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AK/25 Faucet, AZ Awards

At first glance, it may not be apparent what AK/25 is exactly. Is it a door stop? An ultra-modern clothes hook? This ambiguity only enhances its appeal, however. AK/25 is, in fact, a faucet – one that emphasizes pure lines and a rigorous integrity that set it far above other bathroom fixtures.

A perfectly balanced composition of sleek flat volumes, the tap is the creation of Paik Sun Kim, the late South Korean artist-turned-architect-turned-spatial-designer whose work poetically blends philosophy, art and nature with a crisply modern aesthetic. Add to this amalgamation of disciplines a unique vision of how water can flow and the result is AK/25, a collection of fixtures for Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini.

AK/25 Faucet, AZ Awards
“Beautifully crafted and proportioned, the faucet’s surprising pivoting movement makes the simplistic form intriguing in both its dormant and active position.”rn
Matt Carr

Eschewing the sinuous curves that one typically expects from a water spout, Paik Sun’s design features a stark horizontal plane that gracefully pivots on a concealed hinge. Opening and closing the spout in such a physical way, the designer posits, strengthens one’s connection to the water, which gently cascades from its structural source. (An equally beautiful, always-open version is also available.) 

The brass-coated fixture set’s matte-gunmetal PVD finish, moreover, evokes an artist’s heavy brush strokes on canvas, making it an original – even artistic – addition to any bathroom. 

AZ Awards category Design: Architectural Products Project AK/25 Designer Paik Sun Kim Manufacturer Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini, Pella, Italy

Winner: Architectural Products
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: AK/25 Faucet

In the Design: Architectural Products category, this innovative collection by Paik Sun Kim for Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini took home the top prize.

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