Marc Newson designed grates used in a conceptual collaboration

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23 September 2013
Marc Newson designed grates used in a conceptual collaboration
The shower tunnel made from Marc Newson-designed grates.

A recent collaboration between architects Rice Daubney and Stormtech, Australian manufacturers of architectural drainage solutions, saw a shipping container repurposed as an obstacle course in water.

The Project at Sydney Galleria (for Sydney Indesign, August 15–17) showcased a number of conceptual collaborations between designers and makers. This one took on the challenge of showing Stormtech products in a different way. Inside a disused shipping container, the new drainage grates designed by Marc Newson were used to make a shower tunnel. Rice Daubney mounted the linear grates to the ceilings and walls in sequence, with curtains of water sprayed through some of the channels, forcing visitors to climb their way warily and deftly through the tunnel. The experience was intensified by the interior of the box being blackened and the path strategically lit: think Twister and Wet-n-Wild meets Mission Impossible.

The Marc Newson grate by Stormtech incorporates the designer’s signature tessellated hexagonal pattern in five finish options: satin stainless steel, satin black, white, pearl brass and blue. In May 2013, the 65MND25 model from the series received the ICFF Editors Award for best design (Kitchen and Bath category) at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.

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Stormtech provides architectural drainage channels and grates for driveways, pool and paved areas, balconies, thresholds, wet areas bathrooms and showers.

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