Wave System by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for Art Ceram

It’s about time designers started thinking wholistically–after all, a good design is made up of more than its parts. This is especially true in the bathroom, where products have historically been produced in isolation, sometimes to the detriment of the room as a unit. One company specializes in taps, another in basins, and another in fittings. In the end, putting together a cohesive look in the bath has been a bit like marrying puzzle pieces, looking far and wide for the peg that fits the gap.

Wave System. Designed by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for Art Ceram.

Not anymore. Italian design duo Meneghello Paolelli Associati have come up with a combination washbasin, cabinet, and mirror, complete with taps and fittings–and “contained within a very small space.” The Wave System is a vertical unit measuring 50 cm wide that “develops from the wall,” moving in an organic sweep up towards a mirror that caps the swelling form.

Wave System by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for Art Ceram

Manufactured by Art Ceram (also of Italy), Wave is a one-shot product. Like a rising scroll of whitewater, the complex bathroom outfit makes a statement that’s unified and succinct. The entire current measures only 50 x 54 x 184 cm, proving that you can indeed include everything (and the bathroom sink) in a reasonably-sized package. Wave protrudes from the wall, “harmoniously modulating the central part to create a fluid basin, then moving in parallel up the wall to become integrated with the mirror.” In its essential form, Wave reminds me of the ingenious wallpaper/shelf medley known as Off the Wall. Whatever comes to your mind, be aware that the Wave System by Meneghello Paolelli Associati solves many a design dilemma in one fell swoop!

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