JIKA BRAND SUPPORTED PROMISING STUDENTS OF DESIGN
A unique opportunity for the students of the Ceramic Design Atelier in Pilsen was prepared by the Czech brand of bathroom equipment, JIKA. In the course of preparation of their final works the young designers could try the development of their own solitary piece directly in the production plant in Bechyně. The results of the time-demanding and technologically demanding project can be viewed by all visitors of the Gallery of bathrooms LAUFEN in Prague till the end of the calendar year.
The situation on the Czech market is not simple for the starting designers; therefore the manufacture of their own piece is an irreplaceable experience for them. On designing new ceramic shapes it is necessary to take into account a complicated and time-demanding technology of the manufacture itself. Formerly, it took two or even more years to create a new shape; today, due to new processes, it can be set up yet in half a year. The head of the Ceramic Design Atelier in Pilsen and the sculptor, Ms. Petra Šťastná, remarks to the co-operation with the traditional producer of the bathroom equipment: “Upon agreement with the production plant in Bechyně, we have chosen the development of solitary pieces as a topic of the starting project. In total, 9 students were involved, whereas five of them succeeded in bringing the works to the final sample stage. For the time to come, a clear intention is to focus on complete sets, which means on the sets of sanitary ceramics equipped with furniture and accessories in a single creative line. Here we see the real contribution for the students, as well as for the JIKA brand.”
The project has been entered first of all by the students of the master degree courses who come from the bachelor programme of the product, industrial, or ceramic design. This manifold mixture establishes a base for fruitful exchange of experience. According to the sculptor, Ms. Petra Šťastná, the students manage very well computer designs, but they lack experience with modelling shape and with manufacture, that means with the real materialization of original visions and ideas. The reasons, for which JIKA decided to co-operate with the design youth, are explained by the LAUFEN CZ CEO, Mr. Ladislav Dvořák: “The work with students is always a contribution. The JIKA brand acquires novel ideas and, on the other hand, we provide them with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in practice. We believe that in future we will meet at least some of them and will set up bathroom sets that will attract our customers.” With the manufacture and transformation of drafts into final products students were helped by the new products development team of the JIKA brand under the leadership of the manager, Mr. Pavel Kolařík, and a team of people with the master, Mr. Karel Fábera.
EXHIBITION OF STUDENT WORKS
The customers of the JIKA brand can make sure that the connection of the youth with tradition has brought fruit in the exhibition in the Gallery of LAUFEN bathrooms (I. P. Pavlova square 5, Prague 2) where all the works are exhibited. You can view the display till the end of 2012.
HELENA KLICPEROVÁ, SANITARY CERAMICS SET, EDDY
Eddy is a variable set of sanitary ceramics, interesting as for its shapes, the organic outlines of which have been inspired by the natural force of water. The smooth, round outlines copying pebbles are completed by a small edge vanishing in the bowl as a water vortex and is the dominant and, at the same time, connective sign of the whole series. The set includes a suspension washbasin with an integrated siphon cover, a washbasin on a vanity unit, a double washbasin, combined toilet, self-standing and suspension toilet, suspension and self-standing bidet, and a shower basin. Its part is also a toilet seat and flush panel. From the designed set the suspension washbasin has been manufactured with the integrated siphon cover (dimensions: W, H, D: 60 cm, 45 cm, 50 cm).
ŠTĚPÁN JIRKA, BATHROOM SET, RIBBON
The sanitary ceramics and bathroom furniture, RIBBON, brings exclusiveness connected with maximum utility for small bathrooms. The author proves that attractive design is not only for the young, but respects the needs of seniors, as well as of people with reduced mobility. The basis of the system is the washbasin with a covered outlet that was made as a functional prototype together with its vanity unit. The shape of the ceramic cover fluently distributes running water, thus preventing it from splashing, despite of the small depth of the washbasin. If need be, the washbasin may be deepened by the removal of the cover. The vanity unit has been designed with the intention to maximize its stowage space and its necking in its bottom section secures, at the same time, comfortable standing at the washbasin. The modular system enables to choose among drawers, tilting dirty clothes basket, and drawing basket. This can also be used as a seat for persons for whom long standing may be inconvenient, for example, due to health issues.
MARKÉTA KALIVODOVÁ, BATHROOM BOX, SUNFLOWER
The bathroom box is intended for a hotel bathroom, from which people await something new and more luxury than they have at home. All elements are arranged to the sunflower accidence. The box is intended not only for taking a shower, but also for comfortable bathing in a round bath. The variant only with the shower enclosure will find its application in smaller bathrooms. You can add further stems to the sunflower, for example for a small mirror above the washbasin.
DANIEL PAVLÍK, “PLAN A” SET
The set, Plan A, is designated for smaller to medium bathrooms where there is no place to waste space and where its function and modularity of individual elements is underlined first of all. The basic rectangle shape used in all parts of the set revives asymmetry, which serves not only as a binding between individual elements, but it also establishes the functional layout in the space. Moreover, every ceramic piece is provided with shelves there, where they are needed. The washbasin became the basic element, which was finally implemented during the co-operation with JIKA. In the designs the washbasin has been completed with bathroom furniture in various colour variants and utility fixtures for towels. Apart from the washbasin designed as a combination with a vanity unit, the PLAN A bathroom set comprises also a bathtub, shower trays, double washbasin, or a toilet.
VERONIKA HOUDKOVÁ-ROUDNICKÁ, TRIANGULUM
Sensational, as well as tangible contrast between the pure, fine washbasin ceramics and the raw material of the base is represented by the Triangulum project. In accordance with his/her own taste, customer may chose between various kinds of material, colours; from natural, elemental to vociferous fashionable excesses. The washbasin itself becomes a fashionable accessory of the home.
HANA MALÁTKOVÁ, PANEL-HOUSE BATHROOM PROJECT
The panel-house bathrooms often feature similar dimensions. The aim of this work was to design such a bathroom sanitary ceramics that will solve, as efficiently as possible, the layout of the small space. Another requirement was to leave a space for a washing machine in the bathroom. In this context the author designed three types of washbasins, within which she included the washing machine. The first variant is intended for the washing machines up to 71 cm high, where the bathroom faucet is placed on the wall. The second type is arranged so that the bathroom faucet becomes directly its part. It was just this washbasin variant that was subsequently manufactured in co-operation with JIKA. The last washbasin type was designed for the washing machine of standard dimensions. Apart from the washbasin the student designed a bathtub as well, which is non-traditionally higher and, at the same time, slightly shorter. Thanks to these dimensions it can be filled as high as up to shoulders and its rear, widened section sets up enough space for a shower enclosure with a screen.