This month the annual Elle Decoration International Design Awards took place during the world’s leading furniture fair; Salone del Mobile in Milan. This year Norm Architects was honoured to receive the award for best design in the bathroom category for the Frame Modular System that it designed for the Italian design brand ex.t.
Inspired by the many raw DIY solutions for bathroom consoles found in some urban contemporary boutique hotels, Norm Architects designed its own precise and minimalist version of a naked and structural exposed bathroom console system. It has always adored the cool and unpretentious bathroom consoles that are often made of standard brass pipes and fittings just topped with a slab of marble and a metal basin. Frame gives a light and airy atmosphere to the bathroom, that is often dominated by heavy and somewhat clumsy cabinets.
Norm Architects take on this type of bathroom furniture is a delicate and graphic piece that is more refined than its inspiration and interpreted with a sense of nordic tactile and understated materials like steel, stone and wood. It has combined the idea of exposing every part of the structure with our love for minimal artworks by minimal artists such as Donald Judd. The result is a family of products that consist of a number of black graphic frames that has functional purposes – e.g. for hanging towels. The steel structure frames the functions of the furniture and stand out as a sculptural piece instead of blending with the architecture. The consoles or wall hung units are topped with a low sink that gives the pieces are delicate appearance and inside you have the option of hanging a cabinet for storage.
The hanging unit not only gives the minimalist pieces a touch of something magical, but also makes the elements become very elegant and light in their expression.