The 2016 ADI Compasso d’Oro award: Honourable Mention for Closer and Wazebo by Zucchetti. Kos
published on: 16 giugno 2016
A double success for the Zucchetti. Kos Group: the Closer showerhead by Diego Grandi, and the Wazebo mini-wellness shower pavilion by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, have both been awarded the prestigious Honourable Mention in the Design for Living category of the 2016 Compasso d’Oro prize by ADI, the Italian Association for Industrial Design. Established in 1954, the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is the oldest and most authoritative global award in the field of industrial design. It selects products that stand out for their originality, their typological and functional innovation, the production processes they adopt, the materials they use, and the aesthetic synthesis they achieve. This is further significant recognition for the company based in Gozzano; as always, and more than ever today, it is internationally known for its excellence in bathroom design, demonstrated over the years by many awards and thanks to having created a complete bathroom world, with design objects that are not only beautiful and desirable but are the outcome of continuous research into technological innovation and have a high degree of functionality, impeccable aesthetic quality. Already a previous winner of the Design Plus Award and the Good Design Award in 2015 as testimony to its new content and its strongly innovative aesthetic, the Wazebo shower pavilion stands out for its simplicity and elegance: a unique shower enclosure with a structure that its designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba describe as " lightweight, independent, and extremely open to the outside space. It can be positioned at the poolside or on a terrace, enabling the comfort of a shower enclosure to be enjoyed out of doors ". What sets this object apart is the underlying concept, which is to give the user the sensation of showering in the midst of nature, but without sacrificing practicality and comfort. The concept is made a reality by the slim frame, the wide openings, the wooden slatted platform, the large rainfall showerhead with its soft jet, and the possibility of even being able to place the pavilion directly on a lawn. The eclectic, iconic, multiple award-winning Closer showerhead by Diego Grandi interprets and reinvents the gestural language associated with showering. It has won numerous authoritative international prizes including the recent IDEAT CHINA Future Award 2016 and the very new NYCxDesign Award. The designer began from an intention to animate the bathroom space, which is usually static, and moved away from the usual aesthetic references to present this truly unprecedented proposal: a creative and functional reinterpretation of the shower column. Clearly inspired by the archetype of the lamp with an adjustable extendable arm, Closer has three joints that make possible large multidirectional arcs of movement, enabling multiple dynamic spatial configurations that translate into various different ways for the user to direct the flow of water simply, intuitively, and precisely. Poetic and changeable, it enables showering to be enjoyed in a personalised way without limitations; in fact thanks to Closer, water has the ability to dance in space... it can free itself from the usual constraints and become the free expression of our needs, for a special wellness to be experienced every day.
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