Inspired by nature, Jean-Marie Massaud developed the Axor Massaud collection for Hansgrohe.

Jean-Marie Massaud – in love with nature

“People need water, not mixers” Jean-Marie Massaud stated when describing the approach he took during his first bathroom design project. This highlights his design credo. Inspired by nature, his designs seem to work without any technology. The bathroom collection from the French architect and designer also evokes images from nature and focuses on a connection to the natural world. A waterfall over the sink, a mussel-like bath tub, shower water falling from a cloud – the natural element of water provides a true sensual experience.

Massaud’s nature-inspired design releases him from conventional style rules. His extraordinary architectural visions highlight the full breadth of his creativity. His largest artistic project to date is a football stadium in Mexico, which is shaped like a volcano in true Massaud style. In his Axor Massaud bathroom collection, the mixers and bathroom objects are both poetic and avant-garde, fun and highly functional. 

Axor Massaud – inspired by nature

The mixer body is a blade of grass, the gush jet a waterfall and the bath tub a lake. A collection for all nature lovers. Axor Massaud responds to the yearning desire for harmony. Leave hectic everyday life behind and immerse yourself in nature.

Jean-Marie Massaud – the biography

Jean-Marie Massaud was born in 1966 in the southern France city of Toulouse, a centre of high-tech industry but also a gateway to the sensuous South. It is therefore only natural that despite studying at Les Ateliers University for Industrial Design, this powerful draw has influenced his designs, which are continually shaped by forms from nature. Furniture items for major furnishing brands such as Cassina combine a strict grid pattern with organic forms. Massaud is opposed to what he calls “decadent” design, which focuses all its energy on “styling”: design should create better living spaces and help people relax. This opinion was made clear in 2005 through Massaud’s personal vision of the bathroom of the future, which he realised with Axor in his WaterDream.

A portrait of Jean-Marie Massaud.

Jean-Marie Massaud photographed by Denis Rouvre

Design à la Massaud – living environments of the future

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Poetic, avantgarde, playful – and highly functional

Human nature – Massaud's biography

Jean-Marie Massaud was born in 1966 in the city of Toulouse in the South of France, a centre of high-tech industry, but also a gateway to the sensuous South. It may well be this exciting contrast that is featured in his designs – and which drew him to Paris, to the University for Industrial Design. In 1990 he graduated from the “ENSCI/Les Ateliers”, started his career in Hong Kong, founded a studio in Paris and became one of the big names on the international design scene. His design artistry incomparably combines comfort and elegance, Zeitgeist and tradition, enjoyment and sustainability. Massaud's powerful ideas gravitate towards the future: his focus is consistently on human and ecological progress and bringing new life to a theme. Whether he is designing perfume bottles, bathrooms, sofas, showrooms or hotels. In the Massaud design studio, at least six other designers work closely with the proprietor.

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