Silvia (Bathtub) by Marmite S.A.
2015 - 2016, Platinum A' Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design Award Winner
The Silvia bathtub is inspired by the shape of a terracotta bathtub from 1700 BC and discovered in the palace of Knossos on Crete.
Silvia is ergonomically designed, so that it corresponds to human shape and is wider in shoulders and gets narrower towards feet. This shape also brings substantial reduction in water use, from 280 to 130 liters. The overflow integrated in a thin wall is an innovative solution that so far has not been applied in mass production. The bathtub is made of cast marble, with natural dolomite powder as its main ingredient. Thus, it absorbs warmth and ensures comfort of use.
Design Challenges
The hardest part of this design activity was to implement a complete design process. Achievement of such result requires a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach that takes into account design methods. It was critical to decide which of the design methods are best suited to improve innovation and to solve problems, as well as on which stage of those processes particular design methods shall be introduced.
Production Technology
Products made of cast marble offer unique appearance. During the manufacturing process a dolomite powder is mixed with a polymer resin, which gives its final flexibility and strength. The material is a composite that merges all favorable technological features of its ingredients. The outer layer of a product is made of gelcoat, hardened resin with pigment and particles of quartz.
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