Live from LDF: Collaboration = innovation as Kartell by Laufen showcases new range at LDF

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    Research and innovation were displayed at an exclusive press event to launch at London Design Festival in the new museum-like installation signed by L+R Palomba for Kartell by Laufen…

    Kartell by Laufen is proud to take part in London Design Festival, which returns for the 16th year in 2018 with the aim of celebrating and promoting the City as the design capital of the world.

    The unmissable gathering, attended by global members of the press, the brands showcased, for the first time in London, an artistic museum-like installation at the Kartell flagship store on Brompton Road, Chelsea.

    “Without colour there is no design”

    Signed by the delightful designers Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, it is an engaging, exploratory exercise on washbasins that combines innovation and research: a voyage of suggestions, in which East really does meets West in an atmosphere of forceful emotional impact.

    The modern, cosy showroom features an innovative setting which includes two main display areas: a luminous raised platform hosts the concept inspired by the iconic Chinese “dim sum” tableware, objects with very free and playful forms utilized to “set” the large table. The pieces took shape through the use of Saphirkeramik, a revolutionary ceramic that permits the production of extremely thin walls, with very small radii and smooth surfaces. “The bathroom has in the past been a sad place and I wanted to be surrounded by colour,” explained Palomba when talking about the inspiration behind the collection. “Because without colour there is no design.”

    Starting with the colors of food and the objects that encourage shared relations on the table, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba present a new concept study on shapes: iconic forms that range from rounded profiles to more rigorous, squared shapes, even futuristic at times, set apart by unexpected shades of red, green and brown, suggesting unique shadows and contrasts.

    The space over the raised platform is separated by fabric panels in an orange hue from the palette of Le Corbusier – a tribute to the tone that best represents the birth of the whole Kartell by Laufen project.

    A second area of the showroom offers visitors a full immersion in the Kartell by Laufen universe of the bathroom, by showcasing the decorated freestanding washbasin, the bathtub with oval shape and accessories in the latest shades of emerald green and powder pink. Also on display is a range of taps and fittings, available in different finishes in order to meet all taste requirements.

    During London Design Festival, the Kartell flagship store takes on a noble atmosphere: the bathroom becomes a space of expression in which every detail has been carefully refined to offer diversified and personalised solutions. A new interpretation of the needs of modern everyday life, where the relationship among domestic environment and bathroom focuses on aspects linked not only to the functional dimension, but also to the emotional sphere. A rediscovery of personal wellbeing and care for the body, in perfect Kartell by Laufen style.


    No stranger to collaboration, Kartell by Laufen has been working with a range of prominent architects and interior design studios to deliver worldwide bespoke projects of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to departments in the two companies specialising in the contract sector, the brand Kartell by Laufen is able to offer solutions that accommodate even the most complex requirements spanning space, comfort and exclusivity. Amongst high-end hotels and exclusive resorts, the portfolio of Kartell by Laufen comprises the bathroom furnishing of Hobo Hotel in Stockholm, the Spa at Pacai Hotel in Vilnius (Lithuania), 25hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne, Innside Hotel by Melià in New York, Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Washington DC, The Park Lane Hotel in Hong Kong or the Nobu in London, to mention but a few.

    London Design Festival continues…



    Hamish Kilburn / 20.09.2018


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