Foreword by Ian Thompson, Editor

As designers, we seldom have the privilege of experiencing the projects we develop; instead, our clients are the ones who benefit from them.

One thing is universally true – we all require inspiration. And what better place to spark creativity than the Salone del Mobile Milano? This flagship expo is a powerhouse of innovative design ideas. Enjoy this visual feast of images captured at the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano bathroom exhibition thats taking place this week.

For our most responsible design brands, sustainability is a key criterion in their design process.  

State-of-the-art technologies, innovative materials, new collaborations with designers and cross-cutting sustainability across all the new products on display are the main themes of the event.  

The high level of research instantly shines through the Matter installation designed for Laufen by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta,  aimed at underscoring the tactility of ceramics, together with the metal components of the fittings.

The wall panels made of clay, plaster and brass represent the raw materials of the ceramics and the accessories, and are combined with Laufen’s industrial reality through the large shelves on which the Meda collection by the Swiss designer Peter Wirz, Studio Vetica, amongst others, are displayed.

“I sensed the need for a new design language for the washbasin. The collection had to be slender and compact, with a softness that spoke to our desire for comfort and a reduced materiality that reflected the contemporary imperative to create more with less,” is how Antonio Citterio introduces the new AxorCitterio C collection

Ledro’s Victoria + Albert Quarrycast™ freestanding, low water consumption bathtub responds to demands for sustainability, and complies with BREEAM regulations (methodology for environmental sustainability assessment, developed in 1988 by the Building Research Establishment – BRE).  

The formal research carried out by Ceramica Cielo for its new Itaca collection designed by Luca Cimarra is inspired by monolithic ceramic elements, with an oval basin, which comes in both fixed and freestanding versions. 

Vismaravetro, which has always focused on valorising its materials of choice, glass and metal, is presenting its semi-frameless Link shower enclosure with hinged door, in which everything works by subtraction.  

An artistic glaze obtained by adding mica particles to the mixture is one of the novelties that RAK Ceramics is showcasing in its new RAK-Batu washbasin collectionand its RAK-Plano seamless countertop. 

Roca‘sTura collection, created in collaboration with the designer Andreu Carulla, harnesses technologies with a particular focus on sustainability: the Supraglaze® coating of the sanitary ware ensures maximum hygiene and the Roca Rimless® Vortex optimises the water flow. 

The attention to sustainability in Victor Vasilev’s Flaps radiator collection for Antrax shines through in the high thermal and energy efficiency of the product. 

Craftsmanship and technological research (sensor switch) come together in the Virgo collection of dodecagonal shaped mirrors from Artelinea, designed in collaboration with Bizzarri Design Associati.

Versatility and contemporary design are the hallmarks of the Bloom collection of modular furniture systems by the Plazzogna studio for Novello

Precious materials are to the fore in Graff’s Incanto Arté collection of 40 products Mixers with metal finishes include 24 carat Polished Gold, 24 carat Brushed Gold, Brushed Rose Gold PVD, Rose Gold PVD®, Bright Nickel, and Polished Chrome.  

Cerasa is presenting its restyled DES collection at the International Bathroom Exhibition. The photo shows the lacquered composition with internal coating in Stone Verde Alpi 3D resin, like the top and coating of the Zefiro washbasin.   

The minimalist design of the SDR Ceramiche Pilò cabinet consists of a powder-coated stainless steel frame and a ceramic basin, with storage compartments, shelves, countertops and niches for smartphones.

SO these are some of the brands shaping 2024’s bathroom trends. I for mone like the variety and experimentation, especially the bicycle bathroom, but not sure I would implement it in our projects. However, for a cycling themed restaurant or famed cyclists home it may be just the ticket.

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