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    Daniel Fountain
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    Offering hotel designers and architects the chance to learn more about the latest innovations in bathroom design from one of the world’s market leading brands, Laufen will be bringing its wide range of solutions to the Sleep Event 2013.With products and innovations that cover every aspect of creating luxury hotel bathrooms, Stand G21 will be used to showcase the latest Laufen offerings – from the manufacturer’s revolutionary new ceramic that produces super-thin washbasins, through to high-jet WCs.ixings to aid in mass installation scenarios and everything in between.

    One of the many highlights of the Laufen stand at Sleep will be washbasins crafted from SaphirKeramik, a new lightweight material that is completely unique to the Swiss manufacturer. Forming part of the stunning Kartell by Laufen collection which successfully combines plastic and ceramic in the bathroom, SaphirKeramik brings innovations in terms of the physical properties that can be created with ceramic, offering a whole new world of creative possibilities for hotel bathroom designers.

    With SaphirKeramik, designs that were previously deemed only suitable for solid surface pieces can now be achieved using ceramic, which offers crucial practical advantages such as hygiene and durability for hotel bathrooms.

    SaphirKeramik also achieves extremely narrow radius on the curvature of corners – up to 1-2 millimetres – resulting in washbasins that are as thin as blades and responding to the trend for minimalism in the modern bathroom.

    On a stand that is packed full of innovations, Laufen will also be presenting its new high performance WC at Sleep. Helping hoteliers reduce their water consumption andfulfil sustainability agendas, this new WC high-performance WC is able to flush powerfully with just 2 litres of water. Not only is it prepared to meet future water-saving standards but it already complies with all current international standards for flushing with 4.5 and 6 litres. This high performance with minimal water wastage is made possible due to its patent pending flushing technology, with the powerful jet at the front pushing the flushed material in the siphon and into the sewage network.

    Recognising that the systems used for fitting sanitaryware are just as crucial to the overall design of a bathroom as the products themselves, Laufen will also be showcasing its innovative solution for wall-mounting WCs at Sleep. EasyFit is a new hidden fixing which makes mounting a WC on the wall a quick and simple task.

    Hidden fixings for wall-mounted WCs have visual and hygienic benefits, as a smooth ceramic surface with no protective covers not only looks attractive also extremely easy to clean, as there is nowhere for dirt and bacteria to hide. Until now, the installation of wall-mounted WCs has not always been such a simple matter, so Laufen has developed a completely new, hidden fixing system.

    The patent pending EasyFit system uses plastic cylinders and bayonet fittings to make connecting pipes simple. The installation process is virtually self-explanatory and is all done from underneath.

    See all these bathroom design innovations and more by visiting Laufen on Stand G21, at Sleep 2013 from 20-21 November, Business Design Centre, London.

    Daniel Fountain / 19.09.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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