This summer is a hot one. We’re desperate
to cool off – in the sea, a crystal-clear mountain lake or the sauna. Sauna? That’s right –
because if you want to cool down, there’s nothing like working up a sweat first.
Speaker Elisabeth Endres understands "low-tech" less in the
sense of "no tech" than in the sense of robustness against uncertain
boundary conditions and develops strategies between passive and active
components in the building design.
The Condensed Bathroom provides the essence of modern bathroom culture in a compact space: when it comes to the ideal bathroom for urban areas and a target audience that wants to live where the action is without missing out on anything, this could well be the face of the future.
First indications reveal which colours will immerse our homes in a new light in the near future. With accents ranging from watermelon through flamingo and golden yellow through sand, the coming season promises warm, vibrantly coloured impressions.
When it comes to new bathroom furniture, the free-standing bathtub is right at the top of the wish list. There is hardly another bathroom product with such a lasting effect on the room. The trend towards the free-standing tub is now also catching on in renovations.
The bathroom certainly has its fair share of quiet and invisible heroes: water disappears into the wall, the heavy sheets of glass surrounding the level access shower seem to be magically suspended in space and fittings look like power outlets.
The transformation of the bathroom from a purely functional area to one's own private spa continues apace. The trend for a cosy ambiance in the bathroom also drives new materials to be developed for its interior construction.
Separate bathrooms for the children, parents and grandparents: Even if you can’t afford this luxury, you can have products suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes – and which are flexible, comfortable and chic.
Nowadays many people like to listen easily and quick to their favourite music – also at home in their own four walls. Häfele’s sound products are quick and easy to fit and can be installed either visibly or invisibly in nearly all types of furniture.
Villeroy & Boch has developed solutions for the healthcare and nursing sector to combine barrier-free functionality with comfort and design: The O.novo Vita and Omnia Architectura Vita collections are contemporary in design and comply with the standard DIN 18040 for barrier- free construction.
Guest bathrooms have become an established part of modern life. Nearly half of all German households have such a bathroom, and they are seen as essential when planning new homes. Cubbyholes that used to house the vacuum cleaner, toilet paper and other odds and ends have been transformed into imaginatively individual oases of well-being.
With meTime_spa Keuco presents an elegant kind of concealed thermostat for the shower and bath, with lots of shelf space and its own unique design. Large format glass plates in two sizes add colourful accents in a matt or lustred finish. The special coating on the glass surface allows water droplets to simply roll off.
For steel enamel specialists Bette, made-to-measure bathroom items are by no means unfamiliar territory. Nowadays, about half of all the tubs, shower trays and washbasins that leave the factory are individual, made-to-order solutions. For both the bathroom planner and the end customer, this opens up totally new perspectives for bathroom design: a customised bathtub or cut-off corners that allow enough space for the bathroom door to swing open are just as feasible as an upstand that makes a silicone seal along the edge of the tub superfluous.
Time is luxury, and luxury is for enjoying. That applies also to the hours of intimacy and regeneration we spend in the bathroom. Which is why we are equipping it with wall units, seat cushions, warm materials and bathroom furnishings that show barely a trace of their proximity to water.