Archetypes in titanium steel
“Bette Loft” and “Bette Loft Ornament” are two collections by steel and enamel specialist Bette, which introduce clear lines and decorative details to the bathroom. Their designer Dominik Tesseraux from Potsdam design office Tesseraux + Partner was keen on expressing a “tangible definition and precision” – also as a counterpart to the previous series “Bette Lux”. The “Bette Loft” collection is the more classic of the two designs: A pared-down design, clearly defined lines and very small corner radii make both the bathtub and washstand of glazed titanium steel appear clear and timeless. The basic shape is formed from four tapered surfaces. The folded tub edge measures just 8 mm, allowing for flush-mounting and easy cleaning. For greater flexibility customers can choose between three different sizes. For Tesseraux, “Bette Loft” is an “archetype of a rectangular bathtub”.
It boasts many facets, the successor to built-in bathtub “Bette Loft” as a freestanding concept. Presented at this year’s ISH, Tesseraux gave the tub and wall-mounted washstand from the “Bette Loft Ornament” collection an embossed covering of glazed titanium steel, which makes the surface highly scratch-proof and abrasion-resistant. The geometric pattern also emphasizes the malleability of the steel and looks especially attractive thanks to the interplay of light and shadow. “We specifically wanted to produce an extroverted bathroom product,” says the industrial designer. The embossing can be variously emphasized as a single-row or four-row structure. Moreover, the inner polygonal shape enhances reclining comfort in the spacious bathtub. For Dominik Tesseraux, this expressive design of sanitation ceramics also mirrors the advancement of the bathroom from a functional room to a statement.