Editor Hamish Kilburns locks his lens to focus on a new brassware design from Roca. Nu, designed by Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter of Studio Inma Bermúdez, is as playful as it is practical…
Let’s be honest, bathroom brands, by the very nature of their practical purpose, have a difficult task when it comes to injecting meaningful creativity into products they hope will be specified by hotel interior designers. Products being developed, especially in collaboration with design studios, have be statement, but not so ‘out there’ that it loses its longevity.
When on the HIX floor, we noticed a new playful design from Roca that we believe has struck this balance effortlessly. Cue the arrival of Nu, a new brassware collection that will launch in February 2023. Designed by Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter of Studio Inma Bermúdez, Nu is the ‘go bold or go home’ range that has a certain charm.
Nu takes its name from the French word for ‘nude’, which inspired the designers to simplify the tap by eliminating unnecessary elements and retaining only what they considered essential. Not only is the tap aesthetically captivating, but it is also incredibly efficient.
The result is a slender 35mm diameter body, Roca’s thinnest to date, available with a choice of three different handle designs: Pin with an elongated handle; rounded and organic Dome; and Stripes, inspired by the grooved knobs on old stereos. Nu comes in Mint Green, Cobalt Blue, Honey Yellow, Titanium Black, Glossy White and Chrome, plus the range of Roca special-order colours such as Brushed Brass, which is also on display.
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