Bathroom Design Week

DAAily platforms launches in a super-hot Milan, while we cool down with the Global Design Agenda Bathroom Design Week

The heat was on at this year's flaming-June Milan Design Week. Designboom, Architonic and ArchDaily's inaugural DAAily bar became one of the city's unmissable hotspots...

Editor's Letter – June 2022 | News

The heat was on at this year's flaming-June Milan Design Week. Designboom, Architonic and ArchDaily's inaugural DAAily bar became one of the city's unmissable hotspots...

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How was it for you?

Water seems to have been a consistent theme over the past few weeks. Firstly in the form of a super-hot Milan Design Week. Both metaphorically and literally.

As early-June temperatures soared in the capital of design and things took a turn for the perspirational, our inaugural DAAily bar at Swiss Corner in Brera became the destination for thousands of A&D lovers looking for both liquid refreshment and refreshment for the mind. Beyond the thousand-plus guests who attended our party to help celebrate the union of Designboom, Architonic and ArchDaily, I’d personally like to thank everyone who pitched up to our Live Talks with some of the world’s leading creative practitioners and opinion-formers. Without you, it wouldn’t have been a dialogue.

Patricia Urquiola (top), Stefan Diez – about his mudra chair (middle) – and Douglas Mandry (bottom), all spoke at the DAAily bar Live Talks. Photo: ©José Salto FELICES Agency (bottom)

Editor's Letter – June 2022 | News

Patricia Urquiola (top), Stefan Diez – about his mudra chair (middle) – and Douglas Mandry (bottom), all spoke at the DAAily bar Live Talks. Photo: ©José Salto FELICES Agency (bottom)

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Missed our speakers? Fear not. You can catch up now by watching our insight-packed talks with Patricia Urquiola, Sebastian Herkner and Stefan Diez on video, with more recordings to follow shortly. And don’t forget to check out Swiss artist Douglas Mandry in conversation with Designboom Editor-in-Chief Birgit Lohmann, discussing his beautiful and provocative collaboration with Bally – a unique architectural curtain, produced by Christian Fischbacher, designed specifically for our Milan space.

Matteo Thun (top) spoke about touchless technology in Bathroom Design Week, while PIG Design discussed the SEIRANRI public bathroom project (bottom). Photo: Wang Fei, Shi Zheng, Qi Shuoqian (bottom)

Editor's Letter – June 2022 | News

Matteo Thun (top) spoke about touchless technology in Bathroom Design Week, while PIG Design discussed the SEIRANRI public bathroom project (bottom). Photo: Wang Fei, Shi Zheng, Qi Shuoqian (bottom)

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Mandry’s image-making focuses on melting glacial ice. Water was top of the editorial agenda during our recent Global Design Agenda Bathroom Design Week too, where architectural grandee Matteo Thun and celebrated designer Marc Sadler, along with Greek-Swedish office OOAK architects and Hangzhou-based PIG Design, mused on the tension between bathroom design, planning and sustainability. For Sadler, ‘the bathroom as a machine became emotional’: the challenge is to deliver products and design spaces that meet our growing need for an almost spiritual self-care as well as literal cleansing.

Water temples, meanwhile, are for Thun somewhat of a fantasy, as he reminds us of the limited floor space we’re dealing with in most bathroom projects. The Milan-based architect sees a greater use of touchless technology, concealed behind natural materials (but not tiles!) as the way forward for a user experience that scores highly on both intuition and hygiene.

Released into the wild, the free-roaming bathtubs of the Tsingpu Wulin Retreat (top) and Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel (bottom) were both featured this month. Photos: Ruijing Photo (top), Ao Xiang (bottom)

Editor's Letter – June 2022 | News

Released into the wild, the free-roaming bathtubs of the Tsingpu Wulin Retreat (top) and Sumei Skyline Coast Boutique Hotel (bottom) were both featured this month. Photos: Ruijing Photo (top), Ao Xiang (bottom)

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And speaking of floor space, why not take a look at these recently completed hotel projects, where the bathtub has slipped the surly bonds of the enclosed, windowless bathroom to create a more continuous plan. What do you think? A natural progression of our pursuit for heightened sensory experience? Or privacy-disrupting folly?

Stay clean. And be inspired.

Simon Keane-Cowell
Editor-in-Chief


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