The Shape of Water
Products are never autonomous. They always encounter other objects in the room. “If you can really distil the essence of an object and make it simple and beautiful, it can work in all sorts of different places,” says Jay Osgerby. Together with his studio partner Edward Barber he has created the new AXOR One collection for the German design brand AXOR. It’s an enduring partnership, with the London-based design duo working with the company since 2013.
“At the first glance, the faucets look like a tube, a simple bent tube, but actually the tube diminishes in size as it reaches the end. It feels just that little bit more light, a bit more crafted, a bit more elegant than just having the same standard section being bent round,” explains Barber. The secret lies in the variation of an archetype, on a visual level but also in use. Repositioning the cartridge directly underneath the washbasin allowed the bent tube to be realized in refined proportions that support an effortless and intuitive use.
“We didn’t want a new object in the bathroom, but we did want to bring a new interaction and a new way of controlling water that is much more precise,” says Osgerby. By pressing the all-in-one control button, water starts and stops. Spinning the handle clockwise, from its initial position that delivers cold water, increases the temperature. AXOR One faucets are available in basin and free-standing heights, in three-hole and in wall-mounted versions to suit a wide range of bathroom layouts and sizes.
Words by Norman Kietzmann