The Swiss company Laufen has a worldwide reputation for unparalleled quality and design, while consistently delivering a highly specialised personal service within budget. Here, the company provide SPACE’s Tonje Odegard some insight into the importance of bathroom design in luxury hotels…
Luxury hotels from around the world can take advantage of over 120 years of design and manufacturing expertise by partnering with Laufen on bathroom design that is created specifically to ensure that hotel room interiors are as hardworking as they are aesthetically beautiful.
Architectural and interior specifications can be assessed on an individual project basis by Laufen’s experienced research and development team to provide outstanding bespoke bathroom solutions whatever style or practical provisions may be required.
The Swiss company has a worldwide reputation for unparalleled quality and design, while consistently delivering a highly specialised personal service within budget. Laufen continues to explore the limits of precision, functionality and efficiency, through design and materials, placing them at the forefront of contemporary hotel bathroom provision. This unrivalled manufacturing expertise, combined with a renowned portfolio of designer collections, created in collaboration with some of the world’s most famed design luminaries, enables Laufen to bring to life the sophisticated end results required for iconic hotel projects across the globe.
Located 70 kilometres south west of Malé in North Ari Atoll, the exclusive Kandolhu Island Resort offers 30 villas in five different styles, both over the water and on the beach. Scattered around the island’s most beautiful locations, each of the villas boast their own distinct designs, making use of traditional Maldivian architecture. All the resort’s bungalows are finished to an extremely high standard with quality fittings throughout, including Laufen ceramic sanitaryware, furniture, faucets and wellness products. ILBAGNOALESSI One bathtubs invite guests to lie back and relax while enjoying their beautiful surroundings, and are matched by washbasins and WCs from the same collection. Featuring elegant curves and minimal styling ILBAGNOALESSI One create a real style statement in this most idyllic of settings. The PALOMBA sanitaryware is another highlight of the bathrooms in many of the resort’s apartments, the organic contours of which look especially elegant in understated ambiences.
The sail-shaped W Barcelona rises above the Mediterranean Sea, an iconic addition to the city skyline, designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill. Due to its elegance and distinctive shape the hotel has become the landmark of this dynamic and stylish city. Laufen have interpreted design specifications to ensure modern elegance is carried on to the bathrooms by providing its Palomba collection across 473 rooms in the 26 storey tower.
Laufen offers support and advice to hotel designers at every stage of a project, engaging in a continuous dialogue to ensure the outcome meets the expectation for the overall creative vision. This hands-on approach, undertaken on each project, allows the company to facilitate innovation and true customisation at an unprecedented level.
Recently launched products and collections show how Laufen marries industry-leading bathroom design with innovation and technical know-how to offer premium solutions to the hotel sector. Just one example of Laufen innovation is the recently launched tech-savvy Cleanet Riva, which although coming from a concept first originating in Switzerland almost 60 years ago, has only reached a true level of excellence this year. The Cleanet Riva combines all the advantages of a toilet and a bidet in a single object. Riva epitomises hotel luxury, its approach to hygiene makes it truly five-star – it’s the only shower toilet in which the entire water transport system is thermally disinfected at regular intervals. To make this product even more complete, Laufen has equipped it with a touchscreen remote control that communicates with the user to adjust the spray, pressure, temperature and timing.
The latest collections added to the Laufen product portfolio, showcase the groundbreaking material that has truly revolutionised the bathroom industry. Developed by Laufen, following years of research work, SaphirKeramik, a unique ceramic material that combines all of the hygiene advantages of traditional bathroom ceramics but is thinner, more defined and extremely robust, has enabled leading designers, including Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen, to unleash their creativity, resulting in the INO, VAL and Kartell collections. This has taken SaphirKeramik innovation to an industrial level, with projects in some of the most prestigious hotels in the world.