In his first full bathroom collection, Tom Dixon marries two quintessentially British vibes: Victorian opulence and punk attitude. The first informs the remarkable elegance that comes through in every sink, tap and tile of the Liquid line; the latter is just part and parcel of what Dixon does, which is to imbue all his designs with a look-at-me rock ’n’ roll irreverence.
The Liquid collection was launched by Turkish bathroom manufacturer VitrA last September during London Design Festival. A chunky aesthetic defines it, from the generous curves of the porcelain fixtures right down to the robustly rounded brassware. Suitable for home, hospitality and commercial spaces, the line includes everything from countertop washbasins and cylindrical pedestals (including single, freestanding versions and the wall-mounted double basin shown) to the shimmery wall tiles that formed that basis (and inaugural product) of the collection. The tiles come in linear and tesselated designs — including a motif that mimics the circular ripples a skipped stone makes in water — in neutral tones of grey, ecru and sage green.
And, like them, each subsequently envisioned item in the line feels thoughtfully considered; some — like the sculptural toilet paper holders, towel hooks and soap dispensers — even seem to redefine what’s possible in bathroom accessory design. These new approaches to aesthetic are complemented by novel functionality: Affixed to the shower system with a magnetic connection, the hand shower, with its slender nozzle, feels like a resolutely fresh take.
The finish options are minimal (the metals come in gloss black and classic chrome, while an indoor–outdoor shower also comes in stainless steel), but customizability is maximal. The taps can be specified in one of 10 installation variations, from wall-mounted mixers to built-in options; the company even offers a tap and washbasin compatibility chart to properly mix and match. Touchless technology can be embedded in a selection of the faucets and urinals, while bidets and toilets come with the company’s proprietary Rim-ex rimless technology, which boosts hygiene.
Completing the ensemble cast are straight-lined storage pieces. These furnishings feature perforated black metal or fluted glass doors, with the option of lozenge-shaped open glass shelves in ocean-blue hues. That subtle reference to the collection’s muse, water, goes hand in hand with the line’s soft, rounded shapes — which feel at once expressive and restrained.
Defined by both rounded
forms and minimal lines,
Tom Dixon’s Liquid collection
for VitrA introduces
a new — yet familiar —
aesthetic to bathrooms.