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  • New materials and new products attract interest on a global level

    Daniel Fountain
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    Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen enjoyed its second visit to Sleep London in November, where its solutions for hotel bathrooms and washrooms attracted much attention from the show’s global audience.Taking centre stage for Laufen was its new Palomba freestanding bathtub, which made its first appearance on British soil. The tub is a company first for Laufen, being the only solid surface bath in its collection. Visitors to Laufen’s stand at Sleep London were encouraged to step in the tub, lay back and experience its comfort for themselves, while the team were on hand to explain the numerous benefits of solid surface for hotel bathrooms.

    Solid surface is an insulated material that is warm to the touch and ensures the bath water retains its heat for longer. On another practical note, the Palomba bath is far less slippery than acrylic, ceramic or steel baths and has a much lower sound transmission, meaning guests in neighbouring rooms won’t be disturbed by the sound of the bath filling with water.

    The tub’s ergonomically sloped high back is broader than many slipper style baths to allow extra shoulder room, whilst its natural lines are moulded to the contours of the body to ensure complete relaxation when guests are away from home.

    Much attention was also given to Laufen’s new Palomba washbasin collection, now available in a wide range of sizes to suit any application. The new Palomba bowls make a style statement on the washtop in the contemporary bathroom, providing an easy to wipe clean flat surface for convenient storage of toothbrushes and toiletries. The range also includes a number of smaller bowls for when space is at a premium. The original Palomba washbasin was also at Sleep, making its presence felt on the Hansgrohe stand and also as a focal point in the Nous Design Room.

    Throughout the event, Laufen’s Global Projects Team assisted visitors to the stand, answering queries, introducing them to the new products and promoting the brand to a worldwide audience.

    lker Hussein, Manager Global Projects at Laufen, comments: “Sleep London was a fantastic event, with the quality of visitors very high throughout. Our latest products certainly made an impression and it was brilliant to be able to show the potential of our range to influential hotel designers and architects from across the globe. We made significant contacts from all over the world, which will undoubtedly be incredibly beneficial for growing the Laufen brand globally.”

    Daniel Fountain / 07.12.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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