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Shower your bathroom with these chic features by Queo’s Hall of Fame designers

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ANTONIO BULLO

Born in Chioggia, Venice, renowned industrial designer Antonio Bullo has to his credit four gold medals at the Premio Faenza, the International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Faenza, Italy, and two Design Plus awards at ISH Frankfurt. A Queo veteran, Bullo has designed a set of elegant, ergonomic faucets for Queo’s F-Misura collection. A two-part series, F-Misura consists of a range of faucets and a line of sanitaryware. Soft lines and curves shape every creation in the F-Misura Faucet collection—a tipping of Bullo’s hat to Queo’s commitment to sophisticated aesthetics and focus on minimalism through his use of craftsmanship and chromeplating. The exquisite range comprises single-levered fi ttings for concealed or exposed installations, which include basin mixers, bath and shower mixers and four-way diverters. To further elevate its design, Queo has earmarked multiple new finishes for the creations and the process of Automised Disposition which keeps the colors intact. They are now available in a choice of chrome, chrome black, dark brushed nickel, matte black, matte white and gold variants and look right at home in the most stylish bathrooms.

ALESSANDRO PAOLELLI

The second set of the two part series, F-Misura Sanitaryware is guided by the creative genius of Alessandro Paolelli. The renowned Rome-based industrial designer applied his technical expertise to conceive the high-quality, ceramic, wall-mounted bidets and water closets as well as over-the-counter basins in the collection. Smooth, stark, modern—each product from Queo’s F-Misura collection is a lesson in contemporary minimalism. The collection reveals the very best of Italian design and modern ideas of indulgence. Softer shapes and fl uid curves are the defi ning traits of the ceramic sanitaryware in this line, ideal for creating a striking focal point in the modern bathroom. The creations are further leveraged using Queo’s thin-rim philosophy that considerably helps reduce water wastage and off ers easier, more effi cient cleaning. Each product in the F-Misura line brings Queo’s ‘simple but opulent’ design ethos to life.

OKI SATO

Renowned Japanese designer-cum-architect, and founder of design house Nendo, Oki Sato created the F-Courbe line of Sanitaryware. Having worked across varied disciplines and with every medium imaginable, Sato’s uncluttered aesthetic has been a welcome departure from the norm, resulting in innumerable collaborations over the years. For the F-Courbe collection of sanitaryware, Sato has engineered a winding design never seen before in ceramics. Courbe is French for ‘curve’, and it is the radical curve that envelopes the various elements of the collection. The creations in this range celebrate innovation and ingenuity with an artistic distortion of form. He has further fl ourished the masterpieces with sleek metallic fi nishes. Eclectic yet functional, the over-the-counter ceramic washbasins playfully resemble a coiled paper ribbon that act more as a boundary confi ning water than as an actual basin. On the other hand, the free-standing wash basin in the series is an elegant object with an intriguing shape and strong personality defi ning the vibe of the surrounding space. In tandem with the aesthetic of the basins are the water closets in the line, which are also accentuated with a similar design, making them ideal for both classically styled and contemporary interiors.

LORENZO DAMIANI

Milanese architect Lorenzo Damiani has imagined Queo’s F-Courbe Faucet collection. Born in 1972, Damiani has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Italy and around the world. Highlights in his repertoire include winning various competitions such as the Compasso d’Oro, Milan and the Good Design award at the Chicago Athenaeum museum. He brings to Queo a unique appeal with creations that are bold and ingenious. Christened for its curved design, every chrome fitting gives a nod to blending and bending forms. Mechanically bent chrome pipes form the note that underlines the whole collection, emphasizing and visualizing the poetic gesture and the effort made to bend the pipe. Every faucet in the series is accentuated by a defiant departure from straight lines, indicating a cohesiveness across the family of basin and bidet mixers, free-standing and concealed bath and shower mixers, wall spouts and hand showers as well as accessories like towel and paper holders, robe hooks and a toilet-brush holder.

SANDRO MENEGHELLO & MARCO PAOLELLI

Sandro Meneghello and Marco Paolelli, both born in 1979 in Milan, graduated in industrial design from the Politecnico di Milano in 2004. Since the founding of their design studio, Meneghello Paolelli Associati, in 2006, the duo has collaborated with several Italian and international companies. They are the recipients of numerous international product design awards, including 10 Red Dot Design awards for a ‘Best of the Best’, five Design Plus awards, two Good Design awards among others. Partnering with Queo, the pair presents the Chryseum F-Lavabo collection of over-the-counter basins. Every creation in the series was conceived with intricately plotted geometric patterns. Inspired by fabric warping and quilting techniques, the basins are characterized by the diamond and rectangle patterns decorating their exteriors in ridges and troughs. With the final touch of glossy metallic fi nishes, the Chryseum F-Lavabo promises to please the mind and eyes, while adding decorative luxury and grandeur to modern bath spaces

PAOLO ZANI

Designer and founder of the multidisciplinary Paolo Zani Design Studio, Paolo Zani is known to draw inspiration from nature for his ingenious creations. In keeping with this commitment is Zani’s F-Fiordo collection of faucets and sanitaryware that is a beautiful testament to both geology and geometry. Just as its name suggests, the F-Fiordo line was inspired by Norwegian fi ords. Zani has endeavoured to recreate the untouched luxury of water flow through fiords, by creating an illusion of natural landscapes in geometric forms through basins, water closets and faucets. Mimicking the meandering fi ords, water fl ows continuously and asymmetrically in each of the products. Every faucet in the collection boasts stylish lines that diagonally travel from one end to the other. The washbasin, on the other hand, has been designed with the intent to divert the water away from the user, eliminating any splashes on the outer surface. The slim and sculpted water closet in the range employs Queo’s thin-rim ergonomics to keep the water closet dry and clean. Keeping in mind the Italian and Indian washing culture, the designs are a blend of beauty and functionality.

GIANCARLO

Born in Civita Castellana, Rome, Giancarlo graduated with honours from La Sapienza University before beginning his professional career in 2002 and exploring various disciplines of design. The designer combined his understanding of geometry with Queo’s minimalistic design philosophy and nature’s lushness to realize the F-Marquis basin collection. For the F-Marquis series, Giancarlo has combined the treatment of two distinct shapes into one form. Contrastingly shifting between squares and circles, the basins in the collection highlight Italian craftsmanship, through its use of high-quality materials and attention to detail. Every ceramic basin from the F-Marquis range can be embedded in the counter itself, in order to enhance its understated appeal. These products are designed to add an element of urbanity into homes. Functional in a succinct way and beautiful in a holistic manner, the F-Marquis range is aimed at patrons for whom luxury is a way of life.

ROMANO ADOLINI

Italian designer and architect, Romano Adolini has created the F-Morwen range for Queo. He has been a recipient of several prizes and accolades including the Design Plus, Frankfurt and the Compasso d’Oro, Milan. Since 2000, he has been actively involved in designing sanitaryware. His superior knowledge of materials, physics, form and design shine through the F-Morwen series of ceramic sanitaryware for Queo. Geometric planes intersect at aesthetically pleasing angles to bring alive every sharp and uncluttered design in the line. Protruding directly from the wall at an angle of 138 degrees, each creation in the collection is defi ned by its square shape, rounded corners and thin lines that alter the perception of space, while maintaining reduced dimensions. The perfect choice for neo-modernist design enthusiasts, the collection includes unique wall-mounted bidets, over-the-counter basins and washbasins, as well as wall-mounted water closets.

CHIARA VALERI

Veteran sculptor Franco Valeri’s illustrious career is highlighted by numerous accolades, including the prestigious Federico Motta award for sculpture. The Roman artist’s works are exhibited in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome as well as across monuments, churches, galleries and private collections the world over. Paving a path in design was a natural step for his daughter Chiara, who started assisting her father in the 1970s. Since then, the dynamic duo has been working together on various scenographic and industrial design projects. Together, they have created the F-Concept collection of ceramic sanitaryware for Queo. Sitting comfortably between minimalism and luxury are the basins, bidets and water closets from the collection. The only range designed by sculptors, a sculptor’s unique treatment of shapes is evident in these designs, which combine classic square forms, carefully balanced sense of proportions, high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship. The simple yet elegant designs give life to innovative forms that take you back to an elegant past, while giving you a glimpse of the future.

FABRIZIO BATONI

Founder of multidisciplinary firm Studio Batoni, Fabrizio Batoni has created a distinct identity in the design landscape, owing to a varied repertoire that spans product design, interior decoration and architecture. The Italian architect-cum-designer’s Le Forme collection for Queo is a beautiful homage to sand dunes. Motivated by the ridges sculpted by winds in a desert, Batoni designed every creation in the collection with meticulous contouring to mimic that image and adapt ceramic to the organically inspired idea. Through Le Forme, Batoni strays away from clean liner lines by introducing the geometry of concentric circles that appear as ceramic grooves on water closets, bidets and over-the-counter basins. The craftsmanship is elegant and timeless, giving the bath space a stunning, luxurious centrepiece. Queo has additionally experimented with new shades in the creations by introducing understated matte colours. And Le Forme is a perfect testimony to unorthodox colours—the softness of Matte White, elegance of Grey Bromine, warmth of Beaver and majesty of Matte Black.

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