An independent guide to
With real-life case studies and intro by
Jackie Daly, Editor of KBB magazine
Contents Introduction from Russell Wright, Geberit has been a pioneer in
Retail Sales Manager, Geberit Sales Ltd Page 1 the business of designing and
Modern bathrooms today – an update mounting frames for wall-hung
from Jackie Daly, Editor of KBB magazine Page 2-5 sanitaryware for over four decades.
The strength behind modern bathroom Today, we are market leaders in
design – how Geberit Duofix works Page 6-7 the field and can justly claim to be
the strength behind modern
Case study 1 bathroom design.
Charlie & Olivier Deslandes
The Duofix range continues to
of Milton Keynes Page 8-9
be refined and developed to the
Case study 2 point that it can now be installed
Miriam Hiller so quickly and easily that it
of Hackney, London Page 10-11 makes the design and hygiene
benefits of wall-hung accessible
Case study 3 to many who may have
Jayne & Dennis Swain previously considered it too
of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham Page 12-13 exotic or costly.
Case study 4 This brochure sets out to show
Elaine & Andrew Wood just how achievable a modern
of Coalville, Leicester Page 14-15 wall-hung bathroom can be.
Case study 5
Lynn & Richard Oliver
of Ashford, Kent Page 16-17
How to choose the right Duofix frame Page 18-19
A flush plate to suit every Russell Wright
design scheme – plus, design your own Retail Sales Manager
flush plate with the new Sigma50 Page 20-23 Geberit Sales Ltd
Modern Bathroom Design –
an update from Jackie Daly
Editor of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms
cumbersome and sometimes within a bathroom. Wall-hung addition to a family bathroom.
ugly WC and basin into stylish sanitaryware appears to levitate And for those with money to
solutions. Gone was the above the floor and this creates splash out on a me-only retreat,
unsightly and dust-trapping a sleek, open feel as the eye is open-plan wetrooms are very
pipework and no longer would drawn across the room. much in vogue.
we have to get down on bended Importantly, as all fittings are
Ensuites, by their very nature,
knee to scrub pedestals. So suspended along the profiles of
tend to be bijou and may lack
popular is this trend today that the room, wall-hung options can
natural light so anything that
wall-hung sanitaryware is offered be real space-savers too.
helps to create a bright,
by virtually all manufacturers
In moderate to large rooms they streamlined space is a must.
available at every price point.
free up floor area to make way Wall-hung fittings are often used Cleaning’s a doddle with modern
During my time as a magazine wall-hung units.
The secret behind these fittings for a really indulgent pampering in ensuites as they take up little
editor, I have seen the bathroom space – some people are even floorspace, allowing for the
is a concealed support frame,
evolve from an often cold, furnishing the room with creation of a more capacious
perfected by companies such
clinical space where we quickly sumptuous seating or decadent showering area or the provision
as Geberit in Switzerland, that
took care of our daily ablutions, dressing areas to create the of a freestanding bath.
allows for effortless, hassle-free
to a modern, welcoming retreat ultimate retreat.
installation. In simple terms, Now who wouldn’t want that?
– a sanctuary, where we can
bathroom fittings slot on to the In small spaces, wall-hung
relax, unwind and rejuvenate. More importantly, wetrooms are
frames for maximum support elements are even more likely to
It all began with the influence of and strength, and can then be all about creating free-flowing
be the favoured choice. Corner
Continental design – stylish panelled and decorated in the spaces where water is allowed
or offset fittings can easily be
creations from European same way as any other wall. to cascade across the floor and
used to effectively make the
destinations that not only gave And you don’t have to worry in this sort of environment,
most of every inch of available The flush plate is the only clue to the
us new ideas for bathing and about maintenance as panels wall-hung fittings become the sophisticated frame concealed in the wall.
space – such as those dead
pampering but also allowed for a are built in for easy access. only sensible option.
areas within the right-angles of
cleaner, sleeker look that created a room or beneath a sloping If however, you don’t think
a feeling of restful spaciousness ceiling. You can even build-in you’re quite ready for the total
as well as offering chic, practical If you’re looking to update your recesses and shelves within the open-plan experience, WCs and
solutions for the UK’s typically bathroom, I believe there’s no false wall that conceals the basins can be easily screened
small bathrooms. better solution than wall-hung support frames to pack in useful off with a pane of glass or
as it really does open up so extra storage space. partial partition wall for a little
Without a doubt, the single most
many amazing opportunities for more privacy.
important idea brought to us Ensuite-style
the modern bathroom.
from the Continent was the The view of the bathroom as a Sound solution
concept of wall-hung sanitary- Sleek and streamlined private sanctuary means that One of the possible drawbacks
ware. At last, here was an The real beauty of wall-hung is more and more people are of incorporating an ensuite
Frames are also available to support
option that turned the often the clean, simple line it creates opting for an ensuite space in adjoining a bedroom is noise. washbasins and bidets.
“With modern wall-hung equipment and a bit of
planning, you can make the most of any space.”
helps to create today’s tranquil are simpler and ultimately safer Think of the benefits for an
bathroom retreats. environments for everyone, elderly or less-abled person –
particularly those with children this will be something we’ll all
Clean and pristine and elderly family members. need to think about as more
Let’s talk about practicalities. Ergonomic design allows for the and more people reach the
Nobody enjoys cleaning the way the body moves in a space over 50 mark.
bathroom and anything that and eliminates unnecessary
makes this chore a breeze is a strain or movement. One of the
must. Wall-hung is by far the benefits of wall-hung sanitary-
best easy-clean choice for the ware is that it is removed from
bathroom. As elements sit above Jackie Daly,
the floor and thus eliminates Editor of KBB magazine With the Duofix corner mounting
the floor there are no awkward obstacles that might interrupt frame, you can fit sanitaryware into
fittings to negotiate as you clean otherwise wasted spaces.
the flow of movement through
and no nasty pipework means a room. Key facts
no nooks and crannies to trap
Then there’s the added benefit I Wall-hung solutions are
dirt, dust and germs. And you
of flush plates that complement strong, sturdy and long
don’t have to worry about
wall-hung WCs. These replace lasting. A frame system such
getting to the concealed cistern
the conventional WC lever that as Geberit’s can support up
and pipework for maintenance.
can be difficult to operate for to 63 stone.
The flush plate is easily removed
to provide access to moving tiny or stiff fingers and are I Frame systems are quick and
parts at any time, including the installed flush to the wall for a easy to install and support all
filling valve and flush valve. seamless and stylish look. You kinds of sanitaryware in any
can even select different finishes type of space, leading to an Wall-hung sanitaryware is available
For enhanced carefree cleaning, and stylish designs to match easy to clean hygenic in a wide range of styles.
Nobody looking forward to a recess is created that effectively look out for sanitaryware your interior scheme and, with environment.
restful night’s sleep wants to dampens sound. Companies designs with smooth curved the option of a dual three or six- I Maintenance is easy as
hear the sound of flushing after such as Geberit have also profiles and options with easy- litre flush, you can be assured cistern can be accessed via
midnight and, likewise, those gone to great lengths to meet clean coatings. This special you’re saving water – great for removeable flush plate.
preparing for a luxurious soak in and exceed European acoustic coating makes water bead and the environment and your wallet! I WC frames include a 6/3 litre
the tub wouldn’t want their standards. Its cistern filling roll off the surface, carrying dirt,
tranquillity disturbed by the valve is designed to refill silently, However, one of the key dual-flush system offering a
grease and soap with it. In this
goings on in the rest of the despite working at pressures features of wall-hung that I water-saving solution.
way, it also inhibits the build-up
house. And, here’s where a from 0.1 to as high as 10 bar. of limescale. particularly like is the ability to I Panelled frame systems
wall-hung frame system offers a In addition, push rods are position fittings at specific dampen sound emanating
great benefit. By sandwiching rubber tipped to deaden Perfect positioning heights so there’s no need for from the bathroom maintaining
the frame system between an sound. It’s just this sort of Bathrooms designed with easy unnecessary bending when a restful ambience.
Stylish flush plates complement the
original wall and a false wall, a careful attention to detail that access and ergonomics in mind using the basin or loo. flowing lines of wall-hung.
The strength behind
modern bathroom design
Acoustically insulated flush and fill The Geberit Duofix frame strong and have been tested to
valves are accommodated in this The assembly on the left 63 stone – about the weight of a
compartment, situated behind the represents the results of many small elephant! Enough, we feel,
flush plate, which is easily removed decades of careful research and to amply justify our claim to be
for maintenance access. development and defines the ‘The strength behind modern
state-of-the-art in support systems bathroom design’.
Adjustable wall fixing. (Frames
for wall-hung bathroom fittings.
can also be fitted using a purpose I Designed to take a heavy load
made rail system where two or It is the hidden structure that (tested to 400Kg/63St).
Cistern is shrouded in a polystyrene
more frames are to be used.) makes the many benefits of wall-
jacket to avoid condensation and
hung sanitaryware possible. It is I Allows ample access for
further reduce noise.
available in eight different versions cleaning underneath WC and
covering every possible wall-hung washbasin, making a more
High-grade welded steel frame is bathroom application. hygenic bathroom.
Each frame comes already equipped the heart of the system’s strength.
The frame houses the flat, I Access for servicing available
with industry standard plumbing for insulated cistern that delivers a at any time via flush plate.
hassle-free connection. dual flush of either 6 or 3 litres
I Dual flush system encourages
by means of acoustically
Standard plumbing fittings are damped valves, accessible for
flexibly mounted to reduce the maintenance through an easily I Wall-hung sanitaryware does
acoustic profile. removeable flush plate, which not take up any more space.
Built-in mounting points at standard remains the only visible part of
offsets to fit a wide range of proprietary the system. I Different heights available to
wall-hung sanitaryware. suit various requirements.
It is so sophisticated that the
Friction feet make adjusting latest UP320 version can be I Built-in cistern with hi-tech
frame height for mounting as installed without the use of tools. valves cuts down noise on
easy as possible. Duofix frames are immensely flushing and filling.
“Only a wall-hung bathroom would
complete our modern home.”
Before Geberit Olivier and Charlie Deslandes
Not many people would ever period. However, any doubts they
realise that Charlie and Olivier’s may have harboured about the
stunningly modern house in benefits and strength of the
Milton Keynes was built in the system were soon dispelled and
’70s. Featured in the Architects’ they were keen to apply what
Journal at the time, it was only they’d learnt to the upstairs
the size and style of the avocado bathroom too, up-grading to the
bathrooms that betrayed its age. minimalist, wetroom-style that
you see here.
All that’s changed now, thanks to
Geberit and the use of wall-hung The results speak for themselves.
toilets and basins. And all this had been achieved
without having to spend a thing
Geberit’s concealed frames keep
on making the rooms bigger.
the pipework and cistern out of
As Olivier himself put it:
sight, while allowing easy access
for cleaning beneath the units and “For anything modern,
creating an impression of space I don’t see how you can do
in even the smallest room. without wall-hung. It wouldn’t
The Deslandes decided to
convert the downstairs bathroom We of course, would add that for
first, wisely spreading the cost anything wall-hung, you can’t do
and disruption over a longer better than Geberit.
The Deslandes used a 0.98m frame with (in this case) service access
concealed in a cupboard above the unit because they had chosen the
discrete HyTouch single flush palm push metal button.
All the kids love their Gran’s Before Geberit Miriam Hiller
new wall-hung bathroom. Mrs Hiller lives on the 8th floor of carried out via the removable
a tower block in north London. flush plate.
She’s lived there for 40 years and
Her bathroom, though small and
has no intention of ever giving up
designed in the early 60s was
the fabulous views of Alexandra
already neat, practical and
Palace to the north and Crystal
efficient, so she was pleasantly
After Geberit Palace in the south.
surprised by the space the
For the sake of her extended modern Geberit system seemed
family and many grand and great to create and how painless the
grandchildren (pictures of whom whole process of converting to
appear all over her home), she wall-hung proved to be.
made up her mind to upgrade her
From go-ahead to the day the
old bathroom to make it more
bathroom was commissioned, the
small-children-friendly (and easier
whole process took under two
to keep clean and tidy).
weeks and was far less disruptive
Prompted by her sons, she than she had ever imagined it
decided on wall-hung and soon might be. Now the bathroom looks
realised that wall-hung meant noticeably bigger and is certainly
Geberit. Miriam liked the idea of much easier to keep presentable,
saving water with the dual flush even after the ravages of the family
and was reassured that any visits which, needless to say,
maintenance could easily be continue unabated.
Mrs Hiller’s scheme called for the 0.98m Duofix WC
frame with Kappa50 flush plate gloss chrome and a
0.98m Duofix washbasin frame.
“Maybe we won’t have to move after all.”
Before Geberit Dennis and Jayne Swain
It was a skiing trip to Switzerland Geberit Duofix frames, combined
that first brought wall-hung with the space taken up by re-
bathrooms to Mr Swain’s attention. fitting a bath, would make it seem
They were everywhere and he was even smaller. She needn’t have
impressed by their obvious worried. The results look great
hygiene benefits and the clean and the room actually feels bigger.
design they made possible.
After Geberit She’s particularly pleased with the
So, when it was time to upgrade water saving achieved by the split
their own bathroom, the Swains six and three litre dual flush and
decided wall-hung was for them. with the soft-close toilet seat that
Their two teenage sons would is a boon in a house full of men.
soon be leaving home and with a Cleaning is a lot less trouble and
possible move on the horizon, it she is reassured by the
seemed a conventional bath with knowledge that the Geberit
shower would appeal to potential system can support 63 stone.
buyers more than the simple
Now Jayne is beginning to think
shower that had served them well
that, if the rest of the house
while the kids were growing up.
make-over is finished to the
The original bathroom was quite standard of the bathroom, she
small and Jayne was concerned and Dennis may decide not to
that the accommodation of the leave after all.
The Swains used a 0.98m Duofix WC frame with Kappa20
flush plate matt chrome and a washbasin frame.
“We would never have thought
wall-hung was within our budget.” Before Geberit Elaine and Andrew Lamb
As an ex-army couple, Andrew of greater space. Not only that, it
and Elaine Lamb were very happy was easier to keep clean, the dual
to finally be in their very own home flush facility saved water and,
after having to cope with whatever should maintenance be called for,
they’d been assigned to on their it was easily achieved via the
various military service postings. quickly-removable flush plate. Best
of all, it wasn’t as expensive as
On their wish list were a new
kitchen and bathroom but, since
access for the bathroom Making the decision was easy
renovation would be through the and the installation was equally
kitchen, the bathroom came first. straightforward, causing minimal
Money, as ever, was tight but disruption.
they were fortunate to have a
Now the hardships of army life are
switched-on local retailer.
a distant memory and Andrew and
He convinced them that, with Elaine are looking forward to
Geberit wall-hung, their budget applying what they’ve learnt about
would stretch to the streamlined, bathrooms to the transformation of
modern bathroom they were after. their kitchen.
He pointed out that wall-hung took Sadly, we can’t help them there.
up no more room, was incredibly We only do bathrooms. But we do
strong and created an impression them very well.
The Lambs were advised to use a 0.82m Duofix WC frame
with a top-mounted Artline dual flush plate and sanitaryware
recommended by their plumber.
“Once we’d seen our plumber’s own bathroom,
we knew Geberit wall-hung was for us.”
Before Geberit Lynn and Richard Oliver
When Lynn and Richard Oliver with the clean, fluid looks, hygiene
thought it was time to upgrade and water savings achievable with
their bathroom, they couldn’t the Geberit Duofix system that
agree on how to go about it. They they decided to give their plumber
bought all the books and did a free hand, right down to the
plenty of window-shopping around choice of sanitaryware. Lynn’s
their local dealers but, after only stipulation was that it should
months of indecision, Lynn took it be simple, modern, easy to clean
into her own hands and made a and preferably, white.
The results fully justify her bold
She threw away all the books (she says lazy) decision. Richard,
and made up her mind to let a who laid the floor himself, agrees
plumber take over the whole job. that it was a practical way to go
The first plumber she chose never and that the tough Geberit frame
showed up to quote but she had soon put to rest any doubts
struck gold with her second he might have had about the
choice and he convinced them of strength of wall-hung.
the benefits of Geberit wall-hung
It seems it’s easy to make the
by inviting the couple home to
right choices once you’ve chosen
show them the improvements to
the right plumber. And, if you
his own bathroom.
chose wall-hung, you should be
The Olivers were so impressed choosing Geberit.
The Olivers used a 0.82m Duofix WC frame with a top-mounted Kappa20 dual
flush plate and sanitaryware recommended by their plumber.
Choosing the right Duofix frame
for your modern bathroom is easy.
Tradionally, bathrooms in the UK Corner frames are 1.12m Saves water.
have been fitted into less than high and designed to make use All Geberit WC frames
ideal spaces and, with the trend of a traditionally difficult space, come equipped with
towards family homes typically turning it into a stylish design dual flush systems offering a
having two or more bathrooms, feature while saving valuable choice of 6 or 3 litre flushes.
pressure on space is becoming floor area. Its a simple way for you to
ever greater. A unique blend of save money while helping
strength and flexibility the environment.
Geberit Duofix frames are ideal
Choosing Geberit gives you the
for maximising the impression of Easy maintenance –
opportunity to make the most of
space in modern bathrooms access available
your modern bathroom design, Rail-mounted sytem for WC and wash-
and perfect for supporting at all times. basin, ready for sanitaryware and tiling.
Low height frame installation. whatever its shape or size, while
wall-hung sanitaryware in both All the moving parts in
benefiting from the immense
new-build and renovation work. the Geberit Duofix system, such
strength and practicality of the
as the valves and their controls,
All unsightly pipework is hidden Duofix system.
are grouped conveniently
away and frames can be Designed to cope behind the easily removable
installed inside or in front of a with heavy loads. flush plate so that maintenance
plasterboard wall, as well as in Geberit Duofix frames can be carried out quickly and
front of a solid wall. The flush have been tested to without difficulty. The system is
plate is the only visible part of 400Kg (or 63St). This is roughly otherwise completely self
the finished system. the weight of a small elephant. contained and concealed within
Low height frames are either Takes up no extra space. the wall. The flush plate itself
0.82m or 0.98m high and Sometimes, people seem to provides the only external clue Cut-away of the finished installation.
Full height frame installation. useful where sanitaryware think that concealing all the that its fitted.
needs to be fitted below a plumbing in the wall will
actually take up more space Superior hygiene.
window or where a lower shelf
than replacing their old, By banishing dust-
is desired. In these cases flush
conventional toilet. This is not collecting pipes and
plates can be mounted either
the case and they are usually fittings to the
on the top or on the front of
pleasantly surprised to discover mounting frame and the space
that Geberit’s behind the wall, the Duofix
Full height frames are 1.12m compact design system creates a modern,
high and are ideal for walls with means that it streamlined feel and makes
higher shelves or no height appears a lot everyday cleaning a quick and
limitations allowing an ultra less intrusive hassle-free affair. You’ll soon be
modern, streamlined look to when in place than they might wondering how you ever
Finished bathroom with a sleek,
Corner frame installation. be achieved. have imagined. managed without it. modern appearance.
Flush plates to suit every design scheme
(With the new Sigma50, you can even design your own.)
With a Geberit Duofix frame, on a finish that will suit your anything you like – even
the only part of the system on plans for your bathroom down to photographic images!
display is the flush plate, so the very last detail. The basic
naturally, it’s desirable to be able elements of the Sigma50 design Some examples are shown here
make it as compatible with the can be changed and customised but the possibilities are just as
surrounding decorative scheme with wood, stone, slate, fabric, limitless as your own imagination.
as possible. Fortunately, Geberit
flush plates are available in a
wide range of designs, colours
and finishes, enabling a
complementary match to be
found for any conceivable
The spread opposite shows a
range of designs available for
both single and dual flush plates,
together with examples of the
standard finishes and colours for
each design. Other colours and
finishes are available. Please The stylish and modern Sigma50 range of flush plates can now be supplied with a
check with your retailer. blank plate to allow you to create the design you want for a truly bespoke look.
Here are a just a few examples.
If that’s not enough choice for
you, there’s a whole new and
exciting range of design
opportunities awaiting you with
the introduction of our new
Sigma50 range. In addition to
the options shown on the
spread, you can now specify a
flush plate to even more closely
match your decorative scheme
by designing it yourself.
This is the very first range of
flush plates where you decide
Sigma10 – Black / gloss chrome / black Sigma10 – Gloss chrome / matt Sigma20 – White / matt chrome / Sigma50 – Smoked Glass Reflective Bolero – White Samba – Black Kappa20 – Matt Chrome Kappa50 – Matt Chrome
chrome / gloss chrome matt chrome
Sigma10 – Matt chrome / gloss Sigma20 – White / gold plated / white Sigma20 – Gloss chrome / matt Sigma50 – Pergamon Bolero – Black Tango – Gloss Chrome Kappa20 – White Kappa50 – White
chrome / matt chrome chrome / gloss chrome
Sigma10 – White / gloss chrome / white Sigma20 – Black / gloss chrome / black Sigma50 – White Sigma50 – Black Samba – Gloss Chrome Tango – Matt Chrome Kappa20 – Black Artline – Gloss Chrome
Sigma10 – White / gold plated / white Sigma20 – Matt chrome / gloss Sigma50 – Green Sanitised Bolero – Gloss Chrome Samba – Matt Chrome Tango – White Kappa20 – Pergamon Artline – Matt Chrome
chrome / matt chrome
Sigma10 – White / matt chrome / Sigma20 – White / gloss chrome / white Sigma50 – White with Ornament X Bolero – Matt Chrome Samba – White Kappa20 – Gloss Chrome Kappa50 – Gloss Chrome Artline – White
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