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.
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.
Using new technologies, multi-sensory solutions and diverse, attractive and ergonomic styling Grohe showers are about to convert the formerly purely functional bathroom into a personal feel-good oasis. Let us get an a journey through time and look back over some of the important steps in the development of the shower manufacturer.
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.
With two new variations of its single basins, Dornbracht extends the range of the usages for the Water Units in the kitchen. They supplement the synchronised complete packages of Dornbracht sinks and fittings.
Reduced, architectural design is becoming increasingly popular in the bathroom. And this is not surprising, since it is both timeless and modern. However, with the Happy D.2 complete bathroom series by Sieger Design, Duravit is about to show that this and soft lines are not mutually exclusive.
At the tile thickness, a distinction has to be made between normal (8 to 11 mm), extra thick (12 mm and more for industrial and commercial areas) and thin tiles (8 mm and less). The latter has been a frequently discussed subject at special interest magazines and trade fairs again and again in the last years.
Every restaurateur and facility operator knows the problem: especially in restaurants, sport and leisure facilities or large-scale event venues, toilets that have to deal with a high volume of traffic usually have an "indoor climate" that is anything but inviting. And the less-than-ideal deodoriser blocks in little plastic sieves that are placed in the urinals tend to come across as decidedly unaesthetic "foreign bodies", especially in sanitary facilities with an otherwise upmarket design.
Hygiene and economic efficiency are important factors for urinal installations. A distinctive design, however, also contributes to the value of the sanitary equipment and fosters careful treatment on the part of the user. With "Ambition E", fittings specialist Schell intends to point the way in purist design for sensor-controlled urinal flush fittings.
With its new Idealrain shower series, Ideal Standard is aiming to cater specifically to consumers’ individual needs and wants. According to an internal study, showering – like taking a bath – is very much an individual experience that everybody wants to enjoy in his own favourite way.
The days are gradually getting shorter and the Indian summer is just around the corner. Whereas summer is a time for active leisure pursuits, autumn is a good opportunity to withdraw to the cosy atmosphere of one’s own four walls again. Relaxation and regeneration are the order of the day. Wellness enthusiasts, for instance, are often big fans of floating, an activity familiar from hotels and thermal spas. Anyone who wants to let his worries float away at home can now enjoy this particularly relaxing experience in his own bathroom: the Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water.
The trend in bathrooms is towards generously sized showers and with shower trays that are flush with the floor. Besides an enjoyable shower experience, comfort and safety are of prime importance. With the fittings and accessories of the Plan and Elegance series, Keuco offers functional and aesthetic solutions that should help to make the everyday shower a special moment of well-being.
The bathroom specialist Sanipa has introduced a number of extensions and updates to their bathroom furniture series 2morrow. With the extension of the furniture range and colours, the programme is being modernised to reflect contemporary trends and market developments, ensuring satisfaction for customers.
In recent years, the bathroom has become increasingly important as a living area. With its Delos range of bathroom furniture, Duravit wants to contribute to this trend. The reduced design brings new lightness into the bathroom.
The enamelled shower floor panel “Design-Studie 20122” by Kaldewei in steel enamel blends with the bathroom floor in a harmonious balance, uninterrupted by an outlet, which is discreetly integrated in the wall. With this innovation Kaldewei wants to enable bathroom designers to devise new, aesthetic design concepts for floor-level shower areas.
Seamless walls and floors not only make it easier to spring clean or renovate the bathroom, kitchen and entrance areas. Thanks to the new PUR-Loft coating technology, they can also be used to create flowing transitions and a consistent overall look in the interior and outdoor areas as well. A patchwork of rooms with different wall and floor coverings can thus be transformed into an aesthetically appealing residential or business unit.
With their Horizontal Shower, fittings manufacturer Dornbracht present for the first time showering in a horizontal way. With this technique Dornbracht wants to fulfill the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience in order to set a new trend in the shower area.
Has the obligatory club bed linen started to get boring? Your wife doesn’t fancy your fan pyjamas? And the Christmas tree balls, towel and candles in your favourite club’s colours don’t harmonise with the furnishings? For FC Barcelona fans there’s now an elegant solution – at least for the bathroom: Fittings by sanitaryware manufacturer Hansa engraved with the club logo of the star Spanish team transform your washbasin into a one-off fan experience.
Keuco’s new Edition 11 mirror cabinets - at the heart of the furnishing concept Edition 11 for superior interior design are the storage space solutions measuring between 70 mm and 280 cm coordinating with the extensive furniture and washbasin range. The mirror cabinet Edition 11 thus offers optimal freedom when it comes to planning.
What should a bathroom look like? The standard array of shower or tub, toilet and basin, a mirror above it and maybe a little cupboard over there... all in a nice straight line up against the wall? That’s all in the past. But the bathroom’s shift in meaning, away from pure practicality and towards more ambience and cosiness, still has to find suitable forms of expression.