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Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

This movie by German art director Mike Meiré for bathroom and kitchen brand Dornbracht features one shower that makes you feel like you're washing outdoors and another that you use lying down.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

Created by Sieger Design for Dornbracht, Sensory Sky has a wide and flat shower head with separate sprinklers for head and body and a "rain curtain" that creates a solid wall of water, as seen in the movie by Cologne-based art director Mike Meiré. There's also a nozzle that uses cold water to create a foggy mist.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

Users can programme their own settings or choose from three options: one that projects coloured lights on the rain curtain, another that combines fog and cool water with the smell of herbs and berries, and a third designed to evoke a summer storm by combining cold and warm water with a tropical fragrance.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

The movie also shows the Horizontal Shower, which sprays water in a curtain along the length of the user's body while they lie on a heated plinth.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

Sensory Sky is on show at the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt until 16 March and will be available from autumn 2013 in brushed stainless steel and platinum or high-gloss stainless steel and chrome.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

We previously featured a square tap by Sieger Design for Dornbracht that produces a wide row of individual streams of water.

Other unusual showers we've published include an outdoor shower that connects to a hosepipe and a circular shower that rotates to become a bath.

Sensory Sky by Sieger Design for Dornbracht

We recently featured a bathroom collection that appears to have been unpacked from the crate-like wooden bath and a bathroom with orange details by Marc Newson for Caroma – see all bathrooms.

Mike Meiré curated an exhibition for Dornbracht in Cologne a few years ago featuring street food stalls from around the world, as he explained in a movie filmed by Dezeen.

Here's more information from Dornbracht:

The innovation: Sensory Sky
The vision: The feeling of showering in the open air
The special feature: Complex scenarios of rain, fog, light and fragrance
Design and concept: Sieger Design

Available for delivery: Autumn 2013
Dornbracht premiere: Sensory Sky - a feeling of showering in the open air

With Sensory Sky, Dornbracht makes showering a unique experience that stimulates all the senses. Different types of rain, fog, light and fragrance complement one another to create complex choreographies, inspired by weather phenomena and the moods of nature.

Throughout product development, the focus has been on keeping technology in the background. Sensory Sky combines technological complexity with minimalist design. The wide and flat rain panel has separate shower fields for head sprinkler, body sprinkler and rain curtain, a cold-water fog nozzle and light and fragrance functions.

Controls are easy and convenient to use thanks to the new digital Smart Tools that Dornbracht has developed on the basis of Smart Water technology. Smart Water stands for the vision of enlisting the numerous possibilities for digitisation in the bathroom (and kitchen), and making individualised applications convenient and easier to use.

A gentle press of the controls and the desired scenario begins:

Readjust is a choreography that invigorates the user and sharpens the senses. Temperature controlled fog (36-39°C) and light rain (28°C) reduce the daily flood of stimuli to a soothing minimum – until the gentle light of dawn begins, the sky gradually clears and perception becomes more alert, more intense once again. The composition of fresh woody meadow herbs and sweet hints of berries is reminiscent of the soft, pleasant fragrance of a dry forest floor and reinforces feelings of liveliness after showering.

Release is derived from the natural phenomenon of heavy summer rain that cleanses and liberates at the same time. Pent-up energies are unlocked in an expressive choreography of different kinds of rain, and invigorating changes in temperature and light. The choreography is accompanied by a refreshing, tropical fragrance with hints of citrus fruit and an earthy base. The change from cold (18°C) and warm (35°C) water in the rain curtain, together with the fascinating interplay of summer shower and sheet lightning, promote a feeling of liberation – a fresh beginning for body, mind and soul.

Rejoice protects, envelops and stabilises. The outer, warm rain curtain (35-38°C) becomes a projection screen for the light effects as water droplets glisten in the colours of the rainbow. A poetic fragrance composition combines fresh, clear notes with a sweet-spicy and woody finish. A multi-faceted and harmonious play with colours, fragrances and rain types that gradually transfers over the entire body and harmonises all of the senses.

A special feature of Sensory Sky is the fragrances synchronised to each choreography and inspired by the various weather phenomena and moods of nature. These fragrances are produced using high-quality natural essential oils and balms in co-operation with Kemitron, a specialist for spa and wellness fragrances. All fragrance compositions have also been tested by the International Fragrance Association IFRA, ensuring that they are of high quality and safe to enjoy.

Alongside the three scenarios, spray heads, nozzles, light and fragrances can also be separately set, independently of one another, for an individual shower experience. Whether the choreography is programmed or personal, Sensory Sky creates a uniquely sensual feeling, like showering in the open air.

Sensory Sky will be introduced at ISH 2013 and from autumn 2013 will be available in two different finishes: brushed stainless steel (in combination with matt platinum) and high-gloss stainless steel (in combination with chrome).