Milan 2013: Boffi launches the A45
Although new kitchen and bathroom products were few and far between at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, (many brands are saving their big product launches for next year’s edition of Eurocucina), there were a few brand new pieces to be found at various showrooms around the city. One such launch was the A45 sink by architect Victor Vasilev for Italian brand Boffi.
The A45’s name refers to the 45° angle of its rim. Explaining the angled design, Victor Vasilev, says, “I was interested in revising the shape of the typical bathroom washbasin, reducing the surfaces, which form the volume. Through inclination of the planes/sides, it is possible to simplify the shape and augment the containment capacity.”
Another prominent feature is the movable shelf, which sits within the basin to provide additional space for the bathroom accessories and to conceal the drainage hole. Vasilev says: “The idea of hiding the drainage is a tribute to the continuous quest for formal and conceptual simplicity which defines the identity of the company.”
The A45 is moulded in matt white Cristalplant® and is available in free-standing and wall mounted versions. It can also be mounted on Boffi’s Programma Standard units. Although there are plans to offer the movable shelf in a range of finishes from Boffi’s material library, the units are currently being exhibited in Boffi’s Milan showroom in a solid black canaletto walnut, that has been treated with waterproof oil.
Although the A45 was Boffi’s only launch this year, next year will see the manufacturer celebrate it’s 80th anniversary , which they promise to celebrate by launching a whole host of new products.