Axor Urquiola by Hansgrohe
I defy you to find a hotter designer of architectural products than the Spanish-born and Milan-based Patricia Urquiola. Indeed, the stuff Ross Lovegrove has been doing for Vitra is super cool and architects Ludovica and Roberto Palomba do great work for Laufen. But Urquiola gets my vote for the singular 2010 line she created for Hansgrohe’s super premium brand, Axor. Not only is this the company’s first line designed by a woman, it’s also its most extensive. Consisting of seemingly anything that can go into a bathroom, including bath, shower and bidet faucets; vessel sinks; shower columns; tubs; and accessories, the line “represents the convergence of previously distinct areas,” the company says. Without strict separation between bedroom and bathroom, the two spaces blend into a single area for relaxation and regeneration. As a result, the pieces feature soft shapes and gentle curves. Beautiful though they are, the pieces are not for the light of wallet. A tub can cost as much as $8,000. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.