Reviewed by Emma Salmon
Spirella is Europe’s leading designer of bathroom accessories. For over 50 years they have specialised in exclusive annual collections of modern and innovative design for the contemporary commercial and private markets.
Based in Switzerland, they pride themselves in their sleek modern products, and the collection I received certainly lived up to the promise.
The Darwin Collection comprises of 4 stand-alone pieces – a soap dish, a liquid soap dispenser, a toothbrush mug and a toilet brush and holder. The heavy quality stoneware is finished with a hammered burnished copper glaze giving a high quality metallic feel. The pieces are sturdy and functional and would complement a modern or rustic bathroom – especially if you were lucky enough to have a copper bath! They set off an oak shelf beautifully, with candles reflecting nicely in the copper surface.
The soap dish is designed with a channel in the base to prevent the soap getting wet and soggy when not in use, which is a well thought out idea. The soap dispenser was a little tricky to get the top back on straight, but only took a couple of attempts. It has a brushed chrome dispensing top which I liked. The only criticism I have would be that the brushed finish of the soap dispenser does not match the polished finish of the chrome handle on the toilet brush – a small oversight in design continuity. The toilet brush comes in 3 parts and needs assembly, but this was simple and straightforward. The brush itself sits inside a plastic liner, which is easily removed for hygienic cleaning. The brush is compact and made of stiff bristles which are effective and simple to clean. The toothbrush cup completes the set, again with a drainage channel built in.
The items come with a 2 year guarantee, which should add confidence that they are unlikely to break if dropped – always a concerned with ceramic products in a house with young children. They are priced competitively, with each item retailing between £9.95 – £31.95. The price belies the quality, as they look and feel as if they would cost far more than this. If you are looking for a quick and simple way to add a bit of glamour to your bathroom I would recommend checking out this brand.
RRP: £9.95 to £31.95
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