Service News 20.04.2023 | Trends 2023: The bathroom as a living area and feel-good room
• Natural, high-quality materials such as ceramics, wood and natural stone define the interior with their pleasant feel
• No-fuss design meets round forms
• Outstanding bathroom design for rooms of any size
• Sustainability: durable, water-saving, and recyclable products
• Design and technical features ensure enhanced hygiene in the bathroom
The bathroom is no longer merely a place for the daily care and health routine. It has become a place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life where you can feel at ease, unwind, and be at one with yourself. In the same way as the kitchen has converged with the living room, the bathroom is now becoming one with the bedroom. Room boundaries become fluid with the washing area and bathtub located in the center of the bedroom, for instance, with only the toilet being physically separated. Floating spaces work because sanitary objects are now designed and installed like furniture – as decorative standalone features made from natural materials such as ceramics, wood, and natural stone with a look and feel that creates a sense of sanctuary.
The bathroom as a living area
Not only are contemporary bathrooms being designed in an increasingly homely style in terms of their sanitary objects and bathroom furniture, but furnishings, lamps, textiles, and accessories are increasingly finding their way into this corner of the home. Forms and materials combine with calming beige and brown tones to create a cozy ambience - enhanced with plants that accentuate the space and ensure a pleasant room climate. Inspiration from nature in interior design are hallmarks of Scandinavian design and Japanese aesthetics in particular. The Zencha bathroom collection from Duravit brings these two concepts into harmony. Designer Sebastian Herkner crafted the sanitary objects and bathroom furniture from natural materials such as ceramics, wood, and textured glass. While the modular storage furniture with its delicate edges and shadow gaps exudes a more austere look, the freestanding bathtub gives the impression of a large trough that culminates in a graceful edge with a gentle outward curve. Duravit’s White Tulip bathroom collection features organic forms combined with furniture in natural solid wood surfaces and high-gloss or satin-matt lacquers to create harmony and softness in the interior. Designed by Philippe Starck, the forms of the sanitary objects, faucets, and furniture are reminiscent of the silhouette of a tulip in bloom.
Light also influences our wellbeing and creates a positive mood in a room. With the new Vitrium for Duravit collection, Designer Christian Werner shows how well-placed illumination can transform the bathroom into a genuine living space. Back-lit, translucent fronts made from PARSOL glass lend the furniture a light, almost floating impression, bring warmth into the interior, and invoke memories of an open fire.
Inspiration from nature is a trend that is here to stay in interior design. As a material, wood has surfaces that are appealing to the touch as well as aesthetic and tactile qualities that make it suited to a natural furnishing style like almost no other material. Wood is also an established feature of the bathroom. For instance, the fronts of the console vanity units in the Vitrium by Christian Werner bathroom range are available in wood as well as glass panels and a range of décor finishes.
In D-Neo, Belgian designer Bertrand Lejoly has also created a complete bathroom range that offers no-fuss vanity units and semi-tall cabinets in a range of oak and walnut furniture finishes.
Natural stone is also undergoing a renaissance as a natural material. The striking marbling, fascinating inclusions, tactile surfaces, and countless color nuances of granite, quartzite, and marble exude a unique aura. Duravit now also offers natural stone for the first time as part of the new Qatego collection from Studio F. A. Porsche. The designers have combined ceramic above-counter basins with solid stone panels made from Carrara marble, Travertine, and Pietra Lavica, which can optionally be mounted on the wall or a console unit. Each of the natural stone panels used is a unique piece, which is expressed through the varied shimmering colors and veining. As well as the aesthetic benefits such as tactile surfaces and an attractive patina, it is the durability of natural stone that makes it so suited to everyday bathroom use.
Small and tasteful
Similarly, increasing numbers of manufacturers now offer not only sanitary objects, but also furniture in reduced dimensions so that even bathrooms with compact measurements can easily be transformed into living spaces. After all, bathrooms in large cities are often only a few square meters in size. The Vitrium range from Duravit is ideal for small rooms. Its most striking design feature is the reduced furniture depth of just 42 or 48 centimeters, with the round above-counter basin slightly protruding above the furniture edge. Similarly, a uniform design language across a range of elements helps create a generous sense of space in a small bathroom – Vitrium’s mirrors come in rectangular or round versions or alternatively as a mirrored cabinet, which is also available as a built-in version. Storage furniture, mirrored cabinets and washbasins with storage space also play their part in maintaining order in the bathroom. On Bento by Philippe Starck, the clean, clearly structured washing areas with their intelligent subdivision of dry and wet areas afford a wide range of individual design options. All personal care products and accessories can be placed within easy reach.
When everything has a place, then visual calm is also ensured. Free surfaces can then accommodate eye-catching decorative pieces such as jewelry boxes, vases, and bowls.
Thinking and acting in a sustainable manner has always been important at Duravit – not least when it comes to timelessly designed products made from high-quality and durable materials. Duravit also offers a range of bathroom solutions that consume less water than conventional ones or are made from sustainable materials. Sustano is a good example: the first ever recyclable shower tray to be marketed is a coup from the German manufacturer. Made from the sustainable mineral material DuroCast Nature, it not only has a high surface hardness and density, but also the shower trays can either be returned to the manufacturer or a local recycling center after the end of their useful life. The minimalist Tulum faucet range by Philippe Starck saves energy and water because it is equipped with a FreshStart function. In the central position, this only produces cold water to start with. The flow rate limited by the MinusFlow function additionally helps save this precious resource. In parallel to its existing sustainable product range, Duravit has embedded the goal to be climate-neutral by 2045 in its company targets.
Hygiene in the bathroom
Since the pandemic increased attention has been paid to hygiene, especially in the bathroom. Thorough cleanliness is ensured not only by easy-to-clean surfaces such as ceramics or DuroCast Nature, but also through design and technical features. For example, the toilets of the White Tulip range from Philippe Starck are equipped with the innovative HygieneFlush technology which cleans the entire inside of the toilet. The HygieneGlaze ceramic glaze also ensures that approx. 90 percent of bacteria (e.g. e. coli bacteria) have been eliminated after just six minutes, rising to approx. 99.9 percent after 24 hours. Another Philippe Starck creation is the Soleil by Starck bathroom series, whose toilet surprises with a slightly protruding, delicate lid. This special design feature means that the lid is easy to grip without touching the seat or ceramic.
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