Ones and zeroes…

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Ah, the dilemma of choice – something I’m always reminded of when confronted with any number of unexplained hotel shower taps, which usually require one to leap back six feet when accidentally slamming the ‘rain effect’ full on, thermostat still in the cold position. Designer Barber Osgersby must have been caught out too, as it’s come up with the Axor ‘One’ range, launched in September by Hansgrohe. The central temperature valve defaults at 38°C, while ingenious hand/elbow push plates allow you to switch from the various heads instantaneously. With an ‘eco’ lever that cuts the flow by half, the design duo calls it a ‘binary approach to showering’; a complex term for the fact it’s either ‘on’ or ‘off’. But whatever you call it, it brings much needed simplicity back to the fundamental act of bathing.


 

Latest

Communal space, resident input to the design, and sacrosanct private space – Mole Architects’ Marmalade Lane scheme in Cambridge is a model of developer co-housing

Communal planning with sacrosanct personal space

Young photographer Fred Howarth captures Battersea Arts Centre in a moment of transition

‘The dust caught the light in an amazing way’

From shower enclosures to ceiling panels

From shower enclosures to ceiling panels

William Beckford ended up inhabiting his own imagination. He didn’t like it

Be careful what you wish for

Bengal student’s PlastiQube, made of waste plastic, creates 70% less CO2 emissions in manufacture than traditional brick production – and it’s safer for workers too

PlastiQube inventor shortlisted for UN environment award