In the search for alternative visions of bathroom as a living space, Axor (the designer brand of Hansgrohe) collaborated with internationally renowned designers, such as Phoenix Design, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and the Bouroullec brothers. Freshome recently attended the unveiling of two new installations completed together with Front and Nendo, that will now add up to this impressive line of works.
The Axor WaterDream project created by Nendo artfully brings together two common household objects, reinterpreting the way they are usually perceived: “My aim was to combine what is most archetypal about the living space, the lighting, with water, so as to give the shower an enhanced sensuous dimension in a way we have not yet seen before. The result is something that is not just a shower, nor just a lamp, but a hybrid – a magic trick with light and water that is available day after day”, explains designer Oki Sato.
Asked to further describe his installation, Oki Sato emphasized on the special connection he managed to capture: “I was thinking that water does not exist without light. Imagine a river or a lake: when it is night time it disappears in the darkness because it absorbs all the light. But at daytime you have the sunlight and then it creates all this glittering effect on the surface of the water. It creates depth, it creates colors and it becomes an emotional aspect. So I tried to create an object that combines light and water together in one piece.’
Philippe Grohe- Head of the Axor brand- animated the presentation event by subtly inviting the designer to have a sit under the lamp-shower. With Oki Sato reading, another vision was brought to life: “The natural coming-together of light and water is freed from spatial constraints: what traditionally took place in separate rooms – reading under a lamp in the living room, taking a shower in the bathroom – can now be experienced free from spatial allocations or confinements,” Philippe Grohe stated.
In the end, Philippe Grohe spontaneously decided to join Oki Sato, in an act of fun solidarity. Enjoy the photos taken at the event held at Axor headquarters in the Black Forest and stay tuned to see photos of the installation developed by the girls at Front. Coming soon on Freshome!