Laufen Bathrooms will be at TENT, Truman Brewery (, 22 to 25 September 2016), in collaboration with Design Prize Switzerland, a competition with the aim to encourage exchange, mediation and promotion of Swiss design.
This area will host a selection of winning projects in the SaphirKeramik contest – a competition involving students from the Academy of Art and HGK of Basel who were asked to explore the limits and potential of SaphirKeramik through the creation of innovative objects for the bath using the material. An expert jury, which included designers Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen, chose the best designs.
In addition to the results of the competition, the space will feature several products in SaphirKeramik from the VAL collection designed by Konstantin Grcic, which demonstrate Laufen’s ability to also produce items with this material on an industrial scale.
The research continues on SaphirKeramik, a revolutionary material launched by Laufen in 2013, which thanks to its formula makes it possible to produce ceramics with thin but very strong walls, leading to slimmer lines; a true breakthrough for the world of bathroom ceramics.
Started in-house with a long development phase and then pursued in collaboration with renowned designers, this research has now been opened up to students as well, with their ability to bring a different, stimulating approach – fresh, creative ideas, free of the influences generated by years of professional experience.
Picture shows (from left to right): Sven Adolph, tutor Industrial Design HGK Basel; Joe Griesbach, student and winner of the Laufen SaphirKeramik contest; Marc Viardot, director marketing and products Laufen; and Alain Reymond, design and product manager ceramics.