Patricia Urquiola And Laufen Partner Up With Sonar Collection ⇒ The acclaimed and eclectic designer Patricia Urquiola reveals the third generation of Laufen‘s SaphirKeramik. She’s taking this extraordinary material with great sensitivity into a third dimension, creating a new bathroom collection named SONAR. Like its predecessor, Sonar showcases some serious design skills, thanks to Laufen’s talent for attracting the industry’s best designers.
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International design superstar Patricia Urquiola took inspiration from under the sea when envisioning the collection’s look. “As a metaphor, the name Sonar is linked to water,” explains Urquiola. “In this form of echolocation, acoustic pulses are emitted to identify items under water. I liked the idea of incorporating the look of the little waves generated by sound.”
Sonar is made of Laufen’s ultra-thin SaphirKeramik material, which boasts wafer-thin walls and tight-edge radii of 2 to 3mm. Urquiola tested the miracle material’s abilities even further by incorporating a three-dimensional texture for Sonar’s washbasin bowls’ external surfaces.
“The texture on the outside of the washbasin bowls was modelled on sonar waves. I not only wanted to work with the lightness of the ceramics, but I also wanted to find a way to design its surface,” says Urquiola.
Sonar features floor-standing and wall-mounted washbasins, two washbasin bowls, a double washbasin bowl, and bathtub. It is accompanied by a new cabinetry and furniture collection that accentuates Sonar’s geometric aesthetic. Overall, Sonar’s aesthetic speaks of arcs and angles, a strict but not unyielding geometry that optimizes water flow and offers something dynamic for the bathroom.
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