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Axor: Can water be smart?

Friday, October 14 at 14:30


The British designer Jay Osgerby from Barber & Osgerby will attend the first day of Interieur 2016 for a Design Talk with Philippe Grohe (Hansgrohe Group), Jo Libeer (CEO Biennale Interieur) and Marcus Fairs (DEZEEN). They will discuss about the evolution of design in the bathroom and the topic: can water be smart? 

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Language speaker(s): English

Jay Osgerby

Philippe Grohe

Marcus Fairs

Jo Libeer


Jay Osgerby – Designer BarberOsgerby
Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London based studio in 1996 after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art. Their multidisciplinary practice challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art, with collections for Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos, as well as public commissions and gallery editions. In 2011, a monograph The Design Work of Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby was published by Rizzoli, shortly after the pair was appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. The Torch went on to receive numerous accolades, most notably the Design Museum’s 2012 Design of the Year award.  They first made their mark on the bathroom in collaboration with Axor, the Hansgrohe SE designer brand, which led to the cross-collection Axor One shower range in 2015. 

Philippe Grohe – Vice President Design Management, Hansgrohe SE
The grandson of the company's founder Hans Grohe was born in 1967 in Switzerland. After studying photography and international marketing, he completed several special projects in the US before taking over as director of the French distribution subsidiary Hansgrohe S.à.r.l. in 1997. In 2001 he returned to the headquarters of the family-influenced company in the Black Forest as the head of Hansgrohe's design brand Axor. Since October 2015, Philippe Grohe leads the company’s holistic design management. In his free time the passionate photographer enjoys playing squash, diving and surfing.

Marcus Fairs –
A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006. Marcus himself has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002) and Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004). He won a BSME award for Best Brand-Building Initiative in 2005. In 2011, French magazine Architectural Digest placed him in the 100 qui comptent list of the most important figures in global design. Marcus lives and works in London.

Jo Libeer, CEO Biennale Interieur