Continuing with Hotel Designs’ ‘Year in Review’, we are grabbing our loofah, and stepping into the bathroom to list the top seven ranges and products that have caught our editorial attention and inspired us with that essential bath time combination of practicality edged with indulgence…
Whether singing in the shower is your thing, or the more subtle option of a candlelit soak is your perfect end to the day, bathroom designs in the hotel industry have to be all things to all people. As discussed around our virtual round table this year, developers and designers are looking for timeless, while the guests are demanding personality. We think this list does a little of both.
The White Tulip range, designed for Duravit by Philippe Starke, is based on the organic silhouette of a tulip in bloom. Every element has a sculptural feel, yet underpinning the graceful details and design is an attention to practicality and usability that is integral to any successful bathroom design.
This design is all about combining contemporary technology with a hint of retro stereo technology. While the lines and dials are all about 20th century nostalgia, the functionality of this product is very much looking forward into the 21st century bathroom.
Design studio Barber and Osgerby added to the Axor One range with an additional 31 designed pieces, all of which embody the same minimalist, clean, sculptural aesthetic while offering enhanced functionality and intuitive control. Technology and function work together to tick boxes for sustainability and energy saving, while the lines and finishes all contribute to a contemporary design led range.
The Superplan Zero with its super thin, super flat design, removes boundaries and smooths transitions, as the shower is integrated into the bathroom space, rather than remaining as a defined unit within it. Seamless design combined with clever technology that works no matter how much water you chuck at it.
A collaboration between KEUCO and TEAM7, a company specialising in handcrafted solid wood furniture, resulted in the Edition Lignatur range. The natural warmth of the handcrafted wood contrasts beautifully with the harder ceramic surfaces and brings a note of natural luxury into the bathroom.
Designed by Marcel Wanders for Laufen, this range is indeed a classic, and one that combines practicality and innovation with designer lines. The soft curves of the washbasins and other elements of the collection sit beautifully on the furniture, making a strong and contemporary design statement that elevates the bathroom out of the realm of pure practicality into one of indulgence.
Contemporary design and the considered use of sustainable materials and technology all converge in this bathroom range with its soft lines and natural palette that feels like it is bringing a breath of the fresh Mediterranean air that inspired it, into the bathroom.
Duravit, Gessi, hansgrohe, Kaldewei, KEUCO, Laufen and Roca are all Recommended Suppliers of ours and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.
Main image credit: Roca