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AXOR Presents Three Exclusive Bathroom Concepts by Barber Osgerby

Compact Luxury
Schiltach, April 2021. Together with one of the leading international consulting firms on future trends, The Future Laboratory, AXOR has dedicated itself to the topic of 'Compact Luxury', exploring the megatrend of urbanization. The aim is to bring architects and interior designers into exchange in order to gain new ideas, insights and inspiration for a new meaning of luxury in the urban environment. By 2050, two in three people will inhabit a megacity – a development that will proceed despite the Corona Pandemic. Already, living spaces are shrinking as outside stresses grow, fueling the demand for an ever-higher quality of life inside the home. A private oasis amid the bustle of the city, the home is expected to offer areas not only for socializing and entertaining but for restoring one’s sense of well-being. Focus is shifting to personal spaces of retreat and revitalization, such as the bathroom. The British designer duo Barber Osgerby also dedicated themselves to the changed function and design of bathrooms - with their three exclusive bathroom concepts they capture the essence of the 'Compact Luxury' idea.

Contemporary Industrial: Exposed Steel and Brick, and an Aesthetic of Idle Factories

Space is really important, and I think what has happened historically is that the bathroom has always been confined to a really tiny space. I think that, where possible, it’s great to be more generous with the footprint for that room, which is why, in our design concept for a New York loft bathroom, we apportioned a large share of the limited living space in the city for a bathroom as a recreation area”, Jay Osgerby explains. Designed for both individual and shared experiences, Barber Osgerby’s ‘Contemporary Industrial’ bathroom is characterized by exposed steel and brick walls and an aesthetic that has emerged from idle factories. Though spacious, the bathroom exemplifies the 'Compact Luxury' concept: The residents have decided to apportion a large share of their limited living space in the city for a bathroom that is also a recreation area. Entering the double-height room, one is immediately struck with the sense of awe synonymous with a New York loft apartment. Each frame of the industrial windows captures incredible views over the city. Exposed steel beams support the ceiling and mezzanine. A large signature rug and ceiling-mounted lighting soften the brickwork and tiled walls. Taking center stage are a modern free-standing bath and the elegant, archetypal form of a floor-standing bath faucet in Matt Black. Adjacent to the bath is a double wash basin area with countertop basins flanked by elegant AXOR One faucets, all mounted on a long, vintage wooden cabinet. One steps down to a large double shower area under the mezzanine for a shower experience that maximizes views across the New York skyline.

International Elegance: A Warm, Relaxed and Welcoming Atmosphere with Luxurious Touches

The international elegance bathroom concept considers the needs of the cosmopolitan traveler. A warm and refined space, it affords hotel guests seclusion and relaxation while, at the same time, offering an open plan layout that enables activities to merge seamlessly. The bathroom typifies 'Compact Luxury' in its optimal use of space, considered choice of objects, and careful attention to quality and craftsmanship in every detail. A glass partition provides a barrier between the shower area and wash basin, dividing the interior while directing one’s gaze to the metropolis beyond. The bathroom is lined in slatted teak, creating a warm and natural environment. The AXOR One fixtures and AXOR Universal Circular Accessories are finished in Polished Gold Optic. In the shower area, the AXOR One overhead shower features a 600mm ceiling arm extension made to measure. At the wash basin, an AXOR One faucet is wall-mounted above a handmade teak washstand with a worktop in dark natural stone.

Modern Simplicity: Scandinavian Design

“Compact but generous, this bathroom feels larger due to the high vaulted ceiling with a central skylight as the focal point”, Barber Osgerby describe their Copenhagen bathroom. Designed with the needs of a young family in mind, this concept for a Copenhagen bathroom explores the theme of ‘Modern Simplicity’. Warmer and less stark than a purely minimalist interior, yet understated and controlled, the design is characterized by a muted palette of cool greys and off-whites combined with light wood tones such as natural oak. The bathroom exemplifies 'Compact Luxury' in the remarkable sense of spaciousness it creates, not only through thoughtful layout and well-chosen objects, colors and finishes, but through the generous use of natural light. Barber Osgerby’s bathroom design features a vaulted ceiling and a large, frameless skylight that, together, create impression of an opening up to the sky. On the left-hand side, a large wood-framed mirror amplifies the sense of spaciousness. Below it sits a large stone wash basin with two AXOR One 3-hole faucets. They, like all fixtures in the bathroom, are finished in luxurious but understated Brushed Nickel, one of a variety of exclusive AXOR FinishPlus surfaces. Beyond the wash basin, an open shower area offers a versatile combination of showering options thanks to a wall-mounted overhead shower, shoulder-height shower and hand-held shower. Light pools in from the tall slot window on the right-hand side, brightening the back wall, which is adorned with AXOR Universal Circular Accessories. The small wooden stool can be used around the bathroom, helping a child reach the wash basin, for example, or serving as a seat for a bath side conversation. Calm, tactile and organic, the wooden bathtub is large enough to enjoy alone or together. Its placement below the dramatic skylight invites one to watch clouds drifting by or the stars at night.

About AXOR

​​​​​​​AXOR conceives and manufactures iconic objects for luxurious bathrooms and kitchens. Developed in collaboration with world-renowned designers—Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud and Barber Osgerby among them—AXOR products come in a variety of styles. All AXOR faucets, showers and accessories are produced to the highest standards of quality. With an expertise that extends far beyond the products themselves, AXOR inspires and enables architects, interior designers and the design-savvy public. Together with AXOR, they shape water-related spaces that reflect the unique personality of the user. Part of the Hansgrohe Group, AXOR is a forward-thinking brand dedicated to developing distinctive products, manufactured with excellence.


Astrid Bachmann
Deputy Lead Corporate Communications, Global PR AXOR