How Vola draws parallels between fixtures and interiors to help users focus on wellness
Call to mind a smooth eggshell or an opaque pebble perfectly carved out by the water of a river: these natural elements are among those that inspired Danish tap manufacturer Vola to bring Matt white to life, its 27th product colour and finish. A year on from its launch, Vola has commemorated the creation of Matt white by installing fixtures in the hue within an ambient residence in the Belgian countryside, and capturing the scene on film.
The project is a continuation of Vola’s mission to explore how design can introduce atmosphere, sensation and wellness to interiors. To do so, the Danish company has worked to highlight the form and functionality of their products while simultaneously celebrating interior and architectural projects around the world. A transformed 18th-century water mill in England and the Copenhagen home of Norm Architects’ founding partner Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen are only two of the compelling locations which have acted as centre stage.
Set within the bathing area of the Benoit Viaene-designed home, Vola’s product range in Matt white ‘emphasizes the things that we use throughout our day to refresh and revive us’. The starkly white surfaces, taps and spouts are contrasted against Viaene’s ambient interior, which accentuates daily rituals. Together in visual unison, the tactile space and functional fixtures prompt the user to reflect on their relationship with the natural world and their sense of touch. In a time when health and wellness are more of a social focus than ever, that’s a welcome reminder.
Honest objects help us reconnect with life’s fundamentals, letting small details coalesce into a larger picture of wellness and communion with nature
First available in only two colours – grey and orange – Vola’s inaugural prototypes for the ‘modern tap’ were crafted by Arne Jacobsen in 1968. And while their palette has come a long way since then, the core design principals behind the manufacturer’s innovative products – longevity, sustainability and timelessness – have remained constant for over half a century. ‘Honest objects help us reconnect with life’s fundamentals, letting small details coalesce into a larger picture of wellness and communion with nature.’