Function-focused perfection: the designs of Dutch architect and designer, Wiel Arets, creator of ILBAGNOALESSI dOt for LAUFEN, exude both ingenuity and pragmatism.
ILBAGNOALESSI dOt – a cooperation between Alessi and LAUFEN Bathrooms – is the first bathroom project of the designer Wiel Arets.
In drawing up the design, Arets paid particular attention to ensuring that the individual objects did not distract from the real purpose of the bathroom – to cleanse the body and spirit. Wiel Arets: "The ensemble as a whole is based on the strengths of its individual parts. Each must fulfil its purpose without becoming overly dominant. All objects must, in all respects, serve the purpose of relaxation. The design of the forms is very low key yet consistent for all objects which means they project an overall impression of peace and tranquillity. On closer inspection, it can also be seen that their form perfectly follows their function». While the designs of the Dutch architect and designer Wiel Arets are undoubtedly based on intellectual concepts, they are also pragmatic. His most significant work includes the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht and the AZL Pensions Fund Headquarters in Heerlen, Netherlands.
Wiel Arets was born in 1955 in Heerlen and received his diploma from the Technical University of Eindhoven in 1983. In 1984, he founded the office Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen, which subsequently moved to Maastricht in 1996. He has lectured all over the world at academies and universities in London, Vienna and New York and other cities. He currently holds the Berlage professorship at the Technical University of Delft.