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London, September 2008. "The collection consists of a complete program, an actual design system - similar to a mosaic or a puzzle made up of a whole lot of small, square-shaped objects - that can be combined to form an infinite range of totally flexible solutions. This is what we call Haute Couture for the shower." This is how the French designer Philippe Starck describes the aesthetic value of the Axor Starck ShowerCollection, where a small, perfect square extends into a great and flexible design concept. This new co-production between Axor, the designer brand from Hansgrohe, and Philippe Starck is the latest in a successful sixteen year collaboration in bathroom design and was premiered in April 2008 at the Milan Furniture Exhibition and makes its UK debut here at 100% Design. Both of these leading international shows attract creative talent from around the globe, the people who design the living environment of the future and the architecture with which we live. An environment in which the bathroom plays an increasingly important role.
Perfect modularity - "Just mix it!"
The bathroom is changing from a purely functional place for ablutions to a wellness space designed to take care of body, mind and soul. People are spending more time in the bathroom once again, not merely for reasons of hygiene, but to enjoy relaxation, recreation and a sense of well-being. This makes the bathroom a fundamental part of individual living. Conventional and standardized interior design concepts are being replaced with more diverse yet harmonious space solutions that go beyond the individual product. "This does not mean that the product itself is going to be less significant - its functionality, its aesthetics, its emotional power will continue to be of importance," explains Axor brand manager Philippe Grohe, "however, the individual product is embedded in a design or interior space concept. Now that we have developed new, holistic approaches to bathroom design with the Axor Starck, Axor Citterio and Axor Massaud bathroom collections, we are shifting our focus to the shower. For this reason, the Axor Starck ShowerCollection is a comprehensive system of modular structure that provides a solution for each and every requirement - it is, if you like, a construction kit consisting of the most diverse range of elements that can be combined to create an infinite number of solutions thanks to its consistent underlying design philosophy. Like all our other collections, the Axor Starck ShowerCollection therefore provides the ultimate in freedom for creative design."
The basic element of the Axor Starck ShowerCollection is a 12x12cm square that can perform a range of different functions: shower, thermostat, lighting or speaker modules, even a shelf unit, all conform to the same square shape and the same unembellished design, as do the control elements such as shut-off valves and mixers. Their minimalist clean lines and geometrical precision create an air of tranquility in the shower and focus attention on what matters: the enjoyment of the water.
All the modules can be combined freely in any arrangement, and in any number. Used as a free-standing individual solution or combined in a group, whether in a horizontal or vertical arrangement, centreed in space or distributed in an asymmetrical design - the result will always be new and highly individual living environments in the bathroom.
Technical refinements provide even greater flexibility; for example, the shower module can be used not only to create a range of different overhead showers, but by allowing the jet to be adjusted horizontally or vertically, it also performs outstandingly as a variable lateral shower module for the neck and shoulder regions. "With the Axor Starck ShowerCollection everyone - and especially architects and interior designers - can use their creativity to the full and create highly individual solutions. "Ready-made simply becomes tailor-made, as prefabricated modules are combined to form individual custom solutions", says Philippe Starck. "This creates an aesthetic of well-being, and feeling well is a highly individual concern. Just be creative - just mix it!"
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