JIKA COMMENCED THE LIMITED EDITION, ART

Outline novelty, unique concept, artistic originality. The objective of the new ART line, which is just marketed by Jika, is to bring products of unique design to ordinary bathrooms and, at the same time, to give a chance to young artists. However, it always will be a limited edition of a selected author work. The first event is the washbasin, Jika ART Džber (Tub), which has originated within the final work in the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, in the Ceramics and Porcelain Studio. Its author is Ms. Barbora Vinařová.

 The Jika ART Džber (Tub) washbasin cannot deny being inspired by historical bathroom equipment, however, at the same time, it captures by its elaboration to the smallest detail. All at once it provides high quality of the Jika ceramics and the comfort of simple maintenance. The pure outline and, at the same time, unique design are distinguished both in originally conceived modern interior and in a rustic space. The Džber (Tub) will also be estimated by owners of traditionally tuned cottages. Its handle serves both as an interesting reference to the past of hygiene and it has received also a functional use as an option to hang towel.

The Jika ART Džber (Tub) ranks among the so called “washtop washbasins”. It will strike the eyes on wood suitable for bathrooms, as well as on a ceramic or other base. Its bottom diameter is 41 cm, its top diameter is then 46 cm, its height being 20 cm, while the handle increases it by further 10 cm. The JIKA ART Džber (Tub) is made in a limited edition and can be bought for CZK 6,648, VAT inclusive. People interested can view it in the Prague Gallery – Art of Bathrooms in Prague.

“FOR ME, IT'S A WASH-TUB”, THE AUTHOR OF THE “DŽBER (TUB)” WASHBASIN, BARBORA VINAŘOVÁ, SAYS.

Ms. Barbora Vinařová is just finishing her studies in the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague (UMPRUM). She has chosen the field of applied arts, particularly the Ceramics and Porcelain Studio, which is governed by the designer Maxim Velčovský. The washbasin “Džber” (Tub), which is at present marketed within the Jika ART limited edition, is her final work in the project, on which UMPRUM has co-operated with Laufen CZ. The students might have chosen from two topics: ”Past, present, future”, or “Heritage”. Barbora Vinařová cleverly combined both in her Džber (Tub).

Why did you decide for the washtub with the shape of a tub?

It is a shape, which we relate to hygiene from long ago, as well as from our childhood or youth. In many places it is taken for the basis of hygiene even today. I like simple and purposeful things. I just only tried to update the “Džber” – for me the “bath-tub” – and to change it only to a functional, but also a pleasant matter for both present and future time.

Did you have in mind more various concepts, or was this an immediate inspiration?

This idea projected to my mind immediately in the moment when the topics “Past, present, future” or “Heritage” were introduced to us in the Znojmo factory of Laufen CZ. This idea fulfilled the both options. Though in the course of “polishing” of the shape I had several other ideas, the original bath-tub was the strongest for me, both as for its concept and morphology.

Was it your first washbasin, or could you try a similar project earlier?

I have never had a similar chance. Also for this reason I am very glad I could try the manufacture of the prototypes on my own in the Znojmo plant and to break into the sanitary ceramics a little.

How long did it take to create the draft?

Sometimes in October or November we were told the topic, which we should pursue. About two months, that means till Christmas, I worked on the drafts how the wash-basin should look like and what its proportions should be. In January, roughly in the course of two weeks, I made the plaster model in the burnout, that means in the final size.

What was most demanding within the implementation?

All the matter was in normal, I turned the model on a plaster ring and subsequently fixed and modelled the handle. Nevertheless, the only minor issue was both the size and the weight of the model.

How did you have to modify it so as it would be able to manufacture it?

For the manufacture of the prototype we only increased the size of the model due to its shrinking during burning and we raised the bottom by some 15 mm so that we would reach the thickness necessary for squeezing in the outlet.

Did you compose your draft, having an idea of its application in some particular interior? Or for what interior is the “Džber” (Tub) suitable according to your opinion?

Right due to the simple shape of the washbasin I think there are lots of interiors where it would be applied fairly well. It can serve as a stylish accessory in a country farm, but, at the same time, I am able to vividly imagine this design as a diversification of a cosy bathroom in a modern city flat. My own idea of placing of this washbasin is on a manually carved wooden table, or in a clean, elegant bathroom on a solid oak tree slab.

What struck you when it was confirmed that it was the “Džber” (Tub) that would be made under the Jika ART brand?

That I would like to have it in my own bathroom and that it could also please all the others who would wish to have it. I am really very delighted and I am very glad that the “bath-tub” will have the chance to approach people and, possibly, to please people.

Where would you wish to direct your work in future?

I would like to devote my efforts to where my studies were directed most in UMPRUM, namely to the field of applied porcelain. This year I am supposed to finish my studies and, fluently, I would like to follow up by a self-production in a small shop. Naturally, I will be free even to bigger projects. Anyway, I would not wish to give up my studied branch as porcelain occupies a fairly big part of my heart.

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