Title: Adamsez Rondel- The admix as before
Text: Adamsez Rondel- The admix as before
New designs from Adamsez are almost certain to be of interest to architects and designers, and the latest, the Rondel range of vitreous china sanitary ware, and two admix valves are no disappointment. Each range has the smooth pure lines long associated with Adamsez.
The Rondel range was developed under design director Kenneth Adams to meet the requirements of MACE (Metropolitan Architectural Consortium for Education). Based on a 1OOmm module for duct use, it consists of washbasin, handrinse, closet and urinal and was designed to withstand the wear, tear and dirt of school life. Recessed into the duct wall to save space and quick to install it is as simple and vandal proof as possible. For instance, washbasin and handrinse, which seem to hang in a tilted position from the wall, have outlets concealed in the duct where they cannot be got at by those bent on destruction. And the duct space is used to ensure the ample bowl projects just 310mm into the room; the narrow splash shelf has no soap recess to make cleaning easier and chipping more difficult, but a wall mounted soap tray is being produced for those who do not like soap dispensers; the urinal, too, has a concealed outlet and a deep anti-splash curve though it projects only 200mm into the duct space; and there is no dirt-collecting rim in the wall-hung closet.
The original Adamsez admix valve was designed by the Smithsons. It is being superseded by a whole new range designed by Holscher and Tye which is very much for the domestic market as-well as for use in public buildings. In fact, with their sheer, unbroken lines, satin chrome finish, and smoothly turning taps, these valves should have instant appeal for any pernickety housewife.
The whole range is wall mounted because, with most services now running in the wall or duct, it is more economic than to attach valves to sanitary ware. It is also much cleaner. The shape evolves from a clever patent designed by Max Sheardown, director of Sheardown Art Valves, the manufacturers. A spring-loaded escutcheon allows valves to be mounted from the front in such a neat way that the fixing is concealed and no hard-to-clean connections are exposed. The first two valves in a range of eight which will appear over the next few years are illustrated here. They are a washbasin hot and cold mixer, and a bath hot and cold mixer complete with a flexible tube, handspray and two sockets. Amongst those which will appear soon is a valve which can supply bath, shower and basin.
Delight in their simplicity is only tempered by a slight reservation that the hard, conical shape of the valves might prove a hazard.