Rounded contours shape the new “Axor Starck Organic” bathroom collection by star designer Philippe Starck for design brand Axor from bathroom experts Hansgrohe in Schiltach. The range features bath, shower and washbasin fittings whose handles and bodies appear to melt into one another. Their organic shape is reminiscent of natural forms.
This new series of mixers spent three years in development and is thus distinguished not only by its minimalist design, but a new spout and sustainable production methods, too. The company’s in-house research department developed a water spout for the washbasin mixer, whereby – like a showerhead – the water flows through 90 openings, covering a larger surface of skin with water at any one time, while maintaining a low flow rate of just 3.5 liters per minute in comparison to the market norm of 7 liters.
An added advantage of the fittings in the “Axor Starck Organic” bathroom collection is the separate operation of the flow rate and water temperature. While the water is turned on and off at the end of the spout, the temperature can be regulated at the upper end.
Thanks to the company’s new, sustainable production methods, the fittings, which are manufactured exclusively at Hansgrohe’s Axor factory, require around a third less brass and therefore significantly reduce the amount of energy entailed in their manufacture.
Looking back on their 20-year collaboration with the French designer, CEO Philippe Grohe is still fascinated by Starck’s will to break away from the standard mentality, patterns of behavior and design norms to come up with something completely new.