When Studio F. A. Porsche designed a range of accessible bathroom products for KEUCO, the result was something unique: German engineering meets premium interior design.
What is striking about the entire KEUCO AXESS barrier-free range, Design by Studio F. A. Porsche, is the clean lines of all the products – commencing with the folding support rail, positioned over the rail system for the shower, the grab rails, through to the freestanding stool. The design focuses on the essentials, combining aesthetics and barrier-free functionality in a stylish and innovative way, without making the special functions visually obvious. It is this aspect that will pleasantly surprise design lovers who want to see accessibility integrated in the bathroom: products with a minimalist appearance – design that inspires.
"It was our wish to meet the highest aesthetic demands and yet incorporate the specific needs of a barrier-free bathroom system," explained Christian Schwamkrug, Design Director Studio F. A. Porsche. "Our aim was to develop accessible bathroom products from a completely new perspective; timeless, very clear, aesthetic forms, permanently perceived as beautiful, even after many years. Our ambition was to create something special, right down to the smallest detail, and making it technically possible. A combination of German engineering and top-quality implementation in every respect."
KEUCO AXESS, Design by Studio F. A. Porsche, is designed for barrier-free bathrooms in homes, hospitality, private and public sector healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, hotels, and spas.
It is a sustainable and cross-generational concept made from high-quality materials in a beautiful and timeless design, and ensures the comfortable and safe use of all areas of the bathroom – not only for the elderly, those currently in need of care or for people with a physical disability, but for all generations. The intelligent design details support independence and autonomy in the bathroom; so people of all ages and abilities can benefit from comfort-enhancing functions. What may be a useful aid for one person, provides additional comfort for another, such as taking a shower whilst sitting down.
A barrier-free bathroom brings many advantages, regardless of age and physical constitution. It adds to the quality of life, is comfortable, future-oriented and, thanks to the unique design, is extremely attractive and visually appealing. More and more building owners, architects, and planners along with private individuals, when deciding to renovate or refurbish, opt for barrier- free solutions. They increase the level of comfort and safety in the bathroom and can add to the value of a property.
The folding support rail is the special highlight of the barrier-free KEUCO AXESS range – visually appealing when down, and standing uniquely flat against the wall when folded up.
It is available in three finishes: chrome, matt black or aluminium-chrome, and depending on the surface, a grip-friendly plastic inlay in black or white is seamlessly integrated. The plastic is significant as it makes it easy to grip and prevents slipping when supporting or holding on. There is an optional and retrofittable toilet paper holder which has a black or white roller stopper enabling it to colour match the design.
Two different projections in 700mm and 850mm offer perfect safety and support. The larger projection folding support rail is also suitable for larger wheelchair-accessible WCs. The optional and retrofittable radio WC flush actuator integrates aesthetically into the handle and is compatible with radio flush cisterns from common manufacturers via Bluetooth.
Despite the reduced design, stability is guaranteed with 115 kg load capacity: KEUCO AXESS folding support handles are TÜV tested and certified according to DIN standard.
The rail system and the grab rails of the KEUCO AXESS range are characterised by their elegant yet starkly simplistic design. The versatile range provides support and safety in the shower and bath, at the washbasin and WC. Despite high stability when holding and supporting, this ergonomic design appears light, stylish, and un-cumbersome.
The grip surface at the front forms a smooth rectangular band – with flat surfaces and precise edges. At the back, the rail/grip system and handles are ergonomically shaped in a semicircle, for an optimised grip. This oval rounded back perfectly fits in the hand when grasping so it is not necessary to exert a great deal of force when holding on; ensuring a secure grip and a reliable hold.
The unobtrusive wall fixings of the rail system and grab rails emphasise the clear, minimalistic design, whilst ensuring sufficient stability for a barrier-free solution. The range of KEUCO AXESS grab rails ranges in lengths from 400mm to 1000mm.
In the shower, the rail system can be flexibly adapted to suit on-site conditions. The shower rail also serves as a stable grab rail, always giving a feeling of safety. The shower slider can be unlocked and moved up or down simply by pressing on the back, and this can be done with one hand. The shower head can be turned in various positions, to the left and right in the holder and can be tilted up and down from any angle without any problems.
A stable seat is a plus for comfort in the bathroom. Taking a shower while sitting down is particularly comfortable. KEUCO has supplemented its range of seats with the mobile KEUCO AXESS stool.
The design of the KEUCO AXESS stool is crafted to the highest standard: as minimalistic, as safe as possible, and as comfortable as possible. In an archetypical, timeless design, the stylish stool takes up little space in the bathroom and fits in any corner. With a load capacity of 150kg, the KEUCO AXESS stool can be used in both private and public areas. The stool is particularly stable and resilient as the discreetly outward-facing legs with anti-slip ensure a secure standing position, whilst being easy to reposition using one hand.
The softly roughened, non-slip surface of the seat has a pleasant feel and is easy to clean. The seat is slightly curved inwards and features a small hole in the middle which allows water to drain off directly in the shower. The mobile stool with a white or black seat can be harmoniously integrated into the bathroom or shower area.
With a white seat, you can choose between chrome or aluminium legs; with a black seat, the legs are also in black. All versions are robust, durable and easy to clean.
Accessing individual bathroom areas can be difficult or even impossible, but nevertheless, for all people and age groups, the desire for independence and autonomy in the bathroom plays a very decisive role in maintaining quality of life.
"KEUCO AXESS closes a real gap," said Andreas Lohmann, Head of Object Management at KEUCO. "Products for barrier-free bathroom design that don't look like they are barrier-free; a flexible and aesthetic professional system, well thought-out and with a strong design."
KEUCO AXESS products are perfectly matched to KEUCO IXMO fittings. The cover plate can be combined in either round or square. In the shower, head and hand showers can be individually combined.
The IXMO range of fittings from KEUCO enjoys great popularity among design lovers and sanitary professionals thanks to the bundling of functions with a minimalist appearance. IXMO fittings are available for all areas in the bathroom: washbasin, shower, bathtub and bidet.
IXMO stands for 'x possibilities' and promises design variety and planning freedom, aesthetics and easy care, quick and an affordable installation.
The range can also be combined with various KEUCO accessory collections, such as the PLAN or REVA range. Various different KEUCO shower shelves make handling easier and, together with a comfortable seat from KEUCO, bring real pleasure to showering. KEUCO AXESS series, in combination with IXMO fittings and KEUCO accessories, can be used to transform any bathroom in the object or private sector into a design-strong, barrier-free place of well-being.