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Salone del Mobile: First Collection of Outdoor Saunas by Effe

Salone del Mobile: First Collection of Outdoor Saunas by Effe
Cabanon, the first-ever outdoor sauna by Effe. Courtesy of the brand.

New outdoor saunas designed by Rodolfo Dordoni and Michele Angelini for Italian brand Effe will be on the market by September 2022. They’ve also launched the new steam generator INSIDE.

During the Salone del Mobile 2022 event, Effe presented its latest and first-ever collection of outdoor saunas designed by Rodolfo Dordoni and Michele Angelini, with inspiration stemming from Le Corbusier’s cabin while capturing original spirit of the Finnish sauna, a separate building from the house which is often built by a lakeside at one with nature. The sauna is available in two models: a more traditional Garden version intended for gardens and larger spaces and the Terrace ideal for more urban settings, like penthouses and terraces.

Italian company Effe has been producing Finnish saunas since 1987 under the name Effegibi, later converted to Effe in 2019 when the brand sought to offer a well-rounded catalog of products that fit into its customizable concept for “Perfect Wellness” systems. Now, with Cabanon, Effe is branching out into wellness products for outdoor use.

“We had worked with Effe in the past,” Rodolfo Dordoni said in a press release, “and they came to us with the idea of a sauna that could be installed outside. We could draw on our experience for the actual design but, as it was a sauna, the most natural thing was to dig deep into our memories. The first thing that came to mind was beach huts, where warmth and nudity created a feeling of freedom that today we would call wellness. The Cabanon design is intended to be reminiscent not only of the shape of the hut but these feelings too.”

The fully enclosed Cabanon — in its 230×230 cm version or 160×160 one — has a deck on the entrance side which can be accessorized with curtains in a technical fabric for more privacy. The deck is made of WPC (wood plastic composite) boards, a latest-generation material for outdoor use that is pleasant to the touch, safe and hard-wearing. A hand-held shower with a flexible hose and pegs for bathrobes on the deck add a sophisticated yet practical touch to the feeling of pleasure and freedom of enjoying the benefits of an outdoor sauna.

As it is modular, the outdoor sauna is easy to transport and install. Its aluminum frame has been designed so the interior covering in wood and the external painted corrugated aluminum cladding can be fitted easily in the final stage of installation. Available in three colors – moss, brick and cement – they all have a matte finish and have been chosen to blend naturally into their surroundings, whether the sauna is installed in a more Nordic, Mediterranean or urban setting.

The Terrace version has a single door in toughened glass; the Garden version also features a symmetrical glass window opposite the door which channels light through the sauna, while the benches remain in the more hidden area for extra privacy.

The sauna has a 4.0 kW or 8.0 kW heater depending on its size, with a cover in the same color as the exterior corrugated cladding. The inside finishes can be in heat-treated aspen throughout or in a two-tone version with solid dark wood and heat-treated aspen. The warm LED lighting, placed between the bench and the walls, and the soft backlighting of the mirror give it a feeling of warmth and privacy, creating the ideal conditions in the winter when it is cold outside.

INSIDE steam generator, Another New Product by Effe for 2022

INSIDE is an innovative mini generator that is installed inside the Turkish bath. It is placed a couple of centimeters above the floor, ensuring a minimally intrusive presence. The controls on the top of the generator are in hard-wearing silicone rubber with icons to make it easy and intuitive to use. RGB LED lighting at the bottom adds the finishing touch, packing all the top-quality features of a professional Turkish bath into one small space: sophisticated steam distribution, controls and lighting. It comes in two versions: INSIDE GLASS and INSIDE CAMOUFLAGE. 

INSIDE GLASS has a standard back-painted white glass exterior, like all Effe panels and generators. Different colors are available and the glass can be screen-printed with the client’s brand upon request, even for small quantities, should hotels or resorts, for example, wish to include a private Turkish bath in their guest rooms. With INSIDE CAMOUFLAGE, the front of the generator can be clad in the same material as the walls of the Turkish bath, “camouflaging” it so it is almost invisible. 

As well as the Smart Boiler Cleaning and the Smart Water Flow functions (standard on all Effe steam generators) which dramatically reduce maintenance of the boiler and heating elements, INSIDE is the first Effe generator that allows users and maintenance staff to carry out cleaning by simply introducing regular citric acid directly into the boiler, so they do not have to call out a technician. The generator signals when this basic maintenance is needed.

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