shown during the milan design week 2017, LAUFEN presents their latest design creations and functional solutions for the bathroom, which blend beautiful forms with high-quality, emotional, and intelligent elements. their advanced saphirkeramik material takes center stage, offering slim shapes with high robustness. these product presentations include highlight collaborations with top designers, such as patricia urquiola, konstantin grcic, toan nguyen and ludovica and roberto palomba.

the lines of the sonar’s free-standing bathtub are slender and light
all images courtesy of LAUFEN



following the opening of LAUFEN’s new showroom in madrid, spain, patricia urquiola has again collaborated with the swiss brand, but this time, significantly creating the third generation of products that enhance their renowned saphirkeramik material. this follows the launch of the first generation by ludovica and roberto palomba, and the second edition by konstantin grcic and toan nguyen. named ‘sonar’ and said to be ‘even more daring and innovative’, the spanish designer’s new collection intensifies a more three-dimensional aspect, yet still highlights the notoriously slender lines of the material.

the top-mounted single washbasin of the sonar collection 


conveying contrast, balance, and elegance, LAUFEN’s ‘sonar’ collection combines influences of the rigour of architectural minimalism as an expression of purity and formal understatement, and the energy and dynamism connected with the natural phenomenon of sound waves, specifically their relationship with water. with inclined planes, material cuts and small internal overhangs to optimize the flow of liquid, the range includes wall-hung washbasins, washbasin bowls and bathtubs.

the double washbasin features inclined planes, material cuts, and small internal overhangs 



at LAUFEN’s presentation during the milan design week 2017, designboom speaks with designer patricia urquiola, who sheds light on the creation of ‘sonar’.


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the rigour of an architectural minimalism is reflected in the design of the freestanding washbasin


three-dimensional grooves highlight the product’s influence of sound waves


the ‘sonar’ collection is on show at the la posteria in milan


the results achieve extraordinary aesthetics and functional values


the range includes wall-hung washbasins, washbasin bowls and bathtubs