Milan 2016: Ex.t thinks beyond the bathroom

By Penny Craswell

Based in Florence, Italy, ex.t has always pushed boundaries when it comes to bathroom design, striving for simplicity and elegance while thinking outside the basics of bath, basin and bowl. This year, they launched two new ranges, in both cases commissioning a non-bathroom designer to create something different to go alongside their bathroom products.

Plateau and Raso designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Plateau and Raso designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied

In the case of the new Plataeu and Raso collection, German furniture designer Sebastian Herkner was approached to design a range that includes mirrors and pendant lights in addition to washbasin, console and bathtub. An architectural language is created through the use of a shelf that sits just behind and below the rim of the basin, console and bath, creating a functional space to rest bathroom items, while also adding the illusion of a shadow or extra dimension. The mirror features the same shadow, an extension to the oval shape by way of a transparent frame on one side only. Meanwhile, the Raso lighting pendants in pink, grey, white and transparent glass offer a complementary design object that softens the bathroom interior.

Frame and Rest designed by Norm Architects for ex.t. Image: supplied
Frame and Rest designed by Norm Architects for ex.t. Image: supplied

Meanwhile, the Frame and Rest collection by Danish studio Norm Architects consist of furniture for the bathroom – frame is a vanity with cupboards and shelving, while Rest is an upholstered seat. Both feature slim-line black legs that offer a framing device for the furniture that is minimal and slimline while being distinctive in black. Once again, by employing the design capability of architects, rather than bathroom designers, ex.t have demonstrated their ability to think laterally when it comes to bathroom products, creating a system that can be used throughout the bathroom, creating a furniture collection that extends beyond the everyday concept of bathroom products.

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Frame designed by Norm Architects. Image: supplied
Frame designed by Norm Architects. Image: supplied
Frame designed by Norm Architects. Image: supplied
Frame designed by Norm Architects. Image: supplied
Raso light designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Raso light designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Plateau mirror designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Plateau mirror designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Raso light designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Raso light designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Tableau bathtub designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied
Plateau bathtub designed by Sebastian Herkner for ex.t. Image: supplied

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