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

Jean-Marie Massaud – in touch 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 Rainer Hosch