The Vola 060 Round-head Shower, architecture by Arcgency
Pure materials. Pure design.
Danish brand Vola is proud to have been environmentally conscious ever since its beginning in 1968. Driven by the purest materials and carefully developed processes, when a Vola product is made, 100 per cent of waste is recovered and recycled. Vola celebrates this in the latest film in a series commissioned to mark its 50th anniversary.
‘Design itself is not enough,’ says Peder Nygaard, factory director at Vola, who explains how, in addition to design, it’s the finely-tuned craft-led processes that lay the foundations for Vola’s sustainable approach.
Designed in 1968 and still green
2471-061 in natural brass architecture by Pascal Francois and photo by Vincent Duterne
Vola products have always been made in Denmark, where every step of the manufacturing process is carefully considered and exacted. Vola keeps everything close to home to ensure absolute precision over each stage of production. The team continuously ask questions: How can we throw away less? How can we reuse more? The result – a product that becomes purer, and purer still, from every refinement of its design and production.
This highly-crafted process is met with Vola’s commitment to pure materials. Vola only uses the finest quality brass and stainless steel, always sourced from trusted suppliers with long-term relationships with the brand. The recycled waste materials carefully collected from the manufacturing process remain pure, and are always sent back to the foundry to be reshaped into the next batch of raw material, beginning the process again to create a new product, or replacement part. Proving its steady commitment to less waste, Vola makes new parts available for each well-loved product, prolonging lifespans even further.
Wall mounted 060 Round-head shower in brushed copper from the Exclusive Colour Series
The Vola round-head shower is an example of how original design meets pure material and process. It’s an art that Vola has been mastering since 1968 – the art of the unseen, in which utility is fluently folded between the elegance of good design.
Take the 060, it begins life as a 600kg cylinder of solid brass or stainless steel. This is then sliced succinctly into 43 discs, which are then carved to form its contemporary shape. The flat circular head envelops its technical function subtly within its pure shell, hiding the practical details that the user doesn’t need to see. For an object as eloquently designed as this, material takes centre stage.
111X and 5471R-061A in natural brass. Architecture by Frederic Kielemoes and photographed by Piet Albert Goethals
The quality and consideration of craft allows for pure and environmentally conscious design.
Against a minimal palette, the quality of craftsmanship of Vola products shines. Belgian interior designer Federic Kielemoes is known for his stripped back, clean and restrained style. He provides the perfect base for the 111X and 5471R-061A in brass, seen here installed in a neutral bathroom in an apartment in Belgium.
Similarly in Kasterlee, Belgium, a pool house built of raw concrete and timber designed by minimalist Arjaan De Feyter is a canvas for Vola’s natural brass fixtures including the Vola 2471-061 shower. The textured, grey wall plaster by Kabe Copenhagen enhances the clarity of the brass in its pure state.
2471-061 in natural brass designed by Arjaan De Feyter photographed by Piet Albert Goethals
Vola’s interest in natural materials and the environment stems from a very Danish sensibility that is rooted in respect for nature. The 060 round-head shower in brass (5471R-061A and 311) is thus very much at home inside a cedar wood-lined bathroom in the heart of a forest in upstate New York.
This bathroom, anchored by Vola design, is part of a new ‘tiny home’ dwelling designed by Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary architecture studio BIG and NYC-based company Klein. The 16.7sq m prototype is made of natural, sustainable timber designed to be built, tailored and completed within four to six months. Like this resourceful architectural design, Vola products are crafted to prolong our relationship with nature through sustainable design.
060 Round-head Shower, 5471R-061A and 311 in natural brass architecture by BIG/Klein and photographed by Matthew Carbone
It’s a comfort to know that a Vola product respects the environment; a quality that isn’t immediately seen – like the refined process, purity of material and unseen functionality of the design – yet is vital to understanding the brand. While our relationship to the environment has changed remarkably over half a century – for better and worse – Vola’s awareness of sustainability, 50 years on, continues to help us to exist alongside and within nature.