Kartell by Laufen
There was a time when bathroom furnishings were not very imaginative. The only variables were perhaps in the bathtub and the shower, and with or without a bidet. Today, the bathroom is no longer just a service area, but is considered as a room to be furnished. To meet this need, two historic companies have collaborated: the Swiss company Laufen, who has contributed to improving health conditions in Europe since 1892, and the Italian company Kartell, who has made plastic their signature material since 1949.
The Kartell by Laufen collection offers numerous possibilities of composing colors and finishes to transform the bath environment into a fluid and flexible set of furnishings. Laufen’s concept of the bathroom as an integral part of living space, combined with Kartell’s range of possibilities, make for design freedom and the chance to adapt to a large spectrum of taste and context. The collection includes washbasins, toilets, faucets, cabinets, bathtubs and accessories in a wide variety of hues and finishes. Ochre, mustard yellow and blue-gray are the new hues for 2021. In addition to white and gray tones, there are now black and anthracite gray washstands in a range of forms and sizes. The matte and soft touch finishes of these blend with the rest of the collection. Various compositions of cabinets and drawer units combine compact, linear design with ample size to offer maximum functional quality for any type of bathroom.
To promote the collaboration, Laufen and Kartell have commissioned two artists to interpret the collection. The Belgian photographer Hugo Comte’s effort is a lively vision of a group of people playing with and carrying the collection. It contrasts with the German photographer Oliver Helbig’s static view of a calm, meditative environment. The two visions reflect the potential and eclectic nature of the collection.
text by Silvia Anna Barrilà