New Angles: daily inspiration


Posted in architecture, bathroom, interiors by menno1976 on April 22, 2010

At the Salone I was really impressed by the minimal design of bathroom fittings and kitchen taps manufacturer CEA.
I think the SWITCH collection is their most interesting design, I’ve never seen a light switch-design being used in bathroom taps before! I tested them myself in Milan and these fittings are very user friendly.

What I find great about the company is that it strives for making more efficient fittings (limiting capacity to 5 lit/min opposed to the standard of 12 lit/min). Furthermore CEA has developed a system that supports the installation work of the wall fittings, getting rid of the built-in parts and constitutes a universal joint for all the wall fittings, deviator taps and thermostats.

More wonderfully sleek design by CEA here


Béton Ciré

Posted in bathroom, crafts - design, design, DIY, interiors, kitchen by menno1976 on September 12, 2009

Last week I went to Via eStudio in Amsterdam to learn more about Béton Ciré, a waterproof cement plaster (a 2 to 6mm layer), that can be applied to bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, walls and even outdoor furniture. The great thing about this material is that you can virtually apply it to any surface (even glazed tiles and metal!).
During the workshop I learned to prepare the mortar, did some plastering and was shown how to finish the product (sanding and applying a coating).

Béton Ciré (translates as wax-coated cement) is a French product that was developed about 10 years ago. Because it’s quite easy to handle, it’s very suitable for non-professionals too. The great thing about it is that it comes in a 100 different colours and that one can apply different finishing techniques to obtain either rustic or more modern styles.