“More beauty for all” seems to be the motto of hygienic design over the past twenty years, transforming the bathroom — a domestic den of cleanliness — from a space of hurried passage to a space to stop and search for relaxation and rest, replenishing both body and soul. Today then, placing more attention on hygiene and habits that have earned a newfound importance — “wash your hands, often and well” — the bathroom is focused on the washbasin. New additions this year tell us that design is part of a greater scenography of life, and come to think of it, is water not the first element of nature, from which everything is born?
Within the dichotomy of beauty and hygiene — a perfect pair in the name of personal care — two sinks capture a spontaneous gesture: the Miena washbasin, a new entry from Kaldewei, represented through the artistic concept of Natural Union (whose name openly declares a return to nature); and the Supersink basin from Superfront. While the former is photographed by the talented and versatile artist Bryan Adams, the other is observed like a multifaceted object to be placed in the bathroom or kitchen, adapting to indoors and outdoors. For both, the message remains the same, and it’s an important one: when we shake the hands of friends and family, we remember having passed through a design that frames one of the many rituals of life.
Under the running water of Kaldewei's Miena sink pass the hands of six people in a Berlin-based photo studio. Behind the lens for Natural Union was none other than pop singer Bryan Adams, showcasing the versatile creative’s visual skillset. The primary essence of this gesture, delicate and affectionate, goes well beyond spontaneity. It pairs with the design of Kaldewei, filling materials that speak of intimacy and hygiene with life: the enameled steel, for example, or glass, which is recyclable. In a 100% Made in Germany frame, running water is synonymous with cleanliness.
A prompt response from Superfront also comes with the use of steel. The Supersink conquers the bathroom while vaunting two of the typical pillars of signature design: resistance and durability. With a chameleonic touch, it vaunts the ability to adapt to modern atmospheres thanks to details in aluminum, and to the classicism of homes with a more retro or classic tone that’s elegant and stylish. “It’s the beauty of a timeless and sustainable design,” explains Mick Born, co-founder of Superfront. “It lasts longer and adapts to most environments.”
And to all effects, this “super sink” mutates in open spaces just like those that are closed. What’s more, it establishes the prose of Nordic design, reigning in a home like the Hallwyl House of Stockholm (the estate of Swedish antiquarian duo Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, constructed on the design of architects Isak Gustaf Clason and Albert Collett). Here in an older building, modern hygiene becomes first a frame for the hands and then the gesture to wash them.