Combining multiple bath and shower functions in one simple control was the vision for the Axor One, designed for the German bathroom brand by British design duo Barber & Osgerby.
The first product to emerge from an ongoing relationship between Barber & Osgerby and Axor, the Axor One, is a sleek solution to the technically challenging problem of combining multiple bath and shower control elements in one master device.
Four years in development, the Axor One made its debut at the London Design Festival in September. With its monolithic but soft form, Axor One creates a new spaciousness in the shower. By consolidating many individual controls into one simple element, it aims to streamline both the look and functionality of the bathroom.
Temperature is set by turning the central dial; a small lever directly below regulates water volume and the Eco Mode reduces water consumption by up to 50%. The flow of water is activated by pushing the large paddles on and off, which have been designed to be easily operated with the back of the hand or elbow. With distinct and clear symbols, up to three water outlets can be used simultaneously.
Philippe Grohe, Head of Axor, said: “With Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, we have transformed the idea of a central shower control element into an engaging, purely mechanical interface that refines showering into a tactile, precise and responsive experience.”
A variety of special finishes are available through Axor Manufaktur, ranging from subdued chrome to rose gold so that the user can decide whether to make it a subtle element or a bathroom focal point.
Axor / hansgrohe.co.uk