A brand associated with luxury bathrooms in 5-star hotels and beautiful homes worldwide, German-based AXOR is a name that should be on your radar. It develops, constructs and produces taps, shower heads and accessories for some of the world’s most beautiful bathrooms. AXOR received its second design award of the year in Frankfurt, for luxurious bathrooms and kitchens within the Hansgrohe Group.
What more, AXOR is known for working with world-renowned designers to produce beautiful collections for the home — such as Antonio Citterio, Phoenix Design and Philippe Starck. These various designer collections offer customers a chance to redesign the entire bathroom ambience in accordance with their lifestyle and requirements for convenience.
Here, the designer collections from AXOR you need in your home.
AXOR x Antonio Citterio, AXOR Citterio E Collection
“If you enjoy the ritual of washing every day, you should be able to enjoy using beautiful products for it,” Citterio famously said. The Italian architect/designer is known for his distinctive style which combines timeless shapes with high-quality materials, which he translates to his designs for AXOR — ranging from hotel bathrooms to luxurious private bathrooms.
Called the AXOR Citterio E, the fixtures are characterised by a balanced comfort of smooth shapes, clean lines and precious surfaces. The collection is made up of 37 products — ranging from a washbasin to bathtub and shower mixers — that share a visually appealing and harmonious look that complements a variety of styles, be it art nouveau or modern urban.
An important feature of the collection is its easy volume and temperature control. In their archetypal shapes, the various handles of the thermostat modules allow the user to intuitively grasp their functions: where the cross-handle controls water volume and the cylindrical thermostat handle controls the temperature.
AXOR x Phoenix Design: AXOR 350 Overhead Shower
Another one of AXOR’s collaborations is with independent design studio Phoenix Design, an internationally-acclaimed name boasting more than 700 design awards under its belt. The prestigious design studio is known for their modern, clean lights in Bauhaus style. Phoenix Design has been a Hansgrohe design partner for 30 years, and a partner of the AXOR brand for more than 20 years — most notably, with the washstand faucet Arco for AXOR.
AXOR’s latest collaboration with the studio results with its new AXOR 350 overhead showers which feature its new pray technology, PowderRain. Its special feature? A complete moistening of the skin due to dozens of light, micro fine sprays that do not bounce off. The secret lies in the detailing: an in-house team of engineers and technicians that pursue every millimetre of a nozzle, spray disc, and shower head.
“The possibilities to design water are sheer endless. The key lies in the amount, arrangement, size, and production of the finest silicone nozzles. The innovation is thus in every single nozzle, which has to be placed precisely on the spray disc,” described Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management at Hansgrohe SE.
Through the decades, entirely different spray technologies have been developed — resulting in the current design. The micro-sprays went through considerable downsizing of the nozzles — from 0.6 to 1.2 millimetres (the diameter of the openings in standard showers), to only 0.35 millimeters. The new AXOR 350 1jet overhead shower are made up of over 1,000 nozzles. “They are arranged more densely as well, which intensifies the moistening of the skin,” Heisterhagen explains.
AXOR x Philippe Starck: AXOR Starck Organic
Last but not least, Philippe Starck is a name that needs no introduction. Responsible for some leading design hotels around the globe, Starck is one of the most coveted interior designers around — think: JW Marriott Singapore, M Social Singapore, Palazzina G in Venice, and Paramount Hotel in New York. Everything he touches seemingly turns to gold. Starck is undoubtedly, a free spirit with an unconventional style — fitting for a forward-thinking brand like AXOR. In fact the partnership goes 20 years back, when Starck designed the first bathroom collection from AXOR.
The collection, called AXOR Starck, started a revolution in bathroom design in 1994. With the “salon d’eau,” the designer transformed the bathroom into a living space. While the collection was groundbreaking back then with its striking joystick handle, it has become a classic today. More successful bathroom collections followed.
The latest collection, the AXOR Starck Organic, features wash basin mixers that allow home owners to use water and energy intuitively, ergonomically and economically. The designs allow for the water to be turned on and off at the end of the spout. The two handles blend in visually with the body of the mixers, reflecting a perfect image.
The name AXOR Starck Organic stands not only for the collection’s design and responsible use of water and energy; but also the sustainability aspects. With its pioneering new spray, the wash basin mixer from AXOR Starck Organic sets a new standard: a consumption of only 3.5 litres of water per minute, without compromising on its functionality.
The overall result is functional product with unique, organic-minimalist design and harmonious lines reminiscent of shapes we see in nature, giving the collection an exciting, powerful and sculptural immediacy. It will, indeed, be one of AXOR’s classic products that stand the test of time.