Patricia Urquiola has collaborated with Laufen to create the third generation of products that enhance their renowned SaphirKeramik material. The presentation of protoypes at ISH 2017 follows the launch of the first generation by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, and the second edition by Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen. Named ‘sonar’ and said to be ‘daring and innovative’, the Spanish designer’s new collection intensifies a more three-dimensional aspect, yet still highlights the notoriously slender lines of the material.



SaphirKeramik launched in January 2013
Where once there was the curve, now there’s the tight edge-radius. Fuller forms have given way to slim, but robust, des walls; SaphirKeramik, a super-strong ceramic material that allows itself to be fashioned along minimal, architectural lines.
The further development of the design language of ceramics makes perfect sense as it is the most hygienic, hard-wearing and recyclable material in the bathroom. Laufen itself is renowned for maximising the creative potential of ceramic materials.



Freedom to Reshape
A revolution in the formal language of ceramics: Strong and malleable, SaphirKeramik permits the creation of wafer-thin yet 4-5 mm robust walls and tight-edge radii of just 1 to 2mm while retaining the traditional production process.
Its slender profile renders it space-saving, lightweight and environmentally friendly. SaphirKeramik derives its exceptional hardness and strength from its component corundum, (AI2O3), a colourless mineral found in eponymous sapphires. Rigorous testing has revealed that its flexural strength is equal to that of steel.


Talking Products
Laufen can use a thinner ceramic body and a simpler structure to reduce the weight compared with conventional ceramic.
The benefits are manifold: lower raw material costs and energy consumption in production and transportation.
The result is clear to see - ceramics with thin, almost live edges: living square bowls designed by Andreas Dimitriardis, the graphic lines of the washbasins out in the Kartell by Laufen collection designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the amazing textures on trays and washbasins in the design series of VAL by Konstantin Grcic and the razor blade sharp shelf of the INO washbasins designed by Toan Nguyen. In total the SaphirKeramik collections count 37 unique and highly innovative basin designs.



The Revolution goes on
in 2015 Laufen has been stretching the patent-pending material’s limits by exploiting its super-fine forms not only to create exquisitely detailed textures and patterns but also by engineering the innovative material to increase its maximum size – a 120 cm-long washbasin in SaphirKeramik is the largest to date. Laufen has also applied its impressively efficient, high-pressure casting technology to other, high-volume pieces in SaphirKeramik such as the basins out of the Collection Val.
Sonar the collection created by Patricia Urquiola takes its design idea of the energy and dynamism connected with the natural phenomenon of sound waves and will be available end of 2017