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Here's What Went Down at the Esquire and AXOR Artisan Assembly

A celebration of the new AXOR One collection.
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To celebrate the launch of the new AXOR One collection, Esquire Philippines teamed up with AXOR and Kuysen and gathered a group of esteemed visionaries at the AXOR Artisan Assembly. Architects and interior designers attended the virtual event to eat, drink, and learn more about AXOR's latest release of fine fixtures for the washbasin, bathtub, and more.

The AXOR One collection designed by Barber Osgerby, a London-based studio by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, consists of 31 fixtures that are simple, elegant, and functional. Each piece in the collection is unlike anything previously seen as it's powered by Select technology. A faucet from the collection, for instance, features a start or stop button that increases the temperature when turned clockwise.

Then, there's the AXOR Citterio collection, created in collaboration with Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio, which features 70 fixtures for the washbasin, shower, and bathtub. Described as the epitome of understated luxury, the luxury bathroom collection is inspired by Italian neoclassicism.

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Library Renewal Partnership founder, poet, and broadcaster Quintin Pastrana hosted the event. Kuysen Enterprises president Jensen Go gave guests an overview of AXOR's One and Citterio collections before presenting AXOR brand ambassador Michael Kiolbassa all the way from Germany and Singapore-based Hansgrohe area sales manager for emerging markets Sandra Brand.

The guest list, made up of the country's visionary architects and interior designers, included Alfred Wieneke, Jason Buensalido, Isabel Lozano, Arlen De Guzman, Pamela Isabel De Guzman-Reyes, Carlo Calma, Chat Fores, Lara Fernandez Barrios, Arnold Austria, Sonny Sunga, and Mark Steven Perez, among others.

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Guests enjoyed an assortment of meats and cheeses as they got a thorough introduction to the world of AXOR and its 2021 collections. Michael Kiolbassa started with the beginnings of the AXOR One collection and its essence of simplicity.

"Minimalism for many decades in architecture, interior design, and also in product design has played a very important role. So, we said, 'Okay, we would like to have not only a minimalist [collection], we wanted to have the most minimalist collection in the bathroom industry with AXOR," Kiolbassa said. Watch the video below for a closer look at the AXOR One collection.

Sandra Brand then offered a look into the future of AXOR. "With AXOR, we are always aiming for state-of-the-art technology that we are using in our production," she said. "The future is all about individualization. It is about individual luxury and also about the future living concepts."

Before closing the event, guests also got a look into the Kuysen Design + Experience Center through the virtual showroom. The 3D space allows customers to browse the showroom from the comfort of their home to look into the world of Kuysen and its best brands and latest designs. Take a look at the virtual showroom here.

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