Hygiene now big factor for designers, says Grohe

Grohe has reported a large rise in demand for touchless taps in the wake of the coronavirus situation.

The company says that, with the pandemic pushing the everyday necessity of hand washing into the spotlight, products which promote hygiene are increasing in sales.

Phil Dixon, head of e-commerce at Grohe UK, said: “From the start of 2020, we have seen extraordinary demand for our touchless sensor products, achieving significant year-on-year growth. In these challenging times, people are looking for new technologies to bring improved hygiene and convenience into daily life.

“Now with the emergence of the coronavirus crisis, we are preparing to see unprecedented demand from homes and businesses alike in the coming months as we all prepare for post-lockdown life. Alongside our touchless taps, we are also expecting to see a spike in the shower toilet sector.”

Grohe also said that the design community is considering how hygiene will come to the fore in the interior spaces of the future.

Coen van Oostrom, founder and CEO of EDGE, a company that specialises in developing a new generation of buildings that focus on the health of people and the planet, predicts that new health measures will play a key role in a new generation of workplaces.

“Together with sustainability, health will define the way we build and design homes, offices and places where people meet,” he said. “Touchless products and speech-driven technology will play a key role in making healthy and safe offices. Consumers will want to minimise contact to surfaces as much as possible”.

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