bath laboratory – showroom
mobile furniture - test your bathroom in 1:1
project date: 2006 – 2007
completion date: 2007
area: 350 m2
client: B & M Pertot
photos: Matevž Paternoster
project team: Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič, Elisabeth Koller
to a medium sized bathroom and ceramics showroom. We were interested in the client’s open-minded attitude towards selling strategies. They didn’t want the conventional bathroom showroom where one can find tens or more of desirable ready-made bathrooms, but they were interested in the experimental type. The concept was to conceive the showroom as a laboratory, where toilets, sinks and bathtubs are mobile elements (fixed on custom designed trolleys) to allow individual customers to create improvised, one to one scale, abstract bathroom setups – a 1:1 model of your own bathroom on enlarged “millimetre paper” to become “decimetre paper”.
The laboratory space is organised into three stripes:
– parking (parking of bathroom elements)
– working (work desks and reception for the customers)
– testing (decimetre paper defines the scale for 1:1 precision)
All the furniture, including the mobile furniture, is custom made of raw-steel throughout; 4mm thick plates with visible welding. A white curtain wraps the existing storage space to hide the kilometres of different tile samples stored in steel drawers and mostly to provide a white gallery type background for the presentations.