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Nouveau Bathroom Collection by Bernhardt-Vella for Ex.t


Specialising in innovative bathroom furniture, Florence-based design brand Ex.t mixes the international vision of its designers with the Italian expertise in the use of techniques and materials. In 2019, Ex.t will be presenting its Nouveau collection at Maison & Objet in Paris, designed in collaboration with Bernhardt-Vella studio from Milan. Along with this new entry, Ex.t confirms its long lasting partnership with Norm Architects studio and German designer Sebastian Herkner, presenting the Rest Armchair and Ribbon Square washbasin.

The Nouveau collection is designed by Paola Vella and Ellen Bernhardt, talented friends who share a common vision of design based on emotion and poetry. Their first time designing for bathroom interiors, they have used used a creative approach that comes from the home design world. Nouveau includes washbasins, cabinets and mirrors featuring geometric and sinuous lines. Born from a balance of basic and classic shapes such as circles, semi-circles and parallelepipeds, the pieces create a game of volumes in a succession of full and empty spaces. Freely inspired by early twentieth century Art Deco, the collection takes refined suggestions from that era and reworks them with the taste and sensitivity of a contemporary perspective.

Nouveau washbasin is characterised by asymmetrical shapes with bold edges that serve as practical support surfaces. It can be wall mounted or a countertop - supported by a metal structure that elegantly defines its shape. The structure is available in brushed bronze, satin-finish brass or matt black finishes and can be combined with various accessories such as towel rails, wooden drawers, marble or stone storage tops to offer a functional and complete product.

With Nouveau, for the first time Ex.t inserts the colour in a collection of LivingTec washbasins. The first colour proposal is Rosa Cipria, a refined and antique colour.

Norm Architects extend their Rest collection for Ex.t with the Rest Lounge Chair. Inspired by the way Japanese people use to sit on the floor and lean on the surrounding furniture to rest, the small upholstered armchair is low with a wide backrest. Designed to provide regular support for the back when in a sitting position, it alternatively provides a comfortable support for a short rest if standing.

Like the entire Rest line, the small armchair is characterised by a tubular metal structure refined with small brass details. Available in black eco-leather or green velvet (pictured below), the cushion and backseat create a graphic game of circles that overlap when viewed from different angles.

Sebastian Herkner, nominated by Maison & Objet designer of the year 2019, enriches Ribbon collection launched in Milan 2018 with Ribbon Square: a square-shaped wall-mounted washbasin with small dimensions, designed for cosy spaces. Like the oval sink and the bathtub, Ribbon Square is made in LivingTec and finished with a satin steel or brass band, a functional and aesthetic element that inspires the entire collection, giving brightness and preciousness to the product.

Such inspiring new designs, I love how they reimagine the bathroom as dynamic living spaces for contemporary living.  

The new collection will be launching at Maison & Object in 2019. 

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