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    Exploring Roca, Armani/Roca, Laufen and Cosmic’s new UK headquarters

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    Exploring Roca, Armani/Roca, Laufen and Cosmic’s new UK headquarters

    Editor Hamish Kilburn is invited up to Leicester where he is able to discover the treasures that lie within Roca Group’s new and improved UK headquarters…

    Some businesses would argue that, when reading that the country’s construction has fallen by 2.5 per cent from August to September, which is largely influenced by the unstable political landscape in the UK at the moment, now is not a wise time to invest in expanding UK assets.

    And then there are companies like Roca Group that would disagree entirely to the above statement. Claiming the title of market-leading bathroom manufacturer for more than 20 years, with more than 24,000 employees globally, Roca Group has recently opened a new and gleaming UK headquarters. Based on the outskirts of Leicester, the 145,000 sq-ft base, which also features one of the country’s largest bathroom showrooms, was the subject of my latest warehouse/factory tour.

    “Roca Group is all about the long-term goals,” Alan Dodds, the Managing Director of Roca Group UK, tells Hotel Designs. “Our products are inspired by materials. Therefore, research and design is paramount.”

    Peering over the interior balcony was the first time I grasped the sheer scale of Roca Group’s UK presence. The warehouse is colossal, complete with 12 dock level loading doors, two level access loading doors and 150 per cent more pallet locations than it sheltered in its previous UK base. “We had been at maximum capacity [in our old headquarters] for years,” adds Dodds. “And it’s refreshing, and it feels like the right time, to be able to bring all brands together under one roof.”

    Although the brands under Roca Group may capture a different segment of the market, the research and development team behind each product launched work in-house and operate across both Roca, Roca/Armani, Laufen and Cosmic equally. “It can take anything from six months to two years for a product to be developed and ready for the market,” explains Dodds. “We may not always be the first to launch new concepts, but we ensure that when we do, we are adding something different. Something that the consumers have demanded.”

    The latest shower toilets from Laufen are a solid example of this. Despite these W/Cs first being introduced in the ‘80s, the group has only recently launched them to the market, after investing time in careful and sensitive R&D. “We realised that consumers did not appreciate the chunkiness of this style of product originally, nor did they speak highly of the complicated and often unnecessary software when it comes to operating them,” said Richard Court, Laufen’s UK training manager. “Therefore, we launched our W/Cs to look discreet – like any other high-end toilet – and offer a one-button solution for operation that can, if preferred, also be adjusted by the remote.”

    In regards to showcasing the latest products on the market across all brands, the new showroom is one of the largest – and most impressive – bathroom showrooms in the UK. In true Roca Group fashion, the space has been dynamically designed to enhance each product’s value and unique selling points. It superbly compliments the group’s ethos to form ideas responsibly and with purpose.

    Often on the battlefield of bathroom manufacturers, one of the main challenges faced by bathroom manufacturers is differentiation. For Roca Group, each brand has its own position, aims and target market. However, all innovations are inspired by materials, form and function.

    Some of these materials used for sanitaryware from other manufacturers include china ceramic, titanium steel, and even cast-iron. However, in 2013, after half a decade of research and in true Swiss design style, Laufen launched a new material that became known as the world’s thinnest ceramic. “Sourcing SaphirKeramik was Laufen’s dining out card for some time,” explains Court. “It allows us to manufacture thin material without sacrificing on strength. It is still to this day the only material that can do so – and we are the only company that uses it.”

    The advantages of SaphirKeramik affect the availability of space. Put simply, less material is required without affecting the durability of the product. This could quite possible inspire future collections from Laufen that include smaller basins, for example, that would be impossible to recreate using any other material.

    In addition to the vast innovation, the brand’s bread and butter has always been valuable collaboration. In 1989/1990, Laufen introduced the first design collection developed with the Porsche Design Group with a press release headed “The bathroom that’s a PORSCHE”. Since then, the brand has partnered with renowned designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Roberto Palomba and Marcel Wanders to take the aesthetics of bathroom design to new heights.

    Next month at Sleep & Eat 2019 (stand L10), Laufen will unveil the result of its latest collaboration with Wanders. The New Classic collection interprets classical styles using Laufen’s SaphirKeramik to create soft, gentle feminine curves, alongside angular, masculine elements.

    Over in the Roca division of the showroom, while the brand is less focused on collaborations, there is one exceptional partnership that has been repositioned and readjusted under the spotlight recently following the brand announcing its second collection with fashion house Armani.

    Image credit: Roca/Armani

    Armani/Roca, as Giorgio Armani explains, “combines all the functional aspects of the bathroom space with elegance and subtly, providing an area that simultaneously provides comfort and wellbeing.” And the way in which the set has been curated within the new showroom with ‘that bath’ being taking centrestage, certainly does that bold statement justice. The latest products within the collection will also be showcased at Sleep & Eat on stand L20.

    “Each brand that is under the Roca Group umbrella is equally dedicated to stay within the confines of its own design lane.

    Adjacent to the Roca section within the showroom, the company displays yet another unique bathroom brand and style. Cosmic was created in 1985 and started by uniquely producing abstract bathroom accessories, such as the free-standing Saku collection. Designed by Ricard Ferrior, the products’ designs were inspired by plant forms which grow and evolve.

    The brand has recently expanded its offering, taking its inspiration from the rise in demand for industrial bathrooms, and included furniture, basins and a new range of lighting and mirrors. The Grid, also designed by Ferrer, is an excellent example of something different to launch in the bathroom furniture market. The parallel lines which frame the objects have been specifically designed for an architecturally engineered bathroom, something that neither Laufen nor Roca would compete to achieve.

    Image credit: Cosmic

    Considering how heavily congested the bathroom manufacturing market is, Roca Group seems to be able to jockey for position and noise within the market place effortlessly. “Roca keeps life very simple, allowing the products’ innovative qualities do the talking,” Dodds concludes. “But if you launch good products, present them in the right way, and have a good team, you will be heard regardless how busy the market place is.”

    Following my insightful trip to the group’s new UK Headquarters, one thing has become more apparent: each brand that is under the Roca Group umbrella is equally dedicated to stay within the confines of its own design lane. While all brands are inspired by outside influences and research, each and every decision is carefully considered to keep all brands at the forefront of the bathroom manufacturing market. Operating in 170 markets in all corners of the world, Roca Group’s long-term thinking has resulted in the launch of unconventional bathroom solutions for all designers.

    Roca and Laufen are both recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

    Main image credit: Roca Group

    Water fountains made up by Laufen toilets

    Laufen unveils new aesthetic and functional take on the bathroom

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    Laufen unveils new aesthetic and functional take on the bathroom

    For this year’s ISH in Frankfurt am Main, Laufen put the spotlight on design and hygiene along with highly functional and sustainable bathroom solutions…

    Laufen has developed new possibilities for its SaphirKeramik, one of the most exciting bathroom material innovations of recent years. This particularly slim-profile and robust material has revolutionised the conventions of bathroom design, kick-starting a trend towards a lighter styling with a more pronounced graphic aesthetic.

    Water fountains made up by Laufen toilets

    Laufen is now working with the fourth generation of SaphirKeramik, showcasing in addition to its form and aesthetics some inspiring new possibilities for this material. Now that the Swiss bathroom brand has perfected the industrial process used to manufacture SaphirKeramik, it is able to offer new takes on the humble washbasin and even new applications for it, for example double washbasins in single-washbasin sizes, washbasin bowls with an integral overflow, or freestanding washbasins with a minimal footprint – new ideas that are simply unthinkable with conventional ceramic bathroom products.

    To implement its design ideas, Laufen works with internationally celebrated designers such as Marcel Wanders, Patricia Urquiola and Konstantin Grcic. The result? Stunning yet practical everyday products for the bathroom environment that offer designers and architects exciting new opportunities when it comes to creating high-end bathrooms.

    Laufen is building on the success of its shower toilets with a new version that focuses very much on the user benefits and concentrates on keeping the user interface as efficient as possible.

    Image credit: Laufen

    Taking responsibility for the future

    It goes without saying that Laufen is also taking responsibility for the company’s impact on people and the environment, because the rational use of water and recycling wastewater are fundamental to our future and represent significant challenges and opportunities. To this end, the bathroom products manufacturer has begun a fruitful cooperation with EOOS to develop the Austrian design company’s revolutionary proposal for a new kind of waste-sorting WC (developed for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) into a marketable product. At ISH, Laufen presented this ground-breaking innovation that is set to revolutionise the sanitary industry and relieve pressure on the existing wastewater infrastructure in fast-growing cities all over the world.

    Laufen has also formalised its responsibility for its use of resources and environmental impact in a new environmental product declaration (EPD). For this, the company has completed certification of the environmental quality of its complete ceramics range across all of its Central European manufacturing plants in accordance with ISO14025, EN15804 and EN16578.

    The connected bathroom

    Laufen is also busy developing trendsetting new bathroom networking and digitalisation ideas. In this area, the bathroom specialist is focusing on public and semi-public sanitary areas, where networked concepts bring the greatest benefits. The company now offers a complete solution for networking electronic washbasin faucets and urinal and shower controls in public facilities. And when it comes to incorporating elegant and discreet digital functionality in private bathrooms, true to form, Laufen has successfully combined technology with aesthetics.

    In addition, the company has been working on improving and expanding its existing range, adding new products and new options in just about every area in its bid to offer bathroom designers more freedom and bathroom users superior benefits and greater choice.

    Product innovations

    The New Classic by Marcel Wanders

    The New Classic is a new bathroom collection by Laufen. The celebrity designer Marcel Wanders was engaged to re-interpret classical styles using the material SaphirKeramik. Every item included in the ensemble brings together the designer’s flair and creativity with Laufen’s mastery of raw materials. The New Classic range encompasses washbasins, bowl washbasins, toilets, a bidet and bathtub, faucets, mirrors and accessories, as well as furniture. This individualistic collection won the iF Design Award 2019 for its sensual combination of aesthetics and function.

    Image credit/caption: The New Classic in collaboration with Marcel Wanders

    Cleanet Navia

    The Cleanet Navia shower toilet focuses very much on user benefits and concentrates on keeping the user interface as efficient as possible. With its compact design, simple functions and attractive price, it is suitable for a very broad market. The Navia features the tried-and-tested intuitive operating concept, with a side-mounted controller for the standard functions plus an app to access the full functionality that Laufen previously developed for its popular Cleanet Riva shower toilet.

    Sonar by Patricia Urquiola

    When it originated Sonar, Laufen focused in particular on exploring the formal scope for new bathroom solutions afforded by SaphirKeramik. The expressive Sonar bathroom collection thus features novel washbasin designs that are simply not possible using conventional bathroom ceramics. Already the winner of an iF Design Award, the collection now offers even greater variety thanks to the addition of more washbasins, WCs, a bidet, a new bathtub and a suite of bathroom furniture, again created by Patricia Urquiola.

    Image credit/caption: Laufen’s Sonar in collaboration with Patricia Urquiola

    Val by Konstantin Grcic

    Compact and demanding bathrooms call for intelligent equipment solutions, to make best use of the restricted space without appearing cluttered. The new SaphirKeramik washbasins that Laufen co-developed with designer Konstantin Grcic for the Val bathroom collection take on this challenge in a new and innovative way, concentrating particularly on compact and demanding bathroom layouts.

    Kartell by Laufen

    A 1970s revival is currently sweeping the fashion and furnishing markets – and entering the bathroom as well. But nobody is calling for a renaissance of the harsh colour schemes and frenzied contours that defined the decade – it took many years to rid the world of the final excesses of taste that flourished back then. The modular colour concept and timeless, simple design vocabulary of Kartell by Laufen represents a modern approach to bringing colour into the bathroom while observing the enduring principles of good taste. And with new options available, the possibilities of expression offered by this popular bathroom collection are now greater than ever.

    Palace

    Palace is a timelessly elegant bathroom classic for hotels and architect-designed bathrooms. The collection already enjoys an excellent reputation for problem-solving, flexibility and practicality, and Laufen is consolidating this reputation with the new pre-packed products. These new products include the Palace Slim Packs, comprising a washbasin and vanity unit, and the Palace WC Packs, which bundle every component required for installation in one handy packaged unit.

    Base for Ino

    Laufen has extended its popular Base bathroom furniture range, bringing out new vanity units for the Ino washbasin collection. The now more extensive furniture range is timelessly simple and graceful. The collection features Laufen’s trademark attention to detail in carefully thought-through functionality, high-quality materials and an up-to-the-minute colour scheme.

    Leelo

    With Leelo, Laufen has added to its existing mirror offer to create a flexible collection of mirrors that bring comfort and light into the bathroom. Leelo features a range of sizes and versions, each of which matches individually with a variety of bathroom designs and ambiances. Because of its understated styling, Leelo can be combined with all of Laufen’s bathroom series and bathroom furniture ranges.

    The New Classic faucets by Marcel Wanders

    In his creations for the new faucet line The New Classic, Marcel Wanders finds the perfect balance between an innovative design and an archetype for a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle – and takes the bathroom user on a journey to a bygone age. This versatile and technologically advanced range comfortably covers every bathroom requirement.

    Sense faucets

    A confident and gracious silhouette is the dominant design feature of the new Laufen Sense bathroom faucet line. With its extremely precise design vocabulary, the complete faucet range cuts an impressive figure, both in the private residential property and in the premium hotel and hospitality sectors.

    Innovations

    The Save! waste-separating WC
    The Austrian design studio EOOS, Eawag (the Swiss Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and Laufen have joined forces to develop the ground breaking Save! urine-separating WC that is set to revolutionise the user interface in sustainable urban water management thanks to a new kind of passive separation technique. The Save! waste-separating WC is the next step in a concept developed by EOOS and Eawag with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’.

    Laufen Advanced Control

    Laufen’s Advanced Control concept improves hygiene, reduces response times, enhances services and decreases water and energy consumption, thus saving costs in public and semi-public washrooms. Starting from summer 2019, a cloud solution that networks smart washrooms and transfers data to building management systems will also be available.

    Bespoke design

    Specially developed tailored products feature precisely the sort of special sophistication in design and functionality that gives high-end interiors their unmistakeably individual character. This is why Laufen has been busy developing its know-how and production capacity to be able to provide bespoke solutions in the bathroom too. To this end, the company works closely with designers and architects all over the world who are looking for a customer-tailored solution for a building project. The most recent example of this is Omniturm in Frankfurt am Main, for which Laufen worked closely with the architects and project managers to develop special bespoke vanity units.

    Laufen’s new products and innovations were showcased on its spectacular stand in Hall 3.1, Stand B51, for which the company has employed the talents of internationally renowned Swiss architects Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler. The two architects have been instrumental in creating a stand that reflects the roots of the Swiss brand while making it clear from the moment one sets foot inside that Laufen is one of the most influential bathroom fixtures and fittings companies in the world.

    Laufen is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

    LAUFEN collaborates with studio EOOS

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    LAUFEN collaborates with studio EOOS that created the Austrian contribution to the XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano with an ecological project…

    LAUFEN has made a contribution to the initiative of Austria at the XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano. Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival is the title of the thematic exhibition that explores the bonds between mankind and the natural environment, bonds that over the course of time have been deeply compromised or even destroyed.

    Through projects of architecture and design on different scales, the exhibition explores the concept of design reparation as a solution through which to reinterpret the relationship between human beings and the context in which they live. This year for the first time La Triennale assigned the Bee Awards, created to reward the three worthiest international contributions to the XXII Triennale. Austria is the winner of the Black Bee, for its profound interpretation of the theme and the quality of its presentation.

    “LAUFEN has made a substantial contribution to the project and to the video CIRCULAR FLOWS: The Toilet Revolution!”

    A leader in its sector with over 125 years of experience, LAUFEN worked together with highly acclaimed Vienna-based design studio EOOS to develop an innovative project that promises to become an important breakthrough on the global scene. Thanks to its exceptional expertise in the design and production of bath fixtures, driven by constant research and technological experimentation, LAUFEN has made a substantial contribution to the project and to the video CIRCULAR FLOWS: The Toilet Revolution!. Supported by the Federal Chancellery of Austria and commissioned by MAK, the Museum of Applied Arts of Vienna, it all started with the long-term research of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and the grant of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The studies demonstrate that current practices of waste water treatment play a significant role in unbalancing the nitrogen cycle, with major repercussions on the ecosystem and the health of human beings and other living things, consequences that will become more evident over the short term. New hygienic-sanitary solutions represent the future in the construction of intelligent cities with more healthful, sustainable characteristics.

    The collaboration between studio EOOS and LAUFEN has led to save!, a revolutionary toilet prototype for the separation of urine, offering an effective solution in the battle against the global problem of excess nitrogen, in line with the principles of systemic design. The separate treatment of urine means reducing – in an intelligent, economical way – the quantity of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphor) and pollutants released in the waters of the planet.

    Up to 80 per cent of the nitrogen found in sewage can be removed from the wastewater stream, which will in turn reduce the resources required to operate treatment plants. Where others have failed in the past, save! represents a design challenge successfully met, raising excellent prospects for the future. In the achievement of these objects, the contribution of LAUFEN to the project has been fundamental, thanks to the deployment of unprecedented know-how. The Swiss company relies on an extremely advanced research and development centre, the only one in the world capable of developing such an innovative idea. At the same time, it boasts a production system capable of making the save! into the toilet of the future, according to the most advanced industry standards.

    Main image credit: LAUFEN

    Sleep + Eat announce show exhibitors

    Hamish Kilburn
    This year’s Sleep + Eat event has announced new exhibitors to the show, as well as some you will already know. With over 150 suppliers attending the event, many of whom will be launching new collections, this year’s event being held in late November has the potential to be the best yet…
    Sekers

    Sekers

    Sekers: Contract furnishing fabrics supplier who will showcase a selection of hospitality fabric ranges. New to the Sleep + Eat event will be the Copernicus collection, a versatile collection of two woven velvets.

    Chelsom

    Chelsom’s products. Left to right: Icicle, Radar, and Roma.

    Chelsom: Will show products from their latest collection ‘Edition 26’, a collection that promises to be a truly eclectic lighting experience. Dominating this collections design is an array of brass tones, textured Venetian coloured glass and varying marble finishes. All available with LED light sources to accommodate the latest developments in technology and energy efficiency.

    Bang & Olufsen

    Bang & Olufsen

    Bang & Olufsen: The second time the Danish company have exhibited at the event. They will bring along a range of ultra HD Tv’s for the hospitality sector, public area audio solutions and guest room Bluetooth speakers.

    Ligne Roset

    Ligne Roset Contract

    Ligne Roset: The brand will be presenting their signature sofa range, each created by a different designer. With these sofas being described with such whimsicle imagination such as ‘a tube of toothpaste folded over on itself like a stovepipe and closed at both ends’, the collection promises to ignight the imagination.

    Other brands at the Sleep + Eat event that we are excited to see include:

    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…

     

     

    Laufen BASE bathroom set

    Laufen launches BASE bathroom furniture set

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    The new BASE bathroom furniture set from Laufen is the essential accompaniment for today’s bathroom. Providing essential storage for day to day items including towels, toiletries and other bathroom utensils, the furniture range helps create an efficient and organised result.

    Slim and coordinated to the bathroom ceramics, the new Base range of bathroom furniture offers an ideal solution for every size of bathroom.

    Base is designed to offer exceptionally high quality whilst ensuring the range is also excellent value for money. Laufen’s new range gives a timeless, minimalist look, in the best Swiss design tradition.

    The six standard finishes available provide the consumer with a range of colour options that embellish and enhance any bathroom design. The light and dark wood veneer finishes bring a natural warmth to the room. Thanks to the three-dimensional wood-like structure, the surfaces have a high-quality finish and give the appearance of real wood.

    With impact and scratch resistant surfaces, as well as being splash-proof and easy to clean, they are also suitable for tough everyday use in the family bathroom.

    Practicality is a key consideration and the smart internal drawer compartment made of transparent plastic is included in the top drawer of the vanity units, unique to Laufen. The removable tidy feature is ideal for storage in a clear and easily accessible way, and is also easy to remove for cleaning.

    The Base range includes vanity units for the Val and Laufen Pro S bathroom collections, together with prefabricated Pro S slim washbasin packs. The vanity units for Laufen’s Pro S and Val washbasins have been fitted with elegant narrow handles in aluminium while the vanity units for the Pro S slim washbasins, are finished flush with the front of the furniture and come without handles to feature softclose drawers.

    There are matching medium and tall cabinets available with a matching laundry basket is also available for all versions at 335mm deep. For individual bathroom scenarios Laufen also offers the option of the 335mm-deep single-door tall cabinet in a bespoke width between 250 and 450mm, and up to a maximum height of 1650mm, allowing bathroom planners additional options when planning challenging bathrooms.

    Another practical feature is a small, open-sided free-hanging mirror cabinet element with two trays. It brings additional mirror surfaces and further easily-accessible storage space into the bathroom. In addition, there are also four sizes of mirror cabinets available in the Base range, which are coordinated to the washbasin widths, offering an ideal complement and the perfect finishing touch.

    Wandsworth Controls

    New lighting control app from Wandsworth Controls

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    Wandsworth Controls, a division of Wandsworth Electrical and who bring intelligence to Wandsworths beautiful light switches, has released a lighting control app for Android devices which enables you to control your lights from your phone or other smart Android devices.  This is the latest, most stylish and advanced smart phone app for Wandsworth Lighting Control.

    Designed to provide remote access, the Wandsworth Lighting Controller (WLC) has been enhanced with new stylish icons to enable more scene settings and control.  Within the app you can change levels of circuits within scenes, set timed events, set the lights to turn on at dusk and off at dawn.

    Lighting Control is no longer a nice to have or a design element for the future but a requirement and requisite for now.  Wandsworth Control was developed following research and analysis of the market with the conclusion that lighting control offerings did not meet the high level of design and quality at the front end interface.

    Wandsworth Controls

    With our 100 years of experience in handcrafting designer light switches, Wandsworth intelligent lighting control system ensures those needs are met.  The ever-growing use of smartphones and other smart devices has moved lighting control to a new level and Wandsworth’s latest app version brings the latest lighting control technology into the palm of the hand.  With its stylish design and multiple control features, the Android app continues Wandsworth Controls ability to combine beautiful designer light switches and scene plates with intelligent, cutting edge lighting control technology.

    The latest design version is only available on Android devices and will soon be available on iOS but the app and its multiple features are available across both platforms.  They can be downloaded via the appropriate devices app stores.

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    Discover more about Wandsworth Controls  lighting control app and how it enables light control with your phone by clicking here…

    Contact Wandsworth to discuss their lighting control capabilities, they are happy to help and will walk you through every step and ensure your lighting control system is exactly what you want.

    Laufen by Kartell

    Kartell by Laufen takes part at the Milan Design Week

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    At the Milan Design Week, from 4 to 9 April 2017, Kartell by Laufen presents new ceramic pieces, furniture complements and special finishes that evolve the products into iconic and stimulating objects, capable of triggering emotions and embellishing the bath, which becomes a true retreat in the domestic setting.

    Kartell by Laufen, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba and launched in 2013, is a project based on the fusion of the best characteristics of two companies: Kartell for its originality and design of plastic objects, and Laufen Bathrooms for its quality and rigor in the field of ceramics.

    From the outset the collection has focused on maximum flexibility and versatility, meeting the requirements of many different tastes. Today the range of offerings has expanded with new proposals and moods, with the introduction of a completely new series of slim washbasins and a range extension of the countertop washbasins together with new colours for the finishing of the furniture in order to address an even wider audience.

    One constant of the Kartell by Laufen project is the very high quality of the plastics and ceramics, and in particular of SaphirKeramik, the innovative ceramic material developed by Laufen, which has revolutionised the world of the bath due to its capacity to combine lightness, strength and slimness, thanks to an innovative formula enriched with corundum.

    Kartell by Laufen continues to grow in the market, consolidating its position on an international level in the retail and contract sectors: on one side with the constant growth of the number of points of sale around the world, at this point at a total of 1000, on the other side enhancing some important architectural projects.

    In the light of these experiences, Kartell by Laufen now looks to the future with a growth strategy, but above all with a plan of development to position the brand in a new dimension, with a stronger focus on interior design.

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    La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

    Project Spotlight: Laufen’s work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

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    Now a benchmark among Spain’s most renowned architects and interior designers, the boutique hotel La Isla y el Mar in Lanzarote, part of the Martínez Hermanos Group, has chosen the design, quality and exclusivity of Laufen’s products for its bathrooms.

    Situated in the town harbour of Porto del Carmen and built by the architect José María Pérez Sánchez, using the island’s natural materials – such as volcanic stone – the design of this 4-star hotel manages to perfectly combine art and modernity, thereby achieving an intimate atmosphere.

    Its 81 suites are equipped with exclusive, custom-made basins from Laufen, especially made for this project in Sentec – a solid surface material manufactured by Laufen, which has exceptional physical and microbial durability and is particularly suitable for hotels and public buildings delivering unique features that contribute to creating an elegant and avant-garde atmosphere which emanates throughout the hotel.

    Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

    As the architect Pérez Sánchez stated: “The washbasin is the main component in all of the hotel’s bathrooms. It is displayed to the customer as if it were perched on a rock, which supports and frames it. The plants emerging from the rocks complement it. Although it may at the moment appear of secondary importance, the customer can also see the basin reflected in the floating mirror.”

    The architect thus emphasizes the challenge of finding a piece that unites the high demands of its users. “A large surface for the customer’s items, a separate space for the amenities, and sufficient interior space. Laufen gave us the opportunity to make a basin for the hotel La Isla y el Mar with a material that could be adapted to the project,” he added. Sentec is a material that is unique, highly robust and recyclable.

    Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

    Furthermore, all the bathrooms of La Isla y el Mar have the distinctive Kartell by Laufen design with slim shower trays, also made of Sentec, together with the orange-coloured accessories from the same collection, endowing them with the chic and sophisticated touch characteristic of Kartell by Laufen.

    Implemented by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba (ps+a, Milan), the collection unites two signatures of international standing – Laufen and Kartell. Since it was launched nearly three years ago, it has been successfully presented all over the world with more than 500 points of sale in over 40 countries. The first single-brand shop of this collection was inaugurated last year in Milan and was a great success.

    Laufen's work at La Isla y el Mar, Lanzarote

    The bathrooms of the boutique hotel are complemented by a WC from Laufen’s Palace collection. Realised by the designer Andreas Dimitriadis (platinum design), they pay tribute to the outstanding properties of ceramics. The WCs of this series are ergonomically shaped and have a concealed mounting for a sophisticated finish.

    A commitment to sustainable development and the protection of the environment is another one of the values shared by Laufen and the La Isla y el Mar hotel. For Laufen, which offers solutions that, among other things, contribute to saving water and energy, it is a priority to be involved in projects designed to protect the environment, and the cooperation between this Swiss company and this new hotel is one example of this.

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    Product Spotlight: Laufen’s Sentec – a material for individual bath designs

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    The Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen continues to innovate, now presenting Sentec, a mineral material which can be used for bathtubs and shower trays, as well as for the realisation of individual designs created by architects or designers.

    Sentec is a new mineral composite material from Laufen, combining a multitude of product properties, which make the material predestined for use in bathrooms. The name, which is a combination of the words ‘sensual’ and ‘technical’, perfectly captures the advantages of the material: Since Sentec is polished again and again in multiple work sequences, its velvety shiny surface feels warm and pleasant to the touch – a real pleasure for the skin when bathing, for example.

    Under the shower, too, the surface demonstrates its strengths with the material’s non-slip properties, which give the user a secure feeling. Optically Sentec provides a sensual impression, because it can be produced in numerous colour variations – although until now Laufen has concentrated completely on white in its collections, for example Val, Ino, Il Bagno Alessi One, Kartell by Laufen and the Palomba Collection. In addition, the Sentec surface is anti-bacterial, easy-to-clean, resistant to chemicals, UV-resistant and robust even when temperatures vary greatly.

    Angular corners and demanding shapes are possible. The technical advantages of Sentec become clear when we take a look at the production of the material: During a fast production process a homogeneous mixture of different minerals is cast in a mould under high pressure, and then heated in a furnace until it hardens. Thus even sharp-angled corners and demanding shapes without joints, which would be impossible in ceramics, are possible – for example for freestanding bathtubs.

    A further advantage of Sentec is that the bathtub has a single wall, and can be created in one casting, instead of with a double wall as is usual in the case of bathtubs produced using conventional materials. The Sentec bathtubs from Laufen, for example from the new Val or Ino bathroom collections, thus weigh far less, yet feature an integrated overflow and are installed in a conventional way.

    A further advantage of Sentec is the possibility of reworking products made of the material at a later date: Thus surfaces made of the material can be cut to size individually, or the fitter can make holes for faucets using conventional tools. With the assistance of a repair kit even light damage, scratches or stains can easily be repaired.