One for All

In a short conversation with architect Patricia Urquiola, who designed a complete suite of bathroom fixtures and fittings for Axor [a sink faucet is shown above], she convinced me of her belief in the importance of the individual in design; in particular, the role of the ultimate user of an object or a space. Coming hard on the heels of a most materialistic era, it's a reassuringly humanistic stance. With a toothbrush cup—of all things!—growing out of the faucet in a most unexpected elegant and organic way, she makes her point.