The evolution of an icon
Since its debut 20 years ago, ILBAGNOALESSI has represented a completely new approach to the design of the bathroom space, made possible thanks to the interaction of two companies, both examples of excellence in their respective fields, in a complementary investigation of new linguistic codes connected with a more profound imaginary, closer to the desires of today’s consumers.
ILBAGNOALESSI designed by Stefano Giovannoni is one of the longest-running and successful high-end collections by LAUFEN which, together with design brand ALESSI, has reinterpreted classic archetypes with fluid and soft shapes, giving the objects an organic almost sculptural character.
The holistic idea of the bathroom – the central focus of LAUFEN’s approach – finds maximum expression in a perfect balance between form and function, design and workmanship, poetry and technological innovation.
The evolution of ILBAGNOALESSI coincides with the important technological progress, in terms of materials, that has been made in the bath furnishings sector over the last few years. The ongoing research conducted by LAUFEN on ceramics has made it possible to formulate a unique, extremely strong and malleable material that is also very thin, permitting the creation of daring forms that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Thanks to Saphirkeramik, an extraordinary high-performance material that becomes a link between past and future, it has been possible to design new washstands and washbasins with ample, soft and fluid forms, which seem to be almost weightless. Stefano Giovannoni, experimenting with this special ceramic material, has designed basins with rounded forms in different sizes (450x380x170 and 700x380x170 cm), reinterpreting the iconic Tuna washbasin, whose long, organic form has been accentuated through the use of a new light, slim profile based on Saphirkeramik. Available in the countertop version, or built-in with the ceramic border perfectly aligned with the cabinet on which it is placed.
The important new feature of the collection involves three new variations of finish and color for all the ceramic pieces, including the toilet and the bidet. The matte finish – in the colors white, black and coffee – gives the product a more contemporary image.
The new freestanding bathtub is large and welcoming, and takes its cue from the form of the washbasins. Made with Sentec, a mineral composite that offers a velvety, sensual surface, the tub is ideal for a long regenerating soak. The slim border widens to offer a comfortable headrest and a surface for objects. The new version – also available with black on the outside and white on the inside is of great theatrical impact, perfectly in tune with the new finishes of the collection.
One of the central pieces of ILBAGNOALESSI is the toilet with its innovative shape: the rounded cover completes the design of the ceramic body in perfect continuity, generating a unified object that is completely different from a traditional toilet, which is usually flat in its upper part.
New furnishings: innovation and maximum functional quality
ILBAGNOALESSI 2022 also offers a series of new furnishings that incorporate materials of the latest generation. The cabinets have squared geometric lines, and the drawers – without handles – have borders at a 45-degreen angle, a solution that is beautiful and functional at the same time. The new wood varieties and the warm, earthy tones of the colored laminated versions play with the stoneware surfaces, creating chromatic effects and material juxtapositions of great refinement in relation to the ceramic fixtures. The color palette offers a range of over 30 hues and 3 special nuances, with metallic finishes like copper, titanium and gold.
A special highlight, in the truest sense of the word, is an innovative frame structure made of black aluminum, which accompanies the mirror and furniture as a connecting element and sets the scene for the unusual shapes. This structure is equipped with an LED lighting system, the different scenarios of which can be controlled via APP or remote control. The modular lighting system allows the brightness to spread in multiple directions, creating different personalized configurations in the bathroom space, with the option of shifting between warm and cool luminous hues.
A square section of just 23 mm, easy to install, which conceals innovative technology inside, to take ILBAGNOALESSI into a new digital era.