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Ambiance Tuning Technique by Dornbracht: Horizontal Shower expands the showering experience.

Iserlohn / Basel At Swissbau 2012 in Basel (January 17-21, 2012), kitchen and bathroom fittings manufacturer Dornbracht presented an expansion of the groundbreaking shower technology Ambiance Tuning Technique with the addition of a new application: the Horizontal Shower. With the Horizontal Shower, for the first time, showering with the Ambiance Tuning Technique can be enjoyed lying down. With this new technology, Dornbracht is expanding the vertical showering experience. The addition of a horizontal counterpart fulfils the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience. With this application, Dornbracht is once again setting a trend in the shower area.

"With Horizontal Shower, we are transporting the showering experience into a new dimension," notes CEO Andreas Dornbracht.” The result is total relaxation, the kind only experienced by someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melts away, everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized."

The Horizontal Shower included six WaterBars that are recessed in a wide-area shower field located above a recliner. Just like the other applications in the Ambiance Tuning Technique various flow types can be combined, using preprogrammed choreographies of water temperature and quantity, to create the balanced, invigorating or relaxing shower experience the user seeks. The shower is controlled using the central eTool controls integrated in the head area of the recliner, making it convenient to operate while lying down. The user can enjoy the Horizontal Shower lying on his or her stomach or back and the recliner surface itself is heatable. The Horizontal Shower can be used both in private and public spas.

As applications, the Horizontal and Vertical Showers are the architectural expression of a new, self-aware approach to life, an approach that seeks opportunities for a return to a decelerated and hence healthier everyday life. The aim is to use a variety of avenues to harmonize body, mind and soul with one another once again, creating a more relaxed approach to the hectic pace of life.

The Horizontal Shower combines modular components of the Ambiance Tuning Technique with WaterBar water outlets. With this combination, different types of water presentation can be staged in three scenarios.

Scenario 1: Balancing
The water massage progresses around the body with alternating rain showers (33-38 °C) and variable water flow. Beginning at the shoulders and the soles of the feet and converging at the body's midsection, a stroking massage is experienced, lying on one’s stomach. The result is a gentle caressing of the body by the water, with a wonderfully equilibrating effect.

Scenario 2: Energizing
In the same reclining position (on the stomach), this scenario is extremely invigorating with a cascade-style water delivery. The water is sprayed in varying and opposing directions across the entire back, from the shoulders to the soles of the feet. Fine water jets are followed by an intensely beating rain sensation, which is then followed again by fine water jets. The sequence is enhanced by several changes in the water temperature (33-38 °C).

Scenario 3: De-Stressing
This scenario is enjoyed lying on one's back. The sprinkling of water is unchanging, progressing from the shoulders to the feet. Changing water temperatures and volumes create a noticeably wave-like, sweeping water flow for gentle relaxation.

About the Ambiance Tuning Technique
With the Ambiance Tuning Technique, Dornbracht has created a new form of shower experience. For the first time, various flow types can be combined with preprogrammed choreographies of water temperature and quantity to enrich individual bathing rituals. The three scenarios, Balancing, Energizing and De-Stressing, stimulate the three human dimensions: body, mind and soul. Each of the scenarios works so individually with the power and soul of water via the JustRain, WaterSheet and WaterBar outlets, that every user can influence their own mood. The outlets can be combined in a variety of ways within the system’s architecture and thus allow for the individual planning and configuration of shower applications.

The Ambiance Tuning Technique was developed by Dornbracht as part of the "Transforming Water" concept and was first presented at SHK Essen 2010.

For more about the Ambiance Tuning Technique in the Web special: www.dornbracht.com/transforming-water

About Dornbracht
Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Iserlohn, is a globally active family-run manufacturer of high-quality fittings and accessories for bathrooms and kitchens. Highly-qualified employees and the most modern production technologies guarantee the highest manufacturing quality. Dornbracht continually strives for progress in the areas of technology and production with the goal of being the leading innovators in the sector. Dornbracht regularly receives international design awards for its product designs and is also distinguished by its long-term commitment to cultural endeavors since 1996. Since 2006, the bathroom and kitchen edition of the "Dornbracht - the SPIRIT of WATER" publication has been regularly released, a publication which expresses Dornbracht's vision as a company with cultural relevance and reflects the broad spectrum of the Dornbracht brand. Between being a magazine and a catalogue, the publication documents the combination of inspiration, dialogue and innovation that distinguishes thought and work at Dornbracht.

Further information on Dornbracht and Dornbracht products as well as digital press releases are available on the internet at www.dornbracht.com or from the Dornbracht Press Office: Meiré und Meiré, Nora Niemeier / Burcu Güvenc, Lichtstr. 26-28, 50825 Cologne, T. +49(0)221 57770- 507 / -432,, Email: n.niemeier@meireundmeire.de / b.guevenc@meireundmeire.de. Your contact at Dornbracht: Bettina Arzt / Nadine Piepenstock, Köbbingser Mühle 6, 58640 Iserlohn, T. +49(0)2371 433-2130 / -2119, Email: barzt@dornbracht.de / npiepenstock@dornbracht.de.

01_HorizontalShower The Horizontal Shower allows daylight to gently penetrate the Private Spa through a perforated brass partition, bringing nature inside.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
02_HorizontalShower With the Horizontal Shower, for the first time, showering with Ambiance Tuning Technique can be enjoyed lying down. With this new technology, Dornbracht is expanding the vertical showering experience. The addition of a horizontal counterpart fulfils the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
03_HorizontalShower Six WaterBars, which span the large area of the Horizontal Shower, are recessed above the recliner area.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
04_HorizontalShower Scenario 1: Balancing. The water massage progresses around the body with alternating rain showers (33-38 °C) and variable water flows. Beginning at the shoulders and the soles of the feet and converging at the body's midsection, a stroking massage is experienced, lying on one’s stomach. The result is a gentle caressing by the water, with a wonderfully equilibrating effect.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
05_HorizontalShower Scenario 2: Energizing. With a cascade-style water delivery, this scenario is extremely invigorating. The water springs forth from different and opposite directions. Fine water jets are followed by an intensely beating rain sensation, which is then followed again by fine water jets. This sequence is enhanced by several changes in the water temperature (33-38 °C).

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
06_HorizontalShower The Horizontal Shower allows complete relaxation - the kind only experienced when lying down. Any tension in the head and muscles melts away and everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
07_HorizontalShower The user can enjoy the Horizontal Shower lying on his or her stomach or back. The Horizontal Shower can be used both in private and public spas.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht