AXOR x Tristan Auer: The Blade Runner Bathroom – WebWire
A self-described interior and emotion architect, Paris-based Tristan Auer sees himself as a stage director, with his clients, whom he regards as accomplices, in the starring role. Although renowned for the sensuality of his designs and for his vibrant mixing of colors, lights and eras, Auer never imposes a style on his clients, among whom are some of the worlds most famous and distinctive personalities. Rather, Auer studies them, draws inspiration from them, and creates singular interiors tailored to their individuality.
What happens when the distinctive individual for whom Auer designs is himself? The original bathroom concept he developed as part of the AXOR project DISTINCTIVE would seem to hold the answer: For me, it was a gift to be able to do this project because its always very interesting to work for myself, he explains. I could be crazy and not have to please anybody or seduce anybody or teach anything.
As someone who takes inspiration from place not just the sights but the sounds, smells and textures Auer was particularly excited about the briefs suggestion of a high-rise apartment in Hong Kong. You know Blade Runner from Ridley Scott? Hong Kong is like that something which is building on top of itself. Different layers. You have the crowd on the street level, and then, as you elevate, its more and more futuristic. Its why I combine old antiques pieces with very modern textures.
Among the textures Auer utilizes is the diamond-cut pyramidal pattern of the AXOR Edge faucet by Jean-Marie Massaud. AXOR Edge is great, and not only because Jean-Marie is a good friend, says Auer. I would have liked to have designed it before him! Noting the similarity between the AXOR Edge pattern and that of the iconic Dupont lighters he remembers from the 80s, Auer continues: I dont smoke, but I like to touch. So that sets the stage Dupont, those colors, those ambiances. Finished in Polished Gold Optic, the AXOR Edge washbasin faucet and free-standing bath faucet set striking contrasts to the surrounding materials, while the AXOR ShowerHeaven and the AXOR Edge thermostat provide cutting-edge functionality within the shower area. The use of the new AXOR Universal Rectangular Accessories designed by Philippe Starck adds a timelessly modern touch to the bathroom.
Building on the bold, clashing 80s aesthetic, Auer combines reflective stainless steel with neon lighting and offsets it with a graphic mix of light and dark travertine stone. Its disruptive and very masculine, Auer says of the travertine. Its very 80s, as well. You know, you had some perfumes that were very strong in their masculinity. It was a little bit of a reference to this period.
In case there was any doubt as to the personality Auer had in mind when designing, he explains without hesitation: Its for a man. Definitely selfish. The guy is only thinking about himself. He likes to collect. Hes a hedonist.
Asked about his approach to bathrooms in general, Auer replies, I prefer to say, room with a bath. Its a real room where you do something you live in it. Thats why you need to have a niche for arts maybe a painting, maybe some object thats usually found in your living room. So, lets bring it in the bathroom! Thats also why I design freestanding washbasins its a piece of furniture. But whatever space hes designing for, from bathrooms to tailored car interiors, Auer makes clear that individualization is …….