Bathroom Excellence 1998/2012
Walking around the big halls at Cersaie, you couldn’t help but notice the exhibition dedicated to the history of bathroom furniture over the last fifteen years. A museum of precious objects, a real time machine in which visitors could lose themselves amid the accessories, sanitary ware and taps and fittings laid out.
The retrospective exhibition covered 14 years, an overview encompassing more than 160 items displayed, selected and published by ADI Design Index: the annual publication of ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (Industrial Design Association).
A quick glance revealed the incredible development of design and industrial processes used, in terms of looks, technologies and materials. So, we had the chance to turn back time and look at the creations that made design history. We were particularly taken by a set of objects that encapsulated a very conceptual insight. This is our top five!
1. Gerba - Design: Fabio Bortolani and Ermanno Righi, 1999
A disposable soap dish consisting of a bag made of recyclable plastic with a valve attached to open and close it to control the flow of liquid soap. A container that marks a direct parallel with the medical world and with bags used for drips.
2. Girly - Design: Matteo Thun, 2003
The original and innovative WC initially designed for girls only, was subsequently also deemed suitable for men. The idea came from the desire to find an innovative shape, able to fit female anatomy. This product is an unprecedented development in terms of usability and hygiene.
3. Saver - Design: Joe Velluto, 2007
A new take on the shower: Saver is a universal shower head/diffuser for PET bottles, which frees you from the bathroom, enabling you to shower in any outdoor situation. A special connector allows you to transform any bottle, with any capacity, into a practical, ready-made shower.