Axor Bouroullec + ECAL


Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Here is a collection of projects by product design students from ECAL - Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, based on the Axor Bouroullec bathroom collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (see our earlier story).

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Top: Élastique by Joschua Brunn - Élastique is an add-on meant to give additional possibilities of storing accessories. Its quite reduced, almost ready-made, it underlines the curves of the collection.
Above: Zen Tools by Giulio Parini - After taking a shower and when the bathroom becomes filled with steam, use the zen tools to decorate and play with the foggy mirror.

The students took inspiration from the Bouroullec's collection and developed new objects and accessories.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Wireframe Holders by  Thibault Faverie - Instead of placing your bathroom accessories directly on the sink, elevate them. The soap is put on a pedestal, the brush is dressed up with a handle and the sponge lurks out of a shell. These micro-architectural pieces create a rhythm and question the functions of their respective plug-ins.

Photographs are by ECAL / Julien Chavaillaz.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Hideaway Covers by Sarha Duquesne - Inspired by miso soup bowls, those lids allow you to keep your personal belonging out of view while keeping them dry when you are taking a bath or washing your hands.

Here's some more information from the university:

Axor Bouroullec & ECAL

Presented at Langenthal's (Switzerland) Designers’ Saturday, last weekend, here is a selection of projects from the 1st year students in Master in Product Design at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne University of Art and Design, following a workshop led by Alexis Georgacopoulos and Tomas Kral.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above and below: Mobile Bases by Felix Klingmüller - A series of mobile base elements for the Axor Bouroullec fittings. It carries on the same basic idea of giving the user the freedom to compose the positions of the bathroom fittings.

The students had to get inspired, reinterpret and develop objects and accessories based on the new Axor Bouroullec collection.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

The concrete elements are attached to the faucet, lever or tap and then connected to the water supply with a hose that allows the user to flexibly change the position of the fittings.

The projects were exhibited alongside the Hansgrohe-Axor presentation.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Intersection Plates by Jung-Cheng Su - Inspired by hidden shape of the wash basin. These three wooden plates can be placed in perfect harmony around your Axor Bouroullec collection.

Designers’ Saturday is organised in Langenthal by five companies: Ruckstuhl, Création Baumann, Girsberger Sitzmöbel, Glas Trösch, Hector Egger Holzbau.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Drawing Soap Kit by Jung-Cheng Su - Soap chalks and sponge that serve as a holder and eraser. The perfect writing kit to leave morning messages to your beloved.

The Designers’ Saturday exhibition venues are located on the premises of these firms – at workshops of the local design industry and at the City Center in the heart of Langenthal.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Float Radio by Daniele Bortotto - A float radio, similar to a buoy, that you fix to the handles and other elements of Axor Bouroullec's bathroom collection, the same way you moor a boat.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Upgrade by Doganberk Demir - By adding to existing plates from the Axor Bouroullec series handles and legs, Upgrade mainly focus on how we place, store and carry around our personal belongings in the bathroom.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Screens by Diane Du Chaxel - Screens to conceal objects and accessories, emphasizing the purity of the Axor Bouroullec's basin. The opalescent plexiglass emulates the soft glow of japanese shoji paper, allowing the user to see only the presence of the objects behind and play with depth and superpositions, on and around the basin.

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Above: Bateau by Joschua Brunn - Bateau is a bath-accessory kit which translates the playful attitude of the new Axor Bouroullec collection into a toy. It’s a play-boat not only for children, it’s also a set of a sponge, a brush and a shampoo container for grown-ups.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Swiss Soap by Max Neustadt - The Girolle is a typical Swiss tool for cutting the "Tête de moine", a cheese made in the region of Bern. The consistence of soap allows to cut it just like this type of cheese. By turning the crank handle with a certain pressure, the machine creates a curl of soap that is just perfect for one single hand-washing-act.

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Above: Squeeze Soaps by Rita Botelho - Inspired by the Axor Bouroullec’s collection springiness and limitless composition possibilities, Squeeze is an ergonomic soap that plays with the opposition between flexibility and rigidity, illusion and reality.

Axor Bouroullec + ECAL

Above: Basin Basin by Charles Mathis - Basin Basin is a response to the fact that the Axor Bouroullec sink cannot be filled with water as in a normal sink. This object can be placed over the plug, filled with water, and be used as a washbowl, shaving bowl, or for any other purpose that the user may need a small body of water for.

See also:


Axor Bouroullec by Ronan
& Erwan Bouroullec
Pear by Patricia Urquiola
for Agape
Jean-Marie Massaud
for Axor

Posted on Monday November 15th 2010 at 6:05 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Basin Basin seems to me like the most intelligent tool in this collection. It really solve´s a problem.

  • Jonas

    The soap in the picture before the last one looks like Zaha Hadid's latest project.
    I like!

  • Nick

    great example of form over function… most stuff here is trivial nonsense… the basin basin is an exception… looks great, but would be really useful as well!

  • Felix

    Really high quality projects. The movable taps and hideaway covers are especially innovative. I like the sense of humour the collection has.

    "the Axor Bouroullec sink cannot be filled with water as in a normal sink"


    • Gravy

      I think that means there is no overflow. And "Basin Basin" is a very clever solution around that issue.

  • amerlok

    I like the clever bateau for a kids toy, but I sort of agree with Nick in that the rest is a lot of trivial stuff. As for the Bouroullec basin, a typical example of designers playing around with forms and esthetics and not considering practical issues of a the product. Those upper forms with the recessed surfaces would collect water, soap or whatever and would need CONSTANT wiping and cleaning. Maybe it's just me but I like to spend as little time as possible in the bathroom; give me something nice looking but also practical and efficient.

  • Laura Skeeters

    Most of them are cute, but not really inventive.
    I liked the Drawing Soap Kit and the Swiss Soap the best.
    The first for its romantic whimsical character, the second because it's clean and a good way to read a traditional tool in a different way.
    The most useless is Basin Basin because if someone uses to fill the sink for whatever purpose, shouldn't he/she buy a fillable sink from the beginning instead of storing an extra sink somewhere just in case?
    There are more fillable sink than not.

  • Diego

    I like an Float Radio by Daniele Bortotto! I think that this it's a wonderful project. I usually use a radio in the bathroom when I have a shower.
    Good luck Daniele.

  • nadege

    erratum: the "Tête de moine" is not exactly made in the region of Bern but in the (swiss) Jura montains.
    I like the Girolle for soap !