern

Bisazza Winter Flowers Oro Bianca
Bisazza Springtime Nero
Tresor Tiles by Valentino-Piemme

 Soak Design for ensuite wet room featuring Tresor tiles from Valentino-Piemme,
Zaro 2 drawer basin unit, mirror and cupboard in black rubber finish.
Soak design for en suite wet room featuring Tresor tiles from Valentino-Piemme, Raindance Rainfall Overhead Shower + Axor Starck Shower Collection Thermostatic & Shower Handset

Dune Petroglythe Floral Nero
Dune Petroglyphe Floral Cream - delicate golden hues
Often a floral theme is used in a Country / Traditional design for a bathroom, but with the increase of Boutique hotels with their stunning bathrooms and bedrooms, this has also moved into Contemporary designs, especially in an en suite.  You can instantly create an opulent feel or add instant glamour with a careful selection of tiles.  Include a feminine touch with flowers and counteract this with dark furniture gaining a masculine edge.  Sometimes less is more, so think of a small feature decor, or just one wall in the shower or where the bath is, or a splashback between a basin unit and a mirror.  Choose complementing towels picking out a colour in the tiles and feature this in your bedroom.  You can have your traditional roll top or slipper bath with a wall of floral tiles behind, reinforcing the design of your bedroom.

The world of florals is waiting to be explored, and our designer, who has also studied Interior Design, will be happy to help you indulge your dreams.

Jumat, 03 Juni 2011

Geberit AquaClean 4000

Experience an oasis of well-being with this stylish WC enhancement solution, which cleans you gently and thoroughly with water – making it a must have for every home.

Geberit AquaClean 4000

Water is natural, pure, hygenic and leaves you feeling completely clean and fresh.  Providing a sense of well being the Geberit AquaClean 4000 takes advantage of these qualities. It’s such a leap forward that we believe once you’ve tried it you’ll never look back.

Considering our love affair with personal hygiene it’s a mystery why we still accept the western convention of using toilet paper instead of water. No one would argue with water’s ability to make us feel clean. We use it to wash our bodies, hair, teeth, hands and faces, so why do we still settle for toilet paper when it evidently can’t clean us as thoroughly as water?

The Geberit AquaClean 4000 hosts a sleek, contemporary design and simply replaces your old toilet seat.  The shower function is activated at the touch of a button, dispensing warm water which can be adjusted to a pressure that suits you. It couldn’t be easier, and there’s no cleaner feeling available in toilet hygiene.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000 is on display in the Soak showroom. 
Geberit AquaClean 8000

Courtesy of Geberit you have the opportunity to win an AquaClean 4000 on the House to Home site - check out the link above.  The competition is only open to UK residents, and does not include installation.

Rabu, 01 Juni 2011

Dune @ XXV Anniversary of CasaCor Brazil

Dune attended the XXV Anniversary of CasaCor Brazil, in Santa Catarina from March 19th to May 1st. Some of the most illustrious people in the world of architecture and decoration participated creating unique spaces.
In Brazil, Dune collaborated with the following professionals of the in the development of two spaces.

The prestigious architect Francine Faraco showed elegance and sophistication in "Living" by using Dune's "Nacar Natural" on the main walls as well as on the ceiling to achieve this stunning look.
Nacar Natural by Dune Tiles

Stunning Designs featuring Dune Tiles at CasarCor, Brazil, 2011

Dune also worked with two other prestigious architects and designers, Luiza Carla Galitzki and Joao Aumond, from Studio D. They used two of Dune ranges to tile their space called "Sala do Hobby da Familia".  "Black Keops" by Dune was used to coat walls on the spa area. On the floor, they used "Titan Gris", and created an avant-garde and innovative atmosphere.

Black Keops by Dune