Laufen Bathrooms presented “A Curated Art Show. What?” at the London Design Museum - the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design. Featuring exclusive objects by architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, and industrial designer Konstantin Grcic among others.

A Curated Art Show. What?
The concept is based on a three-dimensional platform of art, a collection of high-tech, abstract, and craft objects. Adding to the artistic element, parts of the sculptures have been produced using new technologies, some of which are making a world premiere in ceramics. Its future orientation led Laufen to explore new manufacturing methods such as digital modelling and fabrication in different materials, working closely with an international network of universities, research institutes and academic spin-offs.


Design: Patricia Urquiola
A mix of polymer cast and ceramic, binder jetting (powder bed 3D printing), infiltrated, 5 × 19 × 19 cm

Time only goes in one direction. But we give it form.

Tomorrow is a question: What will we be able to accomplish? It challenges our willpower: How good can we be? Which new technologies can help? To us, progress is a neverending process, a step that seems bigger on some days and smaller on others. Because the future is not a time that comes, but a path one must take. A path we want to take. To provide the answers ourselves. In all that we do.

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1961, and lives and works in Milan. She attended the University of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni. In 2001 she opened her own studio, working on product design, architecture, and installations. She has won several international prices and awards, and some of her products are exhibited in museums and collections worldwide.


Design: Konstantin Grcic
Polymers and silica sand, binder jetting (powder bed 3D printing), infiltrated and painted, 145 × 80 × 57 cm 

Everything begins with cleanliness. It is the start and the finish.

With water came bathrooms, and with bathrooms, the beginnings of a whole new movement: in the middle of first half of the 20th century, the installation of bathrooms was accompanied by a plea for hygiene and cleanliness. Today, this concept is so obvious that we cannot fully comprehend the impact it had at the time, especially if we consider that trends have long since made rejuvenation the leading topic when it comes to bathrooms. Bathrooms have gone from an almost shameful, hidden, ideally space-saving, functional space to a room that is harmoniously integrated into the open floor plans of a living space.

Munich-born industrial designer Konstantin Gricic did an apprenticeship with cabinet-maker John Makepeace(UK), then an  MA in industrial design at London`s Royal College of  Art. In 1991, he founded his studio, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, in Munich. His designs are in the permanent collections of such museums as New York`s MoMA and the Paris`s Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

The Design Museum
16 to 24 september 2017
open 10:00 - 18:00 daily
224 - 238 Kensington High Street
London, W8 6AG



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