Black looks great with white. This simple truth applies equally well to the substance and design of modern architecture and puristic styling as it does to the male sense of what constitutes a pleasing aesthetic. As a result, the black trend currently taking hold in interior design is particularly likely to appeal to men. Especially when combined with the concrete and metal look that’s so popular right now – even in the bathroom. Open to a variety of interpretations – from rustic all the way to elegant – this on-trend colour features prominently in the portfolio of bathroom furniture specialist Burgbad: in almost every collection, customers can choose from a wide selection of finishes ranging from matt black and black oak all the way to black high gloss.
Burgbad likes to fathom the depths of different tastes that go beyond the usual norms, breaking with conventions that have settled on out of habit. For if the truth be told, men’s enthusiasm for the decorative details and harmonious tone-on-tone arrangements that women are so apt to choose when designing their personal wellness oasis is generally rather limited. But because they still regard the bathroom as the woman’s territory, they usually let her call the shots in this particular domain. In fact, most men are far more likely to feel at home in surroundings dominated by straightforwardness, clear-cut contours and contrasts: black on white, wood and metal, round on square.
Reducing our complex world to fundamental, manageable structures is a tried and tested survival strategy that provides aesthetic orientation as well. This puristic approach finds expression in the kind of clear, unpretentious interior design that can be implemented perfectly with Burgbad’s rc40 system. With just a few fascinating accents like an attractive lamp or a gleaming surface with a piano-like finish, it can be used to create a luxurious bathroom ambiance more or less anywhere, even in a garage. For many men, who love to combine the practical with the comfortable wherever they happen to be and hate being hampered by technical obstacles that sounds like the definition of a dream come true.
So why not design a different kind of bathroom for a change? The complete modules of rc40 can be installed more or less anywhere – even in the middle of the room. Because by integrating the pre-wall and installation systems, the furniture range merges with the sanitary technology to form a single structural unit. The furniture is constructed on a steel skeleton and serves as the base unit, back panel, superstructure, side wall or countertop for the bathtub, washbasin, wall-mounted toilet – or even just the mirror. On top of that, the system offers a host of practical benefits such as ample, well-structured storage space, extremely variable dimensions and intelligent optional extras like the Crono storage door cabinet, which fits in seamlessly with the rc40 bathroom. Here, anyone can be his own architect.
Clever high-tech features also have a lot of sex appeal where men are concerned. In this case, burgbad has added a futuristic detail to the surface of its countertop, combining an attractive appearance and pleasant feel with some extremely practical and easy-care characteristics. The surface is extremely matt, there are no telltale fingerprints and it forgives mistakes. Minor scratches, for instance, can, according to the manufacturer, quite literally be “ironed out”. While normal soiling can be removed with a microfiber cloth or a magic sponge eraser, heat treatment with an iron placed on top of a damp cloth should make the “self-healing” countertop look like new again. And it’s all thanks to an innovative nanotech material. The special panel used by burgbad consists of latest-generation synthetic resins, is hardened in an EBC manufacturing process and is exceptionally resistant not just to chemicals and water but to wear and tear as well.
Virile aesthetics are very popular right now – and not only with men. Whether it’s a natural need or a learned cliché: men have their own tastes, geared towards projecting a strong profile by means of idiosyncrasies, contradictions and the occasional eccentric statement. Accordingly, men are willing to take chances when it comes to interior design as well. They couldn’t care less about boring harmony. Instead, they play with technology, like things to be neat and appreciate luxury where they need it: a comfortable tub or a spacious shower; a big washbasin without unnecessary frills, a decent mirror and perfect lighting. In addition, a cabinet where you can store your stuff and find it again when you need it. That’s all it takes. And if there’s a nice soft carpet underfoot, nothing else matters, right?