Its very nature and technical requirements, related to water and energy feeds, often make it the most inflexible room in the house, with sinks, toilets and tubs often influencing interior architecture decisions.

After all, it is easy enough to turn around a sofa and quickly freshen up a living room – it’s not quite the same with a sink. Or is it?

At the Cersaie Fair, recently staged in Bologna, Italy, Axor actually challenged this belief with its Axor Bouroullec, a collection of eighty-five modular elements that allow for an unprecedented freedom in the bathroom.

“The truth of the matter is that everyone dreams of tailoring such an intimate and personal space, as the bathroom, to one’s requirements, and of doing so without having to use bespoke fixtures. The line designed by the Bouroullec brothers was conceived to respond to this need,” says Philippe Grohe.

“We started by thinking about people’s bathrooms,” explain the Bouroullecs. “One person uses a single soap, the other cannot live without at least six products; some people like having a shower, others prefer the bath; left-handed people have to relentlessly adjust themselves to set situations conceived for right-handed consumers – basically the only real innovation to bring into the bathroom could only be related to flexibility and customisation. So we came up with the idea of the modular shelves playing functional roles.”

The shelves are, in fact, the real heart of the Axor Bouroullec system and function as building blocks for the space. Most accessories are put onto these movable elements that can be placed in both vertical and horizontal positions virtually anywhere in the bathroom.

Taps are, for instance, part of a small shelf and as such they can be positioned anywhere on the sink, bathtub or shower.

The same goes for the water control handles and for all the accessories such as soap holders, toothbrush cups or others: they can be positioned on the vertical or on the horizontal panels, to support the specific needs of a tall or short person, someone right or left-handed, as well as a child or an elderly person – with no need to break up the wall in the process.

“We have designed this collection so that the user – by virtually turning into a co-designer of the space involved – can truly feel at home in a bathroom, which is at the same time unique and very personal,” say the Bouroullecs.

Hence, with the same modules, “it is possible to create a luxurious hotel bathroom but also tackle in an elegant way the problem of small spaces in city apartments.”

Which is good news for the final user but also for the company that produces the line, thanks to the huge amount of possibilities that the system offers for both the residential and the contract/hotel business. 
 

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