Spotlight: Bisazza Bagno
Based in northern Italy, Bisazza is a leading producer of high-end glass mosaic tile with showrooms in cities around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Last year the company launched the Bisazza Bagno division to produce collections of high-end bathroom furnishings. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon kicked things off with an Art Deco–inspired grouping, followed by a line by Dutch iconoclast Marcel Wanders, who integrated minimal forms with ornate, Baroque-style motifs.
The new pieces by the prolific Japanese design
studio Nendo, introduced last April during Salone
del Mobile in Milan, are influenced by Japanese
culture. While communal bathing was commonplace
until a few decades ago in Japan, points out
Nendo's founder, Oki Sato, the ritual has become much
more solitary. The new ensemble envisions the bathing
environment to be "very private and functional"
while still retaining elements that recall "the sense
of gathering" in the public baths, says Sato.
Nendo's collection reinterprets standard bathroom
furnishings into boxed forms with refined lines, in
materials including brass, Cristalplant (a nontoxic
composite material), and golden-hued larch wood,
the last of which connects many of the pieces in the
line, such as a bathtub, storage, and shelving. The
pieces push minimalism to new levels: A counter
and sink (in Cristalplant) float above an empty
frame, while the surface of the mirrors has been
partially cut away to echo the shape of water drops.
Bisazza expects the collection to be available in the
U.S. by the beginning of next year.
Pictured: The Nendo Collection