Published on : Monday, March 7, 2016
The innovative VAL SaphirKeramik collection was created by the Munich star designer Konstantin Grcic, and explores the potential of the SaphirKeramik material by means of fine geometric lines, narrowly-defined radii and tactile surfaces. For this work, the functional yet equally attractive collection has been honoured with the Gold Award, the highest level of the iF Design Awards.
The Val bathroom collection clearly demonstrates that good design is not merely a random product, but rather the result of thorough research, bold conception and a large degree of innovation. Laufen invested a lot of time in the development of Val, engaging Konstantin Grcic, a designer who is well known for taking new materials and production methods to their limits. With the new SaphirKeramik, Laufen gave Grcic the opportunity to push back and at the same time redefine the design and functional boundaries for ceramics in the bathroom.
The Val SaphirKeramik items include simple wall-mounted washbasins, a rectangular and an asymmetrical washbasin bowl, together with a round and a rectangular storage dish. A bathtub made using cast mineral Sentec material completes the collection. Grcic refined his SaphirKeramik collection with exquisite structures, decorative patterns and different levels. Particularly in the case of the washbasin and storage dishes this leads to semi-dry areas, which can be used as storage areas for soaps or creams.
The highly-qualified jury at the iF Design Awards 2016 was obviously greatly impressed by this concept, and thus awarded it with the iF Product Design Award in Gold in the bathroom category.
Speaking about the success at the iF Design Awards, Konstantin Grcic commented, “The importance of the iF Gold Award is that our project has been awarded as outstanding in its category by a highly competent jury. I consider it a valuable confirmation of the work we have done together with Laufen. With this in mind, we see the award as an impetus for future projects.”