From Esgueira, Aveiro, the Portuguese company Oli demonstrates how a simple cistern can inspire designers and win international awards, including the if Design 2021, an award versus an Oscar.
And the secret may lie in simplicity, where creativity combines a bit of stainless steel and two strings to be pulled in the bathroom.
“At home, in a hotel, in a restaurant, in a hospital or in a concert hall, the bathroom takes on new functionality and new aesthetics, and Oli is at the forefront of the brands that are developing this change,” comments Antonio Ricardo Oliveira, administrator of the company founded by his father. received an international award with a plaque “Less is More” by the Italian architect Alessio Pinto.
Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principle of “less is more”, the new stainless steel solution replaces the traditional flush plates with two cords, which are the first sanitation devices in history, but also provide a clear feel. intuitive, no pros and cons, the right choice to download.
But in fact, iF Design 2021 is the second international award this card has received this year after it won the Red Dot Award in April.
“To win IF Design, which is the main prize for design all over the world, it is a confirmation of the investment and work that Oli has developed to make the bathroom a place of balance, comfort and well-being through a combination of aesthetics and technology, ”says the administrator.
And, he adds, this is a recognition of the strategy “to strengthen the relationship with architecture through partnerships with leading architects such as Alvaro Siza Vieira (Pritzker Prize 1992), Eduardo Souto Moura (Pritzker Prize 2011), Romano Adolino and now, Alessio Pinto who has applied his talent to create unique pieces that are transforming bathrooms around the world. “
Accustomed to exporting 80% of its products to 80 countries, Oli has 419 employees, is continuously working on the production of 2 million tanks and 2.8 million mechanisms per year, has 38 valid patents and ended 2020 with a turnover of 60 million euros.
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