Let’s play. We’re out to build
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.
Mathias Knigge of grauwert, a consultancy for inclusive design, products and services, reports on the development of age-neutral solutions based on the Design for All concept.
At ISH 2017 in Frankfurt, he trend platform Pop up my Bathroom will be exploring the “Individual Bathroom”. Eight contemporary trends will be presented there and each one making the bathroom look completely different.
Washplaces for children should be functional, safe and easy to care for. And ideally, they should have warm, velvety finishes as well. That’s why Keramag uses the solid surface material Varicor for its play and wash landscapes.
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.
New requirements and usage possibilities call for more space in bathrooms. Because variable floor plans and innovative sanitaryware can keep users independent in the bathroom for as long as possible.
How will our bathroom change in the next 20 years? What can and may we expect from our bathroom in the future? Villeroy & Boch, Grohe and Matthias Horx's Zukunftsinstitut, dealt with these questions. This resulted in four visions that are based on the current mega-trends "Individualisation", "Health" "Neo-ecology" and "Connectivity".
There are places where life congregates: a crossroads during rush hour, a pub during a World Cup, the kitchen during parties. But by now it is time to embrace another hub of everyday life which, whilst it might not always be grand, is no less central and communication-friendly: the bathroom. Whether it is analogue or digital – the bathroom is increasingly becoming a nerve centre within our modern interiors.
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.
The dynamic development of the bathroom is being shaped by several trends at once. In particular, the bathroom is where the “Homing” and “Wellness” megatrends meet, leading to fundamental changes in the function and appearance of this space. Our bathrooms are increasingly coming to resemble small-scale wellness temples – with all the equipment that involves.
We're used to shutting the door behind ourselves when we go into the bathroom. Yet the notion of the bathroom as a place of retreat is a modern invention. Now that it has been upgraded to living space and a growing range of products for jointly used bathrooms is available, the space with the water connection is taking on a highly social dimension again: as a place of encounter.
Interior culture always adapts to the circumstances in society. And since our modern lifestyle is influenced by an increasing blurring of the borders between our private and social lives, more and more people are calling for less rigid ways of living. Thereby the bathroom is becoming cosier too. But there is still a huge gap between the desire for creative freedom and the practicable solutions. And that gap Burgbad wants to close.
Andreas Dornbracht is regarded as one of the most progressive thinkers in his industry. For a fittings and accessories manufacturer, the family company of the same name that he co-runs has provided an unusual amount of impetus for an integral approach to bathroom design. He also seems to want to help the industry progress towards a more holistic approach in his capacity as president of the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V., VDS), the umbrella organisation of the bathroom and sanitary sectors with member associations from industry, specialist wholesale and specialist trades. In the first part of this interview Dornbracht talks about demographic issues.