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Designers Reimagine Faucets for Axor WaterDream 2016
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Luxury bathroom brand Axor reached out to architects and designers to bring their own spin to the bathroom by envisioning their own spout for a presentation during FuoriSalone. The Axor WaterDream 2016 invited world-renowned designers David Adjaye, Werner Aisslinger, FRONT, GamFratesi, and Jean-Marie Massaud to design their own unique spout that “through their materiality, form and function, give a new emotionality and value to the tap itself and the water passing through it.” The idea was to see through the designer’s eyes the value of water in our personal livings spaces and the five developed fully-functioning pieces that push the boundaries of what we think of in terms of today’s faucets.

Working with the Axor U-Base, a universal fixture base that creates a simple connection to the spout, they incorporated alternative materials and unique forms that result in incredibly beautiful designs that could very easily land in bathrooms of the future.

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German designer Werner Aisslinger’s The Sea and the Shore is a conceptual spout that incorporates a shelf into its fountain-like design. It’s made from clay, which is an historical material that helps showcase the value of water.

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Swedish duo FRONT designed a sculptural spout made from metal where the water flows from the upper platform down to the lower one. Water Steps displays the juxtaposition between a fluid natural element and the rigid metallic surface of the material used.

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Zen was designed by the Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi who went minimal with their design by reimagining a classic Japanese wood fountain. It’s simple form and flow creates a tranquil feel referencing the relationship between water and nature.

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Jean-Marie Massaud’s Mimicry shows water being released from simple, geometric shapes made of marble with the intention of being in harmony with the architectural landscape.

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Ritual, by British architect David Adjaye, is made of bronze spout where the water escapes from under a granite inlay.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.