27 March 2001
The new 'Bathroom_Foster' range for German sanitaryware companies Duravit and Hoesch has been launched at the Bathroom Fair ISH Frankfurt.
Bathroom suites normally consist only of the 'ceramic' items - bath, shower unit, washbasin, toilet and bidet - requiring people to match taps, accessories and other bathroom furniture as best they can. The Foster practice has a holistic and integrated approach to the design of interiors and believes this separation to be artificial. It has collaborated with two German companies - Duravit and Hoesch - to design a bathroom suite with a fully complimentary range of sanitaryware, furniture and accessories, which provides cohesive interiors for domestic and commercial bathrooms.
There are more than 30 elements in the Bathroom_Foster series, ranging from baths, shower units and basins, to towel rails and liquid soap dispensers. Each of these elements is generated by a consistent geometry based on two adjacent circles. All the sanitary elements by Duravit such as the basins, toilets and bidets are manufactured from ceramic and the showers, baths and steam baths manufactured by Hoesch are made from high-quality acrylic.
The bath has an optional whirlpool system and is available in free-standing and built-in versions or with a wall attachment. The basins and baths have a generous capacity, but have a light appearance because of the extremely fine profile of their rims, which also aids easy access to the bathtub. The shower unit has a transparent surround and optional side-jets for hydromassage. The range also includes one and two-person steam baths.
The storage units - wall-mounted mirrored cabinets and larger free-standing cupboards for storing towels and bathrobes - follow the geometry of the sanitary elements. The curved doors of the cabinets have a wide opening angle, allowing especially easy access to their contents.
The practice has previously developed a range of taps designed for Rubinetterie Stella which was launched in 1999.