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The design of a bathroom (for humans).

The bathroom, in our homes, is maybe the room that most intensely put together the functional aspects with the aesthetic ones.
Briefly, remembering of our cultural roots, Utilitas and Venustas.
bagno per alieni (non di ermes ponti)

We happen to admire – while browsing through design magazines – truly beautiful salles des bains in… sadly empty premises.

No person, no human being seems to ever use them.

Could it be the showroom’s syndrome?

Or the pleasure of a fascinating photographic performance?

Or maybe they’re bathrooms for aliens, ready for the time they will show up?

We’re far from judging.

However, the bathroom… for humans, in everyday life,, means water, heat, humidity, mirrored surfaces, containers, pipes, faucets, drains, ventilation, comfort, intimacy, relaxation and much more.

bagno by ermes ponti (schizzo progettuale)

bagno by ermespontiNo need to go far: just think about your home: how many items, functions can you recall? Many.

And what about the intensity of use ?

Perhaps only the kitchen is used as intensely, but – unlike the bathroom – kitchens can caount on specific equipment and technology…

Not so our bathrooms, where often a small space must serve the needs of various people, many times a day.

Our point of view on the topic can be summarized in a few simple concepts:

bagno by ermes pontiThe bathroom is one of the points where design demonstrates its ability to bring form and function in a harmonious vision, daily perceived by the final customer who’s supposed to use it (and clean it) every day.

Here’s where our revolutionary end-to-end ermes ponti method  gives its best.

  • The execution “to perfection” of the project is critical, perhaps more than in any other room of the house
  • Hydraulic works and funìrniture installation have to live in a perfect way, so to allow the most comfortable possible use
  • Choices of materials and new technologies in this field are vital to the bathroom’s functionality, and make it unique; we offer bespoke, tailored bathrooms, designed around the needs of the customer and totally custom-designed and custom-made.
  • Bathrooms signed ermesponti are “wellness rooms”; and this is never “generic wellness” but always the wellness of a particular person or special family, with specific needs that lead to the maximum extent of customization project.

bagno by ermesponti

All of this leads us to listening to the needs of the customer and take count – from the very first phase – of its specific needs and her personal tastes. The harmonic resolution of functions respecting the demands of the initial project, of course, follows.

How would you design the interior of a house? Materials? Furniture? Design? No, sir: talking to who’s supposed to live there.

New York Interiors by Ermes Ponti

Whoever works in the interior designer industry, like us, can choose different approached to a new project.

She can choose to go the famous-design-object way.

She can choose to design and manufacture bespoke furniture.

Or else, all this can be left aside, to sit down and talk.

Talk and understand. Not only the residents’ needs, but also their taste.

Look around. Try to get the feeling.

Find the aesthetic and functional solutions for that specific person.

It may seem trivial, but almost everythng we see around is designed and manufactured with different criteria, often standard.

Something taking no account of the people who actually will leave in that space.

Take for example the house of an American writer, on 5th Avenue in New York, a project carried out thanks to the network Design-Apart of which we are partner (the project of “living showroom” head office of D-A on the 23rd is our work too – case history here).

It’s a flat with significantly particular tastes – far from our own, to be honest – but by no means despicable, of course.

Bright colours, ethnic flavor, different materials: many objects from all over the world, mixed together, for an environment with a defined personality, expression of the eclectic tastes of the hostess.

The project was born spontaneously as a reinterpretation of her own tastes, of pre-existing structures and its contenitive and functional requirements.

We have selected for her just a few samples, the ones you see in the picture:

Sample 1: a rare sycamore frisè shellac lacquered (natural gloss finish) with an hot orange-red colour, with an almost exotic flavor, suited to her ethnic taste

Sample 2: a very light – almost iridescent- sycamore grooved (flute), reminiscence of the Parisian decorations of the thirties of our colleague J-E. Rulhmann.

Sample 3: stone gray Sahara (on the top) suggested by the colour of the kitchen’s floor

New York Interiors by Ermes Ponti

The writer was thrilled to recognize herself in the choice of her designers, who came from Italy to propose her a kitchen retrieving the design of her beloved column.

She appreciated the selection of mixed colours and materials so consistent with her tastes and with the essences, materials and objects of art of her apartment.

Now she can say to have an apartment unique in the world; her best portrait! Finally!

NY Residential interiors by ermes ponti

Sounds easy enough, right?

Not so, appearently.

Each time is a surprise for us to find that very, very few work truly consider the real needs and tastes of customers.

A method that – if applied by the principle, from the beginning of the project – combines the advantage of a “tailored” job to the pleasure of a unique solution in the world, even for a house of two rooms.

New York Interiors by Ermes Ponti