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Patricia Urquiola, Spanish architect and designer, is one of the most celebrated and award-winning designers of recent years. She has many collaborations and achievements in the design world, perhaps because she says, “Design gives me a kind of happiness about the prototype work that you can not afford if you do architecture.” A propensity, that of design, probably inherited from the collaboration with masters like Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti, whose she will certainly carry on theirs lively search tipic of the spirit of the sixties and seventies.
Among the countless projects for the main Italian and international companies, there are those for Agape. A successful partnership, this one, born about ten years ago with a first collection of wash basins and sanitary ware, which later led to the creation of many products and prestigious awards. A production that blends perfectly with the Agape philosophy, which, through the review of consolidated typologies, adds by its products comfort and aesthetic value to the environment, focusing on innovation, research and on the use of materials evolved.
We focus on some of the eloquent examples about research and innovation beetween Agape and Urquiola: the three tanks at Cantiere Galli Design, Vieques (2008) and Vieques XS (2013), Cuna (2015), Lariana (2015).
The first production is 2008 followed in 2013 by the smaller XS version. The name comes from a small and unspoiled Caribbean island, is a contemporary revision of ancient baths, the old tub. A project that brings together an ancient inspiration and a refined accomplishment. It is in painted white steel (RAL 9003) or with dark gray exterior (RAL 7021). Completing the accessories with simple shapes: headrest and shelf by iroko.
The name is a clear geographical reference to the Lariana Peninsula, the area between the two branches of Lake Como. The main feature is the contrast between the delicate curves and the decisive cut of the double wrap. It’s a compact tank, and small measures. These linear, elegant and comfortable shapes make it ideal for inserting into different style contexts. It is made of Cristalplant, in total white version or in two possible shades of gray for the exterior.
It is the result of research and study on materials and production processes. The tub is made of Thermoformed Solid Surface and inserted into a tubular steel structure that defines its shape, recalling the ancient lanterns from the iron structure. The form seems to be a cradle, (hence the name comes from, “cuna” in Spanish means “cradle”) with its linear, delicate shapes. The casing is available in white or in two shades of gray, the structure of stainless steel painted in opaque white, matt black, matt light gray or brushed brushed. This contrast, elegantly emphasizes the round shapes.