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walk in shower with hansgrohe AirPower shower system

Introducing AirPower by hansgrohe

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Introducing AirPower by hansgrohe

AirPower is a unique shower experience, by hansgrohe, that is all about combining the practical needs to meet modern traveller demands, such as reducing water consumption, with stylish indulgence…

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Bathroom brand hansgrohe, which recognises water is a valuable resource, has put extensive time and research into establishing AirPower technology to help reduce water consumption. The innovative technology enriches each water droplet with air, to produce plump droplets creating a velvety touch on the skin.

When using the shower, air is sucked in through the spray disc that stirs up the water. Enriched with fresh air, the droplets are noticeably lighter, creating more enjoyable showers whilst helping save both water and energy.

The AirPower feature can be found in an extensive range of hansgrohe products including collections Raindance, Vernis, Vivenis and Croma, through basin taps, overhead and hand showers and shower systems. When incorporated in the basin taps, the technology encourages them to work reliably by adding volume to every droplet of water whilst noticeably reducing splashing. The soft water droplets make for a pleasurable washing experience, whether that’s washing hands, washing hair or caring for children’s sensitive skin.

hansgrohe has prioritised developing innovative solutions for kitchens and bathrooms that combine intelligent functionality, outstanding design, and enduring quality. The AirPower joins the range of design led, energy saving solutions that are now an integral part to contemporary design requirements.

hansgrohe is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Contemporary bathroom design and fittings in the londoner hotel

Case study: Designing the bathrooms inside The Londoner

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Case study: Designing the bathrooms inside The Londoner

Synonymous with luxury, Edwardian Hotels’ The Londoner, which takes urban hospitality in Leicester Square to new lavish heights, specified AXOR brassware throughout the ‘super boutique’ hotel – from its guestrooms and suites to its destination spa (and all wellness areas in-between)…

Contemporary bathroom design and fittings in the londoner hotel

London’s first super boutique hotel in Leicester Square, The Londoner is a collection of spaces, tastes and experiences brought to life across 16 storeys. Part of Edwardian Hotels London, The Londoner has been curated to reflect the drama and elegance of West End life. Synonymous with luxury, The Londoner specified AXOR brassware throughout the entirety of the hotel. From its rooms and suites, to the Retreat Spa and hotel restrooms, AXOR provided all basin and bath mixers, showers and handsets, kitchen taps and brassware accessories to this iconic building.

Mirroring the industrial metalwork on the outside of the building, AXOR’s Brushed Black Chrome finish was selected for all products. Chosen for its sleek silhouette and premium feel, the AXOR Citterio stands pride of place in every room. In standard rooms, AXOR Citterio E 3-hole wall-mounted basin mixers have been selected, whilst suites boast AXOR Citterio M. Citterio E Shower sets complete with overhead and 120 3jet hand showers, and the Citterio E bath spout can be found in both. Public restrooms feature the Citterio E single lever basin mixers for its hand washbasins, and where there are in room kitchens, AXOR Uno mixers have been selected.

Paying attention to the smallest of details, the iconic Brushed Black Chrome finish has also been applied to all Universal Accessories. From shower door handles and rail grab bars, to towel hooks and toilet paper holders, Londoner bathrooms have a truly unified, luxury aesthetic.

“AXOR was the natural choice for this hotel,” says Rob Steul, The Londoner’s head architect and Creative Director of Edward Group London. “The Londoner is all about understated luxury, we wanted guests to feel they were experiencing the best. AXOR delivers that in both its product design and function. The showering experience is like no other.”

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With environmental sustainability at the core of The Londoner’s design, the hotel boasts an ‘Excellent’ rating from BREEAM, exceeding the requirements for sustainable energy and water use. Playing a key part in this is AXOR’s innovative technology which reduces water consumption without compromising on performance. Thanks to its AirPower and EcoSmart technologies water is aerated, reducing consumption by up to 60 per cent from traditional mixers, without compromising on performance. As water is full of air, droplets are plump, cocooning the body as they fall to give an unparalleled showering experience.

hansgrohe is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Hansgrohe pulsify

Product watch: hansgrohe Pulsify, a contemporary & accessible shower solution

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Product watch: hansgrohe Pulsify, a contemporary & accessible shower solution

Following a sharp pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, bathroom manufacturer hansgrohe introduces its latest shower innovation, Pulsify, a contemporary shower range that aims to connect people, space and water; making it accessible to bathrooms of all shapes and sizes…

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Available in Chrome, Matt Black and Matt White, the striking Pulsify range of hand and overhead showers marries modern design with unparalleled functionality.

With a unique nozzle ring formation, the sleek and slim showerheads are all equipped with hansgrohe’s innovative microfine PowderRain, Massage and IntenseRain spray modes, to deliver luxurious spa-like moments with water. The 26cm spray disc with an adjustable inclination angle of 10-30°, makes for an easier and more comfortable showering experience. Select buttons allow for e asy transitions between hand and overhead shower, whilst water and temperature controls are integrated into the ShowerTablet thermostat – this 40cm shelf also serves as practical storage space for shower essentials.

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True to hansgrohe’s commitment to eco solutions, Pulsify is designed with low water consumption, thanks to its EcoSmart technology. With the single-spray hand-held shower in the “green version”, the hansgrohe shower has a maximum consumption of only six litres per minute.

An intelligent flow of water inside the thermostat also ensures enhanced safety. hansgrohe’s CoolContact technology means the shower casing does not get heated up by the warm water inside, reducing painful contact with hot surfaces.

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Both the showerhead and hand-held shower feature the well-known hansgrohe QuickClean function, meaning lime and calcium deposits can be easily removed by running fingers over the spray surface after showering. The overhead shower can also be completely removed, which means the strainer can be taken out and rinsed. The overhead shower even has a draining function, which reduces the necessary yet annoying dripping after showering, leading to a drier, more hygienic shower.

hansgrohe Pulsify can be combined with complementary products for the sink and bath, especially the hansgrohe Vivenis tap ranges. If more storage space is needed, hansgrohe also offers the new AddStoris accessory line, which comprises complementary products in a modern, minimalist design.

As well as being a Recommended Supplier, hansgrohe was a Product Watch Pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on May 11, 2021. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place on August 10, 2021

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AXOR One tap in gold

Introducing AXOR One by Barber Osgerby: The essence of simplicity

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Introducing AXOR One by Barber Osgerby: The essence of simplicity

The new collection from AXOR is for the shower, bath and basin and is unified by a holistic design language of slender silhouettes, flat surfaces, soft corners and balanced proportions…

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Six years after the first collaboration with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, AXOR is proud to announce its latest collection. AXOR One is unified by a holistic design language of slender silhouettes, flat surfaces, soft corners and balanced proportions. The iconic taps feature a gentle taper to their curved spouts, a subtle detail that signals exceptional quality of design and manufacturing.

Powered by advanced Select technology, the elegant brassware establishes a simple mode of interaction; press down on its all-in-one controller to start or stop the water, turn clockwise to increase the temperature. The action is effortless, intuitive and ultra-precise: the essence of simplicity. This is the same inventive design thinking that characterises the entire collection.

“How do you challenge the archetype? Through the pursuit of art and science, invention and interaction,” said Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. “AXOR One provokes the memory of water but heralds a new way of controlling it that is much more precise and incredibly refined. The AXOR One products are unique, made possible through our design thinking, and realised by the incredible engineering of AXOR.”

Form and function

Utilising Select technology, the mechanical tap handles enable precise, water-saving on/off and temperate control. The AXOR One thermostat uses large, clearly marked, highly responsive paddle handles to offer intuitive control of spray types for shower or bath, while a large thermostat handle provides ultra-precise control of temperature and volume.

The AXOR One overhead and hand-held showers feature monolithic forms and an innovative range of Rain and PowderRain spray types, reflected in the distinctive graphic language of the showerhead’s spray disc. The showerpipe is the perfect all-in-one combination of overhead shower, hand-held shower, wall bar and wall outlet.

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Design legacy

Following the introduction of the interactive control element for the shower (2015) and the corresponding hand-held shower (2017), the AXOR One collection presents new complementary products for basin, bath and shower. The former design archetype has been reinterpreted for greater clarity, enhanced function and superior control.

Collection overview

The AXOR One collection comprises 31 products, including one-hole, two-hole and three- hole taps, wall-mounted taps, a floor-standing bath filler with hand-held shower, and the AXOR One thermostatic module for bath or shower. The wide range of shower items includes overhead showers that combine both Rain and PowderRain spray types, a hand-held shower that features PowderRain, and a shower pipe and shower set that offer a clean appearance thanks to their integrated wall outlet. The AXOR Universal Circular Accessories range is the perfect complement to the AXOR One collection.

Timeless by design, and available in Chrome, Matt Black and the trademark exclusive AXOR FinishPlus surfaces, AXOR One brings simple elegance to any bathroom.

Hansgrohe is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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hansgrohe rainfinity shower

Bathroom brand Hansgrohe launches Aqua Days

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Bathroom brand Hansgrohe launches Aqua Days

Launching for ISH 2021, Hansgrohe presents Aqua Days: a hybrid brand experience that will enable audiences to discover and experience the new AXOR and hansgrohe product launches in an innovative and interactive format…

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From visionary concepts and forward-looking technologies to unique design and brand stories, guests can expect a wide range of content at Aqua Days that has been specifically developed to inspire in a digital world, in the absence of the physical show.

Taking place from March 16- 18 2021, Aqua Days will showcase new products from AXOR and Hansgrohe, offering the perfect opportunity to be immersed in a life with water. Highlights will include the global premiere of the Pulsify shower revolution from hansgrohe and the exclusive AXOR One collection designed in collaboration with the renowned Barber Osgerby, supplemented with live chats and Q&As with Hansgrohe experts.

“The hybrid experience – meaning the ability to be physically and virtually experiential – is a must in any customer-centric brand strategy in 2021,” said Hansgrohe CEO, Hans Juergen Kalmbach. “That is why we have planned an excitingly dramatic line-up of virtual highlights for our anniversary year. We did not rush into this process of creating a hybrid brand experience with a holistic approach. We started early and took our time to develop exciting and informative concepts for our customers.”

This new, customer-centric brand experience is best accessed online at 10am on March 16, so you can experience the event with full interactivity. If you miss this, it can be accessed on-demand at any time to perfectly suit personal schedules and interests. From retailers, installers and architects to designers, industry influencers and journalists, this unique platform promises to bring to life a digital event experience like no other.

Hansgrohe is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here

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Wellness is boundless with Rainfinity by hansgrohe

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Wellness is boundless with Rainfinity by hansgrohe

The bold innovative qualities of Rainfinity by Hansgrohe have taken wellness in the bathroom up a notch to not just meet but exceed the expectations of modern travellers, argues editor Hamish Kilburn… 

Since 1901, leading luxury bathroom manufacturer hansgrohe, has continuously pushed the boundaries of bathroom design and manufacturing to create products that combine intelligent functionality, outstanding design and enduring quality.

With its aim of helping people enjoy the beauty and simplicity of water, its latest range Rainfinity represents a new benchmark in modern shower design, marrying superior engineering with innovative technology and contemporary finishes. Offering the ultimate in showering indulgence, Rainfinity is truly unique.

The bathroom is increasingly the place to unwind and relax. With functional, clinical aesthetics being replace by spaces that enhance wellbeing, bathroom design is having to adapt to meet the demand. Due to its large circular showerhead and adaptable wall connection, Rainfinity offers the flexibility to envelop the entire body in soft cocooning water. The innovative wall connection allows the shower head to be tilted between ten and 30 degrees, eliminating the need for a conventional shower arm, making for a more comfortable showering experience and enabling the user to keep the head and face dry if required. The shower experience is further enhanced by Rainfinity’s slightly concave surface and its diffused arrangement of jet disc holes. This combination ensures spray isn’t limited to the head and shoulders but softly showers the entire body with aerated droplets.

Rainfinity’s shower head has three spray modes, designed to transform the daily shower routine into an extraordinary wellness experience at the simple click of a button. Inspired by the warm, misty droplets of the rainforest, PowderRain provides maximum relaxation. Thanks to six fine openings in every jet outlet, water is transformed into a fine spray that wrap the body in an ultra-quiet blanket of water for a velvety-soft sensation. Located in the centre of the jet disc, the Intense PowderRain mode uses a more concentrated jet of ultra-fine droplets to make light work of rinsing out shampoo. The invigorating RainStream mode delivers consistently high spray intensity through targeted jets, perfect for massaging the shoulders and back after a long day.

“The Rainfinity collection also comprises a comprehensive range of hand showers, available in either the traditional or geometric rod shape.”

The unique shower head design is available in the strikingly minimalist matt white and classic chrome finishes, with contrasting graphite spray discs. The Rainfinity collection also comprises a comprehensive range of hand showers, available in either the traditional or geometric rod shape. The range also boasts streamlined shoulder showers which enhance relaxation by sending powerful rain jets directly at the shoulers. Keeping the head and face completely dry, these shoulder showers come with integrasted shelving and concealed controls for a truly cohesive bathroom aesthetic. All parts come with the standard five-year manufacturer’s guarantee as an assurance of quality.

International, industry-wide recognition for Rainfinity confirms its quality and function are unparalleled. Its success in being awarded the ‘Best of Best’ Red Dot Award in 2019, iF Design Award 2019 and ‘Best of Best’ Iconic Award 2020, heralds Rainfinity as the shower range for discerning wellness and design enthusiasts.

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Spotlight On: A Year in Review – top products launched in 2018 (part 1)

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In order to kick-start our month’s Spotlight On feature on ‘A Year In Review’ (Products of the year 2018), we have highlighted what we believed to have been the game-changing product launches of 2018. Here is part one of our ultimate throwback…

When December arrives, the finish line is in sight for our industry as we all prepare to hang up our tools for another year in order to celebrate the holidays. But just before we do, here’s a little throwback to reflect on this year’s major product launches. From new lighting ranges to the future of furniture (and everything in between), we believe this year has been a significant 365 days, with these products launching with the aim to help take international hotel design to into a new era. So, here are our top picks from those launches.

1) Bisque – rustic and rose-gold finishes (Recommended Supplier)

Bisque, the UK’s first ever luxury radiator brand, unveiled two new distinctive finishes in spring ’18 that stole the show. Rustique and Rose Copper are two styles that have been produced using an oxidation technique, creating a truly authentic finish. These bespoke designs are made to order and are available exclusively on Bisque’s Classic collection of radiators and from its newly opened showroom in Islington.

2) Duravit – XSquare (Recommended Supplier) 

In conjunction with designer Kurt Merki Jr., Duravit created a furniture range that launched in July ’18. The range is specially attuned to the design of the contemporary DuraSquare washbasins. The striking feature is the quadrant-shaped chrome profile edging the furniture. On the floor-standing model, the transition to the leg frame is absolutely seamless. The chrome profile accentuates the edges of both variants. It continues along the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and a striking independence.

3) Hansgrohe – Power Rain

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Inspired by nature – think warm misty droplets – bathroom specialist Hansgrohe developed the new PowderRain spray, which many bathroom companies have followed suit. The product has been designed to make a shower feel like a warm summer rain experience. The innovative PowderRain spray is featured in a new Hansgrohe range of Raindance showerheads. In addition, as more and more hotel groups internationally pledge to reduce water wastage in their hotels, the PowderRain spray technology efficiently reduces water and energy consumption to help safeguard our planet’s natural resource.

4) Brintons (Recommended Supplier) & Timorious Beasties – The Craigend Collection

It’s nothing new that collaborations have been the focus on many suppliers’ strategies this year, with some companies going as far as partnering up with friends in different markets – all in the name of finding inspiration and pushing design boundaries. Brintons’ collaboration with Timorous Beasties is the perfect example of this – and to the suprise of nobody, the collection won Designer Collaboration of the Year.

The Craigend collection was launched in May at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week and consists of nine designs that are inspired by textures and surfaces found naturally underfoot, all reimagined in the Brintons’ signature 80/20 blend of 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon.

In designing Craigend, Timorous Beasties called upon their fascination with the often-brutal beauty of the natural world, as well as taking aesthetic inspiration from different crafting materials including paint, ink and fabric.

5) Geberit  – AquaClean Tuma (Recommended Supplier) 

Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma fits harmoniously into any bathroom. Thanks to its elegant, streamlined design and compact shape (with a projection of just 553mm), the new shower toilet can add extra comfort to any sized bathroom, transforming them into an oasis of wellbeing.

The new shower toilet can be tailored to suit any bathroom due to its design cover, which is available in several colours and materials. This helps to perfectly coordinate with Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates.

6) Vaughan – The Tribal Collection (Recommended Supplier)

Among the showrooms opening their doors at Focus18 was Vaughan, which showcased a new collection with a strong focus on table lamps. Demonstrating that interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, its new Tribal collection is based on travels around the globe that Lucy Vaughan, the creative director of the brand, has experienced. The result is an array of vibrant lampshades, embroidered cushions and unusual upholstered chairs which aim to celebrate the craftsmanship and culture of fabrics Vaughan and her daughter have sourced. Each unique in their own right, the products within the collection is ideal for boutique hotels looking to create a statement, an editorial story we brought you one week ahead of this launch.

7) Moritz Waldemeyer – personalised lighting experience

Pushing the boundaries in design is something that comes naturally for lighting expert Moritz Waldemeyer. Perhaps working  with the likes of Will.I.Am to create a jacket that lights up helps, but it’s his passion for taking lighting design further that keeps Waldemeyer firmly at the top of the lighting design food chain.

In May, he provided Focus18 a specially commissioned installation, which offered an unforgettable immersive experience of light, colour and movement. Waldemeyer’s piece allowed the consumer to put any light in front of a sensor, which would then reflect the colour onto the wall.

Waldemeyer continued to put his innovative foot forward as his studio become a supporting partner of The Brit List 2018, displaying yet another pioneering lighting installation.

8) Chelsom Lighting – Edition 26

Chelsom don’t do anything by halves, including how they lavishly launch new collections. Earlier this year, the lighting company impressed the world with the unveiling of Edition 26. Taking over London’s One Marylebone – and raising the bar of global product launches – the company showcased the the new items in spectacular fashion as each lit up the room with innovation, style and forward-thinking design.

If you launched an innovative product 2018, or know of a new product that you believe is a game changer in international hotel design, then we want to hear all about it. Please email Zoe Gurrier or call +44(0)1992 374059.


AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

AXOR scoops three prestigious awards

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Hansgrohe has had a great end to 2017 after scooping a hat-trick of awards. Winning three prestigious awards within the bathroom industry including; Star Product of the Year at the 2017 ek&bbusiness Awards, Silver for the Best Bathroom product at the House Beautiful Awards and the “Innovation in Design Collaboration” award for AXOR Uno at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom ceremony held last month.

ek&business Awards
The ek&business Awards were held on 30th November at a stunning festive ceremony at The Brewery in London – Hansgrohe won the Star Product Bathrooms category with the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200/300 4jet.

House Beautiful Awards
Hansgrohe was delighted to receive the Silver Award for The Best Bathroom with the AXOR – Uno Basin Mixer at the prestigious House Beautiful Awards held at IET London, Savoy Place. The House Beautiful Awards are judged by an independent panel of journalists and designers who select the leading products for 2017; that celebrate the very best in homes and interiors.

The Designer Awards
Hansgrohe won in the Innovation in Design Collaboration category at the 15th Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards with AXOR Uno. Around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation. Strictly star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Mongan, Managing Director Hansgrohe UK; “We are delighted to have been recognised not once but three times by our peers in the bathroom industry for our excellent style, innovative design and outstanding quality.”

Axor Uno
AXOR Uno follows the uncompromising design principles of the original Purist movement with consistent construction: two precisely shaped cylinders joined together at a right angle. The spouts and handles are available in radical or gently rounded versions. The precise contours and the raised proportions in the golden ratio of the taps are their defining stylistic features, lending them a special aura and giving them a sleek and elegant look in any setting. Special surface finishes impart added radiance to the collection, which comprises over 70 products for washbasins, showers and bathtubs.

Showering in a new dimension of radiant beauty: the AXOR ShowerHeaven is an impressive overhead shower with a 1.2 metre long and 30 centimetre wide generous, plane surface of high-quality metal. Its four retractable “wings” and integrated ambient lighting, not only make it a fabulous stage for water, but also create a new archetype in the shower. Three jet types guarantee a luxurious showering experience: the concentrated mono jet in the middle, the expansive rain jet, and the body jets with their unique PowderRain spray. A relaxing massage spray, a soothing rain shower, or a gentle drizzle: the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 allows users to shower using each jet type individually, or all three in unison – a spectacular sensory experience.


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Product Spotlight hansgrohe RainSelect at Sleep 2017

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RainSelect, launched at November’s Sleep show, is an intuitive and convenient central control unit, providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity.

Generous, 70 x 70 millimetre switches make selecting shower settings a tactile experience. Underlying this is hansgrohe’s Select technology, which controls the various functions on a purely mechanical basis.

hansgrohe RainSelectIts aesthetically sophisticated design and linear, horizontal shape make it a striking addition to the bathroom. Its unique, sleek silhouette, which gives the wall a clean and uncluttered look, was developed in collaboration with Phoenix Design.

There are two models to choose from: for the shower area, and a separate solution for bathtub showers. Three surface finishes enable customised and consistent bathroom design: white or black-backed glass, or the more traditional chrome-coloured metal.

Sleep Event

Wake up to the inspiration of Sleep with HD clients

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More exhibitors than ever before have chosen to reveal their new collections at Sleep this year (21st – 22nd November at the Business Design Centre in London). They include the following (Hotel Designs clients in bold)…

Leading carpet manufacturer, Brintons, has joined forces with renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, to create her first collection of contemporary woven carpets that will debut at Sleep. The dynamic range will consist of 13 geometric and organic styles in on-trend colourways that reflect the designer’s style and pared-back aesthetic. Kelly will be at Brintons’ stand DG9 on 21st November to personally introduce her designs and discuss her inspiration behind the collection.

Throughout its exciting schedule at Clerkenwell Design Week Brintons is inviting design savvy visitors to join them at its London Design Centre between the 24th to the 26th MayBang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen, who has long been synonymous with seamlessly integrating innovative sound technology with iconic design, will be launching its brand new BeoSound Shape – a wall-mounted audio system created for the hospitality market. The fully scalable and modular wireless speakers are ideal for hotel lobbies and restaurants and are capable of delivering immersive staging and customisable design layouts whilst improving room acoustics through integrated noise dampers.

Camira Fabrics
Camira Fabrics will be previewing their hospitality range comprising a wide choice of materials from plain fabrics and luxurious leathers to jacquard weaves and bold prints.

Well-established as a premium bathroom brand supplying hotels around the world, hansgrohe will introduce its latest generation of Select products – RainSelect. This will include the RainSelect control, an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit.

hansgrohe MetropolVitrA
Another much-respected name in bathroom manufacturing, VitrA, will be introducing their Water Jewels Bath, Eternity Accessories by Sebastian Conran, Outline Basins, Suit brassware and Miniworx tiles to the UK market at this year’s Sleep.

Newmor Wallcoverings
Newmor Wallcoverings will be bringing a total of nine new designs to this year’s Sleep: Leaves, Loom, Plateau, Firefly, Harlowe, Harmony, Malazo, Ridge, and Shoji Screen.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionSan Souci
Sans Souci, known for specialising in the design and production of custom-designed decorative light fixtures, lighting objects and architectural features, will be presenting two new products, developed in collaboration with two international designers. AURORA by Katarina Kotulacova is a dramatic installation made of two-layer hand-blown glass, which uses iPod-controlled, colour-changing LEDs to imitate the aurora borealis, whilst Symphony by Jiri Krisica required applying new coating technology to crystal tubes in a way that produces a subtle and impressively decorative gradient.

Greek mattress manufacturers, CANDIA, has announced a unique new Bodyfix Collection, made entirely by hand by skilled artisans with 100% natural materials and fabrics treated with olive oil. This innovative process offers antibacterial protection whilst also allowing the sleeper to benefit from the restorative properties of the oil.

Moduleo has extended its range of luxury vinyl flooring to include five woods, one stone and three abstract designs. The new wood lines are Santa Cruz Oak, Bohemian and Laurel Oak, providing light washed, chevron and smooth ‘no knot’ effects, as well as rustic-look Sierra Oak and elm-style Marsh Wood in a total of 11 colourways. Their Impress stone design, Mustang Slate, mimics natural slate, whilst their abstract products give 3D illusions and offer flexible finishes.

Moduleo set to Impress with next gen designsFabio Alemanno Design
Fabio Alemanno Design will be bringing their flagship Cleopatra model, infrared heated lounger to Sleep, with exciting new combinations of natural stone. Additionally, they will be showcasing Diva, their latest lounger which utilises high-tech materials and techniques for maximum flexibility and design options.

KAI is a fabric company producing contract collections that fuse the contemporary with the classic. Ranges to be launched at Sleep include the subtly rustic Basel, Amalfi, sophisticated neutral Como, and quilted satin Tallis.

Ligne Roset
The prominent supplier of luxury furniture, Ligne Roset, whose collections and bespoke pieces grace many a hotel, will be revealing a number of design-led ranges including Amédée by Marie-Christine Dorner, Humphrey by Evangelos Vasileiou, Oxydation by Kateryna Sokolova and Mold by Kateryna Sokolova.

Installations and a thought-provoking Conference with Roundtable discussions, hosted by leading figures within the hotel industry, will take place alongside the exhibition.
For more information about Sleep 2017 and to register for a complementary visitor pass, visit www.thesleepevent.com

AXOR Showers

AXOR Showers: Masterpieces of design

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The new AXOR showers combine purist design with an unsurpassed showering experience. The circular AXOR 350 overhead shower, the AXOR ShowerPipe 800 with its matching AXOR thermostat 800; the rectangular AXOR 250 / 580 and 460 / 300 overhead showers, and the AXOR Select thermostat module, were all created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design.

Pure Simplicity: AXOR Overhead Shower and ShowerPipe
The AXOR 350 1jet captivates through its consistent purist design language. Its imposing circular design captures the bathroom space majestically. The finely milled and turned edges of the high-quality metal plate are its defining stylistic feature, reflecting superb craftsmanship. The new AXOR ShowerPipe 800 shower system includes the AXOR thermostat mixer 800 with large mirror glass shelf and hand shower plus the AXOR 350 overhead shower. An extravagant system of water channels in a purist pipe design culminates in a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain – this gently envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and delivers a luxurious showering experience. AXOR offers a choice 15 special surface finishes for added radiance.

AXOR Showerpipe 800 with AXOR overhead shower 350_AmbienceGeometric Precision: AXOR Overhead Showers and the AXOR Select Thermostat Module
Distinctive: the rectangle is the defining shape – for the overhead shower, the wall and ceiling plates, and even the thermostat module. Crafted from high-quality metal, the spray plate maintains a range of spray types: a gush spray for a gentle neck massage, a focused and powerful mono spray or a voluptuous rain spray. The detachable metal plate is easy to clean and is available in 15 special surface finishes. Its functional counterpart is the AXOR thermostat module. Its integrated, seamless design and continuous surface blends elegantly with any bathroom. Inspired by ripples on an endless surface of water, the Select buttons allow users to precisely switch between jet types and showerheads – innovation at the touch of a button.

AXOR Showers 350 AXOR One Thermostat“AXOR showers create a space for appreciation: their design, material and the way they set the stage for the precious element of water give the shower space a flawless appearance. Each individual product, from the exclusive AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 and AXOR 350 overhead shower with PowderRain, to the amply proportioned buttons on the AXOR Select thermostat module, reflects this respect. Products like these are the result of our uncompromising pursuit of perfection when it comes to design, craftsmanship and functionality,” explains Silke Giessler, Head of AXOR Brand Marketing.

The new AXOR showers were premiered at ISH 2017 in Frankfurt and can be viewed at The Water Studio, Clerkenwell, London.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017

Hansgrohe, AXOR to attend Sleep 2017

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From 21st – 22nd November 2017, the AXOR and hansgrohe brands will once again exhibit at Sleep – the Hotel Design event in London, on Stand G23 in the Business Design Centre, Islington.

AXOR and hansgrohe are well-established bathroom brands serving global hotel brands through to independent boutique hotels. With more than 800 WRAS approved products and over 116 years of experience, quality and reliability come as standard.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017At the Sleep Event, the AXOR brand will present an inspiring portfolio of products with trend-setting solutions for hotel bathrooms including the award-winning AXOR Uno collection and AXOR 350 overhead shower which showcases a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain which envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and completes the luxurious shower experience.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017From the hansgrohe brand, taking centre stage is the new RainSelect control – an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit. Jay Phillips, Director of Sales – Global Projects, comments, “hansgrohe RainSelect is the latest generation of Select products to incorporate forward-thinking push button technology, something the hansgrohe brand developed with Select five years ago.

Taking the simplicity of showering to another level, its clean uncluttered look creates a lavish sense of space and features large buttons for ease of use. Incorporating reliable technology and with no electricity required, it offers a hassle-free installation process which is ideal for premium high quality hotels.”

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Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite – Croma 280

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The new hansgrohe Croma 280 overhead showers bring clean design and the pleasure of a generous rain shower to the bathroom.

“Customer feedback shows that the trend towards extra-large shower heads and all-in-one shower systems, like our convenient showerpipes, is still going strong,” explains Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management, Hansgrohe SE. “With the Croma 280 shower head range we’re expanding one of our bestselling lines at an attractive price/performance ratio.”

Quality and shower pleasure
Precise shapes and clean lines emphasise the high quality of the hansgrohe Croma 280 showerheads. Their design is the work of hansgrohe’s longstanding partner Phoenix Design. The 280-millimeter spray disc is generously sized; it is made of metal, is durable, robust and can be detached for easy cleaning. Thanks to air-enriched water drops, the lavish shower spray splashes less than conventional shower jets and envelops the body in a warm sense of wellbeing.

Product Spotlight: Shower pleasure with hansgrohe favourite - Croma 280The showerheads are available for ceiling or wall installation. Customers can opt for models equipped with hansgrohe EcoSmart water-saving technology. These use only about nine litres per minute, half the water used by showerheads without EcoSmart.

The showerpipe: an all-round talent
The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe combines all components in a single system: overhead shower, hand shower, shower holder, thermostat and hose – a complete package convenient for both new construction projects and bathroom remodels. The showerpipe features high-quality materials, solid workmanship and easy cleaning. The horizontal shower arm can be used to swivel the overhead shower to the desired position. This is an advantage in small shower areas; for example, in situations where there is only room to install the showerpipe near a corner; in this case, the overhead shower can be centrally positioned, allowing for more freedom of movement.

As an addition to the pleasurable overhead rain shower, the Croma Select S Multi hand shower offers flexibility with its three spray modes. Switching from one kind of spray to another is easy – all it takes is the push of a button. The integrated hansgrohe Ecostat Comfort thermostat allows the precise selection of individual temperature preferences and makes sure water doesn’t get too hot. The hansgrohe Croma Select 280 showerpipe comes in two additional versions: one with a single-lever mixer for bathtubs, and a renovation model for use with existing taps and mixers in bathroom renovation projects.

Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests of Brit List 2017

Brit List 2017: Hansgrohe confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just one month away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Hansgrohe are booked on as VIP guests at the event = if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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hansgrohe Metropol: A distinctive style for premium bathroom design

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Following its UK debut at The Water Studio during CDW 2017, the new hansgrohe Metropol range of mixers makes a striking appearance with its consistently geometric design language.

In collaboration with its partner of many years, Phoenix Design, the brand hansgrohe has developed its most comprehensive range of mixers to date; it not only features a choice of three types of handles, but it is also the first range to include a floor-standing washbasin mixer for use with free-standing washbasins.

hansgrohe MetropolThe basin mixers come in four different tap heights, providing space for individual needs, whether for washing hands, shaving or filling receptacles. The hansgrohe Metropol 100 basin mixer is available in two versions; with either a 160 or 190 millimetre spout length for a variety of uses at the washbasin.

Striking design is the distinctive and defining feature of the new Metropol mixers: precise geometric contours, spheres and rectangles blend with expansive surfaces, casting delicate reflections of light. The cubic shape of the base conveys an elegant modernist aesthetic. Handle and spout harmoniously complement each other thanks to their parallel alignment. The rectangular shape of the escutcheon is consistent in keeping with the overall design.

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Hansgrohe showcasing ISH products at Clerkenwell

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Hansgrohe UK, the award-winning kitchen and bathroom specialist, is showcasing a selection of their latest products straight from ISH, in Frankfurt, for the first time in the UK.

The new products will be installed at The Water Studio as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s leading independent design festival from 23rd-25th May.

The Water Studio is Hansgrohe UK’s hub of inspiration in the heart of Clerkenwell and is the number one destination for anyone serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. From 23rd – 25th May, The Water Studio will be an open house for visitors to come and explore, ask questions, try out different working products and meet the Hansgrohe Project Team.

Following the success of ISH where the Hansgrohe Group exhibited over 500 new products and had a record number 61,000 visitors, on display at The Water Studio, Hansgrohe UK will display a new line of showerheads and taps with expressive and consistent geometric design. Also showcasing is an innovative solution for the comfortable and convenient control of multi-jet showers. From the AXOR brand, a new unprecedented spray type, which has been perfected during years of research and is a unique homage to the precious element of water, elevates showering to a luxurious experience in new dimensions.

Product highlights in 2017 will include AXOR Uno and Metropol.

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Product Spotlight: AXOR Uno – Purist design in perfection

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AXOR Uno is the new bathroom collection from AXOR. Pipes, the oldest way of channelling water, define the collection’s two style variations – for the washbasin, the shower, and the bathtub. AXOR Uno was created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design studio.

Formal, simple design language and the aesthetics of construction
AXOR Uno follows the uncompromising design principles of the original Purist movement with consistent construction: two precisely shaped cylinders joined together at a right angle. The spouts and handles are available in radical or gently rounded versions. The precise contours and the raised proportions in the golden ratio of the taps are their defining stylistic features, lending them a special aura and giving them a sleek and elegant look in any setting. Special surface finishes impart added radiance to the collection, which comprises over 70 products for washbasins, showers and bathtubs.

Purist functional design
Radical and modern Purism – both stylistic directions emphasise simplicity of function. Operation of the AXOR Uno taps has been reduced to the essential: the flow of water is started or stopped by pressing the Select button, by turning the so-called “Zero” handle, or by lifting the ergonomically shaped loop handle.

“Implemented at the highest technological levels, AXOR Uno is the quintessence of Purism: clean, minimalistic, subtle. This collection embodies the most fascinating shapes of Purism, both in form and in function. Each individual product reflects the material’s worth, and precise and consistent construction. The underlying factor is our commitment to delivering perfection in design, craftsmanship and functionality,” Silke Giessler, Head of AXOR Brand Marketing, explains.

Hansgrohe UK on display in Ideal Home Show Homes

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Hansgrohe UK is delighted to be participating in the Ideal Home Show for Spring 2017.

The bathrooms, cloakrooms and ensuites within all the apartments and the ‘Thatched House’ in the Ideal Home village have all been furnished with stunning taps and showers from the company’s two brands: AXOR and hansgrohe.

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The kitchens in each show home also feature a selection of the company’s stylish, single lever mixer taps. The range of products selected demonstrates the very best in quality, innovation and design, from world renowned designers such as Philippe Starck.

hansgrohe and AXOR ranges on display appeal to a wide range of budgets from entry level to premium. From the easy-to-operate and affordable Logis and Talis mixer lines.

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Talis Select wins gold at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

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At the 2016 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, the Hansgrohe brand received the Gold product award for the category of ‘Innovation in Functionality’.

Talis Select is the bathroom basin mixer range from Hansgrohe that perfectly blends form and function. Featuring intuitive push on/off technology, it is easy to operate by all ages and the two slender designs, Talis S and Talis E, are ideal for all modern bathroom schemes.

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Integrated EcoSmart technology delivers a water-saving flow of just 5 litres per minute and the simple operation also encourages the user to switch off, making these mixers a sustainable choice.

Held at the Supernova in London on the banks of the Thames, on 9th November, the glittering Designer luncheon event is the only industry awards to recognise and celebrate achievements in the field of kitchen and bathroom design.

Presented by TV sport’s presenter and former international gymnast, Gabby Logan, the award was accepted by Hansgrohe UK Managing Director, Martin Mongan.


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Hansgrohe’s iBox Universal’s 15th anniversary

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Concealed installation made easy, fast, reliable and versatile: 2016 marks the Hansgrohe iBox universal’s fifteenth anniversary.

A true all-rounder, it facilitates the concealed installation of more than 200 pre-fab mixer sets and shower systems from Hansgrohe’s wide range of products. This is an advantage for new construction projects, but it also makes renovating incredibly easy. The clever basic unit is a huge help when bathrooms have to be updated to meet the needs of young and old as we move through different stages of life. Existing bathrooms already equipped with an iBox universal unit can be modernised neatly and easily.

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Fifteen years of installation freedom
Heating and plumbing professionals were able reap the benefits of the many advantages the iBox universal had to offer following its launch at the bathroom trade fair ISH in 2001. “The idea was simple and practical: an installation unit built into the wall, allowing plumbers to connect any type of fixture without the need for major construction work each time,” remembers Alois Schönweger, inventor of the iBox universal and Head of the Technical Service Center at Hansgrohe.

The Hansgrohe iBox universal is ideally suited to meet every-day professional bathroom installation requirements. Designed for use with all common installation systems, connection types and fittings, the rotationally symmetric box can be built into the wall, installed on or in front of the wall, mounted on a support system, on pre-fabricated housing panels or onto a mounting rail set. The patented, flexible adjustment ring makes it possible to adjust the depth of the unit to fit walls of varying thickness. In addition, the Hansgrohe iBox universal is absolutely watertight and soundproof. A variety of accessories are available for problematic installation conditions, for example, where the installation depth of the unit is too deep or not deep enough, or when cold and hot water connections have been inverted.

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe shows how easy it is to renovate a 15-year old shower area. Customers welcome the quick and clean modernisation of their bathrooms, and are particularly delighted with the innovative and convenient functions, which – thanks to Hansgrohe Select technology – operate on a purely mechanical basis.

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New launches from AXOR and Hansgrohe at Sleep

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Found in quality hotels worldwide, AXOR and Hansgrohe are well-established bathroom brands serving global chains through to independent boutique hotels.

With 115 years of experience, quality and reliability come as standard with any AXOR or Hansgrohe product so ongoing maintenance is minimal and lifecycle costs low. Over 800 products are WRAS approved.

From 22 to 23 November 2016, AXOR and Hansgrohe will exhibit at Sleep – The Hotel Design Event in London, Stand No G23 in The Business Design Centre, London.

Trend setting designs for luxurious bathrooms and exclusive kitchens from the AXOR brand include collaborations with Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, and Barber & Osgerby to name a few. At Sleep, AXOR will present new bathroom and kitchen pieces for its classic collection AXOR Montreux.

The Hansgrohe brand offers an inspiring portfolio of products with innovative water and energy saving technologies. At Sleep, Hansgrohe will present its new range Hansgrohe Metropol Classic.

From 22 November, the new products can also be experienced at The Water Studio in London Clerkenwell.


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hansgrohe brand to show at LivingKitchen 2017

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Hansgrohe SE announces that its premium hansgrohe brand will exhibit for the first time at the LivingKitchen trade fair in Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017.

“We will of course be celebrating our debut at this international gathering place of the kitchen world with an attractive booth, where other premieres will also take centre stage: our new hansgrohe brand image as well as another absolutely novel product in the hansgrohe kitchen range,” discloses Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE.

Test and try: hands-on experience at the hansgrohe booth
Daily, exciting demonstrations will be staged at the hansgrohe stand where trade show visitors can discover first-hand how the brand’s kitchen innovations combine technology, design and function, and try out products for themselves.

“Using all your senses to explore the hansgrohe kitchen range is an emotive experience. This is how we will make customers at LivingKitchen even more aware of our innovative power in terms of functionality and water experience in the kitchen. Anyone planning or remodelling a top quality kitchen should have hansgrohe in mind,” explains Thorsten Klapproth.

What? hansgrohe at LivingKitchen 2017
When? 16 to 22 January 2017, Cologne Fair and Exhibition Centre
Where? Hall 5.2, Stand B030

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Hansgrohe opens new research and development lab

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Hansgrohe SE continues to focus on and invest in their manufacturing & research facilities in Germany. At the end of April, the company inaugurated a new research and development lab at the headquarters located in Schiltach, South West Germany.

“Innovative environments generate innovative solutions”, says Richard Grohe, Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE. This is why the new R&D lab was built on the existing factory premises. “Proximity to production facilities guarantees more efficient processes”, he added. The Black Forest based mixer and shower manufacturer invested a total of EUR 4.5 million and the building was completed in a year.

With the new lab, the company has concentrated all areas of R&D under one roof, in a facility of around 1,600 square metres of space. “We now have significantly more test beds with water, where a larger number of staff members can work at the same time”, reports Richard Grohe.

Hansgrohe thoroughly tests all its newly developed products in the R&D lab before they are mass-produced: they are tested for durability, they have to withstand rapid changes in temperature as well as high and changing levels of pressure, and finally, they are also tested to ensure they comply with all the different legal standards in place around the world. After all, products manufactured by Hansgrohe are available in 143 countries. The Deputy Chairman continues, “Every year our staff compiles 600 test reports and issues 350 product approvals following extensive testing – an impressive achievement. The lab is an expression of our power of innovation.”

An example of one of our innovations is the new burst pressure testing unit. Hansgrohe engineers developed it together with an external partner. This unit can conduct six different tests, including a high-pressure test that can measure up to 200 bar. In addition, these tests can all be conducted while taking into account factors such as temperature and climate.


“Here we test how our components and parts perform under pressure, coupled with high temperatures. The old testing machine required us to do many things manually. Now we can set all the parameters, such as pressure rise ramps and pressure increases, digitally,” explains Michael Kluh, manager of the R&D lab. Every part of the mixer or shower through which water flows is subjected to rigorous testing in this unit prior to being marketed.

Keeping an eye on sustainability
The new building also contributes to the conservation and protection of resources and the environment. With the help of the most advanced heat pump technology, and despite the large range of water temperatures used, we succeed in recovering between 10 and 70 degrees Celsius of warmth – while recycling the water at the same time. That reduces the amount of fresh water used, the wastewater produced and energy consumed. “From now on, we expect to save 30,000 cubic metres of water a year,” says Richard Grohe.

In 2015, Hansgrohe SE invested some EUR 55 million in its German sites. Its largest investment, EUR 30 million, was for the expansion of its logistics centre in Offenburg. It will be completed by late 2016. The new plastics technology centre at the Offenburg production facility already went into operation in January of this year.

“We are committed to staying true to our roots while securing future growth,” says the Deputy Chairman. “These investments will ensure that we continue to be one of the leading innovators in technology and design when it comes to mixers and showers.” In 2015, Hansgrohe achieved record sales of EUR 964 million and the current iF company ranking lists it among the world’s 10 best companies in the field of design.

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Product Spotlight: Hansgrohe’s Talis Select wins design award

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Last week, at the annual Mixology Awards in London’s Old Billingsgate, Hansgrohe won the award for Product of the Year – Interior Accessories, for its Talis Select basin mixers.

Now in its 11th year, a record 1,100 guests attended the Mixology award ceremony and summer ball to celebrate the best achievements in Projects, Products, Companies and Individuals from across the dynamic interior design sector.

There was a Product of the Year award for Furniture, Lighting & Technology, Surfaces, and Interior Accessories for which Hansgrohe was the happy recipient. The award was accepted by Hansgrohe K Managing Director, Martin Mongan.

With simple push on/off ‘Select’ operation, Hansgrohe Talis Select basin mixers combine attractive, modern design with intuitive use for all ages. There are two versions: with a flat or a round spout, each with a seamless transition from spout to mixer body.

Ease of use adds to the universal appeal of Select along with reliable technology that requires no electricity and a hassle-free installation process. The complete Hansgrohe Select portfolio also includes showers, thermostatic controls and kitchen mixers where no hands are needed to turn on the tap – just push with the elbow or arm.

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International media award for Axor One by Hansgrohe

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The Editor-in-Chiefs of 25 Elle Decoration country editions awarded the Axor One shower control unit the ‘Elle Decor International Design Award (EDIDA)’ in the “Best Bathroom Design” category.

Philippe Grohe, Vice President Design Management at Hansgrohe SE, accepted the award with design partners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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This media accolade from one of the most renowned lifestyle and décor magazines highlights a growing trend – namely the bathroom is becoming increasingly important, and the focus of design-led customers, who value customised solutions.

Grohe said: “The fact that Axor, with its new design partners Barber & Osgerby, has won the coveted EDIDA straightaway just reconfirms what we believe: it is not only designers, but also customers interested in design, who are paying more and more attention to the bathroom and our innovations.”

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Axor WaterDream 2016 at Clerkenwell Design Week

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Building on the technological capabilities of the Axor U-Base, Axor envisioned a new dimension of individualisation: washbasin spouts crafted from alternative materials with total freedom of form for seamless integration in the interior design or for creating a personal statement.

Within this creative brief, Axor invited world-renowned design partners to present their visions for the meaning of water within the living spaces of tomorrow.

Together with Axor, David Adjaye, Werner Aisslinger, FRONT, GamFratesi and Jean-Marie Massaud designed unique spouts that through their materiality, form and function, give a new emotionality and value to the tap itself and the water passing through it. Axor first presented these five original pieces during FuoriSalone in Milan in April and they were the Axor star attraction at The Water Studio in Clerkenwell during Clerkenwell Design Week.

Despite their very different views on the meaning of water within the interior space, each architect and designer experimented with alternative materials and forms to celebrate water and its path on a functional, and on an emotional level:

In British architect David Adjaye’s concept Ritual, water appears from under a granite inlay that is cradled by a wedge-shaped, precious metal (bronze) spout. The water, always in view, is ritualised: from source, to flow, and finally, to descent.

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German designer Werner Aisslinger’s conceptual spout, The Sea and the Shore, is a hybrid consisting of a fountain and a shelf – a space for rituality and functionality. Crafted from the ancient and historical material clay, it emphasizes the longevity and the value of water and water-releasing objects in our societies.

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Water flows from platform to platform in Water Steps, a sculptural metal spout by the Swedish duo FRONT. Focusing on the playful exchange between form and water, it aesthetically and acoustically underlines the emotional potential of the natural element as it flows over PVD-finished, metallic surfaces.

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Zen, designed by the Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi, reinterprets the classic Japanese wood fountain. With its minimalistic form and water flow, it achieves a tranquil and meditative spirit, which depicts the honest connection between nature and water.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Zen by Gam Fratesi

Jean-Marie Massaud’s Mimicry suggests a water-releasing object in complete harmony with the architectural landscape. Material (marble) and form (simple, geometric shapes) suggest an inherent connection to water and achieve an emotional enhancement of both object and resource.

Hansgrohe Axor WaterDream 2016 - Mimicry by Jean-Marie Massaud

Whether it is by integration or by making an obvious statement, all five crafted spouts address the evolving desire for individuality, emotionality and sensory experiences in living spaces where water interacts with us.



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Hansgrohe USA calls on architects, designers for Das Design competition

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Hansgrohe USA is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 3rd annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. A manufacturer of innovative and exceptionally designed kitchen and bath products since 1901, Hansgrohe has attracted the eye of discerning building trade professionals for over a century.

The competition aims to celebrate this tradition and recognise outstanding recently built projects that feature the Hansgrohe and Axor brands. In the 2016 program, US architects and designers are invited to enter projects from the last five years. These must incorporate Hansgrohe or Axor products that contribute to innovative or inspiring environments in residential and hospitality/commercial properties. From large hotels to multi-family spaces and single-family homes, Hansgrohe is looking for outstanding projects of all types and scales.

Hansgrohe USA President, Erik Christensen, states: “It is exciting for us to see how the products we work so hard to design, manufacture and sell, become a fixture in properties across the globe. Now in its third consecutive year, the Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition allows us to discover new projects, as well as recognise excellence. Ultimately, it is thanks to talented architects and designers that our products perform so successfully in the built environment.”

Das Design Competition

Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 1, 2011 and August 12, 2016 are eligible for entry. There are two categories of entry: Residential and Hospitality/Commercial. Entry is free and can be done completely online at www.dasdesigncomp.com. Entrants will be required to include brief descriptions about their project including their selection and integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products.

A jury of leading A&D industry professionals including architects, designers leading media, and representatives from Hansgrohe or Axor will select the winners. Entries will be evaluated against five criteria: the quality of the overall design of the project and the integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products into the scheme; the degree that Hansgrohe/Axor products enhance the design and functionality of the space; the consideration of the environment and sustainability in the design; the quality of installation; and the extent of use of Hansgrohe/Axor products.

The first place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be eligible to attend a VIP trip to the Black Forest of Germany and the ISH Show. The first place winners and three honorable mentions in each category will be awarded a plaque recognising their achievements.

Entry deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016.

Hansgrohe achieves record turnover in 2015

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The Hansgrohe Group concluded its 2015 financial year once again with record sales and earnings. Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE and Udo Kraus, Vice President Controlling and Finance, announced the results at the company’s annual press conference held on 15th March in Frankfurt.

The globally-operating company generated a total of €964 million in sales compared to €874.1 million in the previous year. This corresponds to an increase of 10.3 percent over the previous year. EBITDA rose by €6 million to €187.5 million (€181.5 million in 2014), which means that results also hit an all-time high.

“In 2015, more than 3,800 hugely dedicated and committed people contributed to carrying forward our company’s story of success. Hansgrohe’s employees can be proud of themselves,” Thorsten Klapproth summarised the past year.

Worldwide Growth
“Generally speaking, we grew in nearly all market regions in 2015, thus contributing to a positive sales trend around the world,” said Thorsten Klapproth. For several years, Hansgrohe has been steadily generating nearly 80 percent of its overall revenue outside Germany. At 77.3 percent, the proportion of international sales remained nearly unchanged over the previous year (77.2 percent in 2014). This makes the Hansgrohe Group one of the few global players in the sanitation industry, supplying products to more than 140 countries worldwide.

About half of the company’s sales are generated in Europe and the other half in the rest of the world. This distribution guarantees profitable growth as it enables Hansgrohe to benefit both from large growth regions, such as China, and from regions with strong performance in parts of Europe. The decisive factors contributing to this profitable growth are in particular the innovative products from the Axor and Hansgrohe brands, offering every customer greater value through design, comfort and functionality. In addition, customers enjoy efficient and personalised service.
Creating Employment

A key element in the steady and successful growth rate of the Hansgrohe Group is its staff. The number of employees around the world rose in 2015 to 3,805 (2,255 of them in Germany) strengthening the Hansgrohe workforce by 155 people over the previous year (3,650 employees in 2014). Last year, 42 young talents began their training at Hansgrohe. A total of 147 trainees brought the company’s trainee quota to 6.5 percent.

Strategic Investments in the Future
Investments in future growth are another key element in the success of the company. In 2015, the Hansgrohe Group invested some €55 million, more than ever before in the 115-year history of the company. Of this amount, about €47 million, or 85 percent, were invested in Germany. Hansgrohe built a new lab for research and development at its company headquarters in Schiltach. It also invested €1.6 million in a new plastics technology centre built on the premises of its Offenburg plant.

Hansgrohe’s largest investment is the expansion of its logistics centre at its Offenburg site. The centre is currently undergoing expansion at the cost of about €30 million to enable the company to supply its customers around the world even more rapidly. The extension is expected to go into operation later this year.

Ambitious Targets
“We achieved a record high in 2015 by increasing turnover by more than 10 percent to €964 million,” said Thorsten Klapproth. “But we will not rest on our laurels. We have set ourselves ambitious targets because profitable growth guarantees that Hansgrohe will maintain its competitive edge.” Another top result shows that the company is on track to success. Hansgrohe was just recently ranked as one of the ten best companies in the world in the area of design. Hansgrohe now holds a place among the Top 10 in the international iF ranking, taking the lead over some 2,000 listed companies, including brands such as Apple, Daimler and Nike.

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Hansgrohe opens ‘The Water Studio’ in Clerkenwell

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Award-winning German bathroom specialist Hansgrohe launched a brand new concept ‘Water Studio’ in the heart of London’s design district on 1st March.

Marking the latest chapter in their remarkable story, The Water Studio specification centre will act as a hub of inspiration, resource and a collaborative space for those serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. Situated at 12-16 on the bustling Clerkenwell Road and spread over two floors totaling 262m2, The Water Studio is a true brand experience and brings water to life through the Hansgrohe SE values of innovation, sustainability, quality, design and expertise.

UK Managing Director, Martin Mongan, comments, “Customer intimacy has been a key driver for us in the UK over the past few years and this new London home allows us to get even closer to the talented A&D community. This means offering both practical project support and building stronger professional relationships.”

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Share, Explore and Learn

Unlike conventional ‘showrooms’, The Water Studio is all about interaction. In addition to four working water stations and more than 200 products, other features include podiums with ‘Quick Connectors’ that allow easy exchange of products to showcase function and a ‘Behind the Wall’ area for installation tips. The first of its kind globally from Hansgrohe, the ‘Test Rig’ allows measurement and comparison of different products’ flow rates using sensors.

Come Together and be Inspired
Visitors to The Water Studio can become acquainted with Hansgrohe’s unique interactive online tool, iSpecify, which is accessible through screens within the space. Designed to make specifying as simple and user-friendly as possible, iSpecify provides inspiration with a growing library of global reference projects and can highlight exact product details to generate a Hansgrohe or Axor specification. For meetings, a large open design table faces out to the bustling Clerkenwell Road where customers: professional specifier, retailer or end consumer can discuss their project requirements over coffee.

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Experience the Art of Moving Water

Water is evident throughout the studio in more abstract, artistic expressions, such as the central ‘cascade’ feature. Here, working showerheads and mixers are set against the backdrop of a 4D-mapped ‘digital waterfall’ animated artwork, inspired by the power of water harnessed and engineered by Hansgrohe. Further artistic water-statements are the window display which features billowing fabric evocative of water flowing from an Axor Starck V mixer tap and the Axor WaterDream installation sculpture (by Front) hangs above the staircase.

Part of the Hansgrohe Global Family
Designed by international Experiential Design Agency, I-AM, The Water Studio’s strategic location will serve as a project base for professionals specifying bathrooms both in the UK and overseas. It will also act as an important global hub for the Hansgrohe family, for launches, events and for overseas subsidiaries to meet and visit with their customers.
Hansgrohe retail partners are encouraged to use the space with their customers and experience the brand first-hand. They will be introduced to the world of Hansgrohe, whilst being supported and advised by the Clerkenwell expert team where they can refine and agree their personal Hansgrohe requirements.


Experience The Water Studio at:
12-16 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PQ
Tel: 01372 472 056
Email: expertise@hansgrohe.co.uk
Website: www.thewaterstudio.co.uk

Hansgrohe Warehouse

Hansgrohe expands warehouse space to cater for future growth

1000 503 Daniel Fountain

Hansgrohe UK has transformed its warehouse facility in Woking, Surrey to create 35% additional capacity to cater for future planned growth.

Led by Logistics Manager, Steve Court, the 1,200m2 warehouse has been entirely re-organised and upgraded. Additional racking, new packing bays and a revised layout allow for more efficient work processes and provide extra storage space equivalent to 8 articulated lorry loads.

All the work was carried out during evenings and weekends to ensure that daily operations were not affected. Woking is the logistics centre and warehouse facility for Hansgrohe UK, where goods are dispatched out daily to customers across the country.

Helen Kronheim, Director of Finance and Operations, says: “This planned investment forms part of our ongoing drive to deliver our customer intimacy strategy. With this project we needed to maintain optimum service levels during the upgrade whilst re-organising for our forecasted growth. Customers were not impacted by the change and, crucially, are now assured of receiving the same excellent levels of service and delivery lead times as the business continues to grow.”


Hansgrohe Limited
Units D1 and D2
Sandown Park Trading Estate
Royal Mills, Esher, Surrey
KT10 8BL

T: +44 (0) 13 72 47 20 30
F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70
E: enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk

Axor One shower detail - Hansgrohe

Eight ‘iF’ awards for Hansgrohe and Axor products

1000 590 Daniel Fountain

Hansgrohe received not one but eight “iF”awards this year. The mixer and shower manufacturer from the Black Forest currently holds eleventh place in the iF company ranking list, taking the lead over its competition in the sanitation industry.

Hansgrohe SE outperformed some 2,000 companies, beating even top brands such as Daimler, Volkswagen and Adidas. The award-winning Axor products are its new all-in-one Axor One shower control unit, the Axor ShowerSelect thermostats, and the Axor Citterio Select kitchen mixer.

Axor One shower detail - Hansgrohe
The premium brand Hansgrohe impressed the jury with its Talis E washbasin mixer, its range of Croma Select overhead showers, the Crometta S 240 showerpipe, the Crometta E 240 overhead shower and the Crometta hand shower.

Hansgrohe Limited
Units D1 and D2
Sandown Park Trading Estate
Royal Mills, Esher, Surrey
KT10 8BL

T: +44 (0) 13 72 47 20 30
F: +44 (0) 13 72 47 06 70
E: enquiries@hansgrohe.co.uk