“Part of the Sanipex Group and established in 1995, BAGNODESIGN is an international designer and manufacturer of creative bathroom solutions. With a presence across Europe, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, BAGNODESIGN has developed an enviable international reputation for supplying innovative and highly functional solutions for the modern bathroom” – Young
What trends are currently being seen in bathroom design?
Bathrooms with uninspired tiled interior, white lighting and cold, stark finishes are a thing of the past. Warmth finds its place in the bathroom in the form of wall textures, furniture, clever lighting and creative flooring.
Wood is often used to create a relaxed mood, offering a subtle, warm element. Our new range of Metreaux furniture which is available in Balinese Teak and African Wenge lends itself very well towards this trend and nowadays mirrors are considered as feature pieces instead of just a functional item.
There are many variations, ornate, backlit or full length. With the increased use of wallpaper in the bathroom, using back-lit mirrors will allow the wallpaper to really shine! Additionally, granite was previously the go-to material for vanity tops but now quartz is a fresh, new material being introduced into the bathroom. This trend is not only limited to counters but is also used to produce velvety-smooth bath tubs and basins. Interesting metallic finishes are another big trend for 2015.
We are seeing a move away from regular chrome finishes toward warm coloured copper, brass and oil rubbed bronze finishes. Stainless Steel is also proving very popular right now.
Who are some of your hospitality clients?
To name a few, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, The One and Only, Palm Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Kempinski and Raffles Hotels in Dubai.
What should buyers look out for in 2015?
Following the huge success of last year’s event, we are pleased to announce that the BAGNODESIGN Dealer Summit is back and will take place between 19th-21st April in our BAGNODESIGN Academy in Dubai. Delegates will be the first to see and hear about several new product ranges being launched by BAGNODESIGN over the coming months, additionally, the Summit will coincide with our 20th Anniversary.
“Dornbracht embodies the values and boutique craftsmanship of a traditional family company whilst embracing modern technology and avante-garde design techniques to redefine bathroom design. During our 65-year history we have developed some of the most archetypal and recognised fittings for the bathroom segment. Our products are an expression of a distinctive bathroom and kitchen culture, with a focus on clear, pure flowing water” – Dornbracht
What are the current trends are being seen in bathroom design?
At Dornbracht we constantly search for answers, how does water influence our state of being? How should a fitting be designed so that it not only perform its function, but also conveys a sensation? We regularly explore and experiment.
We let ourselves be inspired by artists, architects and designers, we begin to define the details: aesthetics, health, intelligence, and intimacy. In the digital age, our needs in the bathroom are changing, and so are our ideas and products.
Modern technologies have the power to simplify and individualise our everyday lives and Dornbracht has applied this vision to reshape the way we interact with water. By applying intelligent control technologies in the bathroom and kitchen our experience with water is made easier and more flexible, bringing more comfort to our everyday lives.
What new technology has Dornbracht introduced?
Through the SMART WATER vision, Dornbracht redefines our bath experience and transforms our time in the bathroom into an individual ritual. A source of spiritual strength, water is a living element, one that connects us with nature, providing relief and greater vitality while purifying the mind. By being able to manipulate the pressure, temperature and volume of water with a simple touch, we can create different therapeutic effects on the body, which can positively impact our mood and emotions. Based on Dornbracht’s Smart Tools, Smart Water is an intelligent system that networks the components in the bathroom and kitchen with one another, while conveniently simplifying and individualizing the applications involved.
What are the latest products being seen within the market?
In addition to a new luxurious platinum matt finish, Dornbrachts added new products to the already popular IMO series, giving more creative freedom and design opportunities. With a modern design and universal appeal, IMO is the bathroom fitting to harmoniously fit into every lifestyle and suit any design taste.
A three-hole basin mixer and a new single-lever basin mixer with a raised spout have recently been added to the product portfolio, adding a little extra to the shape of the washbasin. A tissue holder with cover and a towel bar round off the product range. In addition to the high-gloss ‘polished chrome’ finish, the entire series of fittings will also be available in the elegant ‘platinum matt’ finish – giving you even more opportunity to be creative in the bathroom with IMO.
Which hotels do you supply to?
One of Dornbracht’s most recently completed projects was Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, the resort that captures the city’s energy and excitement in a glamorous new beach resort. Dornbracht has provided the resort with luxurious bathroom accessories
Could you name a few of your hottest products?
The SensorySky is extremely popular as it provides the feeling of showering in the open air, the wide flat rain panel has separate shower fields for head sprinkler, body sprinkler and rain curtain, a cold-water fog nozzle and light and fragrance functions. Sensory Sky provides a selection of three pre-programmed choreographies including the READJUST sharpens the senses with mist, warm rain and a pleasantly soft dry forest fragrance. RELEASE is as cleansing and liberating as intensive summer rain – accompanied by a fresh, tropical-like fragrance. REJOICE protects, envelops and stabilises. Water drops sparkle in all the colours of the rainbow.
“Precision, know-how and pleasure in innovation characterise Geberit products and systems, and have been creating quality of life for generations since 1874.Our engineers and product designers are repeatedly found on construction sites with MEP. To name a few, our product lines comprise of sanitary systems, installation systems, cisterns and mechanisms” – Winogradsky
What are the current trends seen in hotel bathroom design?
We see the trend towards more relaxing and comfortable bathrooms. Building quality has dramatically improved so acoustics within buildings is of utmost importance. People now look to upgrade and renovate bathrooms using acoustic pipes and quiet fill valves in the toilet cisterns which allow acoustic levels in living spaces to be reduced dramatically.
How have bathroom styles changed?
Today’s hotel bathroom has evolved into a place of relaxation and a retreat, people look to the bathroom to luxuriate after their day in a fast pace life. More and more, people look for the spa element in the hotel bathroom. Cisterns are now increasing being placed behind the wall, still allowing access through the actuator plate but creating clean
What new technology have you introduced?
We have introduced the Actuator Plate, actuated by a hydraulic servo lifter, which is a slim plate made of glass or stainless steel, floating millimeters from the wall, without any buttons or knobs. Everything a style-savvy person needs for actuating a dual flush. Featuring servo support, a small pulse is all it takes for the hydraulic servo lifter located in the cistern service opening to activate a flush with virtually no noise at all.
What are the latest products?
Geberit is always improving its current products with new innovations, and maybe it is not always obvious, but there is a lot of sustaining innovation happening in our product portfolio every year. Be it with new designs for push plates or self-sustaining electronic faucets. Our shining star will be the new flagship of our Monolith range called Monolith Plus with Odour extraction built in, electronic flush, ambient lighting with sensor. A few new products already released is the AquaClean Sela Shower Toilet, Monolith Plus module for WC, and the Omega concealed cistern range
Which countries do you supply to?
The Gulf regional office is in Dubai, across the GCC Geberit is very well positioned investing in the region for a sustainable long term growth. We have the right people in the right place to expand as the countries develop.
Who are your hospitality clients? Geberit products can be found in numerous hotel chains. (Hilton, Fairmont, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Four seasons, Kempinski, Ritz Carlton, Meridian, to name just a few).
Could you name a few of your hottest products?
Our best sellers to the hospitality industry include Geberit cisterns and mechanisms and the touchless sensor faucets. Lavatory taps must be hygienic, easy to clean and safe in order to handle the extreme stress they are subjected to in semi-publicly and publicly accessible sanitary areas. By installing touchless Geberit lavatory taps, you provide your customers with economical and durable solutions that exceed the high expectations in this area.
“Formed in 1748 in Mettlach in Germany, Villeroy & Boch is a leading ceramics manufacturer and one of the most important international premium brands in the areas of bathroom and wellness, tableware and tiles. We offer innovative product and furnishing concepts for private customers and property developers. Using a variety of styles” – Bies
What are the current trends seen in bathroom design?
There is not just one powerful trend which determines bathroom design and equipment. In fact, there are various concepts and trends that have to be taken into account. In 2015 features like sustainability, hygiene, and comfort are all topics Villeroy & Boch is focusing on when it comes to bathroom design. Another aspect gaining more importance is the demographic change. People are getting older and want to live in their own homes as long as possible, therefore the private bath has to be designed in a way to accommodate this.
How have bathroom styles changed?
The bathroom was once a purely functional space for personal care. Today, it represents wellness, comfort and relaxation, which we see as people begin to place more emphasis on design and quality elements for their bathroom.
What new technology has Villeroy & Boch introduced to the market?
In 2013 Villeroy & Boch introduced its new DirectFlush technology, which is currently very successful. DirectFlush WCs are rimless and therefore the conventional flushing rim is replaced with an intelligent water flow that rinses the interior of the bowl, without over-splashing.
The rinsing of the bowl on each and every flush and the prevention of over-splashing are guaranteed by the special splash guard on the upper edge of the bowl and the higher positioning of the water jets.
What are some the latest products Villeroy & Boch has introduced to the market?
With our new collection Vivia, launched at the ISH 2015 exhibition, we have focused on the current demands for bathroom design matched with comfort. The demanding customer expects bathroom products and equipment with sophisticated functionality for easy and convenient handling and a high level of user convenience, which is also pleasing to the eye. Vivia combines a timeless design with ingenious extras, providing more comfort and well-being in the bathroom. It provides step-less showering comfort with a spacious shower area in which a practical shower panel and several hidden functions have been incorporated.
Who are your hospitality clients?
In the professional business Villeroy & Boch is working with the key architects, interior designers and planners. In the Middle East our hospitality clients include major hotels such as Four Seasons, Bahrain, Kempinski, Hilton Doha, Ritz Carlton, Grand Hyatt, The Address, Meydan (Dubai), and Fairmont.
Could you name a few of your hottest products?
One of our hottest products is the new Squaro Prestige bath tub. Hand-fitted real wood veneers refine the freestanding Squaro Edge 12 baths, turning them into unique baths that fulfil the most discerning demands. Each product is elaborately hand decorated in a German manufactory.
Available are six real wood veneers finished with a lacquer coat, thus making each tub unique. Furthermore, Squaro Prestige will also be available with a leather jacket. Every bath is delivered with an individual quality certificate from Villeroy & Boch.