Create a new balance

Between traditional elegance and contemporary cool

The interior design trend Transitional Style brings traditional and contemporary elements into balance. Notable for its experimental use of materials, textures, forms and colours, it epitomises an eclectic world of style that is as progressive as it is inviting. For Dornbracht, exploring contemporary culture and design trends has always been an important source of inspiration. VAIA and the new collection of three dark matt finishes are another result of this engagement. Inspired by Transitional Style, the solutions fit both traditional and modern architectural styles, as well as those that combine elements of both worlds.

With its initiative "Create a new balance", Dornbracht invited international architects and interior designers to share their personal interpretation of Transitional Style. Utilising VAIA and its versatile range of finishes, they created individually impressive visions that float between traditional elegance and contemporary cool.

Architecture at Large, New York

RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS / ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE is a seasoned resource for design vision and execution. Founded and based in New York, it realises wide-ranging projects in architecture, residential and commercial interiors, temporary spaces, furniture and integrated objects. 

RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS’ interpretation of Transitional Style is distinguished, in particular, through the unusual shape of the room. Chapel-like niches with an almost sacred momentum are created from the gentle, curved S-shape of the floor plan.

“We favour the strategic over the thematic, the cosmopolitan over the typological and the atmospheric over the static. Ever focused on the contemporary, we take diligent note of the past while daydreaming the future.”

Lex de Gooijer Interiors, Rotterdam

LEX DE GOOIJER is a Dutch full-service interior architect that handles every aspect of planning and designing homes or commercial spaces for his clients, down to the very last detail. Translating chic into new and international contexts is the overarching ambition behind all of his work.

LEX DE GOOIJER derived the cuboid geometric architecture of his design from the floor plan of the New Orleans Tower, a prominent part of the Rotterdam skyline. 

For his bathroom design, LEX DE GOOIJER chose two types of marble: “Wave Marble”, characterised by an organic, wave-like structure, and “Four Seasons Marble”, which has expressive vein patterns.

„Nature creates the most amazing aesthetics, which are above any trend.“

Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, Shanghai

NERI & HU DESIGN AND RESEARCH OFFICE is an interdisciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. They provide architecture, interior, master planning, graphic and product design services, and strongly believe in research as a design tool.

LYNDON NERI’s inspiration was driven by two traditional Asian influences: the spiritual meaning of water as a means to physical and emotional healing and the architectural concept of the courtyard house. 

NERI & HU understand the idea of Transitional Style in terms of architecture: the bathroom as a room in which to linger a while, a room for regeneration, a source of energy and a place of transition. The washstand as a central, communicative meeting place. This gives rise to some important resonances for bathroom architecture.

“There is an intentional juxtaposition of raw versus refined, cold versus warm. The feeling is as if inhabiting an existing rough shell of a structure, adding precious elements to enrich the experience. But even more crucial is the interaction of these materials with the environment.”

Irina Kromayer & etienne Descloux

Irina Kromayer and Etienne Descloux, Berlin

IRINA KROMAYER and ETIENNE DESCLOUX are two creative minds with different signature styles but a common idea of aesthetics. Whenever they work on joint projects, both Kromayer and Descloux strive for interior design that is both timeless and unconventional.

Within the framework of a materials excursion, Kromayer and Descloux observed the interaction between the fitting, its colouring and its material, and the respective environment. 

IRINA KROMAYER and ETIENNE DESCLOUX designed a bathroom that could just as easily be found in a sophisticated loft or a one-room apartment: a modular structure acting as a flexible room partition centralises all water applications. The idea was to set a tangible, realistic context for an urban bathroom.

„We like to take inspiration from things that are not obvious at first sight. The collaging of new or existing materials that surround us.“