Absolute privacy – the bathroom
In entering the bathroom, people walk into their own private sphere. Dressing and sleeping areas, and relaxation and fitness zones are an individual’s own, highly personal world. High-grade furnishing schemes that overcome the boundaries between wet rooms and living rooms fit in with this aspiration. In the private residential building sector, interior designers are taking over the reins and focusing on the new living space as a whole for its individual configuration. And these trends are also emerging in the rented residential building sector too. In parallel, modular bathroom programmes tailored to both small and big floor plans are offering attractive freedom in planning, especially for renovation work. This is due, not least to innovative materials and production processes which are what make it possible to develop completely new designs, shapes and dimensions at all. Hence, mineral-cast and composite materials, and thin-walled ceramics are changing the shape and aesthetics of washstands and bathtubs. Innovative glass is giving shower cubicles a transparent look, and walk-in solutions without visible mountings and attachments are all the rage. Carefully thought-out flooring and drainage systems are making step-free shower zones into the standard.
Or natural quartz.
Blaser Architekten, projects: «Apfelbaum», «Laube», «Spiegelkabinett»
El Hassani & Keller Architectes – Scénographes, project: «Augenblicke»
Cristina Belluci & Edgar Koller, project: «Dark Matter»
Bureau Hindermann, project: «#spectacularwater»
Studio Schaffer Basel, project: «Stückeins»
Gläser Projekt, project: «verspie(ge)lt»
With 45 nominations, the 2017/18 edition of the Design Prize Switzerland has set a new record.
This reflects the increase in terms of both quality and content that has been attained in the projects and products submitted this year. The large number of nominated works shows that Swiss design has further boosted its international competitiveness in all the different disciplines. This achievement is also expressed in the new prize category launched last November – the Design Leadership Prize: Focus Ageing Society.