For friends of freestanding seamless monolithic baths made in steel-enamel, the company Bette from Delbrück in East Westphalia, Germany, has a special optical solution: some of the series are also available in the Bicolour version, that is, in two colours. The colour changes right at the transition point between bath rim and bath body, which gives even circular baths a straight lined character trait.
The bath core is in traditional pure white. There is a choice of matt or glossy black. And for those who prefer something more colourful there is a fresh violet. Whether white/black or white/violet, the result is a coloured contrast that has absolutely the right effect.
The colour play of the enamel occurs right on the top edge of the bath-body, suggesting a seam that isn’t actually there. Anyone who moves a finger along the transition to find the colour seam will seek in vain. The bath core and bath body are seamlessly welded together and then finished with the bicolour layer of enamel, the glaze.
“This bath flirts with an art that cannot be seen or felt,” says Thilo Pahl, managing director of this family company. By deliberately placing the transition point between the two colour variants at an edge, Bicolour emphasises the nature of this bath category. There is a purely visual enhancement of the character of the components that are seamlessly joined together to create a single piece.
The colour separation of the exterior and interior emphasises the physical aspect of these baths. The effect of the monolithic sculpture in steel-enamel is shown at its most effective by the deep, penetrating black as the counterpart to the pure white interior. The unusual version in white/violet shows the bath as a three-dimensional object with additional spatial refinement.
To repeat: the tub is enamelled; not lacquered. Bette is about to set new standards for freestanding baths with the development of this finishing technique. “Now we’re going one step further in the design,” explains Pahl. “Motivated by the material’s possibilities and inspired by the subject of colour change, we used the design playfully to add a new accent.” All six baths in the Silhouette line and the BetteOne Highline are available as Bicolour.