bathe and relax in the perfect circles by german bathroom brand bette
 

bathe and relax in the perfect circles by german bathroom brand bette

the new bettecraft washbasin and bettepond bath from german glazed-titanium-steel bathroom experts bette offer architects the chance to add exquisitely round, strongly graphic forms to their projects.


a new form delivered by a new production technique: bette’s perfectly circular bettecraft washbasin is articulated as a convex shell, measuring a mere 3mm in thickness throughout

 

stonehenge. wedding rings. maypole dancing. there’s something eternally fascinating (and, indeed, comforting and joyous) about the circular form. when was the last time you tucked into a square pizza?

 

when it came to the filling of a gap in premium, made-in-germany bathroom brand bette’s product portfolio, that gap was resolutely round. having established itself over decades as the go-to manufacturer globally for baths and other components in titanium-steel alloy, the company decided it was time to offer architects and bathroom planners circular elements for their projects – in doing so offering them even greater creative licence and giving end-users a heightened aesthetic and sensual experience.

 

and all made, of course, using the same material expertize and advanced production technology the company has become known for.

 

 

heavy metal meets yoga: bettecraft washbasin

 

tap the side of the new, highly sculptural bettecraft washbasin and it sounds not too dissimilar to a singing bowl. but save your om shantis. this is pure innovation. at approximately 3mm in profile throughout, this convex-shell form, authored by potsdambased industrial designer and long-term bette collaborator dominik tesseraux, looks like it could be fashioned from the purest porcelain, while it is, in fact – no prizes for guessing correctly – fabricated from glazed titanium-steel. each bettecraft basin is hand-made in delbrück, at the company’s factory.

 


fabricated from glazed titanium-steel, Bette’s signature material, both the bettecraft basin and the bettepond bath tub offer architects and bathroom planners greater creative licence with their graphic, sculptural forms

 

there are a lot of washbasins on the market in thin materials, and in a clear form,‘ explains tesseraux. ‘so, the challenge for us was to find an iconic form within that crowded market to position bette and its power as an innovative company. the convex form of bettecraft is not possible using normal metal-forming processes. and also not easy in ceramics, it’s important to point out.

 

all-important individualization comes in the form of an extensive range of colors delivering different effects – at turns matt, sparkling and iridescent – and a choice of two sizes: 350mm or 450mm in diameter. for the jury at the recent international ISH fair in frankfurt – the bigtop trade biennale for the bathroom and sanitary sector – bettecraft was clearly worthy of a design plus award. I would have given it the accolade for the mere fact its clever curved form functions as an effective splash guard. we’ve all used a console-mounted shell basin where we’ve ended up wetter than expected…

 


‘the challenge was to find an iconic form within a crowded market, to position bette and its power as an innovative company,’ says german designer and long-term bette collaborator dominik tesseraux

 

like a circle in a spiral: bettepond bath

 

when I arrived at the bette stand at ISH, the company’s marketing director, sven rensinghoff, was lying in the company’s latest bath design – the circular bettepond. for a photo shoot, you understand; he was fully clothed and the tub wasn’t plumbed in.

 

 


either standalone or inset, the new bettepond bath, which possesses a generous diameter of 150cm, functions both as space-defining architectural element for architects and immersive experience for users

 

the circle is an original symbol of mankind,‘ he explains, ‘representing harmony, infinity and oneness. so it fits the activity of bathing well, because this is where time seems almost to stand still. it’s when we find our way back to ourselves.‘ as a keen advocate of taking a bath, I can only agree with this. and a round bath allows its user to enjoy a truly immersive experience, as the body can stretch out in all directions, unimpeded.

 

it can be an enjoyable experience for architects, too, bettepond’s sculptural, monolithic quality making it a space-defining, free-standing element within an overall interior scheme. made from (you’ve guessed it) titanium-steel alloy and designed by dominik tesseraux, its rim measures just 8mm.

 

again, bette needed to push the boundaries of its production technology to realise the bath tub’s form at a diameter of 150cm, with a seamless connection of interior and exterior. but that’s the business both the company and the designer are in. ‘for me, it’s important to find new solutions for forming the material,‘ says tesseraux. ‘and ones that have longevity.‘ bettepond comes with a 30-year warranty.


bette marketing director sven rensinghoff: ‘the circle is an original symbol of mankind, representing harmony, infinity and oneness. so it fits the activity of bathing well, because this is when we find our way back to ourselves’

 

for design schemes characterized by more restraint, bettepond can be sunken or inset into a surface, turning it from a positive volume in a negative one, but still with a strong graphic presence. add a whirlpool system to it and the sense of well-being is heightened even further.

 

think wellness and contemplation time, rather than hugh heffner.

 

 

 

guest feature by simon keane-cowell / architonic

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