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virtual spaces for the bathroom of tomorrow. 

The modern bathroom is a multifunctional place where elemental needs meet the desire for a little beauty in life, the desire for a sense of security and luxury. High-tech mingles with primordial naturalness, daily routines blend with cleansing rituals. United by design, materials, architecture. 

Pop up my Bathroom gives visions a place to unfold. A team of creatives, experts and trend researchers explores the possibilities that modern bathroom design holds for the bathroom culture of an individualistic society. We gather information, discuss tendencies, allow ideas to take experimental shape. With a realistic background, but with no real barriers. 

09/14

Interview with Kurt Merki Jr.: “Managing 'space' will become increasingly important in the future.”

With the Vero bathroom furniture collection for Duravit, Zurich-based designer Kurt Merki Jr. was breaking new ground. In the interview he talks among others about challenges and current developments in bathroom design. 

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09/14

24.9.2014: Off to the River on Sauna Day

Right on time for Sauna Day, the Emser Therme in Bad Ems has enhanced its spa complex with a first for Germany. The new highlight of the modern and attractive wellness centre is the first floating sauna on a river. The two saunas on the River Lahn were implemented by Klafs.  

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09/14

Bella Figura: High-end boutique hotel J.K. Place opens its first site in Rome

The J.K. Place has opened a 5-star establishment in the heart of Rome. Baths and shower surfaces from Kaldewei are about to underline its exclusive interior design concept in the bathrooms. 

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09/14

Grohe: A room with a view - atop a harbour crane

The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in Amsterdam offers an unforgettable hotel experience. An old harbor crane incorporated three suites, all in their very own design. In the bathroom, the sanitary expert Grohe ensured a harmonious ambiance. 

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09/14

Handmade in Germany - an International Touring Exhibition of German Manufactories

On 19th September 2014 it’s “Cast off!” for the International Exhibition Tour “Handmade in Germany”. The design exhibition of 100 important German manufacturers is starting its 15-station world tour. On board für the sanitary industry: Franz Kaldewei GmbH & Co. KG and Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG 

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08/14

A paradigm change in design: New washbasin bowls made of SaphirKeramik from Laufen

With its delicate Saphir-bowls in the architectural Design, the Swiss bathroom specialist, Laufen, is revolutionising the design demands on ceramic washbasins. The extremely thin-walled and delicate design of the washbasin bowls was made possible by the use of the new SaphirKeramik from Laufen.  

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08/14

Lighting solutions concealed in the walls

Simple lighting units smoothed flush into plasterboard as concealed lighting elements - with this idea Georg Bechter wants to bath the room in light. With Verve light and wall become one. 

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08/14

Living 2.0: Duravit supports pioneering example of sustainable student housing

Cubity, developed by Darmstadt University of Technology, is the first energy-plus student housing in the world, offering individual living space with a footprint of just 16 x 16 metres. Duravit supports this innovative project as a forward-looking approach to sustainable living. 

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07/14

Functionality in the most restricted spaces

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. 

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06/14

meTime_spa by Keuco: Versatility in front of and in the wall

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.  

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06/14

Bette: solutions for a bespoke bathroom

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. 

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06/14

Designer Portrait Oliver Conrad: The Multitalented All-Rounder

These are good times for a crossover player: born in New York in 1962, Oliver Conrad is a craftsman, architect, producer, entrepreneur and designer. After training as a carpenter, he graduated in architecture and subsequently focused on various architectural projects. Then, in 1990, the "Oliver Conrad Collection" was launched – a furniture line that has been selling successfully ever since.  

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05/14

Designer Portrait Michael Schmidt: Bathrooms for Everyone

Michael Schmidt is a successful designer and networker. He enjoys bringing the right people together to get new projects off the ground. He lives in Stuttgart (Germany) and runs there a studio with the name code2design. 

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05/14

Nexus Product Design: Making Space Physical

Ulli Finkeldey and Kai Uetrecht think in systems and believe in the big picture. Under the name Nexus Product Design they are active in many different fields. But in view of the wide variety products they have created for the sanitary sector, the duo can certainly be regarded as specialists for this segment.  

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05/14

The Gritti Palace in Venice: Hotel icon lets guests bathe in luxury

The Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice is a five-star establishment of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Luxury Collection. Matching the stylish design of the guest rooms, the bathrooms of the hotel are furnished with baths made of steel enamel by Kaldewei. 

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05/14

Designer Portrait EOOS: The Storymakers

EOOS is active in the fields of furniture, product and shop design. And even when Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl have very different characters, they have one thing in common: For the Viennese trio, design is a poetic discipline and a cultural service to society. 

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05/14

Better Bathrooms

For today, what used to be the epitome of run-of-the-mill design no longer seems to fit into any neat category: the bathroom. It unites more functions than virtually any other area of the home. Therefore waterproof lounge furniture, parquet and wall plaster, rain shower and fireplace all have to be reconciled with one another. 

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    04/14

    Vero by Duravit – pure elegance, fair and square

    Cinema screen or computer monitor, fridge or milk carton, a room, a table, the morning paper: our world is inconceivable without the rectangle. Perhaps this is why we are so attracted to Vero: the forms of this ceramic range are entirely restricted to the rectangle. After 12 years of success, Duravit’s Vero range has been extended by a furniture collection. 

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    03/14

    Koralle: floor-level shower partition in floating design

    Generously dimensioned floor-level shower solutions are important for the design of a barrier-free bathroom. With the floor-level shower partition range Koralle S600 showering areas can be adapted and aesthetically designed to fit in with different room layouts - with seemingly floating sliding doors. 

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      03/14

      Villeroy & Boch: New light functions for mirrors and mirror cabinets

      Light is indispensible to well-being. No wonder that lamps and lighting systems are becoming ever more sophisticated. The correct illumination is crucial not just at the workplace but also in the private sphere. This is particularly true in the bathroom, which is increasingly used not only as a functional room for personal body care but also as a place of relaxation and revitali-sation. 

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      03/14

      So close to heaven: Casa de La Flora in Khao Lak

      Heavenly blue skies, fine sand and warm light: Casa de La Flora is located in a place where the sun, beach and sea appear to be as one. The 36 cubic villas that make up this pristine resort blend in seamlessly with their natural surroundings, offering paradisical luxury on the coast of Thailand. In the bathroom products from Duravit are about to contribute to the relaxation. 

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      03/14

      Dornbracht’s MEM now in copper

      Eleven years after the introduction of MEM in 2003, Dornbracht wants to beam the iconic fitting series with a new glow. With 'Cyprum' the German Manufacturer has created a finish in pink gold made with 18-carat gold and copper. Furthermore Dornbracht has reviewed MEM’s formal aesthetic elements and added products to the series.  

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      03/14

      High-contrast bathroom design

      It is well known that opposites attract. And so even in interior design the classic colour contrast black and white continues to reinvent itself again and again. In the bathroom for example with products of the manufacturer Duravit. 

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      03/14

      Cooperation: KWC and Falper aim to create a Swiss-Italian feel-good ambience for the private spa

      Showering and bathing refresh both body and soul. But besides the water ritual itself, the setting can have a positive impact on our mood as well. Often the interplay between different elements is used to create a special atmosphere. That's exactly what the cooperation between Swiss fittings manufacturer KWC and Italian designer label Falper aims to demonstrate. 

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      02/14

      Bathroom trends in modern home worlds – an interview with designer Michael Lammel

      Michael Lammel, managing director of the Aachen-based design company NOA, and his team have investigated the impact of global social trends on the layout of modern residential buildings. In the interview the designer talks about the results of his research. 

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