With a designer as prolific as Patricia Urquiola, it might be easy to take her work for granted, but then she goes and creates a piece as inspired as her new Vieques Steel Washbasins for Agape. We’ve seen this particular one-two punch of designer and manufacturer before. Last December, Agape and Urquiola treated us to the subtly asymmetrical and appealing silhouette of the Pear 2 line of sanitary ware, and one month prior to that we had seen Vieques’ antecedent in the form of the Vieques Tub. The washbasins join the bathtub in a complementary celebration of an elemental form, dressed up just enough to round out the rough edges.
Vieques. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Agape.
Agape’s Vieques Line has the Appeal of the Isles
The aesthetic of Urquiola’s latest basins boasts a direct connection to island life. The piece’s namesake is the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, a separate companion isle to the P.R. mainland where a prominent diversion is Calypso music. The link lies in the wide-mouthed drums of that art and the alluring circularity of the washbasins. Granted that calypso drums come in many shapes and sizes, but one common incarnation is a dead ringer (albeit a rustic one) for Urquiola’s Vieques, complete with the high cylindrical profile and ribbed exterior.
Of course, these washbasins are anything but rustic. As with Pear and the Vieques Tub, the Vieques washbasins feature a clean look of contrasting color. They also include the handy sidelight of a small teak shelf, fixed jauntily off to one side to accommodate toiletries. The Vieques washbasins are available in stand-alone or vanity top models.
About the Manufacturer: Italian manufacturer Agape has been a major force in bath fittings and sanitary ware since the company’s founding in 1973. Since that time, the company’s core philosophy has been to employ “innovation, research, coherence, new materials and flexible solutions to make the bathroom a more comfortable and aesthetically stimulating space.” The company is strongly positioned in the global marketplace. With 700 distributors in Italy and abroad, Agape exports product to 40 different countries. Their roster of habitual collaborators includes Konstantin Grcic, Patricia Urquiola, and Angelo Mangiarotti.