Showering Perfection

Published: Fri 20 Feb 2015 09:48 AM
Showering Perfection
If showering is the only ten minutes of the day that you get to yourself, then you want it to be perfection.
Methven – New Zealand’s global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware for over 125 years – has developed a pioneering technology called Aurajet™, with a breath-taking new design that defies convention. Its breakthrough spray technology is designed to deliver superior spray coverage, more force, better nerve stimulation and ultimately, the world’s most luxurious showering experience.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in New Zealand since 1886, Methven’s award-winning, showering technology comes with a lifetime guarantee. The company’s expertise in hydrodynamics is acknowledged around the world and its latest innovation – which follows significant research into consumer showering preferences – is no different, taking the science of showering to the next level.
“We are so proud to announce the launch of Aurajet™ today. Our engineers designed the new halo-shaped showerhead so that hidden nozzles generate individual jets of water that collide against precisely-angled surfaces, creating a stunning fan of luxuriously dense droplets,” says Methven Group CEO, David Banfield. “Consumer and customer reaction during testing around the world has been phenomenal,” he says.
“With each hidden surface set at a different angle, we have been able to produce a wide, even shower spray with no gaps and enhanced droplet density. This is precision engineering genius,” he says.
Aurajet™ delivers up to 20% more total spray force and double the water coverage on the skin than conventional showers – yet uses as little water as nine litres per minute, continuing Methven’s commitment to savings on water and energy bills for consumers without compromising the shower experience.
Mr Banfield says that Methven has integrated its ground-breaking Aurajet™ technology into a new shower collection, Aio. Incorporating high-end aesthetics and materials, Aio uses intriguing contours and a modern minimalist composition throughout the range, whilst the handset employs a unique style-defining ‘halo’ shape which is the centrepiece of any bathroom.
A range of beautiful Aio taps, made from lead-free Eco Brass®, will complement the new Aurajet™ shower range.
“We continue to set industry standards for New Zealand, and are the first to use Eco Brass® in our tapware range here. This revolutionary, high-quality, high-strength material is lead and heavy metal free, preserving water quality for both consumption and bathing,” says Mr. Banfield.
Thousands of hours of research into consumer preferences has provided inspiration for the Aurajet™ design, and Methven is taking that focus one step further by providing a beautiful choice of face plate colours to match every bathroom. “We have aligned with Pantone, the worldwide leading experts in colour, to present limited-edition colour variants for the Aio shower range each year,” says Mr. Banfield. “The colours options will be updated each year to ensure we’re at the forefront of leading design trends, but the classic chrome and white versions will remain a constant, offering enduring designs that will never date,” he says.
The introduction of Aurajet™ technology into the market firmly cements Methven’s place as a global industry leader in shower innovation. Of the five global shower spray technologies available to consumers, Methven now owns the patents to two – Satinjet and Aurajet™.
“In our increasingly hectic lives, the bathroom is the one place where we can retreat and take time out. We wanted to create a new shower that looks beautiful and gives a blissful, luxurious experience unlike any other available on the market.
“We think Aurajet™ will go down as one of the most significant developments in shower design and technology in history,” says Banfield.

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