This month (April 2017), the annual Elle Decoration International Design Awards took place during the world’s leading furniture fair; Salone del Mobile in Milan. This year, the Norm Architects team was awarded for best design in the bathroom category for the modular Frame System, which they developed for the Italian design brand ex.t.
The Frame is a universal modular system of consoles and furniture for the bathroom, which has a clean and minimal design, making it an elegant graphic detail with a Scandinavian hint. Composed of thin sharp black graphic frames, this is a flexible and modular system that can be changed in various ways depending on your functional and aesthetic needs. Of refined natural materials such as steel, stone and wood, the ultimate goal of the Frame system was to make a versatile and customizable piece of furniture that would fit any modern living space without attracting too much attention.
Inspired by a host of original bathroom solutions in some modern urban boutique hotels, designers have developed their own, accurate and minimalistic version of a nude and structural bathroom with console system. Designers have always admired the classy and simple bathroom consoles, which are often made of standard brass pipes and fittings, topped with a marble slab and a metal washbasin. The bathroom has a light and airy atmosphere, in which heavy and somewhat awkward cabinets often prevail.
The team’s approach to this type of modular bathroom furniture was very delicate. They combined the idea of exposing each part of the structure with their love for the minimalist works of artists such as Donald Judd. The result is a family of products consisting of a series of black graphic frames that have functional purposes. For hanging towels, for example.
The hanging block not only gives a minimal touch to something magical, but also makes the elements very elegant and easy to express.