WaterDream by
Nendo for Axor


More showers! These hybrid shower-lights were created by Japanese designers Nendo for bathroom brand Axor and unveiled last week alongside the multi-headed shower by Front (+ slideshow).

WaterDream by Nendo for Axor

Nendo's installation combines showers with lamps, with the installation featuring ceiling lights and a floor light that produce a cascade of water from their shades.

WaterDream by Nendo for Axor

"My aim was to combine what is most archetypal about the living space, the lighting, with water, so as to give the shower an enhanced sensuous dimension in a way we have not yet seen before," says Oki Sato of Nendo. "The result is something that is not just a shower, nor just a lamp, but a hybrid – a magic trick with light and water that is available day after day."

Oki Sato of Nendo with WaterDream Axor
Oki Sato of Nendo with his WaterDream installation for Axor

The installation is part of Axor's WaterDream project, which investigates potential future bathroom scenarios.

"The natural coming-together of light and water is freed from spatial constraints," says Philippe Grohe, head of Axor, which is part of German bathroom brand Hansgrohe. "What traditionally took place in separate rooms – reading under a lamp in the living room, taking a shower in the bathroom – can now be experienced free from spatial allocations or confinements."

Oki Sato of Nendo for Axor
Oki Sato of Nendo

Nendo's installation was presented alongside the copper-pipe installation by Swedish designers Front, which we published earlier.

Axor regularly collaborates with leading designers. Earlier this year it unveiled a new water-saving faucet by Philippe Starck and previous projects include a full bathroom collection by the Bouroullec Brothers and a range by Jean-Marie Massaud.

See more projects by Nendo, including a shoe store clad in shoes and bowls that quiver in the wind.

  • Tommy

    Sorry, sorry what?!

  • Very funny system!

  • Fer

    Nendo did not have much time to do the installation and these are the results! Go Nendo!

    • Tommy

      Oh, come on. Surely they have an army of open deskers at their disposal? My first response to: ”Hey Tommy, lets make a light you can shower under” would have been: Blank stare. Walk away. Also you no longer work here.

  • eaman

    Shower head combined with lamp has many possibilities. At least use glass tubes and exploit more light effects.

  • nonarchitect

    Nendo is genius!

  • Concerned Citizen

    The waterfall is not working, and there is no allowance to vary the spray type. This should be called a work in progress.