Karen D. Singh, Craig Kellogg, and Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
As only an Italian can, Simone Micheli has suggested that his AX10 bath series for Axia represents a "new domestic panorama that reflects man's need to listen to his own body and smell the scent of his own soul." Self-examination aside, we noted his use of spare lines and rounded corners, which seem to channel the optimism of the space age, and the generous proportions, which buck the current trend of compact bathroom fixtures.
The nonporous acrylic-resin tub measures 118 inches long by 40 wide by 20 deep—plenty of room for a contemplative soak, a battalion of rubber ducks, or even a friend or two. Similarly substantial, an integral sink and counter in nonporous, impact-resistant acrylic resin stretches 71 inches across the top of a 118-inch-wide matte-painted wooden cabinet. Micheli does ethereal, too. His barely-there take on a shower stall is completely open at ground level; overhead, clear acrylic panels keep a rain shower flowing straight down, into an acrylic-resin water catch. Divine details include wall-mounted brush and paper holders and floating box shelves, all in the same resin composite as the fixtures. For thoughtful reflection, consult the full-length mirror. 39-0423-496222; axiabath.it. circle 432