A perfect interplay between form, functionality and quality
Daniel Irányi and Tom Stäubli from the Tribecraft design office in Zurich designed the Geberit Monolith product family. In an interview they explained the particular characteristics of the new sanitary modules.
The Geberit Monolith is innovative and a revolutionary in the field of bathroom design. What was the biggest challenge for you at the design stage?
Daniel Irányi: We wanted to use the Monolith to break up the conventional spatial relationships in bathrooms. The idea was for the cistern, washbasin and bidet to play a new role. That's why we completely re-positioned the Monolith. One can see the perfect unification of form, functionality and quality in this product.
"Together with the Monolith, the cistern, washbasin and bidet have a new role to play."
What inspiration led you to this particular Monolith form?
In terms of design the Monolith is quite modest. One can however use it to make strong formal statements in the bathroom. To achieve this, we worked on the proportions for a long time. We always made sure that the Monolith is able to cleanly flow around the ceramic appliances. The complete volume and the glass surface needed to be in balance.
How do the Monolith bathroom modules combine with and enhance each other?
Tom Stäubli: The modules form a product family. But just as in a real family, the family members don't all look the same and the individual sanitary modules are also distinguished by their own characteristic differences. Depending on the product, each assumes a different task, and their design is intended to reflect this in each case.
Daniel Irányi: One can play with the Monoliths. But each product must also function in its own right. The Geberit Monolith sanitary modules are architectonic elements in space, in the company of which other products, such as washbasins or WC ceramic appliances can also shine. With the advent of the colour umber, a warm grey-brown tone has joined the ranks of black and white.
"Umber can be combined with warm colour tones and sets an accent in the bath."
Why this colour?
Tom Stäubli: Black and white are monochrome colours which are suitable for many situations, but which are not necessarily conducive to a warm environment. Umber, however, can be combined quite readily, particularly with warm colours and wood. With umber one can also introduce a warmer tone into a monochrome bathroom and thus heighten this effect.