Italian luxury bath and kitchen product manufacturer Gessi’s latest shower system attempts to marry retro style with modern technology.
The Hi-Fi Collection features an 80s/90s stereo design—but in the form of a shower system. It’s headlined by the Hi-Fi Thermostatic Mixers which have turning knobs and clicking buttons that mimic the feel of a throwback stereo system, the company says. Just like each of Gessi’s offerings, the Hi-Fi Collection is entirely designed and manufactured in Italy.
“These cult, trendy products represent a hallmark in the history of design and technology, and today, they come to define the extraordinary aesthetics of the new Gessi product,” the company says. “In fact, Gessi Hi-Fi features the same clean and essential lines and the same sharp and harmonious volumes of those systems.”
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But the design is not solely for aesthetic purposes, Gessi says. The knobs allow users to fine-tune water flow and temperature settings. Each button connects to a different piece of the shower system, such as a handshower and shower head. These buttons can then control the type of water flow, either rainfall, waterfall, or nebulizer.
This new release adds to the company’s “Private Wellness Program,” which it describes as a wide selection of modular shower components able to be freely paired together so users can achieve an ultimate private wellness area in the home.
“Innovating means pushing boundaries, looking at things from new perspectives, opening to innovative and revolutionary designs and communication models, but it shall nevertheless serve the aim of pursuing people’s well-being,” says Gessi. “The concept of Private Wellness and Hi-Fi within it brings the person back to the fore in the interior design for the bathroom.”
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These shower mixers come in four different configurations to fit into any type of shower. A standard Hi-Fi mixer comes in a square shape with one temperature controlling knob. Compact and Linear styles fit flush against the shower wall, while the Shelf design juts out to create a useful shelf to hold products. Gessi says Shelf can be ideal for projects where there is little space behind the shower wall for other shelves.
Compact features a standard double-knob design, a square shape, and two to three shower function buttons. Linear can fit up to four shower function buttons and comes in a thinner, elongated rectangular shape.
Due to the mixers falling into Gessi’s Private Wellness Program, each design can be purchased in the company’s full spectrum of finishes and paired with other showerheads and hand showers that Gessi offers.
Available finishes include copper, aged bronze, gold, matte black, and polished nickel. In total, there are 14 finishes for designers to choose. Gessi offers 21 other shower collections that come in the same finishes as Hi-Fi.