With Jolie, Regia enters the realm of bathtubs to launch a new concept: colour, transparency and refined materials. These are the distinctive features of the Jolie bathtub, awarded by this year’s edition of Design Plus in Frankfurt. [+]
The jury of Design Plus, one of the most important design contests in Germany and Europe, has set out to evaluate the harmonious co-existence of sustainability, good looks and functionality in 350 products presented by about 190 participating firms. Originally founded in 1983, this prize is awarded in the course of various different trade events, comprising ISH, Light-Building, Ambiente and Material Vision. Jolie is a perfectly charming bathtub which does great things for bathrooms and bedrooms in bright young homes, where a touch of exuberance is more than welcome. Coloured and very transparent, it is made from polyester resin, acrylic resin and additives. On-going research and a working philosophy based on evolution, together with a lively interest in the most original, functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions: these distinguishing characteristics have accompanied this Milanese firm in the development of its numerous projects. This bathtub has actually involved the experimentation and perfection of a material with a new formulation: a resin that stands up to hard wear, heat and thermal shock in the course of time, while maintaining its transparency and colour intact. This acrylic/polyester resin loaded with glass pigments to give it the desired colouring has been poured into vitreous resin and plastic moulds in a liquid state, and then subsequently treated to obtain its surface finish. This product is therefore an artefact made from one single mould and a single cast. Jolie is also supplied complete with personalised tap fixtures in the floor-standing and built-in versions, available in the colours of red, amber, blue and in the finishes of white technoglass, gold leaf and silver leaf. Its rounded elliptic shape well lends itself to being positioned at room centre, while some accessories in wood allow for a more traditional setting against the wall.