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The slip-thin bathroom sinks seem finely sliced from polished ceramic slabs, with the smooth, elongated shape of a well-used bar of soap. But their delicacy is deceiving: Toan Nguyen Studio’s latest collaboration with Laufen utilizes the Swiss manufacturer’s SaphirKeramik, a super-strong material that enables fixtures to be made with slender profiles, without sacrificing their robustness. The washstand, with optional recessed shelf, has a rim radius of just two millimetres, which frees up space for the generous basin to hold more water. The series includes a walnut veneer vanity and a tub with integrated headrest.
Studio: Toan Nguyen Studio, Italy
Designers: Toan Nguyen, with Philipp Leibundgut, Alain Reymond and Marc Viardot
Manufacturer: Laufen, Switzerland