In partnership with Zucchetti
When toilet professional Zucchetti and its complementary model Kos introduced their dynamic set up Methods of Water at Milan Design Week 2023, it was celebrated for its expression of poetry and fluidity. Inviting an expertise that thought-about the preciousness of water, Methods of Water additionally supplied priceless perception into Zucchetti’s methods of working: the engineered choreography of water as a recreation of transparencies, lights, reflections, supplies, depth and lightness, the conception of sculptural compositions that create path for a fluid, pure factor, to comply with infinite paths and shapes.
For greater than 90 years Zucchetti, the Italian toilet specialist, has conveyed these actions with precision, seriousness and class, responding to the always-changing wants of up to date residing and the totally different makes use of of water with a balanced and outlined strategy. Kos, in the meantime, examines the cultural, ritual and dreamlike points pertaining to a holistic expertise of wellbeing supplied by water.
From its roots as a small foundry arrange in 1929 in Valduggia, Piedmont, by Alfredo Zucchetti, the model is now led by the third technology of the household. Design solidity, technical know-how and innovation remaining as the corporate’s founding pillars.
Zucchetti’s design excellence for the modern toilet
With the lavatory setting present process a proper, spatial and cultural shift in recent times, Zucchetti’s merchandise hook up with modern existence through eclectic collections which might be the best mixture of technical and aesthetic values.
Zucchetti creates merchandise that aren’t simply purposeful, however actual parts of design. In doing so, it collaborates with a number of the most fascinating skills within the discipline, amongst them Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, Alberto and Francesco Meda, David Lopez Quincoces and Ludovica+Roberto Palomba. Zucchetti achieves kind, perform and design excellence by means of fixed experimentation in new merchandise, shapes, applied sciences and supplies.
Intuitive, easy and stylistically impartial, Hoop is a button bathe system designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Zucchetti. Combining the consolation of a thermostatic mixer with a brand new, versatile aesthetic, its clear and linear shapes information the button system for simple, elegant use. With a easy gesture it’s attainable to open or shut the Hoop system’s water jets – even concurrently – by deciding on the corresponding outlet (hand bathe, bathe head, physique jets or spout). Water temperature is definitely set too, and managed with a knob, remaining secure through the time of use.
The brand new button system is a sustainable and environmentally pleasant answer, optimum when it comes to each water and vitality financial savings. Accessible in all finishes, Hoop has been designed to be mixed with any of Zucchetti’s collections.
A Zucchetti icon, Helm, designed by Lopez Quincoces, takes the basic archetype of the basic, cross-handle faucet and reimagines it as cylindrical volumes which were deconstructed then reconstructed. ‘I begin from advanced concepts,’ explains Quincoces, ‘create a synthesis after which discover a model that can stand the take a look at of time and circumvent tendencies.’
This strategy led to the primary line of entirely-stainless-steel faucets launched by Zucchetti, a flexible sequence that adapts to a number of inside areas. Finishes embrace brushed chrome steel, gold, British gold, copper, complete black and chocolate.
Alberto and Francesco Meda’s inspiration for Zucchetti’s reassuring and composed Medameda assortment was humanity, understatement and ease. ‘We attempt to provide you with objects with a easy, unified model,’ clarify the designers, ‘objects that aren’t too loud.’ Avoiding formal extravagance in favour of particular consideration to the relationships between totally different parts, and even between the gadgets and individuals who use them, has produced an object of natural, flowing traces with common enchantment.
Medameda can be an clever faucet; its lever engages on the physique of the single-lever mixer with a easy horizontal minimize that maintains the continuity of the natural form. Select from finishes in chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, gold, brushed gold, steel black, brushed steel black and embossed matt black paint.
Zucchetti’s distinctive and important faucet system, Isy, initially designed over 20 years in the past by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, is now revisited and celebrated in a brand new assortment. Acknowledging Isy’s pioneering position, and the sturdy bond between the model and the 2 designers, the brand new fashions preserve the expertise and avant-garde aesthetic of the unique design however interpret them in a recent key, pushing their intrinsic revolutionary factor even additional with finishes which might be as uncommon as they’re refined.
The important thing to Isy22 stays its essentiality. Again in 2000, Zucchetti invited Thun and Rodriguez to create a brand new mission supposed not solely as a faucet, however a system, a brand new thought of governing water impressed by water itself. Impressed by the ideas of subtraction and modularity the 2 designers conceived the Isy assortment as a connection to the plasticity of water. The result’s a lightweight and important design that repositions the technical parts contained in the basin as a substitute of the faucet – a technological innovation that influenced the evolution of toilet merchandise for years to come back.
Thun and Rodriguez have reconsidered the gathering, Isy22 embodying its authentic and already trendy DNA however accentuating it. ‘Are we afraid of modifying a basic?’ ask Thun and Rodriguez. ‘No, as a result of our job is to query all the things, even the issues now we have accomplished. Clearly, the essence of the mission should not be misplaced. We now have gone a great distance: in Isy22 now we have modified all the things – the design of the spout, the deal with, the diameter – and but, in actuality, the icon stays. The guts stays.’ To finish the brand new proposal, the ‘no contact’ digital faucet which meets the wants of up to date life with synthesis and refinement.