Aqua Jewels by Marcel Wanders



Live from Milan: Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has designed a range of bathroom fittings called Aqua Jewels for Italian manufaturers Bonomi.


Here's some text from Bonomi:

In the palace of your dreams, where the bathroom is your sanctuary. The warm moist air bathes your skin and “Aqua Jewels” by Marcel Wanders for Bonomi are your servants. The elements lay before you on a stage awaiting your command. The fragmented surfaces are tamed by reflections of light, anticipating your liquid rituals. The water cascades through the “Aqua Jewels” and uses your naked skin as its canvas, dusting you with dazzling droplets of liquid. A magical transformation begins and time stands still.’


Marcel Wanders grew up in Boxtel, the Netherlands, and graduated cum laude from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. Marcel Wanders’ fame started with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1996. He is now ubiquitous, designing for the biggest European contemporary design manufacturers. Founded in 2000, Moooi has grown into an internationally renowned design label. Additionally, Marcel Wanders works on architectural and interior design projects and recently turned his attention to consumer home appliances.

Marcel was the editor of the International Design Yearbook 2005. He was a juror for various prizes like the Rotterdam Design Prize (for which his own products were nominated several times) and the Kho Liang Ie prize. He lectured at SFMoMA, Limn, the Design Academy, Nike, IDFA, FutureDesignDays and has taught at various design academies in the Netherlands and abroad. Various designs of Marcel Wandershave been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans vanBeuningen in Rotterdam, the Central Museum in Utrecht, Museum of Decorative Arts Copenhagen and various Droog Design exhibitions.


Bonomi, the name of the family still leading the company, is an Italian brand uniting solid artisan traditions and the ability to produce top quality bathroom taps and fittings of essential and refined design.


The company’s history covers a century of successive generations leaving in heritage the ambition to constantly improve performance through continuous, patient and transversal research, rigorous quality control to comply with the evolution of technology, and untiring daily efforts fired by sobriety.


Starting before the new millennium, Bonomi has been investing in avant-garde design, giving rise to the development project for a special range of taps which immediately marked an important threshold: in fact, Bonomi was the first company to propose the “flat spout” – an interpretation that is greatly acclaimed now as a paradigm of designer taps.

The project is now consolidated under the brand name of Bonomi Contemporaneo Italiano.

Posted on Thursday April 17th 2008 at 10:18 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • joachim rodriguez diaz la foza

    what a waste of material

  • ambroise

    …”essential and refined design”…..well…
    no comment.

  • greg

    Just stop now Marcel before its too late.

    Younger generations might think its OK to design like this and ruin our future.

  • chad

    pure kitsch

  • Pedro Alcazares

    really bad taste

  • poster

    it’s too baroque! awful

  • Andrew S.

    This is unbearable. Why is that when people get rich, their sense of style goes down the drain? (DID EVERYONE NOTICE MY PUN!!?!?!?!?!??!)

    But honestly, sometimes I go to to laugh at how unstylish wealthy people can seem to be. I can definitely see this faucet being on their site in the near future.

  • K. Rimane

    Marcel Wander: the name cannot always stand for innovation and beauty. Wanders has begun CRAP design in the bathroom.
    I hope he flushes quickly.

  • Raymond

    You can’t say it’s not different from everything else you can cop.

    Too bad different doesn’t mean beautifull.

  • Ruben Borup

    I love it! It is definately “too much”, but that is the point!
    Stop being so pretentious – it is only design.
    However… I seriously doubt the shower head is any good!

  • leandro locsin

    show mah yaw bling blings ! !

  • Mattia

    Perfect for a Russian oligarch’s pied-a-terre.

  • brett

    Um, well, at least it’s not the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • themark

    I bet those knobs are a treat to turn with soapy hands

  • matteo

    stop whit this kind of pseudo-design!

  • greg

    The shower head is the best thing about this project, thanks Arne for saving us from sheer visual repulsion !

  • nyc

    Very nouveau-chinatown look. ( I bet Wanders would try to absorb that as a compliment)

  • Barney

    I feel compelled to add a coment….

    What’s with all the negativity? It’s design. It’s over the top. Why not?

    Chill out art school nazis – try positivity….


  • greg

    Take this at the same level as Hayon’s jet, its just making fun of the nouveau riche style….(at least I hope)

  • Alex

    dear people, this is truly never done before and it takes guts to give your name to products like this, exceptional in every way. Try yourself if you’re not content. Let’s see what YOU can do. Ciao