Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a restful festive break. After a wonderful week split between Bristol and my parents’ house in Derbyshire, I’m feeling restored and raring to get going on 2017 posts – starting with the news that Norm Architects has launched a pared-back bathroom suite for Spanish company Inbani.
Copenhagen-based Norm has created stunning designs for all sorts of brands (I recently covered its kitchen collaboration with Reform), and its latest project is no exception. Consisting of a sink and two baths, it’s called ‘Prime’ and billed as a ‘contemporary take on antique metal tubs’. Its rounded contours were inspired by the shapes made by pressurised water in elastic materials such as balloons, and the sleek sides are softened by rolled edges that take their cue from traditional designs.
It’s not the first time Norm has looked to the past when designing a bathroom range. Created for ex.t in 2015, its ‘Stand’ suite also balances old and new influences, reinterpreting the straight sides and slim iron legs typical of the 1920s and 30s. In keeping with Norm’s approach, they’ve been stripped of any decorative excesses, producing a minimal look with an elegant, gently nostalgic twist.
Both collections are beautifully timeless, and I’d happily have either of them in my bathroom. What about you? Do you have a preference?
All photography by Norm Architects