Enter the double-height space of Barber Osgerby’s Manhattan design concept for Axor and the awe-inspiring sense of scale, proportion and perspective, synonymous with the New York loft lifestyle, is immediate.
Each of the property’s industrial windows frames an incredible view across the city. Exposed steel beams support the ceiling and mezzanine, while a large signature rug and ceiling-mounted lighting soften the brickwork and white-tiled walls.
Taking centre stage in a large bathroom is a modern, freestanding bath and the elegant, archetypal form of a floor-mounted bath faucet in matt black. Adjacent to the bath is a double wash basin area; countertop basins are flanked by Axor One Select 260 basin mixers, plumbed and fixed onto a long, vintage wooden cabinet. A step down, under the mezzanine, reveals a large, double shower area, its windows showcasing a panoramic vista of the city skyline beyond.
The space showcases one of three bathroom concepts Barber Osgerby has created with its new collection for Axor. This, the Contemporary Industrial bathroom, nods to the classic NYC loft aesthetic of exposed, factory-spec steels, and bare brick walls. It also exemplifies the new priorities of Axor’s Compact Luxury concept: when city-centre square footage is at a premium, it makes sense to apportion a large share of limited living space to a bathroom that doubles as a relaxation area and includes an overhead, Rain and PowderRain shower experience.
With its new designs for Axor One, London-based Barber Osgerby – which has been working with Axor since 2013 – has reinvented familiar bathroom archetypes for greater clarity, enhanced function and superior control. The result is a collection of slender, elegant forms that embody the principles of Compact Luxury.
‘Axor One is the coming together of purity and sophistication with a really new interaction that incorporates precision and control,’ explains Jay Osgerby. ‘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.’
‘We've gone into the precision of the control of the water, but the precision also goes into the body of the tap as well,’ adds Edward Barber. ‘At first glance, it looks like 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.’
For Osgerby the concept of Compact Luxury is inspired and defined by spatial parameters. ‘Historically, the bathroom has always been confined to a really tiny space,’ he says. ‘But now, where possible, it's great to be more generous with the footprint for that room.’
Axor One reinvents archetypal forms through radical innovation. Powered by the brand’s advanced Select technology, the Axor One tap, all slender contours, flat surfaces and soft corners, establishes a new mode of interaction that is effortless, intuitive and precise. An innovative new cartridge facilitates the iconic flat handle, while the integrated aerator and slightly tapered spout reflect the high standard of quality.
New bathroom experiences and the Compact Luxury concept are both made possible through Barber Osgerby’s innovative design thinking, and realised by the incredible engineering of Axor.