June 21, 2015
At Design Miami/Basel 2015, British designer Max Lamb challenged the mass standardization of sanitary ware. His exhibition ‘Marmoreal, Bathroom, Furniture’ incites reflection on bathroom rituals and what is truly essential in a bathroom. Working in collaboration with design studio, Dzek, Lamb has created a bathroom with a black version of their Marmoreal material, which is patterned with colorful speckles. A toilet, bath, sink and several storage units are all formed from flat slabs of the artificial stone – a composite pre-cast material similar to terrazzo, which is made from marble aggregate combined with a polyester binder.
The ‘Marmoreal’ collection aims to extend the bathing experience, while simultaneously opposing the idea that the bathroom should consume a great deal of space. Informed by his travels throughout Asia, Lamb adopted some of this eastern bathing philosophy in the design, for example, the Marmoreal bath, with its steep vertical sides, recalls the traditional Japanese ofuro, or soaking tub.
Lamb began his examination of sanitary ware by investigating the roots of personal maintenance habits, particularly whether they’ve been driven by mass standardization, or if the standardization was born of human necessity. His own daily bathing routine became a primary reference point in the creation of the collection, with a hope to eliminate the non-essential objects part of a standardized modern bathroom. With the Marmoreal material as the main material used, each of his bathroom furnishings become innately different from the familiar standards made out of ceramic, steel, and plastic.
Overall, the interpretation of the bathroom collection works alongside the other marmoreal furnishings that are typical of the designer’s work. The pieces are efficient, functional and designed to serve equally well in a fully integrated marmoreal space as well as mixed in with standard bathroom furnishings. All bathroom fittings for ‘Marmoreal, Bathroom, Furniture’ have been provided by water fittings manufacturer Barber Wilsons & Co.
Submitted by: Sylvia