Continuing on with their mission to make non-boring bathroom objects, United Products have partnered with another awesome Aussie designer, Nick Rennie, for the Orlo collection.

“The ambition for the Orlo Collection was to design a range of bathroom products equally at home in either the contract or domestic markets,” says Rennie. The collection includes a bath, wall mounted basin, and two bench mounted basins, one round and one rectangular. Each piece was designed with an intentional interplay of soft and rigid elements, contrasting gentle internal curves with crisp, thin edges. The collection is architecturally informed, yet neutral enough to work in a range of environments, from a professional space to a home ensuite.

The idea of including a ‘shelf’ area informed the direction of each design. In the bath, the shelf functions for both storage and comfort, acting not only as a space to store soaps and sponges, but also as an area where the user can rest their head. “The soft internal curves and radii become instantly inviting, yet the bath still retains its elegant architectural crispness due to the thin edge sweeping around the perimeter,” says Rennie.

A shelf formed by a seamless dip runs along the back or side edge of both the circular and rectangular basins. The area can be used to store items such as soap or toothbrushes, or mount tapware, with space left to the side if needed.

During the design phase, Rennie and his studio worked with 1:1 models, a scrupulous process involving quick building, assessing, and then breaking down to make slight adjustments. This pattern was repeated until settling on the most perfect shape in terms of both usability and aesthetics.

As aesthetically on-point as the Orlo collection may be, Rennie says his main aim is “to create products that are above all meant to be enjoyed.”

 

Related: Exclusive First Look at the New Australian Bathroom Brand United Products.

 

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[Images courtesy of United Products. Photography by Haydn Cattach. Styling by Nat Turnbull.]

 

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