Visit 100 St John Street, London, during Clerkenwell Design Week from May 23-25 to see the latest bathroom and kitchen launches from RAK Ceramics.
On display at the Design Hub are ranges of surfaces, brassware and sanitaryware, all designed to create what RAK describes as luxurious yet highly practical modern living spaces.
One of the bathroom displays at the hub showcases the RAK Ceramics Designer Collection by Patrick Norguet, RAK-Valet. This is a range composed of functional elements – available in matt and glossy finishes – that serve as “veritable valets and hand us the objects of our daily wellbeing via functional surfaces and stylistic solutions of great visual impact: decorative forms with slender profiles for the washbasins, top-notch stylistic research for the bathtubs, elongated lines for the toilet bowls”.
For the kitchen there is CookingRAK – a hidden induction cooking system, which the company says creates a stylish impression and professional results. Designed to create a multi-functional kitchen space for daily use, the system is integrated into the countertop, enabling users to prepare, cook and dine in the same space. The technology combines the performance of RAK Ceramics porcelain slabs with an induction system that operates through a magnetic field. Porcelain has always been the ideal choice for kitchen countertops, RAK says, as they are made of a durable material resistant to heat, stain, and scratch. They are also resistant to moisture and do not easily stain, making them easier to clean.
CookingRAK is exclusively produced with RAK Ceramics porcelain slabs in 14.5mm thickness and 135.5x305cm size. The slabs can reportedly withstand high temperatures and with a surface hardness that resists scratching and staining. They are also a suitable material for kitchen countertops as they are very hygienic, food-safe, and less likely to harbour moulds and bacteria. The slabs can also be customised to add special markings in six modifications designed to suit any kitchen style.
Staying with surfaces, visitors to the Design Hub can also view the Metamorfosi collection, a decorative porcelain surface designed to create an eye-catching impression for any interior. Metamorfosi is a large-format surface available in two sizes, 120x260cm and 120x120cm. Inspired by colours and shapes found in nature, and responding to this interior design trend, Metamorfosi is said to be highly durable and splash resistant, yet visually striking in its appeal, with several design options to choose from.
The RAK Ceramics Design Hub at 100 St John Street, Clerkenwell is one of the largest in the area, with 7,276sqft over two floors. The space is designed to give visitors to the area the opportunity to explore the possibilities of choosing RAK Ceramics for their projects, the company says.
Designed to be an interactive and immersive environment to inspire creativity, the Design Hub includes a working kitchen display, working tap display, Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre and a Grab and Go sample area. Product launches are given their debut at the Design Hub, while the company’s Mega Slab Maximus surfaces are highlighted, along with inspiring bathroom displays. The Design Hub also hosts seminars and events throughout the year and offers meeting spaces for designers and architects.