SaphirKeramik project wins Design Plus Award 2015

The unusual washbasin (Design: Toan Nguyen) was created with Laufen’s revolutionary SaphirKeramik ceramic material, immediately convincing the expert Design Plus powered by ISH jury to award it.

SaphirKeramik from Laufen is a ceramic material which permits the creation of extremely filigree bathroom furniture. Last year the Swiss bathroom specialist launched the SaphirKeramik project in order to find out just how much design potential is in this new type of ceramic material. Within the framework of this project the French designer Toan Nguyen designed a washbasin which represents a reinterpretation of original washbasin forms. A highly qualified specialist jury has now awarded the washbasin the Design Plus powered by ISH 2015 award. 
The specialist Design Plus jury evaluated design quality, overall conception, innovative content, material choice, and the technical and environmental aspects of the products entered. The washbasin by Toan Nguyen from the Laufen SaphirKeramik project convinced the jury in every respect. The form of the washbasin represents a reinterpretation of the archetypical wash basin shape which is anchored in the collective unconscious. To enable this, the extremely innovative washbasin makes use of the characteristics of SaphirKeramik and transfers them into a form which allows the washbasin, storage surface and back wall to merge, forming a single ensemble which appears elegant, light, and filigree, almost ethereal. Yet the major paring down which the new ceramic material enables did not only have an effect on the shaping and ecological aspects, but was for Toan Nguyen also a factor which shifted boundaries, leading to new functions – and finally to a reinvention of the washbasin on the basis of everyday movement processes.  

Photo credit: Rainer Hosch

Toan Nguyen: “It was my goal to create a product that is more practical than conceptual. My starting point was to take an archetypal washbasin and transform it into something different. I ended up creating a wall-mounted washbasin incorporating a shelf to one side. The shelf takes the place of the wider area normally found around a basin. Because of the very thin SaphirKeramik wall the basin itself can be designed more generously. Nevertheless, the emphasis is more on lines and surface, rather than on volume. But it is not only a matter of surface, since the wash basin possesses all the qualities of ceramic – its materiality has a very physical character, which you can touch and feel.”

Together with all award-winning products, the SaphirKeramik washbasin from Laufen will be presented in a special show at ISH in the foyer of Hall 4.2 from 10th to the 14th March, and will be awarded a certificate at a prize-giving ceremony on the opening day of the fair. 



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