Tesseraux + Partner
BetteArt: Freestanding, seamless and with a narrow rim: The elite of freestanding baths – with matching washbasins.
Bette blazes new trails with BetteArt. The steel/enamel specialist has developed the first freestanding bath that is not derived from an existing built-in version. Encouraged by the tremendous success of the Silhouette series, the manufacturer has cultivated the high art of seamlessly manufactured monolithic steel/enamel baths in a new design. Its aim was nothing less than to define a new segment in the elite of freestanding baths. Matching washbasins are also available. The design directive for the slender, narrow bath rim in which the exterior follows the interior (leaving only as much of a gap as is necessary for the technology) results in a bath design that is entirely new in this material. BetteArt is made for modern times, although its restraint corresponds with many interior furnishing styles that, rather than being at the mercy of fleeting fashions, are oriented towards the aesthetics of timelessness.
Flawless, durable and hygienic
The Bette steel/enamel material is perfect for use in the bathroom – not least because it combines durability with sustainability. A high level of stability and reliability are combined here with a flawless, durable and hygienic surface. The material’s limits are already evident in the production. But Bette has always been the pioneer in moving these limits. When it comes to the details, the wheat is soon separated from the chaff in the way that mass products with visibly attached aprons differ from their seamless Bette counterparts. At the Bette factory in Delbrück in East Westphalia (Germany), state-of-the-art industrial production is combined with individual manufacturing methods. For instance, the freestanding steel/enamel bath is constructed from two pieces in the sandwich method. A thin welded seam, created by skilled hands in the special workshop, invisibly joins the bath core to its skin. The model is then finished with the glass-like layer of enamel. This is the only way these seamless monoliths can be manufactured – 100 percent made in Germany.
The precision of this combination of high-tech and craft is instantly evident in the product. A clearly defined, narrow bath rim and the lines of modern architecture are key features of this product family, the form of which was developed jointly by the Potsdam design studios of Tesseraux & Partner. “We challenged Bette with this design. With a freestanding bath with an interior form that corresponds with its exterior," designer Dominik Tesseraux explains.
The narrow rim
The result is an extremely narrow bath rim that makes the product look solid and compact but at the same time contains another challenging task. The company collaborated with Viega of Attendorn, specialists in plumbing and heating systems, on the design of the integrated pop-up waste, which was developed specifically for the BetteArt; this is the first time the market has ever seen such a slender solution. The pop-up waste is concealed by a brass trim that is available in a choice of chrome or white.
The bath is available in bright white and measure 180 x 75 x 42 cm. The outlet, which is flush with the surface, is positioned in the middle of the bath. Bette offers three freestanding washbasins to match the bath – likewise in steel enamel, of course – that are also made to the highest standards. They too celebrate the narrow rim and thin walls, and are available in widths of 80, 60 and 30 cm. The two large washbasins are a practical 10 cm deep, and even the smaller one for the guest WC boasts an impressive 8 cm. All three are intended as seamless (and therefore easy to clean) counter top washbasins to stand on bases and bathroom furniture. As the result of paring the rim down to the essential, there is, of course, no tap ledge; the solutions are freestanding mixers with a high spout or a wall mixer.
During the ongoing development of the BETTEART, the focus was on the bath’s sculptural character. The extremely narrow bath edge, the generous corner radii and the conical apron are the details that characterize the design and that now also give the wall-mounted variants their distinctive character.
If the bath is placed in front of the wall or in the corner, the edge widens to the wall and provides additional shelf space, as well as comfortable freedom for the head and arms.
With a washbasin, freestanding bath and the new variants for installation in front of the wall or in the corner, we have a collection that’s ideal for consciously structured bathroom architecture.
Designer: Tesseraux + Partner
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