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PRODUCT WATCH: Roca launches new flat brassware range

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PRODUCT WATCH: Roca launches new flat brassware range

Recommended Supplier Roca flourishes with new flat brassware range… 

Roca, a leading manufacturer of bathroom products, has launched Flat, its latest brassware collection. Flat epitomises minimalist design with its square silhouette and soft edges, it offers a functional yet sophisticated brassware style for any bathroom space. The collection is available in a range of styles including standard, deck-mounted and wall-mounted options.

The square shape of the Flat mixer is complementary to a range of basin shapes, making it a versatile and functional brassware choice for homeowners, installers, specifiers and retailers.

“Homeowners are becoming increasingly experimental with bathroom design, with many moving away from the traditional mixer in favour of something innovative and contemporary,” says Claire Gay, Marketing Manager at Roca. “The square design and sleek aesthetic of the new Flat brassware range meets this demand, presenting a mixer perfectly suited to the modern bathroom.”

Flat includes the very latest technology, demonstrating Roca’s continued commitment to innovation and development.

“The electrolytic coating ensures the tap retains its shine along with simplifying the cleaning process.”

Customers can be assured that their brassware will look its best for many years to come as all mixers in the Flat collection are coated in the hard-wearing Roca EverShine® finish. The electrolytic coating ensures the tap retains its shine along with simplifying the cleaning process, while the innovative finish from Roca repels stains and discourages the build-up of limescale. Additionally, the exclusive ceramic cartridge has been tested with over one million movements to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Roca has equipped the range with many water-saving innovations. Soft Turn technology provides the highest levels of precision and puts the owner in control, with the ability to set the desired water flow and temperature. This is enhanced further by the integration of flow limiters, flow limiters restrict the water flow to a specific number of litres per minute, enhancing sustainability alongside providing a cost-effective solution.

Roca is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Zoe Guerrier by clicking here.

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How colour is making a comeback in the bathroom

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How colour is making a comeback in the bathroom

To conclude our time putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Crosswater explains why colour is making a comeback in the hotel bathroom… 

The interior design of a hotel guestroom is extremely important. After all, this is effectively a home-from-home – a place of security to rest after a busy day. Just as universal as the concept of resting and relaxation, is the concept of colour to evoke a particular atmosphere or create a particular environment.

Colour is also one of the most visible aspects of hotel interior design, which has the ability to create a fantastic first impression. The options to do so are seemingly endless – from wallpaper to paint to accessories.

While certain colours usually evoke certain reactions in most people, shade and saturation can also dramatically change the aesthetic of a room. Generally speaking, light colours can make rooms feel lighter and bigger, while dark colours can create a mood of sophistication and intimacy. Blues evoke calmness and serenity, while green creates a vibrant, natural space. Yellow creates a sense of energy, while red can be warm and comforting if used well.

“Consumers are now being drawn to a strong and striking bathroom design.”

The trend for colour isn’t limited to hotel bedrooms, either. Increasingly so, colour is making a comeback in the bathroom too. The all-white bathroom scheme has been a safe and popular option over the years but, after such a long phase of beige, neutral and earthy tones, consumers are now being drawn to a strong and striking bathroom design – one which is more bold, personal and attractive.

Sleek, chic and opulent, a hotel bathroom should be synonymous with modern glamour. A place to relax and unwind in style.

Gold, platinum, brass and copper are being included as metallic accents and design highlights, while black is being used on its own, but also to create a contrast to richer tones.

Close up of tap fitting

Image credit: Crosswater

The key to taking the bathroom to the next level lies in the small, often overlooked, details. Focusing on accessories, taps, showerheads and rails can often create a great impact with a minor amount of bold colour.

The MPRO collection from Crosswater delivers the very best in brassware engineering and is available in a Brushed Brass finish, along with Chrome, Stainless Steel and Matt Black options. Combining superb function and precision design, the result is a complete collection of bathroom mixers, valves and showerheads that meets the exacting standard of today’s modern bathroom.

Close up of marble and gold fittings

Image credit: Crosswater

Celebrating simple lines and an on-trend brushed gold surface, MPRO brings a stylish update to any contemporary bathroom scheme.

A developing theme is that several colours are being used in coordination with each other that might appear, at first glance, to contradict one another in a mixture of styles. In this way, all traditional rules towards interior design and aesthetics have been overruled.

“Crosswater’s new Italy collection is offered in 49 colour combinations and gives life to true customisation in the bathroom.”

People are getting more adventurous and mix-and-matching in their homes, creating individual and bespoke schemes. One of the great things about this approach to hotel design is that it is extremely flexible, providing guests with the luxury of a variation of finishes within one room – plus the idea of mixing materials adds a special interest, richness and depth to a design scheme.

Crosswater’s new Italy collection is offered in 49 colour combinations and gives life to true customisation in the bathroom. Modern forms of the 1920s inspire this brand new range, which combines metals, natural stone and marble – creating a unique character. Designers are able to choose from eight base finishes and seven handle options, and the collection is available in a range of deck, wall-mounted and floor-standing basin, bath and shower mixers.

In this way, when it comes to hotel bathroom décor, designers can combine colours, materials and patterns to create an effect that reflects the hotel’s personality and unique style. Using colour can still be applied to the fine finishes, elegant fittings and timeless accessories to create that luxurious hotel-feel that guests desire – think big and these fearless design choices will help your hotel achieve a unique designer bathroom look.

Crosswater is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Main image credit: Crosswater

The value of considered materials in bathroom design

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The value of considered materials in bathroom design

Bathroom specialists Utopia Projects explains why designers and architects should select materials that can be used for any and all surfaces…

It’s becoming increasingly popular among clients to create bathrooms which are fluid in design, using materials which can be utilised for any and all surfaces within the room. Cosentino, a parent company for many own brand materials, have introduced a Bathroom Collection using two of their brands.

The first, Silestone, is the world’s leading quartz surface manufacture. This is mainly due to how durable it is, making it perfect for high traffic areas such as Kitchens and Bathrooms. Dekton is a revolution in stone surfaces, defined as ultra-compact this man made material is highly resistant to stains, impact, heat, pretty much anything.

One of the key characteristics that makes the Silestone & Dekton Bathroom Collection concept unique is its large format. Both materials allow for the creation of a complete bathroom in one single material, giving the space better harmony with aesthetic lines. The nature of these stone materials is low porosity, this combined with minimal joints ensures each surface is extremely hygienic; perfect for a bathroom.

Its collection triumphs with exclusive and revolutionary design in the world of bathrooms, offering custom-made shower trays and basins that fit like a glove into any available space. The sandblasted or soft sandblasted finishes ensure the shower trays’ anti-slip properties, making them completely safe. Silestone and Dekton offer a wide range of colours, enabling your customers to choose a shade that fits in perfectly with their colour scheme and to match their wash-hand basin.

The possibilities of design are endless as most colours are also available in large format tiles for wall and floor cladding, as well as matching niche inserts, shelves, vanity tops, window sills, bath perimeters; pretty much any surface you can think of can be made to match.

Modern, sleek and clean lines in a contemporary white bathroom

Image credit: Utopia Projects

Whether it’s for a single suite bathroom or communal WC, they have the perfect product to transform any bathroom into a warm, welcoming space.

We recently specified one of Cosentino’s basins for our client Hartford Homes, property developers based in the Isle of Man. Its homes are prestigious and completed only using luxury products. As with all Cosentino basins, each is custom made to order, to fit the customers space and design. The company’s specification for Westham Court was nothing less than opulent. With double vanity and walk in spa shower, as well as a freestanding bath which took centre stage in the room, this bathroom was something you would expect in a hotel suite. The specially designed double Reflection basin vanity, produced in Silestone Lyra quartz is seamlessly stunning.

Silestone and Dekton offer a wide range of styles, allowing your customers to choose the colours and textures they love from the 100+ range, whilst enjoying the peace of mind of knowing that the materials fulfil all of their requirements for quality, durability, and hygiene; a minimal number of joints, anti-bacterial protection, and low porosity.

Utopia Projects is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Making a statement in the bathroom with luxe pieces and finishing touches

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Making a statement in the bathroom with luxe pieces and finishing touches

While Hotel Designs is putting the bathroom under the spotlight following ISH 2019, recommended supplier Heritage Bathrooms shares ways in which to make statement using luxe pieces and finishing touches… 

According to the latest hotels forecast from PwC, the number of UK hotel rooms has risen significantly, increasing competition within the industry and providing guests with much greater choice.

And when it comes to the bathroom, these guests are increasingly prioritising hotels which not only have a functional space, but also provide them with a luxury experience that will live long in the memory.

By following some simple steps, this careful balance between functionality and experience-led indulgence can be easily achieved – allowing your guests to enjoy a beautiful, high-end bathroom space made up of bold, statement pieces alongside striking luxe touches.

Modern, quirky bath in contemporary bathroom

Image credit: Heritage Bathrooms

Give the gift of spa-like indulgence

Spa-inspired bathrooms provide guests with a special place to retreat and recharge during their stay. Blurring the lines between vanity areas, bathing areas and the bedroom is key to creating a luxurious spa-like bathroom space.

A statement bath is the epitome of a boutique styling, and a popular choice among hoteliers for bathrooms of all types.

To elegantly combine traditional simplicity with on-trend opulence opt for a stunning freestanding bath such as Heritage’s Madeira. The cast-iron material is also paintable, allowing for designers to select a custom shade of their choice.

Alternatively, a bath with a metallic finish, such as the Hylton from Heritage, provides an instant style statement and is available in copper, gold and stainless-steel effect finishes. The bath is acrylic and a light-weight alternative to traditional cast iron.

For smaller spaces, opt for ‘baby’ versions of roll top baths, which are smaller than the standard size and provide spa style that fits the space without compromising on luxury. We recommend styling a freestanding bath in the centre of a bathroom alongside a display table with toiletries to hand.

Evoke boudoir glamour with a bold basin

Bathroom basins are often viewed as a basic essential and can be overlooked when considering statement styling. However, a bold, on-trend basin can provide a striking, but subtle, focal point for a washroom space. A period inspired basin is an easy way to add a traditional twist to a more contemporary space, creating a boutique styled finish.

Double console basins work well in guest bathrooms and are especially ideal for guests travelling as a couple, with dual sinks and taps helping to minimise stress and create a harmonious atmosphere. The Victoria double console basin from Heritage bathrooms is a beautiful example of this style. The design draws inspiration from the Victorian era with beautiful, curved sculpted legs which offer a striking upgrade to a standard pedestal, giving an on-trend twist to traditional styling.

Alternatively, for rooms where space is not an obstacle, two identical basins in a ‘his and hers’ formation can be used to create a Jack and Jill style arrangement.  Increasingly in demand, this design will not only aid busy morning routines, but each guest will also benefit from their own personal area and additional space for toiletries.

Single basins, such as the Blenheim Console Basin from Heritage, can also provide standout boutique bathroom styling. The Blenheim showcases a wider single basin with sleek, delicately tapered legs, combining sharp angles with sumptuous curves and is reminiscent of the Baroque era, evoking boudoir glamour.

A rainfall inspired shower is an invigorating addition to a bathroom space and a popular choice for those seeking to recreate a personal, daily spa-like experience. Choose a shower with a large eight-inch rose, such as the Avenbury exposed shower by Heritage Bathrooms, for a luxurious, drenching soak.

Image credit: Heritage Bathrooms

With wet-room styled showers becoming increasingly desirable, it’s worth considering replacing shower trays with simple tiling and a glass partition to create a stylish, open plan finish. This walk-in design has a number of benefits, providing guests of all ages with ease of access and plenty of space to bathe while also making a bold style statement.

While well-chosen sanitaryware is key to the styling of the room, the smaller accessories and finishes are also vital to achieving an overall feeling of high-end luxury.  It’s important to consider how the accessories will coordinate and add to the overall styling of the bathroom space.

Stylish brassware in unique finishes, such as Heritage’s Mother of Pearl inlayed Gracechurch taps, can play a key role in achieving a high-end look – transforming taps and showers from practical items into jewellery for the bathroom. Pairing these with soft pink hues and cooler colours like greys and mints is an ideal way to make your metallics shine.

Where possible, hoteliers should look to add practical items in on-trend colours to add interest and a more sumptuous feel to the space. Shelving, statement taps, toothbrush holders and mirrors are all small, but necessary accessories that can help to transform the ambience of a bathroom.

Using mirrors in the bathroom is not only practical, but also helps to bounce light around the room which is perfect for smaller bathrooms where there is no natural light. A plain mirror, white paint or white storage might seem like an obvious choice to keep a room feeling bright, but these will only add to the clinical feel. Instead, consider an oversized statement mirror which will add an element of boutique personality and charm to the space.

With a large mirror, it is important that it’s positioned to reflect and amplify your key statement piece. For example, if you have a statement freestanding bath like Heritage Bathrooms’ Penrose, then by placing a mirror behind it you create double the impact it would have on its own. They can also be used to showcase and accentuate statement wallpapers by reflecting the pattern back into the room.

Another way to turn a bathroom a place of luxury escapism for guests, is to create a blend of the bathroom and bedroom in the design. Complementing an opulent mirror with a gilded vintage upholstered chair, antique lanterns and warm metallic accessories can result in a stunning dressing room-come-boudoir space.

For more inspirational tips and Heritage Bathroom’s full range of gorgeous bathroom products visit www.heritagebathrooms.com

In Conversation With: Patricia Urquiola on Laufen’s latest bathroom collection

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In Conversation With: Patricia Urquiola on Laufen’s latest bathroom collection

As Hotel Designs continues its month putting Bathrooms under the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with designer Patricia Urquiola to understand more about her latest collection reveal with Laufen…

Patricia Urquiola is no stranger to Laufen, as the Spanish designer celebrated at ISH 2019 the launch of her third – yes third – generation of SaphirKeramik, and by doing so has created the new collection, Sonar.

Rediscovering the formal scope of the bathroom – and designed to be insurmountable in bathroom aesthetics – the expressive Sonar collection has already gone on to win an iF Design Award. The material, SaphirKeramik, was first used by the designer for Laufen in 2013 in novel washbasin designs that were simply not possible using conventional bathroom ceramics. Six years later, the material has been used in the brand’s Sonar collection and now offers even greater variety thanks to the addition of more washbasins, WCs, a bidet, a new bathtub and a suite of bathroom furniture.

I recently sat down with the designer in order to understand the context of Sonar as well as what she thinks the future holds for international bathroom design.

Hamish Kilburn: Why do you think more attention is being payed to the design of the bathroom within international hotel design?
Patricia Urquiola: I think that more attention is being payed to all aspects of hospitality and not just bathrooms. Hotel design is now all about an experience that one wants to transmit to the unknown user, and bathrooms are no exception. The design of the bathroom in a hotel project is very important, it is part of the whole room space, of the experience that a certain room can offer in terms of relax and wellbeing.

modern bathroom with colour and slick design

Image credit: Laufen

HK: What are your thoughts on color in the bathroom?
PU: My approach to colour, for bathrooms and every aspect of a project, is not absolute; it very much depends on the project. At times, color is central and it is therefore given a lot of importance and space, it becomes essential for forms to come to life. Other times, palettes are a lot more intimate with very little color and more attention to textures or materials. For example, the bathrooms at Room Mate Hotel Giulia in Milano are extremely colorful, they reflect the language that we used throughout the whole project.  On the other hand, for a recent project in Mumbai in which we featured the Sonar collection, the focus isn’t on color but rather on materials and textures: marble and wood contrast beautifully with the ceramic of the collection.

HK: How has SONAR evolved? What’s changed, in regards to bathroom technology, since the first generation of SONAR?
PU: Sonar is manufactured using a high-tech ceramic material called SaphirKeramik, a material developed by Laufen that allows for the ceramic to be very thin for an industrial product. When I started my collaboration with the brand it had already been used for previous collections, what I wanted to do was to really exploit the material’s characteristics: strong yet light, it has a glow to it and a certain amount of detail can be incorporated. I wanted to work with all these positive aspects of SaphirKeramik and experiment with three-dimensional surfaces, to try and add spatial volumes to it.

“I think that in 30 years’ time things will be very different, from the houses we will live in, the cars we will drive, the hotels we will stay in…” – Patricia Urquiola

HK: The inspiration for your latest collection was ‘soundwaves that spread in water’…Was this a lightbulb moment, and if so – when and where were you at the time?
PU: Usually inspiration comes to me in waves of moments, images, trips, people… it is hard to pinpoint it to a specific time. The strictness of architectural minimalism was definitely on my mind, a sense of lines, purity and geometry. But also water, its energy and its dynamic movement that never stops. The meeting point of these two ideas is the inspiration behind the Sonar collection, sort of a game between such contrasting shapes, between softness and severity. The lines etched on the exterior of the pieces fade on one end, disappearing back into the material, just like the waves in the ocean.

HK: In your eyes, what does the bathroom of the future (say 30 years from now) look like?
PU: That is very hard to imagine! I think that in 30 years’ time things will be very different, from the houses we will live in, the cars we will drive, the hotels we will stay in… we are moving towards a smarter future, things will be more specialised, personalised, mobile. Frameworks and systems will become more complex and we all will learn to navigate them. We are already seeing a very big change in materials, in how we make them and reuse them and this will also affect architectural projects, the way in which bathrooms will be designed and built will change radically. Spaces and functions are becoming hybrid, they are being redefined because our focus is shifting towards functionality.

Laufen is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

MINIVIEW: Hotel Indigo, Warsaw

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MINIVIEW: Hotel Indigo, Warsaw

As Poland becomes a thriving hotel design hotspot, Hotel Designs checks out one of Warsaw’s boutique hotels, Hotel Indigo Warsaw, to understand the combination of colourfully decorated rooms with bathroom solutions from Recommended Supplier Kaldewei…

When historic architecture and modern interior design are skilfully combined, the result is inspiring rooms – perfectly demonstrated at the Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat in Warsaw.

This stylish four-star boutique hotel, owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group, is housed in a listed building, more than 100 years old, on cosmopolitan Nowy Świat Street. Later contemporary extensions, some with wraparound glass, afford not only a magnificent view of the old town and the Polish capital’s skyline from all the rooms, but also provide a suitable frame for a minimalist interior with vibrant splashes of colour. As the perfect complement to the interior decoration, the hotel has chosen enamelled bathroom solutions from Kaldewei which guarantee a comfortable showering and bathing experience in the 60 rooms.

The building, Smolna40, which features playful decorative facade elements, was once the residence of Count Branicki and is in one of the city’s most picturesque areas which links contemporary and historic Warsaw. Destroyed during the Second World War, it was rebuilt in the 1950s and later a modern mansard roof and an annex with wraparound glass and a terrace were added based on a design by architect Bogdan Kulczyński. This produced an attractive mix of styles that runs through the entire hotel. Bright rooms with elaborate stucco and elegant columns contrast with the 60 bedrooms that embrace a more minimalist look in plain shades of white and grey. Throughout the hotel, coloured furniture creates exciting highlights that put their own spin on the palatial style of 19th century mansion flats.

Distinctive bathroom design with Iconic Bathroom Solutions from Kaldewei

The bathrooms reflect the property’s exclusivity and individuality. The Hotel Indigo chose bathroom solutions from Kaldewei which offer the perfect fit for the bathroom, thanks to their design language and superb quality. The baths from Kaldewei’s clean-lined, minimalist Puro line possess a persuasively unfussy elegance and, like all bathroom solutions made of Kaldewei steel enamel, are made of an exquisite material. As a highlight, the freestanding Meisterstück Centro Duo Oval brings timeless elegance and calm into the bathroom of the Superior Premium room. In a further 47 rooms, the Conoflat floor-level shower surface ensures a luxurious showering experience, while offering the greatest safety underfoot: because the shower surfaces in the matt shades of Lava Black and Alpine White from the Coordinated Colours Collection feature the anti-slip properties of Kaldewei’s Secure Plus finish.

Modern bathroom with Kaldewei products

Image credit: Hotel Indigo Warsaw/Kaldewei

Worldwide expertise: Kaldewei a winner with international hotels

Kaldewei shower surfaces, washbasins and baths are chosen for top hotels all over the world. The enamelled bathroom solutions, not only meet the highest aesthetic requirements of hoteliers and their guests, but are also extremely cost-efficient thanks to Kaldewei steel enamel’s longevity and ease of maintenance. Another point in their favour is: the intelligent surface finishes such as anti-slip Secure Plus which can optionally be annealed – heated and allow to cool slowly – in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it onto the steel enamel surface and which ensure the greatest possible safety underfoot in the shower.

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Main image credit: Hotel Indigo Warsaw/Kaldewei

Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

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Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

To kick-start our month of putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Utopia Projects reviews ISH 2019 by sharing its highlights of the show… 

In March, the world’s largest bathroom and heating trade fair, ISH, took place in Frankfurt Germany. With the exhibition taking place every two years, ISH this year attracted around 190,000 visitors all in search for the latest innovations. We took a handful of our clients across for the event to see what some of the world’s leading bathroom manufacturers had on offer.

The most evident trend across many of the manufacturers was digital products with integrated home automation. As with many industries technology is becoming increasingly important, and it is clear that this will be a big feature in forthcoming bathrooms. It was great to see colour feature heavily in many of the displays, with several brands presenting various colour options within their ceramic ranges; Villeroy & Boch, Roca and Laufen ranges were all offering strong and subtle tones for sanitaryware.

Including colour into your bathroom is a fantastic way to put a twist on the monochromatic trend that has been sweeping the interior design world for the past few years. A popular colour choice was black; a bold way to create a sultry and high-end space. Colour accents didn’t stop there either, with many of the manufacturers beginning to increase their special finishes beyond just taps, to shower heads, wastes and accessories. Brands such as Gessi and Victoria & Albert have introduced strong metal finishes within their brassware collections, which will create some drama in public area specifications. Having a wide array of finishes to choose from allows every element of a bathroom to be personalised to specific taste. This is due to the Brassware ranges on offer being now being in such a wide variety of finishes.

“Using large format solid surfaces, such as quartz, is becoming quite popular.”

Seamless design was another trend which we saw beginning to come through, and using large format solid surfaces, such as quartz, is becoming quite popular. These bespoke solid surfaces offer infinite design possibilities allowing every bathroom surface to be manufactured from one material, with minimal joints, creating a visually stunning design.

From all the brands displayed at ISH, a stand that really stood out to us was Gessi. This was due to their fantastic designs, not only for their products. The stand was innovative and eye catching, helping you envision how you can push boundaries for design. Gessi’s themeing for its stand was seemingly avant garde, yet on trend, following the popular outdoor-indoor trend in terms of rain showers, deep basins and large plants to finish.

Dornbracht and Alape took a very different approach to their stand, but was nonetheless as enticing. Both of their approach was subtle in comparison, teasing you into wanting to see and know more about the products. A final stand we were inspired by was by Roca. The company displayed their products as complete rooms allowing us to see variation in products as well as visualise them from a designers prospective. The video demonstration we watched on the stand of one of the mirrors showed us how futuristic and advanced the technology of a simple product can be, which is very exciting from a design point of view. We also saw that Emco is offering a lighting system which can be fully customised, even down to the shaver mirror and mirror cabinet, by one switch, to create mood and ambiance for a totally unique bathroom experience.

A final point we found interesting whilst at ISH was something which is very prominent in society today. Taking the theme of sustainability in its stride was GROHE, which launched products following a close look at consumer behaviour. By launching no less than 500 new innovations, the company’s new collections challenges conventional design of bathroom products and offers sustainable solutions designed to give consumers the ability to take better control. Roca also talked about how it is appealing to make its showers more environmentally friendly. The company plans on integrating digital showers into hotels in order to offer an incentive for users to take shorter showers for discount on future hotel stays. Multiple companies, not just Roca, are interested in monitoring how we consume water in homes, hotels and businesses, resulting in a large impact on the environment.

In conclusion, ISH once again gave an impressive demonstration of its importance for German and international visitors and exhibitors. The next ISH will be held in Frankfurt am Main from March 22 to 26, 2021.

Utopia Projects is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Main image credit: Messe Frankfurt/ISH 2019

GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

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GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

GROHE has launched a number of innovations that save energy, water and materials as the company continues to keep sustainability an integral strategy…

GROHE has presented a record number of new solutions that help save water, energy and material resources, many of which were unveiled at ISH last month. These serve to underline the importance of sustainability in all areas of product design and functionality, and production processes.

In addition to quality, technology and design, sustainability is an integral and crucial part of GROHE’s corporate strategy. It is integrated into all products and processes and shapes the daily actions of employees worldwide. The global brand consistently pursues a 360-degree sustainability approach that incorporates the entire value chain, partners, customers, suppliers, employees and contribution to society in equal measure. At GROHE, sustainability also means responsibility – responsibility for people and the environment.

GROHE products that are embracing sustainability

Individual water management on the go: The new generation of the GROHE Sense water security system provides full transparency of water consumption and energy costs thanks to the new GROHE Sense app. By entering their water and energy prices, customers can receive a precise list of costs based on their water consumption. This not only ensures full control over the valuable resource of water, but also offers the opportunity to adapt user patterns and to use water more consciously.
Regional differences in water quality are becoming obsolete: The GROHE Blue Pure tap, which will be available in the UK later this year, offers state-of-the-art filter technology, delivering tasty water directly from the tap. In addition, in regions with poor water quality, previously non-potable water becomes drinkable. While the production of one litre of water in plastic bottles requires up to seven litres of water, GROHE Blue Pure works with just the actual water which has been drawn off.
Shaping the future of water sustainably: GROHE’s 3D metal-printing process is not only a revolution in terms of design, but also a particularly resource-saving method of manufacturing taps. During production, it is possible to use components such as spouts and handles in a significantly slimmer way, using less material.

Infra-red technology helps minimise water wastage

The Bau Cosmo E range offers infra-red tap technology for the home, a cost-effective solution that ergonomically delivers water only when the motion sensor is activated, benefitting all households from young families to older couples wanting to future proof their home. Not only do infra-red taps have added hygienic benefits, but GROHE’s Bau Cosmo is affordable as well as ensuring that water wastage is minimised. Through GROHE’s EcoJoy technology, water flow is limited to 5.7 litres per minute, helping to save water while guaranteeing an optimum user experience.

More transparency: The new tap in the GROHE Plus range, available from Summer 2019 in the UK, uses a digital display to inform users about the exact water temperature and to make them aware of how often hot water is being used. This promotes responsible use of the valuable resource of water and helps to save energy.

Valuable insight into GROHE’s sustainability highlights

GROHE EcoJoy technology which is incorporated into a number of its tap and shower ranges can reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent. The intelligent GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard water security system avoids wasting water by detecting leaks early on and by shutting off the water supply in the event of a broken pipe. The system’s new generation now also makes it possible to use it in multi-family homes, drastically reducing water damages in 90 percent of the real estate market. Aside from water-saving, GROHE has also carefully considered how it can reduce other vital resources. With the development of its Sensia Arena shower toilet which promotes the gentle yet hygienic washing with water, the need for toilet paper is completely eliminated. The annual consumption of toilet paper per person is about 15kg on average, yet with products like the Sensia Arena, the pressure on this precious resource would be greatly alleviated.

PRODUCT WATCH: Thermostatic shower valves from Crosswater

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PRODUCT WATCH: Thermostatic shower valves from Crosswater

Making a statement, Union by Crosswater welcomes thermostatic shower values into the Vanguard Collection… 

Challenging the traditional concept of bathroom fittings, the UNION collection from Crosswater has been engineered to provide unparalleled functionality and designed to make a statement.

Presenting Italian artisan brassware craft at its finest, each piece is cast, precision machined, polished and perfected to offer an elevated bathing experience.

The latest addition to Crosswater’s luxury Vanguard collection, UNION offers a complete range of brassware that includes basin mixers, bath fillers, and an exposed valve with kit and shower head. A premium selection of thermostatic shower valves has also been introduced to the range, which includes multi-flow options for those looking to control additional outlets such as a handsets and body jets.

Designed for the individual, UNION is available in five signature finishes that are offered across the entire collection. Timeless bright Chrome and Brushed Nickel work to add a touch of industrial elegance to bathrooms, whilst those seeking a design statement can opt for the on-trend Brushed Brass and Brushed Black Chrome finishes. For an added design detail, the shower valves are offered with a choice of Lever or Wheel handles, and for those with a penchant for bold colour, there’s also a Red option, which is designed to coordinate with the high-shine Chrome finish. All five unique surfaces are complemented alongside distinctive knurled detailing that is expertly machined as accents onto each individual piece in the collection.

Transforming everyday bathing into an extraordinary experience, UNION takes inspiration from the industrial era and brings it boldly into the 21st century. Smart on the inside, each piece in the collection is manufactured using the most advanced brassware engineering techniques and the latest in cartridge and thermostatic valve technology to offer complete water flow control. Intuitive, high performing and built to last, the stunning UNION brassware collection is guaranteed to command attention in any bathroom.

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New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection

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New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection

For more than 20 years, the Crosswater brand has been associated with quality bathroom solutions. Its new Essentials collection continues this strong tradition by presenting a range of modern and stylish products at an affordable price point. 

The latest designs are brought together to offer customers a top-to-bottom product offering that makes choosing a bathroom suite and fittings simple, without ever compromising on quality or function.

From user-friendly sanitaryware solutions and brassware designs for bath, basin and shower, to those all-important finishing touches, Essentials combines everyday functionality with on-trend appeal to ensure that each product meets the demands of the modern bathroom.

Smarter product design and efficient manufacturing processes conform to and exceed required British and European quality, performance, safety, sustainability and water-saving regulations. This dedication and confidence ensures that you can enjoy a genuine Crosswater experience at an approachable price point.

Joining the Essentials collection for 2019 is a new range of brassware, sanitaryware and towel warmer designs:

NORTH – Contemporary brassware with signature Matt Black and Chrome finishes

Catering to the increase in demand for statement bathroom brassware, the new North collection is offered in a trend-led Matt Black finish. The range includes basin monobloc taps in three size options and a thermostatic bath / shower mixer with additional handset. A classic Chrome finish is also available.

NOVA – Modern form with everyday functionality

Simple lines and gently curved edges are brought together in the new Nova brassware collection. With practicality at its core, this simple yet modern selection of basin and bath taps is designed to complement the choice of Essentials sanitaryware.

KAI TOWEL WARMERS – A warming bathroom solution

The new range of Kai towel warmers offers a suitable heat output for every bathroom size, from large family suites to small cloakrooms. Choose from classic Chrome or contemporary Anthracite finishes across four width and height options to ensure your space is warm and your towels are toasty.

KAI S TOILETS – Designs for every modern bathroom

A combination of style and function, Essentials toilets are all made in Europe to the same exacting standards. The new Kai S WCs come in a range of both close-coupled and back-to-wall designs, all complete with soft-close seats; the close-coupled option comes with an ‘Eco-flush’ function.

KAI BASINS – Quality materials and design for everyday practicality

Manufactured using the latest casting techniques, each Kai basin is produced in durable vitreous china and available in a range of designs and installation formats. Six new designs join the collection, including a compact corner style and smart inset option for pairing with a coordinating furniture unit.

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Futuristic bathroom

Supercar design influences luxury bathroom styling

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The sweeping lines and curves that you normally associate with the design of a supercar, coupled with a material that is synonymous with luxury cars, is coming to a bathroom near you…

The Hong Kong-based Alvarae Design Studio is working with award-winning designer Charles Wan to create a number of unique bathroom styles that replicate the precision and design of a supercar.

Working predominately in carbon fibre and taking design cues from the world of the supercar, Wan is currently developing a number of unique bathroom styles for each of the guest suites at the exclusive private VIP members club in northern China.

“As China’s premier integrated automobile experience destination for entertainment, retail and racing we felt that it was important that members connect and engage with the brand experience throughout their visit and what better place is there than relaxing in a custom designed luxury bathroom,” said Charles Wan from Alvarae Design Studio.

Each bathroom will be created with the craftsmanship of an artisan keen to meet any customer desire with the qualities of manufacturing to the very highest technical standards. Each is styled to combine art in design with leading edge technology so as to create the ultimate user experience in a world where the ordinary is not acceptable.

The thoughtfully contemporary design will enable each piece to be a focal point that is defined by both the excitement it creates and for its undeniable visual appeal, which is a reflection of the integrity of the designer to create luxury, yet maintain a minimalist aesthetic.

Each bathroom will have a number of unique features and finishes including; the La Baignoire stand alone bath (that changes colour to reflect your mood) along with exclusively designed his & hers matching wash hand basins.

Customised TOTO Neorest with the silhouette of the seat picked out using a soft glow LED lighting, which creates a stunning ambiance and of course helps guide you safely and comfortably on even the darkest of nights.

Custom made shower trays and seating together with a whole host of individually created colour coordinated accessories all designed to make for the perfect stay and brand engagement.

Duravit shower + bath in a modern bathroom

Walk-in shower and bath sets high standards of comfort in small bathrooms

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Bathroom specialist Duravit has launched a sleek shower and bath that unites contemporary bathroom design with the optimum use of space…

Shower + Bath, designed by EOOS, is a two-in-one walk-in shower and bathtub. The integrated glass door easily transforms the bathtub into an accessible open shower. If the door is opened towards the inside of the bathtub, it disappears under a waterproof cushion and remains invisible.

Precise lines are characteristic of the design language of Shower + Bath. The rectangular basic form and steep sloping sides ensure plenty of room to move when showering. The shower is surrounded by a generous glass enclosure, which can be selected in optional mirrored glass. This variant introduces an additional element of visual spaciousness into small bathrooms. Users can also comfortably sit on the cushion when showering, since it can be moved along the entire length of the bathtub.

The new shower and bathtub combination from Duravit unites several functions in one – as a shower, high quality bathtub, seat and shelf.
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Side shot of the Shower + Bath in a modern bathroom

The firm cushion is positioned on the integrated door and the edge of the bathtub, offering a comfortable seat and additional shelf space. The cushion also serves an additional function when relaxing in the bathtub; it can be used as an adjustable backrest or shelf.

With the door closed, the tub can be used as a relaxing bath in which to soak or as a foot bath. During bathing, a safety lock guarantees that the ESG-glass door cannot be accidentally opened.

The functional versatility of Shower + Bath is supported by its manufactured precision. The DuraSolid A material allows for sleek, refined edges in the design. The bathtub body, plinth and paneling are all made from the solid material. Compact external dimensions of 170 x 75 cm enable space-efficient installation options and ensure that this new solution can replace a conventional bathtub, even during bathroom renovations.

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Black ceramic Kartell tap

Laufen extends bathroom product range

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Kartell by Laufen continues to grow with its innovative and functional vision of the bathroom…

Bathroom specialist Laufen has expanded its Kartell range, which now includes elegant new washbasins with a variety of vanity unit combinations, new decors for the floorstanding washbasin, new furniture elements, a rimless floorstanding WC-combination and a free-standing bathtub.

First presented to the public in April 2013, Kartell by Laufen embodies a complete synthesis of the values and distinctive characteristics of the two companies: design excellence, innovation, quality and functional efficiency, all interpreted to bring a new dimension to bathroom furnishings. In the Kartell by Laufen collections, design and technology find a dynamic balance which produces unexpected, flexible, versatile solutions. The products rely on a fresh, living language, surprising for its daring, always sustained by a concrete foundation based on research, experience and experimentation.

New & Extended Collection

Clean forms and well-gauged expressive minimalism are the key traits of the new collection, now enhanced by four new built-in slim washstands, featuring a slender, elegant border, with a discreet squared design. Made with fine fireclay, a very hygienic and strong ceramic material, they have precise edges and smooth planar surfaces, extending to 600mm in the largest version.  These washstands are available in a range of solutions complete with cabinets with large drawers.

The new entries also include two rimless floor-standing WCs, which provide an efficient, practical and hygienic solution, including a combination floorstanding solution.

The existing range of bathtubs expands with a fresh, new freestanding version, with a built-in overflow valve. Its elegant silhouette, made in Sentec, has minimal thickness like that of the washstands, and rounded ergonomic lines that form a contrast with the more austere geometric design of the other models.

The collection also includes a new series of storage modules, columns and hanging cabinets, designed to make optimal use of space in the bathroom and to create a sense of perfect harmony between the ceramic fixtures and the furnishings. In particular, a side board cabinet with an extremely small depth (270 mm) has been created, offering an ideal solution for small bathroom spaces.

A new line of finishes expands the present chromatic range with modern hues for all tastes: matte white, gravel grey, slate grey.

Ludovica and Roberto Palomba have also imagined and designed three different geometric motifs, bringing new decorative and personalized options to the surfaces of the column washstand already in the collection, thanks to the application of a coloured film prior to the final process of glazing and firing.

New colours

All the accessories and furnishings in plastic have been updated with two new colours: powder pink and emerald green. The colours opaque white and opaque black will be available for mirrors, shelves and towel racks.

Behind all the creations of Kartell by Laufen there is a tenacious effort to intercept and respond to the widest range of needs of a variegated, multifaceted and international public, in search of innovative, efficient and emotionally engaging solutions. Thanks to this approach, Kartell by Laufen is regularly specified in major contract projects all over the world, collaborating with leading architects at the highest levels. This success has led to the continued expansion of a distribution network that now covers a total of 1,000 points of sale on a global scale.

New brassware

The Kartell by Laufen brassware line perfectly combines high-quality design with perfect ergonomics. Thanks to their maximally reduced cylindrical design, the taps harmonise both with the Kartell by Laufen complete bathroom concept, and with other bathrooms with modern design language.

Together with the classic version in chrome, the Kartell by Laufen washbasin taps are now available in the UK with a PVD coating in three new colours; stainless steel look, brushed anthracite (black) and copper. The PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating lends the taps both a beautiful appearance and a special resilience. Taps with PVD coating demonstrate a very high level of hardness, and so are particularly resistant to wear. Thanks to the coating the smooth surface not only looks elegant but is also easy to clean.