Design Materials Processes

Materials Guide

Hand-washing basins in commercial washrooms have traditionally been made from vitreous china. At The Splash Lab, we craft our sinks from two materials only: solid surface and marble. Here, we compare both materials to help architects, contractors and your clients make informed decisions when specifying their washroom projects. Provenance: Marble The city of Carrara is […]
Design Processes Projects Voice of an Architect

Voice of an architect: Mangera Yvars Architects

One of the reasons we wanted to feature Mangera Yvars Architects in our Voice of an Architect series is because we have always been impressed by the firm’s commitment to the cultural impact of design beyond the building. With a focus on sustainable cities and the way architecture can influence not only the way people interact […]
Design Materials Processes The Aerofoil

Why we use Carrara marble

“The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.” Michelangelo More than 2,000 years have passed since the first block of Carrara marble was quarried high in the Apuan Alps in […]
Design Materials Opinion Processes The Monolith

Is craftsmanship important in modern manufacturing?

With automation technology like artificial intelligence, autonomous cars and 3D printing increasingly dominating our cultural landscape, it may feel as if the need for craftsmanship in commercial production is reducing. One may even question the relevance and need for craftsmen in a modern manufacturing organisation like The Splash Lab. However, over the past decade, there has been […]
Opinion Processes

Experimentation: The power of thinking with your hands

At the Splash Lab, pioneering and experimentation are two of our core values. As part of the building journey for our new London showroom, when the suggestion came up for a four-metre waterfall using our TSL-881 capacitive taps, we decided to get down and dirty and build a full-size prototype at our Manchester lab to […]
Materials Opinion Processes

Capacitive vs IR technology

Touch-free taps in the washroom are a good idea: they are hygienic, intuitive to use and achieve reliable water savings. Modern ‘smart taps’ utilise one of two technologies to produce a wave-activated water flow: capacitive sensors or infrared (IR) sensors. To discover which tap technology is suitable for your project, we break down the pros […]
Design Opinion Processes

How we used the Golden Ratio in our product design

What is the Golden Ratio? The Golden Ratio is a mathematical ratio often found in nature that can be used to create aesthetically pleasing compositions. It is often symbolised as the Greek letter Phi.   How does it work? From Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man through to Le Corbusier’s Modulor project, the Golden Ratio, also known […]
Design Materials Processes

Why we use PVD for our washroom products

When our designers were creating The Splash Lab product range, they were faced with a challenge: how to produce diverse restroom products in a range of finishes while maintaining consistency and quality? The solution was Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), a vacuum-coating technique that vaporises the source material into a plasma of atoms or molecules and […]