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Wash basin - 'Barbican' hand rinse basin (model 14008)
  • 'Barbican' hand rinse basin (model 14008)
    Hohmann, Michael L Michael Hohmann
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'Barbican' hand rinse basin (model 14008)

  • Object:

    Wash basin

  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca.1967 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hohmann, Michael L Michael Hohmann (designer)
    Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (designer)
    Twyfords (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ceramant vitreous ceramic

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The 'Barbican' hand rinse basin (model 14008) was designed by Michael Hohmann in conjunction with architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bonn, for the residential flats in the Barbican. It won the Design Centre Award in 1966. The minimum-projection basin was designed for the Barbican because no square basin to fit with the wall tiles was available. Hohmann worked for Chamberlin, Powell and Bonn architects from 1961 to 1969, and was in charge of detail design for the Barbican's residential buildings.

Manufactured by Twyfords from Ceramant vitreous ceramic with a square form, the 'Barbican' hand rinse basin was designed to be recessed into the wall. It featured concealed supply pipes, a soap dish with large dimples, and a toilet roll holder underneath the soap dish. Water was discharged as a fine spray through a hot and cold mixer fitting. The 'Barbican' hand rinse basin was available with fittings on the left or right, and in white or Twyfords' five standard colours.

Physical description

'Barbican' hand rinse basin (model 14008), made from white 'Ceramant' vitreous ceramic with metal taps and hot and cold mixer fitting. Below the taps, a dimpled soap dish is integrated into the square form of the basin.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (manufactured)


ca.1967 (manufactured)


Hohmann, Michael L Michael Hohmann (designer)
Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (designer)
Twyfords (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Ceramant vitreous ceramic


Height: 16 in, Width: 20 in, Depth: 8 ¾ in, Height: 406 mm, Width: 508 mm, Depth: 203 mm

Descriptive line

'Barbican' hand rinse basin, 'Ceramant' vitreous ceramic, manufactured by Twyfords, designed by Michael Hohmann and Chamberlin, Powell and Bon architects, ca.1967.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

British design 1948-2012: innovation in the modern age (London: V&A, 2012). Catalogue to accompany the exhibition held 31 March-12 August 2012 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Ceramic; Material


Ceramics; Design Council Award Winner; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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