When Antonio Citterio agreed to create a line of bath furnishings for the 10th anniversary of Hansgrohe’s cutting-edge Axor brand, he had a plan. “I wanted to give them something more than just a tap and a shower,” he recalls. “I am an architect, and for me design means finding solutions for interiors.” What began as a simple exercise in designer faucets developed into a substantial series of spatial systems for the bath—tubs, lavs, fittings—suitable for the most expansive home spa.
Working with Axor brand director Philippe Grohe and colleague Toan Nguyen, Citterio devised a number of scenarios based on the division of a 20- or 40-foot space. “In each case, we separated needs and desires,” he explains. The bathroom’s centerpiece is an elegant tub in a pure white Corian-like mineral resin that can either be a freestanding unit or jut from a wall as a cantilevered extension. (The simple square basin that anchors it as an extension is available separately in black with a white interior.) The tub serves as the anchor for the lavatory, bidet and tub faucets, shower paraphernalia, and accessories (available in either a classic chrome or rich platinum finish) that were the original intent of this ambitious project.
“I haven’t met anyone with such a balance of disciplines,” says Grohe. “There is never more architect present than designer.” Indeed, with offices in both his native Milan and Hamburg, the prolific architect has carried this multidisciplinary approach throughout his body of work, which includes an international mix of architectural projects, as well as a diverse range of furnishings.
“My design strategy has always been to look at how to build a home in total,” says Citterio. “I had already done furniture, kitchens, lighting, and hardware. I wanted to do more in the bathroom.” Part two of his bath furnishings collection will be launched later this year.
Antonio Citterio and Partners