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A cutting-edge bathroom design from Gessi

Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world

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Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world

From stunning hotels to chic private residences, Gessi is able to offer a style in wellness areas that is unlike anything we have seen before. Here, we celebrate the brand’s couture-like take on bathroom design… 

A cutting-edge bathroom design from Gessi
Chic hotels and spas, dream residences, and yachts exhibit a style of living and travelling steeped in a taste for beauty, design and wellbeing, which all require the same approach in bathroom design (one that is personal to the project).

Impressive urban dwellings that reflect the natural beauty of lakes, mountains, beaches and forests, or even the elegance of fine watercraft, all serve as inspiration for Gessi, known as the private wellness company. Its award-winning commitment to creating a style of well-being in every living space. A vision that designers relish when choosing Gessi products to transform a bath into a Private Wellness Experience to be appreciated in the world’s finest architectural creations.

A colourful open-planned bathroom within a suite

Image credit: Gessi

From the Maldives to Greece, Milan to Saudi Arabia, New York to Shanghai, this collection is at home in the most sophisticated environments. A testament to the company’s presence in the large-project hospitality market, where it has been appreciated for the style, quality, durability, and environmental sustainability of its products and its ability to provide advanced technical support and customisation.

The designers’ choice of Gessi Collections in these highly regarded projects expresses a new awareness of the need to create environments in which design and technology nourish emotional well-being as well as purely functional expectations.

Why not read more about Gessi’s Spotlight Collection?

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The fast pace of daily life does not always allow us to devote time to a relaxing bath, and the customary practice has become to resort to a more practical shower, in which the user can access the well-being given by water by a simple touch.

Indeed Gessi Private Wellness gives life to this idea, as it proposes a design shower concept with advanced functions, aimed at creating a wellness corner or a personal Spa in one’s own bathroom, although the collection boasts countless uses in professional spas worldwide.

A modern shower on an earthy wall

Image credit: Gessi

The Gessi Private Wellness Program represents the world’s widest range of steel showerheads and shower elements for hydro massage, including rain showers, waterfalls and atomisation. These modular elements can be freely composed, for a total customisation of one’s own shower, so to create a “private” wellness, designed according to one’s own desires.

The products of the Gessi Private Wellness system stand out for their patented, innovative architectural aesthetic, the great attention to details of shapes and finishes, the facility of installation even in small spaces.

The advanced functions are designed to be easily accessible and genuinely beneficial to the user. This is the result of very long research on the therapeutic, relaxing and energetic properties of light, an incorporeal element, and water, a fluid element. The outcome is a technology capable of enhancing the therapeutic properties of these two elements and produce not only scenographic effects, but above all emotion and wellbeing.\

Gessi is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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A dark-lit modern bathroom with circular mirror and modern toilet

Product watch: RAK-Sanit puts hygiene in hotels first

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Product watch: RAK-Sanit puts hygiene in hotels first

Good hygiene in hotels has never been so important, particularly in areas such as hotel bathrooms and washrooms. RAK-Sanit antibacterial collection from RAK Ceramics provides a barrier to bacteria build-up on surfaces including sanitaryware and tiles, ensuring lasting safety and comfort…

A dark-lit modern bathroom with circular mirror and modern toilet

Safety has always played an essential role in the specification of fixtures and fittings for the commercial sector, but even more so in a post-pandemic world where hygiene must always be given priority. Where aesthetics, design and style also have a huge role, such as in the hotel bathroom or bar and restaurant restrooms, protection needs to be virtually invisible yet ever-present.

This is entirely possible with RAK-Sanit, a revolution in health and safety by RAK Ceramics.

The research and development laboratories of RAK Ceramics are always at the forefront of technology and were the first in the world to supply antibacterial interior design solutions as early as 2009, thanks to the development of special certified antibacterial glazes.  ‎

Now, with RAK-Sanit the manufacturer offers an even wider range of solutions for floors, surfaces and sanitary fittings, produced with glazes that reduce the possibility of contagion and therefore contribute to creating safer commercial environments.

RAK-Sanit is the ideal solution for hotels and any community space, in which numerous people of different ages, genders and cultures interact. Inside, toilet facilities destined for use by all are increasingly in need of strong, antibacterial elements with a long product life.

The RAK-Sanit coating is permanent, guaranteeing built-in protection against bacteria throughout the entire expected product lifetime, giving 99.9 per cent protection 24 hours a day, without being visible to the naked eye.

With the new programme RAK Ceramics offers an even wider range of solutions for floors, surfaces and sanitary fittings, produced with glazes that reduce the possibility of contagion and therefore contribute to creating safer environments for all.

RAK Ceramics is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: RAK Ceramics

GROHE Bau Cosmo E taps in commercial washroom

Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that!

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Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that!

GROHE has launched its third RIBA approved CPD module, Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities, which will be hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn and presented by GROHE’s Karl Lennon, on February 9, 2021…

GROHE Bau Cosmo E taps in commercial washroom

In response to the increasing demand for hygiene-optimised solutions since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GROHE has launched a RIBA approved CPD module for the architecture and design community. Its aim is to facilitate greater awareness and provide inspiration to multiple stakeholders and industries working within the built environment, from architects and designers to house builders, retailers, and plumbers.

Click here to register for the CPD module, entitled: Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities.

The latest seminar-based training module is the first on RIBA’s CPD database to look at hygiene in both the kitchen and bathroom, allowing architects and designers an in-depth look at residential design under a hygiene lens, alongside its increasing importance in commercial settings. As a provider of complete bathroom solutions, GROHE is able to offer its expertise holistically when it comes to bathroom applications. The CPD session encourages architects to consider how all touchpoints in the bathroom can be optimised with hygiene in mind, across brassware and ceramics. Meanwhile in kitchen settings, GROHE looks at the emerging importance tapware can play in maintaining hygiene levels.

GROHE Bau Cosmo infra-red tap close up lifestyle

Image credit: GROHE

GROHE first identified a seismic shift in the demand for hygiene-optimised products at the beginning of 2020, which reached new heights once the first wave of the pandemic hit the UK.

“Whilst in the UK commercial market the transition to more hygiene-focussed public spaces and business environments has been in motion for some time, there has been increasing demand in the consumer markets, in such a way that has never been seen before“, says Karl Lennon, Leader Projects Channel – A&D, LIXIL EMENA. “Ongoing conversations with our partners and clients over the last year has signified to us that there is a real demand for more knowledge around hygiene and what solutions are available. The pandemic is likely to impact both the short- and long-term implications of the way our buildings are designed and how we live and work in them. The design community are eager to expand their horizons in order to be able to adapt.”

By designing our surroundings with hygiene front of mind, Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities highlights other positive implications to consider too. For example, boosting sustainability credentials with products such as infra-red taps and flush plates which reduce water and energy consumption. Improving the accessibility of our private and public spaces is also a viable outcome, as more autonomous solutions will be favoured over traditional products that rely on manual operation.

To mark the release of its new CPD module, GROHE has partnered with leading hospitality design platform, Hotel Designs, to host a virtual launch event for architects and designers on Tuesday 9th February 2021. Hosted by Hotel Designs‘ editor, Hamish Kilburn, and presented by Karl Lennon, Leader Projects Channel – A&D, LIXIL EMENA, the launch event will give attendees a first look at the new CPD session. GROHE will also be hosting a prize draw for all those who register, with twenty of its brand-new Rainshower SmartActive 130 handshowers to give away. Winners will be announced and contacted shortly after the event.

For those interested in attending the launch event, registrations can be made here. To express interest in booking a private CPD training session, emails should be directed to cpdtraining-uk@grohe.com.

Since you’re here, why not read more about GROHE’s recently achieved sustainability accolades?

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: GROHE

Room set featuring the Crosswater Crossbox Push

“It’s groundbreaking”, UK Bathrooms puts the Crossbox Push to the test

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“It’s groundbreaking”, UK Bathrooms puts the Crossbox Push to the test

We’ve heard a lot of noise about the Crossbox Push shower unit in recent months, with its sharp design and innovative technology making it an ideal product to specify for the hospitality industry. But just how effective is it? We asked the experts at UK Bathrooms to put Crosswater’s new shower unit to the test…

Room set featuring the Crosswater Crossbox Push

While certain pieces of brassware in the bathroom are ever-evolving, others have remained fundamentally unchanged over the decades. While brassware as a whole has taken on the different colour finishes in vogue at various times – from gleaming gold brass to the matt black and white finishes trending today – some bathroom brassware seems to get more aesthetic attention than others. Notably, taps have undergone the most dramatic of developments, with handle shapes and spouts in a constant state of flux both design-wise – varying considerably from pieces based on historic precedent to those more akin to modern sculpture – to their positioning by the basin or bath, from classic mixer taps to wall mounted or freestanding.

Within the shower, shower heads have undergone bold changes over recent years, with forward thinking designs not only looking the part, offer different styles of water flow, or being integrated with lighting or elements of technology. More practical shower controls have been largely overlooked aesthetically, water and temperature typically regulated with the twisting of a valve and left at that. Until now. Cue the arrival of Crossbox Push by Crosswater, a module which radically modernises the design of shower controls and adds a revolutionary new functionality to the shower experience.

‘The Crossbox Push introduces a push control to the shower in a groundbreaking, design-focused way,” explains Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at ukBathrooms. ‘The instant water flow Crossbox Push offers at the touch of a button merges efficiency and precision control with an utterly sleek contemporary aesthetic, forever altering the look of within the shower.”

Streamlined functionality

The push button operation of Crossbox Push brings a fresh perspective to shower control design. Why twist and adjust when you can simply press? Rotary heat control means that the desired temperature can be pre-set and conjured in a tap of the Neoperl ABS push button. Water can be summoned from up to three different water outlets – be it a rainfall, wall mounted or hand-held shower head – in one easy touch.

Image of modern bathroom

Image credit: Crosswater/UK Bathrooms

Looking good

The two key elements of the Crossbox Push are the bold circular button, which is also integrated with a textured dial to alter water flow, and the smaller temperature control knob. Combined, the pair make a modern design statement, boldly protruding from the all metal backplate in a minimal, clean style, while the lines splitting the button into two or three add easy usability with low visual impact.

The finishing touch

Available in an array of on-trend and timeless finishes, the Crossbox Push can be specified to suit any colour scheme, style or existing brassware – all bases are covered with the Crosswater MPRO palette. Got a Scandi-style pale space? Blend in with Matt White, or contrast with Matt Black. Feeling glamourous? Brushed Brass is your friend. Need some texture? Try the Brushed Stainless Steel Effect. Something classic? Chrome is here for you.

Style and substance in the touch of a button, the Crossbox Push is ushering in a new era to water control, and a total refresh of design within the shower space.

UK Bathrooms is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package, while Crosswater is a Recommended Supplier. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Crosswater/UK Bathrooms

A Grohe logo

GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success

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GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success

Bathroom brand GROHE has been named one of the “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” and has also become double winner at the German Sustainability Awards 2021 as sustainability continues to fuel the brand’s growth…

A Grohe logo

As part of its global initiative, bathroom brand GROHE is driving sustainability based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. ”We at GROHE have a doer mentality: We don’t talk too much, we basically implement,” is how Thomas Fuhr, Leader Fittings LIXIL International and Co-CEO Grohe AG, describes how sustainability is implemented and translated into concrete action at GROHE in a documentary.

The short film is part of the global sustainability and climate protection initiative “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders”, for which GROHE was elected along with 49 other international companies. As pioneers in their respective industries, the companies portrayed demonstrate how they are actively committed to a sustainable future grounded in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 of the United Nations and, in doing so, inspire others to follow their example.

The GROHE brand also uses milestones from its 20-year commitment to sustainability to illustrate the innovative approaches to making sustainability the core of its business activities and how it views this transformation as an economic opportunity. GROHE’s considerable and effective contributions to sustainability along the entire value chain and its product offerings that allow consumers to live sustainably were also recently acknowledged by the jury of the German Sustainability Award, by honouring the brand in the transformation field “Resources” as well as its water system GROHE Blue in the category “Design”.

SAVE THE DATE: On February 9, Hotel Designs will join GROHE to host the brand’s next CPD session.

“Showing appreciation for our efforts by awarding us one of the most important sustainability prizes in Europe honours us to a high degree,” says Fuhr. “At GROHE, everything revolves around the most valuable and, simultaneously, scarcest resource: water. Acting in a way that saves resources and minimises our ecological footprint therefore has to be a matter of course for us.”

Behind the scenes of GROHE’s sustainability management

GROHE implements sustainability across all aspects of its business; it starts with product development, in which it combines an ecological approach with enjoyment through technologies such as EcoJoy. With GROHE’s EcoJoy technology, water consumption is reduced by up to half without any compromise on performance. Meanwhile, the development centre at the Hemer site with its 160 employees continuously researches and develops new innovations and approaches in order to create even more environmentally friendly products and solutions in the future. This will enable consumers to make their everyday lives more sustainable as easily as possible. However, the focus is not only on the use of water and energy-saving products as GROHE’s manufacturing processes are also optimised with sustainability in mind too.

Since April 2020, GROHE has been one of the first leading manufacturers in the sanitary industry to produce CO2-neutral products. With recycling rates of more than 90%, the brand is approaching a circular economy. Its latest initiatives such as “Less Plastic” particularly contribute to the conservation of resources and an avoidance of waste. As many as 23.5 million plastic packaging materials have already been saved as part of this initiative – a first milestone on the way to the goal of ultimately banning all plastic materials from product packaging by March 2021. The fight against the global problem of plastic waste is also complemented by GROHE Blue. The water system, which won the German Sustainability Award Design 2021 in the category “Icons”, offers chilled, filtered and, if desired, carbonated water straight from the kitchen tap – making plastic bottles redundant.

“Even though we have achieved a great deal in recent years, we are aware that we must continue to strengthen our commitment in order to shape the future of water in a sustainable manner,” adds Thomas Fuhr. “For us, sustainability is a continuous journey that we must continue with courage. I am proud that we are doing this as a team and that each individual at GROHE is making their contribution. Only like this can we pave the way to a sustainable economy, meet global challenges and improve people’s quality of life.”

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: GROHE

Hi-Fi by Gessi wins BoY Award for design excellence

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Hi-Fi by Gessi wins BoY Award for design excellence

The innovative Hi-Fi shower system by Gessi wins The Boy Award for pushing the boundaries in wellness product design…

The BoY Award is the ultimate measure of design excellence, honouring the most significant work of the year and recognising designers, architects, and manufacturers from around the globe.

With 761 products entered from 455 manufacturers in 26 countries and 176,517 votes cast, Gessi’s Hi-Fi Thermostatic Mixers has won the Bathroom Fixtures Category.

As the company’s latest launch, Hi-Fi is the convergence of design and technology and represents the new frontier of The Gessi Private Wellness Program, a wide range of modular shower elements that enable a completely customisable bathroom experience from rain showers to atomisation. Hi-Fi Thermostatic Mixers go beyond retro-inspired aesthetics to offer high-fidelity technology for water delivery with accurate precision and perfect ergonomic design.

Since you’re here, why not read more about the ’90s-inspired Hi-Fi systems from Gessi?

The Hi-Fi Collection is a unique addition to the bathroom furnishings market, providing an interactive interface to manipulate every aspect of the shower experience. The controls have been designed to mimic the tactile sensations of period stereo sets with clicking buttons and turning knobs, bringing the satisfaction of fine-tuning and the relaxation of music into a soothing wellness environment. Function buttons feature intuitive graphic icons for easy use, while the knobs have radial dials for precise control of water flow and temperature.

Moodboard featuring Gessi products

Image credit: Gessi

Hi-Fi is the fourth product design from Gessi to receive the prestigious BoY Award. In previous years the Inciso, Goccia and Tremillimetric Collections also garnered top honours.

Gessi is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: Gessi

A modern bathroom that is half tiled in green

Surface trend: chevron-shaped tiles add new design layer

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Surface trend: chevron-shaped tiles add new design layer

As the editorial team at Hotel Designs takes a peek at CTD Architectural Tiles’ newly launched Lloyd Collection of tiles, they notice a new trend emerging, which is transforming walls to create a deeper texture in interior design…

A modern bathroom that is half tiled in green

Bringing walls and tiles to life through colour and pattern, the new Lloyd collection from CTD Architectural Tiles is guaranteed to add a statement to residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Providing a decorative ornate finish, the chevron shape and pattern of the tiles provides specifiers and designers with the freedom to be creative and invigorate spaces in a sophisticated and elegant manner. A versatile product, the flared reliefs and fluted profiles provide an additional standout feature, setting it apart from other chevron ranges.

A leather sofa in front of a zig-zag wall tiles in blue, grey and white.

While you’re here, why not read about the Niza Collection by CTD Architectural Tiles?

Available in a 55 x 195 x 8mm format, Lloyd is a glazed ceramic collection that comes in seven on-trend colourways – from deep navy to refreshing greige. Presented in a glazed gloss finish, the White colourway is also available in a matte finish. Whether acting as the backdrop to merchandise in a retail setting, or creating a feature wall in a hotel lobby, this visually striking collection will inject personality and character to the interiors of a wide range of projects.

Part of the Saint-Gobain family, CTD Architectural Tiles specialises in the supply of high quality ceramic tile finishes and tiling solutions across all sectors in the UK commercial specification market. With clients in a variety of sectors including the leisure, retail, hospitality industries, CTD Architectural Tiles is committed to bringing customers the latest innovations in product and in service. With unparalleled expertise and technical knowledge, the team works with industry leading, innovative manufacturers to offer a complete portfolio of ceramic and porcelain tile ranges to suit the architect, interior designer, developer and specification professional.

CTD Architectural Tiles is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: CTD Architectural Tiles

A collage of interior design shots inside The Bull Inn in Totnes

Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’

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Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’

Award-winning sustainable hotel, The Bull Inn, Totnes, which Hotel Designs reviewed recently, specified Bette shower trays and baths…

The Times and The Sunday Times’ Eco Hotel of the Year 2020, The Bull Inn, Totnes, selected Bette to provide shower trays and baths that fit with its focus on sustainability.

A collage of interior design shots inside The Bull Inn in Totnes

The hotel is the fourth brainchild of Geetie Singh-Watson, who opened the world’s first certified organic pub in 1998. She worked with Devon-based architect, Jackie Gillespie of Gillespie Yunnie Architects, to ensure that every aspect of the hotel is sustainable. This includes the pastel-coloured plaster walls, organic linens, innovative heating system and bathrooms.

“I particularly like the low profile and solid feel of the BetteSupra shower trays, and the fact that they come with adjustable frames.” – Jackie Gillespie, founder of Gillespie Yunnie Architects.

The stylish bathrooms feature white brick tiles with accents of muted gold. Each has either a shower, with Bette glazed titanium-steel BetteSupra shower tray or a comfortable double ended BetteStarlet bath, perfect for a relaxing soak. All the shower trays and the baths feature Bette’s almost invisible anti-slip surface, Anti-Slip Pro.

“We used Bette shower trays and baths because they combine high quality and lasting looks with sustainability, as they are made from natural materials and are recyclable,” commented architect Jackie Gillespie. “I particularly like the low profile and solid feel of the BetteSupra shower trays, and the fact that they come with adjustable frames. I have used the shower trays and baths on many projects and like the double-ended symmetry and comfort of the BetteStarlet bath, with central waste. It’s also extremely useful that both the shower trays and baths come in such a wide range of sizes, so we were able to select the right sizes for the rooms, including 1200 x 900mm shower trays in the majority of the bathrooms.”

Owner, Geetie Singh-Watson added: “We are committed to a philosophy of Doing Business Better, which drives us to really examine the best way to do things; to scrutinise our habits and our ways of being and buying. It was really important to me that we didn’t have plastic baths or shower trays and I believe that, if we always looked at the end of life of a product when we buy it, we would change the impact on the planet. The Bette products are not only 100% recyclable but will last for many years.”

Bette baths, shower trays and basins come with a thirty year warranty, are easy to clean and available in over 400 colours, including gloss and matt finishes. Made from natural raw materials, they are completely recyclable and verified to the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as per ISO 14025 and to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Since you’re here, why not read our review of The Bull Inn, Totnes?

Bette is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: The Bull Inn, Totnes

Product watch: Kaldewei launches washbasin made of sustainable steel enamel

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Product watch: Kaldewei launches washbasin made of sustainable steel enamel

Premium bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei enhances portfolio with a new and luxurious highlight washbasin product. Asian-inspired, the Ming’s design is unique in its segment…

Its shape typifies both the traditional and the modern. The lines of this delicate washbasin bowl produce an elegant, sculptural shape ideal for a distinctive interior design. Moreover, it offers exceptional comfort thanks to its generous depth and a lastingly hygienic glass surface.

The Ming’s most striking design feature is its elegant shape. Convex curves form a sensual outline, the neutral black and white tones used remain unobtrusive, allowing for plenty of scope within individually designed washrooms.

Like all Kaldewei products, the Ming is made of superior steel enamel. This material features a flawlessly glazed surface and is extremely long-lasting and ultra hygienic. Steel enamel is 100 per cent recyclable and is one of the most sustainable materials available for modern bathroom fit-outs.,

This washbasin bowl is easy to clean and extremely resistant to external impacts just a few of the reasons why Kaldewei offers a 30-year product guarantee for its steel enamel products. The Ming is available in four different colours: lava black matt, polished black, alpine white and alpine white matt.

Guided by the motto “naturally connected”, legendary musician and award-winning photographer Bryan Adams has artfully showcased the new Ming washbasin bowl. His aim is to highlight connectedness and an awareness of hygiene in turbulent times. Applying a keen eye for detail, Adams gives us an intimate look at being together: with simple hygiene measures we extend our hands to each other – to our family, our friends and our partners. It’s a message that is both highly topical and timeless – and one which is perfectly reflected in the Ming’s classic design.

Kaldewei is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: Kaldewei

GROHE Rainshower SmartActive 130 Shower rail set with 3 shower sprays and GROHE EcoJoy technology. Fitted with Grohtherm SmartControl shower mixer

GROHE launches Rainshower SmartActive, a new hand shower

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GROHE launches Rainshower SmartActive, a new hand shower

With the launch of its most advanced hand shower to date, Rainshower SmartActive from GROHE brings to the market a quick and easy solution to creating the enjoyable, relaxing and high-quality shower experience that is expected from hotel bathrooms…

GROHE Rainshower SmartActive 130 Shower rail set with 3 shower sprays and GROHE EcoJoy technology. Fitted with Grohtherm SmartControl shower mixer

Thanks to smart functions and intuitive operation, users are ensured absolute shower enjoyment that can be tailored to their individual needs or mood which is of high value in hotel bathrooms, adding to the sense of uniqueness and luxury that visitors really appreciate during their stay.

In addition, there is minimal installation work required as the Rainshower SmartActive can be purchased with a matching shower rail that can be easily affixed using existing drill holes, making it an easy retrofit solution to instantly upgrade your hotel’s guest rooms or spa facilities without requiring a considerable amount of time, work or investment.

Thanks to two new technologies, the GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower is the most innovative hand shower to date in the GROHE product range. Equipped with GROHE SmartTip control, a simple fingertip on the rear of the ergonomically designed hand shower is enough to intuitively switch between three spray modes. In the centre of the shower head, round and star-shaped jets provide a powerful ActiveMassage spray. Meanwhile, the Jet spray is perfect post-workout or when the user is feeling tired as its invigorating spray can give the body a completely new sense of energy, whilst also being great for rinsing shampoo thoroughly and quickly too. However, if a gentler, softer water pressure is preferred, the circular arranged nozzles mimic a gentle rain shower.

Aside from a choice of luxurious spray patterns designed to personalise the shower experience, GROHE has also integrated its DripStop feature into the new hand shower design. Often, guests visit a hotel as a quiet and luxurious retreat from the stresses of everyday life. This new technology, therefore, works as a preventative measure in hotel bathrooms by eliminating the unnecessary annoyance of a dripping shower which can be quite disruptive when attempting to relax and unwind. This feature also makes the GROHE Rainshower Active hand shower a more eco-aware alternative to standard models.

Perfect for adding a touch of luxury and indulgence to the shower space, the Rainshower SmartActive is compatible with almost any shower system and available in 130mm and 150mm sizes, 12 colour finishes and a round or square design. This means it can be seamlessly integrated into any existing bathroom décor for a cost-effective upgrade that will transform the shower experience. For projects seeking to completely refurbish the shower space, the Rainshower SmartActive perfectly complements head showers such as GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartActive or Rainshower 310 Mono, Rainshower Bodysprays as well as concealed thermostats or the innovative GROHE SmartControl shower control.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features 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: GROHE

A render of a shower in a bathroom that looks like a light

Gessi turns up the drama in the bathroom with Spotlight

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Gessi turns up the drama in the bathroom with Spotlight

Design-led bathroom brand Gessi has launched Spotwater, the perfect synthesis of advanced technology and high design…

Inspired by the same concept of the lighting technology, Spotwater stands out for its tubular design and the adjustable angle, offering a completely customized experience through four different waterjets: Rain, Multi-spray, Atomizer and Waterfall.

A render of a shower in a bathroom that looks like a light

These unique spotlights are enriched by the exclusive Gessi touch, resulting in five different finishings: Cesello, Intreccio, Trame, Ingranaggio and the smooth Flessa. Together with a rich and captivating range of finishes – from the shimmering glow of pure metal, to soft and warm tones. This wellness source opens the way to unprecedented stylistic interpretations and possibilities of personalisation of the shower space.  These innovative showerheads gratify those who love essentiality, but also want to give their bathroom a refined, high-tech yet warm and decorative touch.

With sculptural shapes and surfaces that invite to touch, Gessi Spotwater contributes, even scenically, to the environments and architectures of fascinating private habitats, as well as exclusive yachts, hotels and resorts. In fact, by fitting harmoniously into avant-garde architectures as in the most classic, the Gessi lines always add a contribution of personality and style, making these places catching and surprising. This makes Gessi the choice of the designers of the most fascinating environments in the world.

Gessi conceives its creations with the ambition that design, with its ability to infuse an art content in consumer products, and the technology incorporated in it, will enrich the living spaces, making everyday gestures special and unique. In fact, Gessi projects spring from creative freedom and a passion for objects liberated from prescribed and encoded functions and reinvented for new uses: empathetic, friendly and enjoyable bathroom furnishings. Objects that improve people’s live.

Gessi is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design

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5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design

Following the spectacular launch of Burlington’s Bespoke Collection earlier this year – and to mark the start of our Year in Review series – editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with Burlington’s marketing manager, Faye Froy, and Julie Ingham who was the designer behind that colourful and eclectic range of bathroom products…

British designer Julie Ingham is known for creating patterns and illustrations for packaging, greeting cards, homewares, textiles and books. However, recently, she was asked by Burlington to take a leap into a new segment of the design industry, to help the bathroom brand create its most recent hero collection. 

Representing a new era of classic bathroom design, Bespoke by Burlington is a distinctive and unique collection of coloured and hand-decorated ceramics. Offering true customisation, the new products provide architects, specifiers and designers with an unsurpassed level of individuality, placing Burlington at the very forefront of modern-day bathroom design, whilst remaining true to its historic influences and style.

Image caption: Oriental Blossum from the Bespoke by Burlington collection

To understand more about the collection, I caught up with Ingham and Faye Froy, Marketing Manager at Burlington:

Hamish Kilburn: What are the challenges of designing a ‘bespoke’ range for a commercial market?

Faye Froy: The Bespoke collection was created to offer the customer alternatives to our normal white finish. Whilst white looks stunning and will still be the main choice, there is increasing demand for colour and for decoration. We developed the technology to make the wide range offered in the Bespoke collection and this gives Burlington the chance to offer colours, single colour decoration and multi-colour decoration. Now we have the process fine-tuned we can produce these with short lead times (6 weeks) on a made to order basis. Within the range is Bespoke lettering which allows Burlington to personalise with the name of the home such a “The Old Dairy” and we can also produce with hotel or business logos on.

There are no specific challenges in extending this to the commercial market, and for contracts we can produce bespoke designs if the project is looking for a unique design or unique colour.

HK: Why is 2020 the ideal year to launch the Bespoke Collection?

FF: It was always part of our strategy to launch the Bespoke collection this year. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit we quickly agreed that we still wanted to launch the collection but in a different way. Instead of the launch event we originally planned on hosting in London, we moved the launch online, engaging various high-profile influencers to promote the brand and a two-week launch was created. It was such an exciting month where we created such a buzz and we gained so much coverage through our press and social channels.

It was important to Burlington that we still went ahead with the launch. Many businesses this year have delayed their new products to 2021 but that gave us more of a reason to push ahead and create something new and exciting for the brand.

HK: What was the thinking behind the colours you chose for the collection?

Julie Ingham: The colours came from an enormous amount of research into bathroom trends.  I looked at what colours people already had in their bathrooms and how they used them and what they were comfortable with. I also looked at colour historically in bathrooms both domestically and commercially. But probably most importantly how colour would sit on such an iconic bathroom shape.  We wanted to give the product a new edge and feel, whilst still retaining a balance and direction towards what the shape represents. I Photo-shopped about 200 colours onto basins to get the right feel. Colour is so individual and logistically we had to choose three for production. I think the colour choice was harder than the pattern choice!

HK: How would you describe the collection in three words?

JI: Stylish, inspired and iconic.

HK: If you were to design an extension to the Bespoke Collection, what themes would you explore?

JI: A children’s range, with boats and bunting perhaps in nursery style pastel shades. I adore the work on Eric Ravillious, and Midwinter’s Jessie Tait, so perhaps a nod in their direction, geometric and landscapes. Trees, forests, dark greens swaying movements. My personal favourites from the collection we designed are the Oriental Blossom and Spring Forest designs and I would like to continue the organic feel that I think these two have.

HK: How has the pandemic changed peoples’ perception of bathrooms in hotel design?

FF: The bathroom is a room that certainly should not be overlooked. Often heavily featured on Instagram, blogs and in magazines with the heading of ‘the best Instagrammable bathrooms to visit,’ consumers are looking for high design quality throughout every room in a hotel, and the bathroom will often heavily influence their decision on whether to book a stay. Whether the bathroom is bold and colourful, or is a spa-like haven to retreat to, consumers will wish to stay in hotels with Instagrammable bathrooms.

With the pandemic resulting is us all spending much more time in our homes, getting away to a hotel whether for a one-night stay or a week away is more important than ever. Consumers will want to feel like they are really escaping day to day life, so hotel design will become more important than ever to offer the guest that true feeling of relax, rest and rejuvenate. The bathroom will continue to play a big part of that theme.

Burlington is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials

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Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials

The Swiss bathroom specialist, Laufen, has set new sustainability trends in bathroom design. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates…

With unprecedented performance properties, the revolutionary SaphirKeramik, found in all Laufen products, bestows possibilities and versatility never seen before, enabling exceptional shaping where finely-defined curves and tight edge radii of 1-2mm are created.

This unique ceramic is considerably thinner and has an improved bending strength, compared to traditional bathroom ceramics. Laufen is now able to produce wafer-thin, yet exceptionally robust ceramic bodies, which in turn makes it more sustainable by reducing weight with a lower consumption of raw materials and energy, required for the manufacturing process. SaphirKeramik is not a replacement for any existing materials; instead, it broadens the range of forms of expression of the natural base material.

Since its launch in 2013 SaphirKeramik has developed into a favourite material of many architects and bathroom planners, because it permits a whole new design language within bathroom ceramics, which could not have been realised in the same way with conventional ceramics. Designed under the creative leadership of superstar Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the contemporary ‘The New Classic’ collection interprets classical styles using Laufen’s innovative SaphirKeramik to help create soft, gentle feminine curves, alongside angular, masculine elements.

Since you’re here, why not read Hotel Designs’ tour of Roca and Laufen UK headquarters?

Image caption: The New Classic, designed by Marcel Wanders for Laufen

Image caption: The New Classic, designed by Marcel Wanders for Laufen

Laufen is also taking responsibility for the its impact on the environment by developing ways to recycle wastewater. In collaboration with Austrian design studio EOOS and long-term research by Eawag, Laufen have developed a ground-breaking urine separation toilet that opens a new chapter in sustainable wastewater management: Save! Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save! will revolutionise sanitation, reduce the environmental issue of wastewater pollution and provide a solution fit for the 21st century.

The key innovation in Save! is the “urine trap”, created by EOOS Design, which diverts urine to a concealed outlet using only surface tension. By trapping the urine – which contains a high number of nutrients – the device allows the liquid to be repurposed into a  fertiliser called Aurin.

"urine trap", created by EOOS Design for Laufen

Image caption: “urine trap”, created by EOOS Design for Laufen

The installation of urine separation toilets into hotels, public areas and residential developments will lead to sustainable and energy-saving wastewater management, seamlessly integrating the circular economy by efficiently treating the collected wastewater, recovering and recycling the preserved nutrients.

Laufen is committed to contributing towards the development of innovative technologies to solve this urgent problem, developing new, sustainable solutions that will help save lives and improve sanitation conditions in developing countries.

Laufen is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Crosswater introduces range extension to Kai furniture

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Crosswater introduces range extension to Kai furniture

A spacious and affordable storage solution for today’s bathrooms, Kai from Crosswater combines contemporary styling with everyday functionality, ensuring an affordable range of furniture units that will sit cohesively within interiors of all styles and sizes…

From refreshing and sleek grey palettes to modern monochrome colour combinations, the three understated finishes will complement and sit beautifully within a wide range of on-trend bathroom schemes.

With storage a key consideration in any bathroom, the Kai furniture range provide homeowners with the option to choose from single or double drawer styles, complete with a white gloss worktop or a fine fireclay basin tops for added appeal. The units are available in Grey Oak, White Gloss and Grey Gloss finishes and feature substantial storage with full extension and soft closing drawers ideal for hiding away toiletries and everyday bathroom essentials.

Perfect for both the cloakroom and main family bathroom, each piece will slot cohesively into a variety of interior design spaces. The designs can be paired with striking patterned surfaces and hints of greenery for a contemporary look  – or go for a minimalistic style by pairing the Kai furniture and toilet units to create a neutral colour palette throughout.

An exceptionally versatile range, Kai provides strikingly spacious furniture for bathrooms of all styles and sizes.  From 500mm to 1000mm units, each piece has been specially crafted to cater to the needs of every household – delivering the ultimate affordable bathroom experience.

Crosswater is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels

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Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels

As the pandemic continues to challenge existing hotel concepts in all sectors of hospitality, the conventional bathroom and wellness area is being confronted. Tony Taylor-Sherif, Area Specification Consultant at Schlüter Systems who delivered a PRODUCT WATCH pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, explains…

It is no secret that 2020 has been an unpredictable year with challenges faced by all due to Covid-19. The hospitality sector is one of many which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, but hopefully a strong bounce back will be on the horizon due to the resilient nature of the industry.

However, the design and build of a hotel is a long process that can take a number of years, and predicting how the landscape of the hospitality sector will look on the other side of a global pandemic really is anybody’s guess. One thing that is certain, though, hotels at the early stages of the design process will need to be impressive, welcoming and have the all-important ‘wow’ factor.

Schlüter Systems’ latest range of shower boards could be a key player in assisting with the long-term plans of hotels going forward: a low height version within the Schlüter-KERDI-SHOWER-LTS range has been created specifically to work alongside the Schlüter-KERDI-LINE-G3 linear drain to provide low build up and level access whilst being fully waterproof.

Exclusive modern white bathroom with glass shower

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The reason this product can help future high-rise hotels is that when installed with the KERDI-LINE-G3 drain, the KERDI-SHOWER-LTS low height offering has the potential to allow for an extra storey to be created with the additional space available due to the fall of 1:80. When return on investment is such an important factor, this option could make all the difference.

Not only does the low height offering provide architects with more space to build upwards, another benefit is that it can easily be installed as part of a warrantied and fully waterproof system. The KERDI-SHOWER-LTS can be used seamlessly with other products in their portfolio, such as Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT to offer the popular choice of underfloor heating, and the BBA-certified Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD for the slick creation of niches or partition walls.

New design bathroom with shower and two basins, in gray and white with black details

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This will provide both hotel owners and their guests with the much-needed reassurance and peace of mind that the specified bathrooms will be long-lasting and reliable. Getting the parts behind the tiles right ensures that any elements you add to give guests an unforgettable experience will stand the test of time.

Although it is difficult to know what the next few years will look like for the hospitality sector, it is clear that hotels will need to offer the very best to their customers and with Schlüter Systems, this can be done stylishly with ease.

Since you’re here, why not read more about Schlüter System’s stylish niches and shelves.

Schlüter Systems was a PRODUCT WATCH pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE.

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Industry insight: adding personality in the bathroom with scenic lighting

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Industry insight: adding personality in the bathroom with scenic lighting

Bathroom brand Duravit explores lighting in the bathrooms, both as a functional element and as a personal one…

Light is functional and atmospheric and plays an elementary role in the bathroom. There are three aspects that need to be considered for the perfect lighting setup: basic lighting, accent lighting, and functional lighting.

A purple lit bathroom with black bath and candles on the floor

While basic lighting lights our way, accent lighting injects a feel-good factor into the lighting concept. Contrast-rich and expressive lighting generates a stimulating atmosphere in the bathroom and creates cozy accents. Conversely, the focus at the washing area is on functional lighting this needs to be bright without dazzling the user.

Image caption: Illuminated treasure chest: an optional inner lighting system is available for the Happy D.2 Plus vanity unit. The LED light turns on or off when the drawer is opened or closed. | Image credit: Duravit

From warm white to neutral white and up to daylight white – the spectrum of light colours ranges from warm yellow to cool blue, you can enjoy the perfect light at any time of day: cold in the morning to wake you up, warm in the evening to help you relax.

Duravit is one of our Recommended Suppliers 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.

Since you’re here, why not read more about the psychology of colour?

Main image caption: Candlelight and mirror lighting light up the darkness: Happy D.2 Plus mirror with circular ambient light. The LED- lighting can be individually configured via the touchscreen | Image credit: Duravit

Bathroom brand Aqualisa expands its brassware offering

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Bathroom brand Aqualisa expands its brassware offering

Hard on the heels of launching an extended brassware range – the warmly received Uptown collection – shower manufacturer Aqualisa has introduced two more ranges of brassware under the new Downtown and Central branding…

All three ranges are a value for money option, that will support shower sales with a combined, style matched brassware proposition. This latest move establishes Aqualisa as a brassware category player with a strong proposition for market sectors where bathroom customisation and the trend towards ‘mix and match’ is a strong purchase influence.

These new tap offerings are relevant to all Aqualisa’s target markets – trade, consumer and specifier – where the opportunity exists to offer a co-ordinated sale of shower and taps under one brand with the same style elements. With a variation of lever styles, these taps cover both basin and bath variants and can be paired with a wide selection of single and dual lever mixer showers and bar valves, including the AQ, Mian, Midas and Dream ranges.

“We’re keen  to support our showers through specialist retail and merchant showrooms with consumers that are looking for co-ordinated taps with strong brand values as well as to brand loyal installers at the trade counter who will specify taps as part of a complete bathroom refurbishment project,” says Head of Marketing Sian Brink.

The introduction of these new tap ranges announces Aqualisa’s serious entry into the brassware market as it heads towards the end of 2020, but, importantly, the launch positions Aqualisa as a brassware brand with a more extensive offering to come in 2021.

“These brassware options see the Aqualisa brand covering full, matching combinations of showers and taps to suit a broad range of bathroom installations,” says Sian Brink. “The choice of different lever styles provides options to match both new and existing sanitaryware styles, making them ideal for bathroom makeovers and updates.”

All taps in the ranges are easy to fit with flexible hose connections and click clack wastes included with the basin taps. They are durable and functional with high quality limescale resistant chrome plate finish, justifying a five-year guarantee against any manufacturing defect.  With integral flow limiters and full WRAS approval, the ranges satisfy all Part G water safety, usage and efficiency standards.

Aqualisa is one of our Recommended Suppliers 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.

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Innovation in shower design: introducing Crossbox Push by Crosswater

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Innovation in shower design: introducing Crossbox Push by Crosswater

One year on from the successful launch of the original Crossbox – a single universal installation box with multiple trim set designs – Crosswater has extended the range with the introduction of Crossbox Push

Crossbox Push is Crosswater’s recently launched shower unit, which has evolved out of the success of Crossbox that launched last year. It comprises an all-metal backplate, rotary and temperature control which delivers a high-quality, premium feel – with five different MPRO trim-sets available.

Available in a two or three outlet variant, the new coloured trim-sets offer enhanced choice, allowing the homeowner to select a trim design that will complement their existing décor.  Intelligent push technology relies on NEOPERL® ABS push buttons and FSG cartridge to provide a seamless showering experience, the user can easily transition between sources or alternatively, stop the flow completely.

Comfort and safety is guaranteed with the vernet thermostatic cartridge technology, this means that whilst the temperature will be regulated, if there was a sudden change in water temperature, the thermostatic cartridge can adapt quickly and return the water to its comfortable pre-set temperature. Flühs precise 45-degree rotation, allows the water flow to be easily adjusted.

Extremely easy to install, the Crossbox Push device requires installation via one single universal installation core. Enhanced with deeper 16.5mm projection, the backplate can easily accommodate the push technology whilst retaining its sleek aesthetic.

A black bathroom with modern Crosswater shower outlet

Image credit: Crosswater

Developed with all of the intelligent features seen in the original Crossbox design but with an enhanced trim, the new Crossbox Push benefits from the built-in ‘Easy-Switch’ module, to allow for simple and quick flow reversal if the feeds are plumbed the wrong way around making it an ideal choice for installers and retailers alike.

While you’re here, why not check out the Matt White finishes in Crosswater’s MPRO Collection?

With ease of installation and ease of use at the forefront of its design, Crossbox Push is, in our opinion, the perfect addition to the modern bathroom and ideal for lifestyle hotels that are looking to future-proof their showers.

Crosswater is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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A bathroom with floral walls and modern shower unit from Kaldewei

Kaldewei provides bathroom solutions for Germany’s largest hotel

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Kaldewei provides bathroom solutions for Germany’s largest hotel

Bathroom brand Kaldewei has been specified to provide high-end bathroom solutions for The Estrel, which is Germany’s largest hotel…

With no less than 1,125 guestrooms and suites, The Estrel, located in Berlin, is Germany’s largest hotel – and it has just announced a major refurbishment.

A bathroom with floral walls and modern shower unit from Kaldewei

In addition to the mass of rooms, the hotel also shelters four restaurants, three bars, a summer garden with its own landing pier, a state-of-the-art wellness area and gym. Adjoining the four-star plus hotel is the Estrel Congress Center, where more than 75 conference rooms provide the ideal setting for events and conventions.

As part of its refurbishment, the hotel specified Kaldewei bathtubs, shower surfaces and washbasins for more than 1,000 of its bathrooms. Thanks to these superior steel enamel bathroom solutions, the bathrooms have been transformed into exclusive sanctuaries, surrounded by, but far removed from hectic city life.

The Estrel offers an intimate ambience and modern design that shapes the character of the spacious rooms and suites. In addition to the numerous standard and de luxe rooms, accessible rooms are also available. Whatever a guest’s room requirements, The Estrel will meet them with its Junior, Deluxe and Executive suites or its Presidential Suite, which also features antique furnishings. Located on the 17th floor, the 250 square metre Presidential Suite is one of the hotel’s highlights. As a privately-run property, creating an intimate ambience and ensuring guests are given individual attention are paramount for the Estrel Berlin. This includes special features such as the Estrel summer garden with its own landing pier, from where guests can embark on a cruise on the Spree through Berlin.

The guest bathrooms: personalised comfort of the highest standard

At the Estrel, guests can experience to shower surfaces, washbasins and bathtubs made of sustainable Kaldewei steel enamel which, thanks to state-of-the-art add- on accessories, promise unparalleled relaxation. More than 1,000 of the hotel’s bathrooms feature Cayonoplan, Superplan and Superplan Plus shower surfaces so guests can enjoy a wonderfully invigorating experience.

A bathroom with floral wallcoverings and modern bath in the middle from Kaldewei

Image credit: Kaldewei/The Estrel

In addition, the Pure Duo bathtubs – some fitted with Kaldewei Skin Touch and Sound Wave – guarantee delightful bathing that stimulates all the senses. While the Skin Touch wellness feature delivers a naturally rejuvenating effect, guests can immerse themselves in the resonant vibrations of their favourite music with the Sound Wave bathtub audio system. In keeping with the elegant and aesthetic bathroom design, the wellness experience is rounded off with over 500 Puro undercounter washbasins. In this way, Kaldewei once again meets the hotel industry’s demanding requirements for aesthetic, long-lasting and sustainable bathroom solutions.

Steel enamel: for sustainability in the bathroom

Thanks to the resilient surface made of superior steel enamel, Kaldewei bathroom solutions show no signs of wear and tear even after years of intensive use and cleaning. Once their long useful life comes to an end, they are fully recyclable making them ideal for sustainable hotels. “We are delighted that our high-end bathroom solutions are helping to make the Estrel Berlin a very special place for rest and regeneration. Kaldewei and Estrel are two brands that fit perfectly together and meet the highest standards,” says Managing Director Franz Kaldewei.

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers 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.

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Unlacquered brass finish added to Crosswater’s Belgravia collection

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Unlacquered brass finish added to Crosswater’s Belgravia collection

Brand new for autumn 2020, Crosswater is delighted to introduce a stunning new finish to its beautifully timeless Belgravia collection

Perfect for adding an elegant finishing touch to bathrooms, the new ‘Unlacquered Brass’ finish offers a traditional look with a contemporary twist, and joins two existing finishes – Chrome and Nickel – to complete this much-loved traditional range.

Belgravia Unlacquered Brass offers luxurious style influenced by time-honoured design, in a range of premium taps, showerheads, valves and bath fillers. In contrast to Chrome and Nickel, the Unlacquered Brass finish offers a warm metallic finish with a gorgeous golden glow that is guaranteed to make an on-trend statement in bathrooms of all designs.

A natural living finish, this new addition to the collection is specifically designed and manufactured to oxidise over time, resulting in a changing, unique look which offers even more personality to the bathroom.

Its silky smooth and reflective surface makes it ideal for achieving a high-end and modern look in period-style bathrooms and is strikingly coordinated against the details of Belgravia’s white glazed ceramic levers.

Features of the range include elaborate bath fillers, traditional shower handsets, exposed shower valves and decadent showerheads, all sympathetically curated in the style and essence of the Victorian era. The ideal choice for lovers of traditional design, the Belgravia Unlacquered Brass range encompasses a beautifully classic look that will complement any bathing space.

While you’re here, why not check out The Arena Collection by Crosswater?

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Introducing the Lunar Loo from Duravit

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Introducing the Lunar Loo from Duravit

FranziskaWülker, development engineer at the designer bathroom manufacturer Duravit, designed and developed a ‘Lunar Loo’ for competition that was conducted by NASA…

Developing a toilet that can work in a weightless environment and on the moon, sounds like quite a tricky task! That is why NASA offered a $35,000 prize for the three best designs – for which they received 20,000 proposals from participants around the world.

NASA announced the winners at a ceremony on October 22, 2020, and awarded third prize to Franziska Wülker, development engineer at the designer bathroom manufacturer Duravit. The two first places were awarded to teams from the United States. Franziska Wülker is the female non-American individual engineer who made it to the top three.

Jonny Kim, the Silver Star recipient and NASA astronaut was also present at the ceremony, as he is involved in the Artemis program.  This is expected to send the next male and first female astronaut tothe moon in 2024.

Thomas Stammel, Chief Technical Officer at Duravit AG, was delighted, and said: “We are extremely proud that Franziska Wülker was able to conceive and complete such an ingenious project alongside her regular work. The third place award is a considerable achievement and is testament to our expertise in the field of toilet technology.”

The Duravit space toilet is comfortable for both male and female astronauts to use – thanks to its optimised sitting geometry. Suction is used to reliably remove all excretions from the user’s body. Due to the absence of gravity, excretions are fed into a centrifuge, where they are accelerated and deposited in a tank via a screw conveyor.

The geometry of the design and filters guarantees that neither unpleasant odours nor bacteria can escape into the cabin of the spaceship. The toilet system is self-contained, meaning that the safety of the crew is guaranteed even in the event of a power outage, preventing exposure to a vacuum or similar. Despite its ingenious technology, Duravit’s design comes in well below NASA’s specifications in terms of weight and energy consumption.

Duravit deploys state-of-the-art technology in all its research and development, which is enhanced by the experience of the skilled workforce in the development team. Engineers, product developers, and designers work closely on new projects. For example, they utlilise the very latest software used for research in the automotive industry, the aviation and aerospace sector and in universities. For instance this software enables the flow of water to be realistically simulated and visualised, this means that new products can be developed and optimised quickly and efficiently. The company previously used the software in the development of the Duravit Rimless® technology, this offers enhanced hygiene and cleaning comfort thanks to the open design of the flushing rim.

“When developing toilets, we pay close attention to reliable flushing performance and good hygiene. As well as functionality and design, we are also always mindful of current issues such as water consumption,” said development engineer Franziska Wülker. “On our toilets designed for use on earth, we are naturally assisted by gravity, which causes the excrement to fall automatically into the toilet bowl. One of the biggest challenges in the construction of the Lunar Loo was rethinking everything to ensure that the functionality also worked in a weightless environment.”

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Gessi’s new showroom lands in London

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Gessi’s new showroom lands in London

Gessi’s new showroom, Casa Gessi London, is a celebration of Italian design for a wellness experience in the most private and intimate space of the hotel, the bathroom…

Located in the heart of Clerkenwell – a thriving design district that houses many of the world’s leading contemporary design and architectural innovators – Casa Gessi London is the bathroom brand’s latest showroom that welcomes professionals in the architectural and design community.

Hosted in the Old Sessions House, an 18th-century Palladian-style Grade II listed, the Casa Gessi London showroom spans a grand space of 725m2. The three-story building, with its vaulted ceilings and original brick walls, pays homage to its past whilst embodying Gessi’s passion for beauties, architectures and creation skills that transcend time, which the Company infuses into its contemporary design, style and wellbeing concepts.

Presenting an exhilarating sensorial journey, the London showroom seeks to embody the philosophy, the history, and the identity of Gessi to engage visitors in a palpable emotive experience. Combining contemporary design technology with traditional Georgian and Victorian architectural features, the Casa Gessi showroom presents a bold and ambitious juxtaposition, showcasing products at the forefront of innovation within the historical infrastructure of the Old Sessions House. The building’s long, storied history is carefully integrated into the present-day design, including the prison-cell structure which extends across the ground floor and now hosts product display exhibitions.

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Gessi boasts an extraordinary client base of architects, interior designers, and lifestyle enthusiasts, who are invited to explore the ‘Libertà’ bar and lounge within the showroom, in addition to working and networking from the numerous dedicated spaces. The Architectural Wellness space features a spectacular performance of light and water, and to conclude the showroom, the Gessi Wellness Tailor Atelier Dressing Room offers guests a chance to explore their wellness dreams, by hand-selecting novel new combinations of Gessi products and finishes.

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Recognised globally for its ‘Made in Gessi’ bathroom concept and design, Gessi presents ‘design to be experienced’ a forward-thinking approach to wellbeing, manufactured with the utmost respect for both the environment, and the user. Gessi strives to make people’s lives better, designing products with people in mind, making bespoke private spaces.

Casa Gessi London is the most recent international opening by the brand following the Gessi showroom in the cities of Milan, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghai.

Gessi 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  Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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Bryan Adams shoots campaign for Kaldewei

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Bryan Adams shoots campaign for Kaldewei

Taking the theme “Natural Union”, rockstar and photographer Bryan Adams shot Kaldewei’s new collection of Steel Enamel Washbasins…

New images have surfaced of Kaldewei’s Steel Enamel collection, which have been captured through the lens of legendary rockstar and photographer Bryan Adams. The campaign displays the importance of maintaining relationships combined with the increased need for hygiene awareness in these controversial times. Adams takes an intimate look at togetherness exclusively for Kaldewei: with his unique perspective he show that following simple hygiene routines we can come together and join hands—with our family, our friends, our partners.

The unique collaboration between Bryan Adams and Kaldewei evolved into the project “Natural Union”. With his empathetic and professional vision, Adams photographed the 2021 washbasin collection; the charismatic images are emotionally charged with a strong message.

At first stance “Natural Union” may seem at odds with the commandment of the hour for social distancing. But if we take our responsibility towards each other and our environment seriously, we can see we are closer than ever. We are all naturally connected and have a responsibility to look after each other and our planet – everyday actions such as washing your hands have never been more important,” says the photographer, highlighting the concept behind the campaign.

In late August, six people of different gender, ages and backgrounds came together in a Berlin photo studio. Photographed under running water, these distinctive hands old, young, male and female touched. This creates a seamless link to Kaldewei; the company uses natural components to produce steel enamel products which make every surface unique.

The Ming and Miena Steel Enamel Washbasins

Ming is the embodiment of subtle sophistication. The convex lines form an elegant silhouette, whist the classic black-and-white colour range acts as a perfect setting for creative design. Whether for the minimalist bathroom or more imaginative spaces—the classic grace of the new Ming washbasins allows for personal creativity; making the bathroom a retreat which sparks joy. Ming comes in four different variations: matte lava black, classic lava black, matte alpine white and classic alpine white.

Miena invigorates the bathroom with a totally new colour palette of blue and violet hues. The elegant design allows for experimentation with colours, the ability to make the bathroom a place of quiet calm or one that feels as cosy as a living room.

The steel enamel makes the colourful washbasins an easy-to-care and durable gem that even constant use can’t dull. The new editions of Miena with their playful yet stylish colour contrast accentuate the washing area and revive the bathroom. Miena is available in „Soft Touch” mint, „Sweet Love“ pink, „Deep Dream“ petrol, „Navy-blue“ matte and 13 more colours.

About Bryan Adams

Apart from his musical work, Bryan Adams is an award-winning photographer with a nuanced eye. His photos are often taken within his philanthropic causes. His photographic work has won him multiple accolades and has been exhibited at Somerset House, Photokina, Kunsthalle Mainz and NRW Forum Düsseldorf. Adams has been tirelessness in standing up for people in need all over the world.

Steel and Glass Turn into Steel Enamel

Steel and glass are two authentic, natural materials each possessing unique properties that have been valued for millennia. When joined they blend into an immaculate fusion of steel enamel. Kaldewei products are 100 per cent Made in Germany and are the epitome of exceptional design. For generations, Kaldewei’s unique enamel formula has been a well-kept secret. Applied onto steel, a pristinely beautiful, durable, hygienic surface evolves. Steel enamel is 100 per cent recyclable and one of the most sustainable materials in the bathroom.

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Bette unveiled ‘perfect bath for 2’ in more than 400 colours

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Bette unveiled ‘perfect bath for 2’ in more than 400 colours

The new BetteSelect Duo fitted bath has been designed to be the perfect bath for two…

Made from glazed titanium-steel, the extremely solid and durable BetteSelect Duo bath works equally well for bathing children as it does for a romantic candlelit bath for two. Candles can even be placed on the bath itself, without fear of damaging it.

The two seater bath has ergonomically shaped backrests on both sides, for extremely comfortable sitting. Softly rounded neck profiles, which gently merge into a wide rim, further increase the lying comfort, as they invite you to lean back and relax your head.

Well thought-out down to the last detail

The central position of the waste outlet means no one will have the discomfort of having to sit on it. It has also been moved slightly to the side, which not only looks stylish, but also brings practical fitting benefits.

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Designed for a long life

Like every Bette bath, the BetteSelect Duo is made of glazed titanium-steel. Bette gives a 30-year guarantee on the robust material, which is not only particularly hygienic and easy to clean, but also UV-resistant so it keeps its colour, impact and scratch-proof, so it keeps its shine, and resistant to chemicals, cosmetics and bath additives.

Colours

The BetteSelect Duo is available in more than 400 colours, including Bette’s latest effect colours Midnight, a glittering black, and Blue Satin, a frosted shade of blue.

Sizes

The BetteSelect Duo is available in the spacious 170×75 cm and 180×80 cm sizes. Both versions are 42 cm deep, which is enough room to ensure warm knees.

Sound insulation as standard

Also included as standard is a soundproofing set that ensures more peace and quiet when running and taking a bath. There is also the option of a higher level of sound insulation that conforms to DIN 4109, to minimise sound for neighbours.

Other practical options

The BetteSelect Duo bath can also be ordered with a sealed wall connection, called BetteUpstand, that does away with the need for silicone, an almost invisible anti-slip surface, AntiSlip Pro, and a special dirt-repellent surface for even easier cleaning.  A practical grab handle, which makes it easier to sit down and stand up, is also available if required.

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5 Minutes With: Karl Lennon, Director of Architecture & Design Accounts at GROHE

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5 Minutes With: Karl Lennon, Director of Architecture & Design Accounts at GROHE

Ahead of Hotel Designs LIVE – where GROHE are sponsoring the session “The revival of smart tech post-pandemic” – Hotel Designs catches up with Karl Lennon, Director of Architecture & Design Accounts at GROHE

Tomorrow, in an engaging panel discussion, Hotel Designs LIVE will explore the revival of smart tech post-pandemic.

Ahead of putting the spotlight back on technology, we catch up with the session’s sponsor, GROHE, to understand how sustainability and technology can work together to create a more meaningful hotel design scene.

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Hamish Kilburn: GROHE has consistently been raising the sustainability bar in the hospitality sector for many years now but what’s one thing they are doing that sets them apart?

Karl Lennon: Several years ago, we began our journey into 3D printing and exploring how the growing use of this technology could be applied within bathroom design. Then in March 2019, we unveiled our Icon 3D tap range, a collection of 3D printed taps produced by printing metal using a powder bed laser melting process, a unique material developed by our R&D team. In terms of sustainability, it sees us starting to move away from a make-take-waste model and begin the shift towards operating within a more circular economy. Also, 3D printing allows us to create visual spectacles and masterpieces that just simply wouldn’t be possible with traditional manufacturing methods. We completely pared back on the design of our Icon 3D taps, incorporating design details such as ultra-thin profiles and hollow interiors that would not only push the barriers of bathroom product design but significantly reduce the amount of material required in the manufacturing process too.

Meanwhile, we’re also channelling our innovation back into the hospitality, architecture and design industry with our RIBA-approved CPD programmes. We cover topics such as 3D printing and water-saving to give tangible solutions and help hoteliers and designers realise the potential for these products in their market. I look forward to sharing more on the Icon 3D in our product watch tomorrow!

Image caption: GROHE Atrio Icon 3D | Image credit: GROHE

HK: How will the pandemic impact consumer’s relationships to wellness areas within hotels?

KL: As with many areas of the hotel experience, we will of course see more movement towards touchless activation of products within wellness zones, especially as these are public areas with higher footfall. The likes of infra-red sensors for various touchpoints will become commonplace but this should only enhance the experience and complement that desired sense of wellbeing and “switching off” for guests. This technology is already familiar to most of us, namely through public bathrooms, but expansion is likely to occur across almost all areas of a project. Even some homeowners will be looking to implement touchless operation into areas of their homes so there will be a greater expectation that these developments are in place when visiting a hotel or wellness facility. However, really only time will tell! This is a constantly unfolding situation and one we are learning about and adjusting to everyday so I think we are still finding our path for the future.

Image caption: Icon 3D printing design process | Image credit: GROHE

HK: Are there any exciting projects championing sustainability that you’ve worked on recently?

KL: We see more and more now that hotel operators that we are working with across the globe have made strong commitments to sustainability in the future, which is fantastic to see. We’re working closely with these partners to enable them to satisfy these goals in their new and existing projects by advising them with the right products and specifications. This of course aligns with our own sustainability objectives where we are trying to reduce our impact through carbon-neutral manufacturing processes and working towards plastic-free packaging next year. So I hope soon that there will be lots more exciting sustainable hotel projects paving the way for new standards in the industry.

HK: We have noticed that colour is being injected back into the modern bathroom. Why is this?

KL: Formerly a functional space that focused on personal hygiene, the bathroom has become increasingly considered as a tranquil retreat. Colours enrich our experiences and heighten our senses so the two marry well, as we seek to create more experiential hotel spaces for guests. We believe the growth potential for coloured bathrooms lies within brassware and the ability to coordinate all aspects; from taps and showers to flush plates and accessories, all perfectly coordinated in the same colour and finish. This can really add that edge of luxury which is what makes a hotel break so indulgent and appealing for guests.

HK: What are some major pitfalls designers can avoid when adding tech into the bathroom?

KL: I think the biggest pitfall is using tech just for the sake of using tech! There is such a thing as too much technology and it can really detract from the experience if not carefully considered. Good tech design is intuitive. Hotel guests don’t want advanced shower systems with complicated controls that they would struggle to operate without instructions – the shower is a place to unwind and refresh and guests want to take advantage of that luxury even more when enjoying a visit to a hotel. Therefore designers need to keep in mind that tech products need to be clear and easy to use for guests, in order to deliver a more enjoyable experience.

HK: When it comes to hoteliers or designers specifying sustainable solutions for a new project, where is best to start? What simple solutions are best to implement that have the biggest impact?

KL: Connecting with suppliers and manufacturers to fully understand what is available, and how specific solutions can meet your individual project needs, is a helpful starting point to generate ideas and knowledge of this area. In terms of solutions, a key place to start of course is water-saving products. As an example, at GROHE, all our products either come with standardised water saving features or can be adapted to reduce consumption. Subsequently, we work across a lot of LEED and BREEAM certified projects. Some key solutions to consider are dual flush plates, water-saving shower heads and also advanced thermostatic shower systems. Alongside reducing water consumption, looking at methods to refine energy usage is also an important focus area. In the guestroom bathrooms, innovations such as cool start taps that only use cold water when first activated instead of unnecessary heating of hot water are a simple yet effective strategy, as are infra-red taps.

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TREND ALERT // Black moves into the bathroom

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TREND ALERT // Black moves into the bathroom

We love a trend alert at Hotel Designs, especially one that challenges conventional design aesthetics. Here, UK Bathrooms identifies how and why black is back in the modern bathroom…

As we enter the shorter months, we’re embracing dark tones and welcoming them into the wash space as we mirror the early nights and moody skies on the horizon.

“Black is a wonderful shade to meditate to and allows overtaxed minds a moment of tranquillity.” – Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms.

Why black?

One of the biggest changes in bathroom design in recent years has been its evolution from a functional space, designed with efficiency rather than aesthetics in mind, into a room for enjoyment and wellbeing. The surge in time spent in the bathroom in 2020 especially, saw the bathroom become a place to unwind and enjoy moments of peace in; as other areas of the home became spaces to work, teach and multitask, the bathroom took on the role of a sanctuary. “Black has moved into the bathroom as homeowners are seeking a space for privacy and relaxation as busy lives get busier,’ explains Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms. “Black is a wonderful shade to meditate to and allows overtaxed minds a moment of tranquillity, which is what today’s bathroom is all about.”

How to style a black bathroom

This trend is all about maximum darkness – for the greatest effect, opt for black across as many surfaces and objects in the space as possible to create a calming, cave-like cocoon that’s impactful without overstimulating the senses. Pay attention to textures; mix in different black finishes and materials, from glossy glazes to matt and brushed metals, to create a space which is indulgent and immersive while maintaining the feeling of shelter and protection.

Black fixtures and fittings

The newest launches from a host of luxury brands have been doused in darkness. Shower heads, taps, mixers, screens, panels and all of the fittings in-between, it’s clear that the finish of the moment is deepest black. Be it Matt Black, hansgrohe’s biggest finish of the year which covers the Metropol mixer range, and 53-piece Talis E collection, or the extensive range of Matt Black brassware and bathroom accessories of Crosswater’s MPRO range. Most of Abacus’s range can be covered in black via its Colour My Bathroom offering, and Saneux and Roper Rhodes both have extensive dark collections.

Large black bathroom pieces

Chunkier bathroom objects of all styles are also being coated in rich black. Victoria and Albert’s freestanding baths take on an edgy yet sensuous feel when their soft curves are realised in black. Along with its brassware, much of VitrA’s ceramicware and storage pieces comes in a slick black finish which transforms them into giant sculptural objects. Villeroy and Boch’s ultra-modern Avento vanity units are finished in glossy Crystal Black, the brand’s Antheus unit brings natural texture in black ash, and UK Bathroom’s Essentials Black Square Edge Bath Screen is a whimsical take on the trend, a semi-transparent slice of shadow hovering over the shower. In the traditional sphere, the Sarah Georgian basin and washstand by Burlington is composed of decorative black aluminium and black marble.

“Black is incredibly versatile, contemporary and chic,” says Borchard. “Black elements in the bathroom create an edge, making a statement while remaining timeless and enduring.” Finish the look with as much black flooring, tiling and paint as you dare, or try a black feature zone around either the sink, bath or shower to add more subtle wow factor.

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AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

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AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

Private investment business Intrinsic Equity, has acquired shower brand AQATA Limited

Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, AQATA one of the UK’s most respected luxury shower enclosure manufacturers now joins Intrinsic Equity’s family of KBB and design related brands.

The iconic shower brand Aqualux was acquired from Dutch bathroom giant Fetim in late 2019 and early 2020 the company obtained the online hardware brand Ironmongery and More.

Commenting on the acquisition, Group CEO Steve Lee stated “We are delighted to be able to take this bold, strategic move during such unprecedented times. Aqata has been part of the fabric of the British shower industry since it was established by Peter Brown in 1986. We are proud to have the opportunity to continue the great work of MD and owner Jayne Barnes who headed up Aqata for over 15 years following her father’s retirement in 2005”.

Lee continues; “For many years we have admired what the Aqata brand represents to the independent bathroom retail market, the products are excellent and backed by a world class service. The position of the brand perfectly complements Aqualux, which has been synonymous with the large scale merchants and retailers for more than 40 years.”

Lee explains “Aqata shower enclosures are British designed and hand crafted in its modern factory in Leicestershire. Whilst 2020 has seen major changes and uncertainty for the UK following Brexit and Covid-19, this acquisition offers great flexibility for our customers: a British manufacturing facility combined with the long established global sourcing model of Aqualux, this will ensure we can continue to provide a dynamic, speed to market offering with competitive pricing; all backed by a market leading service and significant inventory throughout our supply chain.”

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Product watch: Sphero urinal range by Armitage Shanks

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Product watch: Sphero urinal range by Armitage Shanks

Armitage Shanks, the expert provider of commercial washroom solutions, has launched Sphero, its new collection of intelligent urinals…

The elegant and comprehensive Sphero range by Armitage Shanks has been designed with features which allow for greater levels of cleanliness, easier installation and maintenance, as well as water saving benefits for all commercial spaces.

The bathroom brand worked with design studio, Studio Levien, to create the innovative Sphero collection which incorporates unique features to meet the current and future needs of installers and their customers. The range comprises three different sized urinals, Mini, Midi and Maxi with multiple installation options, all of which complement the modern washroom. The electronic Maxi e-hybrid model has built in smart technology (mains supply), which detects levels of salinity, optimising the urinal’s water usage by adjusting flushing according to usage patterns. Another key feature of the electronic models is the innovative spreader light which senses blockages and other maintenance issues.

Sphero’s unique circular, concave shape has been designed to minimise splashing while also improving the cleanliness, durability and efficiency of the urinals. The new rimless design adheres to contemporary trends, as well as helping to retain liquids within the bowl, aiding hygiene and cleaning regimes.

The Sphero Maxi model comes with an installation template with an incorporated rubber seal which eliminates the need to use sealant when fitting the product. The template includes a levelling slot, pre-holes and markings for ease of installation. The model also has an innovative, patented hinged maintenance bracket so installers can easily access the inner workings of the urinal.

Easy to specify, the Sphero range comes with all the key components expected from a urinal, under one product code. Its pioneering spreader nozzle delivers a hygienic flush which covers most of the urinal bowl. The top fixed waste feature allows for quick and easy access when using the supplied service key, making for effortless on-wall maintenance.

Tony Rheinberg, Senior Sector Marketing Manager, Armitage Shanks commented: “We believe in designing for people, but also innovating for the planet. This was the thinking behind our easy to install Sphero offering, which brings hygiene, user comfort and easy maintenance together thanks to intelligent designs and smart technology. Design and performance often seem incompatible, but this new collection features stylish aesthetics allowing for greater levels of cleanliness, and water saving capabilities. Water is our most precious resource and our next generation of products will help address the growing global challenge of climate change.”

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1 in 3 Brits want to replace shower with modern system, survey reveals

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1 in 3 Brits want to replace shower with modern system, survey reveals

A survey carried out by GROHE has revealed British showering behaviours and consumer attitudes towards their bathroom…

As indicated in the debut broadcast of Hotel Designs LIVE, bathroom and wellness demands have shifted as we look ahead towards a post-pandemic world.

The demands on bathroom design have risen significantly, with the shower gaining a lot more attention, being preferred over bathing by 64 per cent of UK participants surveyed in a recent study by global market research institute, Explorare, commissioned by GROHE.

As many as 43 per cent are now viewing the bathroom as an indulgent space for wellness and relaxation with 48 per cent using the shower to help them relax, the survey found.

Whatever our reasons for showering; whether it’s an invigorating way to start the day, a quick freshen up after working out or for pure relaxation, our needs vastly differ from person to person and even day by day, and showers need to be able to meet this demand.

Alongside flexibility in design and functionality, the survey results revealed that safety and sustainability are two key factors consumers take into consideration when it comes to showering. 78 per cent said that having a shower surface that doesn’t get hot whilst they’re showering was a priority and similarly, 61 per cent deemed a thermostat that can balance out fluctuations in temperature an important factor in their shower’s performance. Meanwhile, around half (51 per cent) of Britons are actively trying to save water with 54 per cent seeking additional sustainable functions from their shower to help them live more eco-consciously in their day-to- day lives.

The combined results of the study provide in-depth insights into consumer behaviour around showering and help bring to light some key customer profiles:

  • The “Hygiene Pragmatist”, who showers after exercise like 55 per cent of those surveyed, does not spend much time in the bathroom and favours a practical shower system that keeps water consumption to a minimum.
  • The “Wellness Lover”, who is looking for intelligent shower systems with lots of innovative features for a truly luxurious water experience
  • The “Freshness Enthusiast”, who prefers a shower system with comfortable user-centric features and high design standards.

The bathroom is no longer a purely functional room used exclusively for personal hygiene. Expectations have risen considerably which has been accompanied by the increasing complexity of bathroom design and furnishing.

Retailers, designers and installers can really build an understanding of their customer’s needs by exploring individual customer behaviour and combining this with their product and industry knowledge to make informed, relevant recommendations. At a time when 40 per cent of us are using the bathroom for some much-needed space and me-time, conveying the emotional added value of a product can create plenty of upsell opportunities, and ultimately result in a higher level of positive customer satisfaction.

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Product watch: The Arena Collection by Crosswater

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Product watch: The Arena Collection by Crosswater

The Arena Collection by Crosswater has been specifically developed to complement the most popular elements of modern bathroom design…

Crosswater’s Arena Collection uses state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and the essential characteristics of traditional Scandinavian design.

It excels in both form and function with a focus on slender space-saving proportions, ample storage and clean simple lines. From the beech wood effect of Modern Oak to the sleek finish of Pure White Gloss, the new 500, 600, 800 and 1000mm console units added to the Arena range will sit cohesively within bathrooms of all styles.

Steel

Embracing a subtle brushed texture with a linear grain, the Steel finish provides a modern twist on a natural finish. The blend of silver, grey and white gives a unique look, completed with an easy-clean anthracite finish drawer box. For a striking twist, pair the Steel designs with brushed brass detailing, wood accents and hints of greenery for a beautifully tied together scheme.

Modern oak

The wood-like finish of Modern Oak creates a warm and inviting aesthetic. Each piece features authentic elements including knots, inclusions and chalky-limed accents, with matching edging and a birchwood drawer set to finish. Modern Oak pairs effortlessly with Scandinavian influences, herringbone style backdrops and soft grey colour palettes – delivering a scheme that exudes charm and sophistication.

Pure white gloss

Take white bathrooms to a new level with the Pure White Gloss finish. Sleek and impactful, this classic colour reflects and maximises natural light into the bathroom. It has also been finished with an additional UV coating technology – meaning the surfaces will remain more resistant to scratches, heat, impact and yellowing, retaining the beautiful finish for longer. Complete the look with wicker accents, greenery and a soft tonal colour palette for an ultra modern interior.

Portland grey matt

Silky smooth, the Arena Matt Grey finish is the perfect option for family bathrooms. Thanks to its anti-fingerprint properties and scratch and impact resistance, it makes for a truly stylish yet practical choice. Portland is a medium, cool grey and its simple internal accents act as the perfect match for any colour brassware, handle or accessory. The furniture comes complete with a long-lasting and easy-to-clean textured anthracite melamine drawer box for added appeal.

Combining form and functionality, each piece across the Arena Furniture collection is designed to look beautiful and be as efficient as possible in today’s contemporary bathroom.

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TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020

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TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020

According to UK Bathrooms, taps in a range of metallics and subtle brushed finishes are trending in the bathroom for 2020 and beyond…

Gone are the days when your choice of tap colour was high shine chrome or high shine chrome.

Taps with matt or brushed finishes are flooding into the most contemporary bathrooms in a varied palette of muted metallics and monochromes, transforming pieces of brassware into elegant design statements.

“A wide range of tap finishes are emerging as part of the trend for statement bathrooms.” – Graeme Borchard, Managing Director, UK Bathrooms.

Metallic finishes in gleaming hues ranging from copper to bronze have moved into the bathroom over the recent years, as brassware became more experimental – and #bathroomselfie started trending on Instagram. Now it’s the turn of subtler, more gentle shades, as brushed and matt finishes are launched across taps of every tone. “A wide range of tap finishes are emerging as part of the trend for statement bathrooms,” explains Graeme Borchard, MD at UK Bathrooms. “There’s a real desire for spaces which are bold and luxurious, but also unique and personal.”

Adding a tap – or other brassware – with a brushed, matt or textured finish to the bathroom instantly creates a sophisticated, tranquil feel, thanks to their delicate and understated nature. Due to the wide variety of shades which have recently become available, there’s now a tone to harmonise with every bathroom scheme. Brushed nickel, for example, is a mellow version of classic chrome, the soft silvery colour working beautifully with bathrooms in cool, watery hues that have blue, green, turquoise or white bases. For bathrooms decorated with warmer colours like pink, coral or yellow, muted brass and bronzes will blend in with the dusky, sunset feel of the space.

As well as their chic appearance, taps lacking the traditional high shine have practical benefits too, accumulating fewer watermarks and finger prints, and requiring minimal polishing, so are joyfully low maintenance.

Want to make more of a statement? Matt black and white taps have also taken hold of 2020, the striking shades packing more of a punch than brushed metallic tones, but with a minimal texture that doesn’t reflect light at all.

Matt monochromes work in any bathroom setting. A matt black tap absorbs light, forming a shadowy silhouette against the surface behind it – team it with matching brassware to create a pared-back take on the industrial, New York loft-style bathroom trend. Matt white taps speak of elegance and crispness, a point of difference against other glossy white ceramics in the room, while also working alongside them. Against surface materials like marble or tiles, white taps let the walls take centre stage, while black taps add a shapely focal point.

Matt textures work best on taps which have simple, modern shapes, so the material is emphasised and can be fully appreciated; a bevy of new releases from key bathroom brands combine brushed or matt finishes with clean, contemporary styling.

Taking influence from modern architecture, hansgrohe has added Matt White and Matt Black to its FinishPlus range, which also includes Brushed Bronze and Brushed Black Chrome, and can be applied across the sleek Metropol and Talis E ranges. Crosswater’s MPRO collection is also all about minimal shine finishes, its basin taps – as well as other coordinating showers, valves and accessories – can be coated in Matt Black, Matt White and Brushed Stainless Steel or Brass. Colour Your Bathroom by Abacus has the option to apply on trend Matt Black, Brushed Bronze and Brushed Nickel across its entire collection of taps and more, while VitrA’s angular Origin range carries Matt Black and Brushed Nickle on more than 150 products.

Finding a tap with a finish that will complement but not overpower your bathroom has never been easier – choose a single piece for a sculptural statement or use textured metal across the entire space to fully embrace this year’s hottest bathroom trend.

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Product watch // AXOR MyEdition: bathroom design that’s personalised

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Product watch // AXOR MyEdition: bathroom design that’s personalised

With modern travellers demanding more personalised hotel experiences, Hotel Designs takes a look at MyEdition range of taps by AXOR, which have been designed in collaboration with Phoenix Design…

For more than 25 years, AXOR has been a pioneer in the development and production of avant-garde design objects for luxury bathrooms and kitchens. This legacy is continued with AXOR MyEdition, a collection of taps created in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based design studio, Phoenix Design. The design is independent and recognisable, supporting the brand maxim “Form follows Perfection”.

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Conceived as an expression of personality, self-realisation and individual creativity, the range features a variety of surface colours and patterns that enable the tap to be customised for an individual look.  The exclusive plate materials can be chosen from 15 AXOR FinishPlus special finishes, two glass plates and five special materials: metal, wood, marble and leather. This monolithic design makes individualisation possible by allowing more room for personal creativity.

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This demand for personalisation has been furthered by AXOR with the recent launch of MyEdition 2.0. Offering maximum freedom in the choice of materiality for the mounting plate, it is now possible for designers to create their own plates to perfectly match wider bathroom schemes. Using approved specification templates for the designs and local craftsmen for the manufacture, personalised plates can be secured onto the existing tap and fitted as normal.

In addition to its innovative aesthetic, the collection also offers a superior water experience. MyEdition is available with the innovative PowderRain spray – a first for washbasin mixers. With the advantage of micro spray technology, this new water method has six fine openings per nozzle (instead of one), transforming the spray into thousands of micro droplets that envelop hands in a gentle cocoon of water.

AXOR MyEdition comprises nine products in total, including products for washbasins, bidets and bathtubs. It represents the next stage in AXOR’s journey in developing innovative ways to experience water.

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The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

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The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

With more than 60 years’ experience in developing inspirational bathroom furniture and shower spaces, Ambiance Bain works closely with customers to understand their needs to deliver solutions…

Ambiance Bain’s hotel furniture collection with a comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels in co-ordinating or contrasting colours, offers a package which is not only functional, but stunning and hygienic too.

Cleanliness has always been important in the hotel sector, but now even more so with the current Covid-19 crisis. Using Ambiance Bain SMO™ washbasins and worktops, then co-ordinating with shower trays and wall panels, all moulded in a single piece, leaves nowhere for the germs to hide.

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Tiled areas and seals between basins and units can be difficult to clean and maintain. Using SMO™ instead gives a much better finish which looks fantastic and allows a much better hygiene regime, making cleaning a pleasure.

SMO™ is an exclusive material particularly suitable for hotel spaces.  Moulded from a single piece, the products are completely seamless and it’s also possible to repair SMO™ products using our repair kit should they become damaged, ensuring the longevity of the facilities.

Available in an array of beautiful gloss, matt and sparkly colours, you can be sure there is an option for every style of hotel design.  You can even choose your own RAL colour if you need a completely bespoke look.

The durable range of sizes and a choice of ceramic or SMO™ vanity basin worktop, provides choice and affordability.  Whilst the ceramic basin offers a slightly more competitive solution, the SMO™ basin worktop, complete with upstand to protect the wall from splashes, allows much more flexibility in design with a choice of matching shower trays and wall panels to add a touch of luxury.

The innovative hotel vanity units have an open shelving feature combining high storage capacity with ease of maintenance and all units are delivered fully assembled ready to install.  Then choose from four adjustable shower trays, Origin, Oka, Altima & Altimax or 2 made to measure options Universal and Elegance, all with co-ordinating shower wall panels, which complement our SMO™ worktops for a completely harmonious design.

Available in a range of colours to suit your style, Ambiance Bain hotel bathroom furniture together with our shower spaces offers the ideal solution to every style and design.

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Bathoom wellness // How to take a wet room project to the next level

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Bathoom wellness // How to take a wet room project to the next level

One of the most apparent changes in the post-pandemic world will emerge from the shifting demands regarding wellness. Schlüter Systems explains how its Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD can take the wet room to a new level…

When it comes to designing wet rooms, getting the perfect finish right is an absolute must. This can only be achieved by creating a completely level and tile-ready substrate prior to installation of the covering material.

The recently BBA certified Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD is the ideal solution to give you full peace of mind. The lightweight backerboard is a proven multifunctional product whilst also being flat and even.

Consisting of an extruded hard foam core panel with a special reinforcement material on both sides and waterproof fleece faces to finish, KERDI-BOARD is also an eco-friendly alternative to fibreglass or cement-faced backerboards. The absence of a cementitious layer means that it costs less to transport and produces no dust when cut, making for healthier working conditions and avoiding the release of toxins into the wider environment.

Using various sealing bands, adhesives, and pre-fabricated corner pieces available from the Schlüter-KERDI range, the seams between individual boards are quickly and robustly sealed. This will create a complete CE marked bonded waterproofing assembly upon which tiling can commence without delay.

The versality of the product is why we see it being a key player in the creation or renovation of hotel spas and bathrooms going forward. Available in a range of seven thickness ranging for 5-50mm, KERDI-BOARD can be used to create shelves, niches, partition walls and even seats within a bathroom area. This can help to create a relaxing and spa-like experience for guests and, in a time when luxury and wellness is at the forefront of the hospitality industry, these further considerations can make all the difference.

When looking to introduce some tranquillity into your bathroom, wet room or spa project, KERDI-BOARD will provide both a reliable substrate to tile onto, and the flexibility to create the wow-factor when considering any additional features.

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Burlington injects art deco grandeur in new range

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Burlington injects art deco grandeur in new range

As part of our editorial series exploring the wider context of Burlington’s Bespoke Collection, Hotel Designs understands more about the 1920s and ’30s, art-deco inspired pieces that the bathroom brand has launched to the market…

Characterised by the unmistakable shapes and colours synonymous with the 1920s and 1930s style, the Art Deco range by Burlington was inspired by architecture and vintage tableware.

Charleston

Drawing heavily on the linear and geometric designs of the early modern art movements, the elegant fan-like shape of the Charleston pattern creates an eye-catching focal point. Complementing the traditional silhouette of Burlington’s ceramics, the delicate monochrome illustration is ideal for those wanting to add a unique embellishment to their bathroom interior.

feature in a basin

Image credit: Charleston, Art Deco collection by Burlington

Vienna

A design that exudes confidence and charm, the vibrant appearance of the Vienna pattern blends a classic retro colour palette with the geometric shapes reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Inspired by the yellow ochre and black shades in vintage tableware, Vienna brings a playful nod of the roaring twenties into today’s bathroom.

Vienna, Art Deco collection by Burlington

Image credit: Vienna, Art Deco collection by Burlington

Martinez

Inspired by the iconic Martinez Hotel balcony in Cannes, the hand-illustrated pattern fuses both linear and circular detailing, resulting in an exquisite and attention-grabbing decoration. A subtle incorporation of gold echoes the distinctive balcony design, leaving a lasting impression.

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5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

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5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

Following the launch of Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers, Hotel Designs catches up with Ian Gell, the brand’s head of new product design…

The recent launch of the new Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers shows that the shower brand is firmly in the driving seat for innovative shower technology in the UK. In order to understand the technology behind the new products – as well as some of the major challenges that come with driving innovation in the bathroom – we spoke to Ian Gell, Aqualisa’s head of new product design.

Hotel Designs: As Head of New Product Design at Aqualisa, what was the initial brief when creating the latest Smart Quartz Collection of showers?

Ian Gell: We wanted to create a first truly Smart shower that would improve the showering experience even further and offer connectivity across our Quartz Digital collection in an ever-growing IOT market. We also wanted to develop a feature rich product at an entry level price. Aqualisa are known for designing world class showers and we wanted to go that one step further making our showers that little bit more special.

A modern shower.

Image credit: Aqualisa

“From a concept perspective, having a shower that can be operated via an app or having voice control abilities seems quite straight forward however, the truth is, it was extremely challenging.” – Ian Gell, head of new product design, Aqualisa.

HD: Can you explain some of the main challenges you faced when designing these products, and the solutions you came up with to rectify these?

IG: The development of the app was the biggest challenge for us. From a concept perspective, having a shower that can be operated via an app or having voice control abilities seems quite straight forward however, the truth is, it was extremely challenging. There is no ‘off the shelf’ solution that you can incorporate and use so we had to develop something from the ground up that could communicate with all our products. As well as developing the app, we had to develop the software and hardware in our valves and controllers. Allowing all new controllers and valves to communicate with each other was key.

HD: What makes this collection truly unique from anything else on the market?

IG: Aqualisa invented the digital shower back in 2001 and we have been market leaders in this area since. Having a truly connected shower to offer is the icing on the cake for our well-loved brand as it enables so many exciting and innovative opportunities to become possible.

HD: From concept to launch, how long did this collection take to design/create?

IG: At the back end of November 2018, the designers picked up their pens for the first time and started creating some concept sketches and schemes however, the project really didn’t pick up traction until February 2019 and was launched in March 2020 so it took roughly a year. Most of the work has been developing a connected solution with some purpose. This resulted in the app being created and the hardware and software requiring a major overhaul to allow our product to become connected which took most of the time.

HD: Technology in hotel bathrooms has traditionally divided consumer opinions? How user-friendly is the design of the Smart Quartz Collection of showers?

IG: A smart shower provides a personalised experience with safe and precise water control.   Our smart and digital showers are in fact easier to use than most traditional showers. We have all used showers in the past where you need to stop and analyze the controls and work out what lever turns it on and what lever controls the temperature. Sometimes it’s the same lever and takes a bit of experimenting! In most instances, the user normally gets a cold wet arm whilst trying to get the water to the correct temperature for their liking.  This is not the case with our product.

Our product is activated by a simple on/off button so there is no confusion. Furthermore, our showers can be activated remotely by remote control, through an app also by voice command (if you a have an Alexa or Google home device), so users can turn the shower on from outside the shower. All our showers will indicate when the desired temperature has been reached giving the user confidence the shower will be at the perfect temperature before entry.

As well as having user benefits, our smart showers are quick and simple to install. As the hot and cold water is mixed away from the showering area, there are no bulky valves to fit into the wall. Our valves can be fitted out of site in a convenient location i.e. in a cupboard, in the loft space or under the bath resulting in easy access if needed.

“Quartz Touch also allows users to store their preferred showering profile that can be active through the controller or via the app.” – Ian Gell, head of new product design, Aqualisa.

HD: How does the range of products enhance the bathroom experience?

IG: Smart showers are sleek and modern devices and will compliment any bathroom interior from the more classic approach to the most contemporary design. Quartz Touch is great for tech enthusiasts out there as an LCD display is present showing the user the exact temperature. The user can also access different menus allowing full control for flow. Quartz Touch also allows users to store their preferred showering profile that can be active through the controller or via the app. You can set your preferred flow, preferred outlet and temperature with a simple touch of a button.

Our showers are also compatible with Alexa and Google so once the Aqualisa skill has been downloaded, Aqualisa showers can be added to people’s smart routines. For example, “hey google, start my relaxing bath routine” could turn up the thermostat, dim the lights and start filling the bath from your Aqualisa controller, all via that one command. With the smart technology out there, the options are limitless.

HD: How have you designed these products so that they are eco-friendly?

IG: There is growing pressure to find ways to reduce water consumption per household and per person. We all understand the benefits of reducing water usage and how it effects the environment and household bills. As showers are one of the biggest contributors of wastewater, we wanted our customers to be aware of how much water they were consuming from their shower.  As a result, we have incorporated a water usage dashboard into our app that shows how much water has been consumed for each user as well as the entire house over a specific period. This could be over the last week, month or six months. The app will clearly show who is using the most water and costs associated to them.

We also have a water saving mode on our handset that reduces flow by around 20 per cent.  Our optimised spray pattern still provides an enhanced showering experience whilst using less water.

Our Quartz Classic and Unity controllers have a boost function. The boost option allows users to have added flow if required or users can choose to have it turned off to a lower flow rate and save water.

Our Touch and Optic controllers have three flow settings, Eco Medium and Max. Our Eco setting reduces flow by 40% compared to the Max flow setting.

All of our packaging used for our smart products is made from fully recyclable material. Around 70% of the packaging components we use is made from recycled material. 100% of the waste produced during the production of our packaging is collected and recycled back into paper.

HD: For hotels looking to renovate their properties in the wake of Covid-19, why is the Smart Quartz Collection a good option?

IG: We are continuously improving the installation features of all our products but there is a particularly good replacement and refurbishment story with smart showers around less pipework and push fit cable connection. For example, the major benefit of upgrading from a traditional shower is moving the SmartValve, the brains of the system, completely out of the showering area – and potentially away from the guest bathroom altogether which is so easy for any future adjustment and maintenance.

Also, freeing up more space in the showering area itself opens up much more design and décor flexibility.  Perhaps even more compelling in the post-Covid economy is the ability of hotel management to monitor water usage and costs, if necessary, adjusting the water flow through hotel bathrooms.  Assurances around hygiene and safety have surely never been a higher priority in terms of the hotel guest proposition and contactless smart shower technology clearly meets that brief.

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Main image credit: Aqualisa

Product watch: ‘Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti

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Product watch: ‘Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti

Snowfall Promise’ Mosaic pattern by Siminetti, Hotel Designs learns, is a combination of Freshwater Mother of Pearl ‘Bianco’ and Saltwater Mother of Pearl ‘Golden Promise’…

Siminetti’s Mother of Pearl Mosaics are handmade by Siminetti’s team of artisans using eco-friendly and sustainably sourced Mother of Pearl.

‘Snowfall Promise’ is a striking combination that is sure to impress; Due to the natural qualities of Mother of Pearl, every tile has a unique patination creating a truly distinctive aesthetic.

Mother of Pearl is a naturally occurring, hardwearing, non-porous material which makes it ideally suited to high demanding environments. Each of our mosaics are sealed with resin, ensuring an exceptionally strong mosaic suitable for both wall and floor surfaces supported with BS EN ISO Certification. This quality also makes the product incredibly easy to keep clean and sanitised.

The individual Mother of Pearl pieces are hand placed onto a lightweight, mesh or paper backing depending on your requirements to ensure easy installation. This approach allows the company’s mosaics to be applied to even the most complex curves, making the mosaics suitable for swimming pools, spas, and external walls.

Siminetti offer a bespoke design service for all our mosaics and decorative panels. allowing architects, designer and specifiers to develop their own unique style.

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PRODUCT WATCH: hansgrohe expands its FinishPlus range

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PRODUCT WATCH: hansgrohe expands its FinishPlus range

New for 2020, hansgrohe expands its FinishPlus range to include on-trend Matt Black for an extended number of product lines…

hansgrohe’s latest additions to the FinishPlus range of showerheads, basin and bath mixers, shower hoses and accessories, allows for a seamless and cohesive design aesthetic across the whole bathroom.

Perfect for styling with white or coloured ceramics, crittal-style shower screens and statement lighting, Matt Black offers pared-back, refined elegance; emphasising the striking silhouettes of hansgrohe’s award-winning brassware. The Matt Black finish will be available from September as existing stock, ensuring immediate availability and minimal delivery times.

line of finishes

Image credit: hansgrohe

When opting for FinishPlus, users are guaranteed to enjoy all the quality features they have come to expect from hansgrohe. Offering the ultimate in bathroom customisation, FinishPlus provides modern alternatives to the classic chrome standard, elevating bathroom design and welcoming individuality. With FinishPlus comes the opportunity for a homogeneous design scheme. From the basin mixers and showerpipes, through to overhead showerheads and valves, hansgrohe ensures all brassware parts are available in one consistent colour. Alternatively, the flexibility of FinishPlus means contrasting finishes can be contrasted for a truly unique visual effect.

All FinishPlus surfaces offer exceptional robustness, durability and scratch-resistance; the result of the exhaustive research and development of the wider Hansgrohe Group. Produced in hansgrohe’s state-of-the-art PVD (physical vapor deposition) chambers, the surfaces are hand-finished by expert technicians. Brushed or polished until immaculately smooth, they offer the perfect finishing touch to any luxury bathroom. Since the finishes are manufactured at hansgrohe’s own plant, all products can be reproduced in the same surface finish for up to 15 years after purchase.

FinishPlus is comprised of five colour options that suit a range of bathroom styles, including: Matt Black, Matt White, Gold Optic, Bronze and Black Chrome. All colours are also available in both the polished and brushed finishes, to ensure maximum personalisation when designing a new or renovating an existing scheme.

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Hotel bathroom furniture solutions from Ambiance Bain

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Hotel bathroom furniture solutions from Ambiance Bain

Ambiance Bain has been developing innovative bathroom furniture and shower spaces for more than 60 years. The company understands that bathroom furniture for the hotel sector needs to be robust, functional and stunning…

Bathroom brand Ambiance Bain has worked with leading designers to develop a range of bathroom furniture specially created to provide the functionality required by the hotel sector, with no compromise on style and quality.

The high volume of continual use in hotel bathrooms lends itself to requiring a durable washbasin and worktop whilst allowing a practical space to store extra towels and toiletries.

With a wide range of sizes and a choice of ceramic or SMO™ vanity basin worktop, you can be sure there is an option for every hotel shape, style and affordability required.

Whilst the ceramic basin offers a slightly more competitive solution, the SMO™ basin worktop, complete with up-stand to protect the wall from splashes, allows much more flexibility in design with a choice of matching shower trays and wall panels to add a touch of luxury.

SMO™ is an exclusive material particularly suitable for hotel spaces.  Moulded from a single piece, the products are completely seamless making them easy to clean and maintain, which is particularly key with hygiene and deep cleaning of great importance to everyone at the moment.

It is also possible to repair SMO™ products using our repair kit should they become damaged, ensuring the longevity of the facilities.

The innovative hotel vanity units have an open shelving feature combining high storage capacity with ease of maintenance and all units are delivered fully assembled ready to install.

Available in a range of colours to suit your style, Ambiance Bain hotel bathroom furniture together with our shower spaces offers the ideal solution to every style and design.

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Gessi on ‘dreaming big’ in bathroom aesthetics

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Gessi on ‘dreaming big’ in bathroom aesthetics

Success in design is based on pleasure, beauty and imagination. Innovative bathroom brand Gessi dictates the recipe to create a happier present: to revert to dream big…

Forward-thinking bathroom brand Gessi has always worked in tandem with the excellences of Italian fashion, food and furniture.

This includes collaborations and exchanges of ideas from which products and concepts transversal to the different disciplines are born, intended to interpret the present, improve life and plan the future.

Image credit: GESSI

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” wrote Eleanor Roosvelt; this time full of uncertainties filled the man with anxiety, leading him to give priority to negative information and feelings, so it became more difficult to focus on good things, to imagine the future, especially an attractive future.

Stress and anxiety prevent us from being able to dream. By drawing on imagination and dreams, it is possible to model the future with hope and optimism, such as the launch of a holistic Architectural Wellness program.

2 modern showers in ceilings with marble walls

Image credit: GESSI

Have we stopped dreaming?

“When my daughter was seven, one day she asked me what I was doing at work. I told her I was working in college – my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me in disbelief and then said: “do you mean that they forgot hot to draw?” – Howard Ikemoto (artist and art professor).

There is something wonderfully simple in the way children see life. it’s a way of seeing where everything is possible and this means that they don’t see any reason why they can’t grow up to become an astronaut, a cowboy or a princess.

For some reason, we stopped dreaming. We actually stopped believing that dreams were possible.

“All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream at night In the dusty recesses of their minds wake up during the day to discover that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, because they can carry out their daydreams, to make it possible.” – T. E. Lawrence

The founder of Gessi talks about the horizon line that goes away every time you try to reach it. “The real meaning of life” says the entrepreneur, “is in that path that brings you closer to the goal, not the goal itself and the values that accompany this path are as fundamental as the people who get on the boat with you.”

Modern bathroom

Image credit: GESSI

In a few words is expressed all the philosophy of Gessi: a continuous trend towards improvement, positivity, courage and a success based on people, humanity and feelings. In a nutshell, the ability  to dream big.

“The important thing is to start dreaming again,” says Mr. Gessi, “we need to imagine big, almost unthinkable things; new Eiffel towers, new pyramids, we need to go back to the moon”.

That’s true, a pragmatic  need for tangible things, bridges, road, seems to be prevalent but we also need a new access to the poetry of things, to return to see butterflies in the city, to recreate an access to the imagination of beauty, of the magnificent.

Why is it important to dream?

Gessi recalls, according to scientific researchers, that once we project ourselves into a dream, changes begin to occur in our brain, we establish neurological traces that literally change our brain to make it look like the brain of the future. In other words, the brain begins to make us feel that the future we want to create has already happened.

When we feel the emotions of our future- whether it’s gratitude, joy, freedom, abundance, enthusiasm, love and so on – creative thoughts in the mind can become real experience: the body receives the chemical signals of these emotions, essentially the body receives the signal that the event has already occurred.

The greatest projects, the greatest entrepreneurial stories always arise from imagination. This is more true than ever for food, fashion and design industries.

Gessi has always thought of the bathroom as “private spaces” of the living, where personal needs, exceeding the functional aspect, are satisfied at an higher level and in a high and “other” dimension by the everyday and the usual, therefore places that go beyond the reality of their hygienic function, they draw on the dream, the emotional sphere, the psychophysical pleasure.

The bathroom brand believes that innovating means fulfilling dreams and anticipating needs. Its projects are born from creative freedom and from an always original trait, with a passion for objects that free themselves from codified and prescribed function to reinvent themselves to new uses: empathetic, friendly, enjoyable objects. Objects that improve people’s lives.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crosswater introduces matt white finish to MPRO range

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crosswater introduces matt white finish to MPRO range

After much anticipation, bathroom brand Crosswater has introduced a new matt white finish to its much-loved MPRO collection. Hotel Designs explores…

The striking matt white colour joins the four existing finishes to continue the evolution of the iconic MPRO collection, which is as beautifully crafted as it is designed.

The latest finish, which emerges after the brand launched its carbon black finish to the MPRO Industrial collection, combines established high-end specification with beautifully considered aesthetics to create brassware that truly stands out, whilst also delivering on performance and reliability. The matt white look is perfect for a contemporary bathroom, either with crisp monochrome tones or as the neutral centrepiece to a more colourful palette.

The dynamically crafted matt white finish is available in everything from showerheads to shower arms, handsets to hoses, and taps to accessories, to ensure a fully cohesive look across any bathroom space. Matt White is even available in Crosswater’s innovative Crossbox, known for its easy installation method and superior range of water outlet options that create the perfect showering experience.

The established choice for high-quality bathrooms everywhere, MPRO continues to evolve with this contemporary addition to the range. Combining the finest components and materials, MPRO delivers superb function and precision design. The result is a complete collection of bathroom mixers, valves, showerheads and complementary accessories that meets the exacting standards of today’s modern bathroom.

The finest components and materials ensure that MPRO delivers on flow performance and, just as importantly, safety and water efficiency, with WRAS and TMV2 certification.

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FEATURE: Geberit lifts the lid on bathroom hygiene

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FEATURE: Geberit lifts the lid on bathroom hygiene

While the fallout from Covid-19 has been felt everywhere, it’s fair to say that the impact has been particularly felt in the hotel industry. Here, Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit, discusses the ‘new normal’ and examines the significance of the bathroom space in putting hygiene front-of-mind – and how existing product design and innovation can help shape the future for hotels…

From July 4, hotels began the process of re-opening their doors after more than three months of lockdown – and, just like everywhere else, guests are seeing an entirely ‘new normal’. Among the new measures implemented by many hotels are keeping check-in as short as possible, introducing queueing systems and minimising lift usage.

Yet one of the biggest shifts for guests is a move towards a more touchless experience. Using phone, emails and guests’ apps, alongside contactless payments and pre-payments, are all initiatives being encouraged where possible. As the general manager of  The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City – used by medics during the height of the pandemic as a self-proclaimed guinea pig for the industry – observed about this new trend: “…(it) is completely against a hotel’s nature of being hands-on and kind. We used to be known for the human touch — but now we’re all about no touch at all….”

Going touchless?

What the pandemic has taught us is that direct contact with others or surfaces can easily spread the transmission of the virus. This has been responsible for a huge change in consumer behaviour – according to research, 80 per cent of consumers expect to now change the way they engage with publicly available technology[1].

But what of the hotel washroom – a natural focus for the highest standards of cleanliness and where hygiene is particularly crucial?

Just last year, for example, P&G Professional found that 78 per cent of hotel guests believed cleanliness to be the most important factor when deciding where to stay.[2] Indeed, a ‘fresh smelling bathroom’ and ‘an immaculate bathroom’ were the top two choices for UK travellers when searching for a hotel room. This survey was undertaken in September – a lifetime ago in Covid-19 terms. So one can only imagine just how even more critical the washroom space will now be for our hotel guests.

Modern, sleek bathroom

Image credit: Geberit

Importance of the washroom space

It’s worth touching briefly upon the history of the bathroom and its evolution alongside disease prevention to put the significance of the space in a little more context. Today’s bathrooms developed alongside the 1950’s cholera epidemic, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and tuberculosis outbreaks. Back then, wallpaper, floorings and finishes were all designed to minimise the spread of bacteria and to promote health and hygiene; the need for bathrooms to be easily cleaned was a crucial consideration.

In later years, when antibiotics and hygiene standards improved, the emphasis shifted from disease prevention in the bathroom. Bathrooms evolved into more sensory spaces, with trends like textured bathrooms in the 70s and into the 80s where carpets and toilet seat covers were ‘stylish’ additions in the space. More recent decades have seen the transformation of the bathroom into a sanctuary, with innovations such as bluetooth and infra-red technology developing alongside this. And hotels have, too, adapted their bathrooms in line with these consumer trends over the years.

So what will the legacy of Covid-19 be in the ‘new normal’ bathroom and what will this mean for the hotel sector?

Product innovations

With touchless technology likely to be the new norm, this is, too, something we at Geberit are now seeing unprecedented demand for from our customers. Manufacturers have, of course, been producing touchless products for many years. Infra-red wall-mounted taps, for example, such as Geberit’s Brenta and Piave products, optimise hand hygiene in high footfall public washrooms and work in conjunction with a pre-wall frame system. Likewise, touchless WC flush controls like Geberit’s Sigma80 and Sigma10 incorporate innovations such as a sensor that allows the unit to flush as soon as the toilet has been used. Making the washroom space touchless wherever possible will be a huge consideration for hotels, particularly in high footfall public areas.

But it’s not just this infra-red technology that can help put hygiene front-of-mind. More simple product developments from manufacturers – for instance, Geberit’s KeraTect Glaze – make cleaning easier with a non-porous and smoother surface; such glazes can also help prevent staining of the ceramics and create a high-gloss, effect.  Solutions like this not only help maintain high levels of hygiene but also, crucially, really help to enhance the look and feel of the bathroom as a ‘clean’ space.

Similarly, developments such as Geberit’s Rimfree ceramic appliances and TurboFlush technology can eliminate tricky corners and hard-to-reach areas around the pan, with removable toilet seats also helping eradicate any hidden areas where dust and bacteria may proliferate.

Image credit: Geberit

Another area we’re predicting real growth in is wall-hung toilets and sanitaryware. Lifting the toilet from the floor naturally makes maintenance and cleaning much easier; and once again, with no hard to reach areas, dirt and dust accumulation is significantly reduced. Alongside this, we predict a strong future for the growth of the shower toilet, with products such as Geberit AquaClean providing guests with the ultimate hygienic experience.

Hotels will, naturally, have to look at all these considerations alongside the wider guest experience of the washroom space. Hotel washrooms are increasingly seen as a place of sanctuary; indeed at Geberit we produced a White Paper in 2017 on the importance of establishing the bathroom as a sensory space and a retreat from our ‘always on’ world. As the trend for selling ‘experiences’ and creating an escapism for guests continues, so too will the value of creating a unique, positive guest experience. And this will need to be carefully balanced when incorporating any new designs and technology.

Image credit: Geberit

Hygiene as a selling point?

The future will no doubt look quite different for hotels as they start to rebuild business – but there are encouraging signs. Knight Frank is confident about the sector’s potential recovery from Covid, predicting occupancy growth beginning slowly in Q3 followed by substantially stronger growth in Q4 as travel confidence returns.[3]

The industry has, of course, been looking at new standards and new ways of working during the peak of the pandemic. The UK Housekeepers’ Association (UKHA) announced the launch of a new ‘Housekeeping COVID-19 Secure Standard’, designed to provide an industry-wide approach to cleaning and offering a clear process for housekeepers and accommodation managers to follow – in line with government guidelines. With more than 700 members at UKHA, the standard will be available to hotels across the sector.

Meanwhile, the AA’s Covid Confident accreditation scheme, announced in June, is aimed at boosting public confidence as lockdown measures ease with premises indicating that they have the necessary health and safety measures in place to reopen to the public.

What will be significant about this focus on hygiene is that, while the vast majority of hotels will undoubtedly always have had the hygiene of their guests as a priority, it has never needed to be a unique selling point. Until now.

At a time when the pandemic has thrust hygiene into the spotlight, the onus is now on manufacturers and hotels to work together to find not only hygienically-optimised products but solutions and designs that also reinforce the perception of a clean space.

As one US architect observed, what is significant about these periods of disease is that “architects are often inspired to come up with fresh ideas during these moments.” And this will need to apply to manufacturers too, as we continue to innovate and work in partnership with the hotel sector to help them adapt to these new times.

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“The bathroom is a sanctuary in times of stress”

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“The bathroom is a sanctuary in times of stress”

Bathroom solutions from Kaldewei create wellness oases for your home-from-home interiors…

People are currently spending a lot of time within their own four walls – what with working from home, childcare and other daily duties, we often have little room for relaxation and soothing moments.

At times like these it is the bathroom that is the best space for calm, retreat and silence, where we can recharge our batteries. As a manufacturer of premium bathrooms Kaldewei sees itself not only as a lover of design but also as a source of inspiration for a relaxed wellness areas. With the perfectly coordinated design combination of Miena washbasin bowl, Meisterstück Conoduo bathtub and Conoflat shower, the bathroom is transformed into a stylish place for regeneration.

Treat your senses with the Meisterstück Conoduo

The Meisterstück Conoduo forms the basis of a soothing bathroom. This bathtub is key with its sophisticated design and impeccable aesthetic: architectural, geometric and seamless. For the perfect bathing experience, the Sound Wave bathtub audio system is available on request. This system turns the bathtub into an elegant sounding body. With a smartphone, laptop or tablet, you can enjoy your music collection via Bluetooth in a completely new way. Now all you have to do is lean back and relax – comfortably propped up, perhaps, with a Kaldewei bath cushion that moulds itself perfectly to your neck. with, a valve that allows you to adjust it to your required level of cushioning at will.

Image caption: The Meisterstück Conoduo | Image credit: Kaldewei

Floor-level Conoflat shower rounds off design concept

For superb comfort with no compromises, Kaldewei also offers accessible solutions that are a must in the modern bathroom. Thanks to the ingenious design concept, the floor-level Conoflat shower is the perfect visual complement to the tasteful Conoduo bathtub, it provides an extremely flat design with no tripping hazards. The enamelled waste cover integrates smoothly into the floor-level surface of the shower. This delightful feast for the eyes in your own bathroom is completed by the Miena washbasin bowls. Delicate, fine-edged, in gorgeous colours and in minimalist design, the venerable company’s classic product line fits perfectly into the coordinated concept for wellbeing in the bathroom.

Sustainable, hygienic and long-lasting: Kaldewei steel enamel

Hygiene is particularly important in times like these – especially in the bathroom. As with all of its high-quality products, Kaldewei also uses its unique material – Kaldewei steel enamel – for this bathroom concept. The non-porous vitreous surface guarantees hygiene and ultra-easy cleaning. When you wash your hands, dirt and germs are simply rinsed away with the water – no tiresome wiping and cleaning required. In addition the material is exceptionally robust so it can’t be damaged by cosmetics or cleaning agents. A further plus for steel enamel: it is 100 % recyclable. In other words, this elegant combination of steel and glass not only looks fabulous but also allows you to do your bit towards resource conservation.

Kaldewei is one of Hotel Designs’ 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 Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image caption: Miena washbasin bowls, Meisterstück Conoduo bathtub and Conoflat shower | Main image credit: Kaldewei

Bathroom inspiration: 400 colours by Bette to choose from

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Bathroom inspiration: 400 colours by Bette to choose from

German bathroom manufacturer Bette offers its baths, shower trays and basins in more than 400 colours – and also creates bespoke colours for large projects…

Bathroom brand Bette can create its baths, shower trays and washbasins in more than 400 colours because of the way its products are made.

Each item is individually manufactured in titanium-steel, before its durable BetteGlaze enamel finish is applied and fired. Bette mixes colour pigments into the BetteGlaze enamel finish, prior to application, which is why such a huge range of colours, including gloss, matt, shimmering and glittering options, are available.

Bette’s unique finish not only allows more than 400 colour options, but the glazed titanium-steel results in products that keep their good looks for many years, are easy to clean, 100 per cent recyclable and come with a 30 year warranty, making them ideal for both contract and residential projects.

22 matt colours

Some of Bette’s most popular colours are its 22 exclusive matt options. These colours are often selected for Bette’s flush-to-floor shower trays, as well as its baths and basins. The colours take their inspiration from natural stone colours, and also include matt white.

Bespoke colours

In addition, if customers working on large projects require a specific colour that Bette does not currently produce, the company offers the option of creating a bespoke colour.

Bette’s approach to colour

Sven Rensinghoff, head of marketing at Bette comments: “Our glazed titanium-steel baths, basins and shower trays can be given attractive visual depth through the colour selection. Our goal is to not only use colour as a decorative element, but to support the spatial effect of our products.

“Coloured products can provide eye-catching dashes of colour, for example, the spotlight can be put on the washing area by selecting the round BetteCraft washbasin in luminous green or a soft shade of blue. Eye-catching special effect colours, such as our Midnight black glitter colour, or the ever-changing Forest colour, can create impact and visual interest that changes as the lighting alters.

“In addition to innovative and eye-catching colours, Bette also offers a wide range of timeless, discreet shades including pastels, earth and stone colours and matt options. These can help to radiate a calming effect and convey a natural cosiness and are some of our most popular colours. For example, more than 40 per cent of Bette customers currently choose timeless, natural, matt colours for their Bette glazed titanium-steel shower floors.”

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PRODUCT WATCH: AXOR Edge, transcending boundaries in bathroom aesthetics

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PRODUCT WATCH: AXOR Edge, transcending boundaries in bathroom aesthetics

13 years after the first collection with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, Hotel Designs speaks to the designer about AXOR Edge; a striking symbiosis of geometrical form and precision manufacturing…

Using a new ultra-precise manufacturing process ordinarily reserved for diamond milling and space construction, the collection still transcends boundaries in aesthetics and technology. Asymmetrically combined cubes set smooth polished surfaces against intricate texture to yield a design that is strong yet delicate.

black scene showing the AXOR Edge range

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Design: geometric, architectural, and asymmetrical

The collection is defined by avant-garde expression, celebrating the interplay of perfectly proportioned plains and edges in an asymmetrical form. Partially enriched with a fine texture, the three-dimensional mixer offers a more tactile experience with water. For those who prefer a more minimalistic appearance, AXOR Edge is also available without texturing.

Every element of the mixer, including the handle and the spout, has perfect 45° chamfers. Ordinarily recognised in the field of construction as a safety measure, here the chamfers pay testament to the small architectural details and overall virtuosity of design.

Technology: precision at the heart of design

Especially developed for the production of AXOR Edge, a state-of-the-art diamond-cutting machine assures accurate planes and contours. The diamond-tipped tool, which is more commonly seen in the space and laser industries, is used here to mill the chamfers with the same high base quality required for diamond milling.

With high speeds of 60,000 revolutions per minute and hyper-controlled temperatures, allowing a variation of barely 0.1 degree, the result creates tolerances that are 600 times finer than conventional methods of milling brass: ultraprecision. Line by line, precision-pointed pyramids are created in this way, reflecting the interplay of light and shadow in a such a way to inspire a pause in a world of fast-moving transience.

Jean-Marie Massaud tells Hotel Designs: “In my collaboration with AXOR, we always seek to provide a better user experience. With AXOR Edge, we have answered the demand for refinement and uniqueness. More than a mixer, each product in the collection is a jewel, a masterpiece, a unique architectural object drilled from a brass block and then dressed with personal finishes. A real functional piece of art that shares your intimacy for life – that’s my understanding of luxury.”

Close up of tap

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AXOR Edge is available for the washbasin, bath, bidet and with shower thermostat modules. Manufactured in the vacuum chambers of the AXOR production plant, AXOR Edge is available in five polished AXOR FinishPlus surface colours, from Polished Brass to Polished Black Chrome.

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3D printing in bathroom brassware design: GROHE publishes first RIBA-approved CPD seminar

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3D printing in bathroom brassware design: GROHE publishes first RIBA-approved CPD seminar

GROHE published the seminars 3D Printing for Advanced Bathroom Fittings on July 2 and 8, sharing its expertise on 3D printing manufacturing innovations and its potential to transform the bathroom design landscape…

GROHE, global supplier of complete bathroom solutions and first leading European sanitaryware brand to launch 3D-printed taps, is now able to share its expertise on the innovations behind 3D printing manufacturing and its potential to transform the bathroom design landscape, with the architect and design community via its newly RIBA-approved CPD seminar.

3D Printing for Advanced Bathroom Fittings dissects 3D printing technology, its place in the manufacturing sector and its ongoing growth across many industries due to its ability to create small batch custom manufacturing in a much more sustainable and accessible way. The seminar delves into GROHE’s application of the technique and how the brand has instrumented a new design freedom for interior architects and designers, providing them with the opportunity to procure customised products for bespoke client specifications in the future. The session also sheds light on the positive sustainability impact 3D printing can have on reducing CO2 emissions and saving water thanks to less wastage and more efficient use of raw materials.

“Now we have acquired first-hand experience and understanding of 3D printing, we want to share this knowledge with architect professionals to challenge the status quo around manufacturing processes and help inspire a more widespread shift in thinking when it comes to considering sustainable options.” – Glen Wilson, Head of Projects at GROHE UK.

“Sustainability, along with quality, design and technology, are at the core of GROHE’s brand values and are implemented across all of our processes; from carbon neutral production across all our global plants and our pledge to remove all plastic packaging by 2021, to the exploration of alternative sustainable production methods and the consequential development of its Icon 3D range”, says Raj Mistry, GROHE Marketing Director at GROHE UK, who developed the latest training seminar. Glen Wilson, Head of Projects at GROHE UK adds, “Now we have acquired first-hand experience and understanding of 3D printing, we want to share this knowledge with architect professionals to challenge the status quo around manufacturing processes and help inspire a more widespread shift in thinking when it comes to considering sustainable options. The more information architects have at their fingertips, the more they will understand the potential of this technology for bathroom specification”.

Bookings for 3D Printing for Advanced Bathroom Fittings sessions are available for all design professionals to book now. All RIBA-registered architect attendees who complete the sessions will acquire one hour of continued professional development.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crosswater’s Carbon Black Finish (MPRO Industrial collection)

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crosswater’s Carbon Black Finish (MPRO Industrial collection)

Bring a strikingly dramatic, on-trend finish to the bathroom this year with Crosswater’s brand new addition to its aspirational MPRO Industrial collection: Carbon Black

Featuring an elegant and time-proven design, seen in a number of lifestyle and luxury hotels, the stunning carbon black finish in the MPRO Industrial range by Crosswater is guaranteed to make an impressive impact to any contemporary bathroom space…

An extension of Crosswater’s popular MPRO Industrial range, the Carbon Black finish features intricate details inspired by industrial design that stands out from the crowd, making a real style statement with its fusion of modern and vintage influences. Blending proven performance and reliable components, these new products feature the best of superb functionality and precision aesthetics for a clean look that meets the exacting standards of today’s modern bathroom.

The new Carbon Black joins two popular existing finishes within the range: sleek Chrome and a unique Unlacquered Brushed Brass. Together, these three options allow for more design choices to create even more tailored bathroom spaces for a range of different interiors.

The finish is available in everything from showerheads to shower arms, handsets to hoses, and valves to taps, to ensure a cohesive and unified look across the bathing space. Carbon Black is even available in Crosswater’s innovative Crossbox, known for it’s easy installation method and superior range of water outlet options that allow you to create the perfect showering experience.

MPRO Industrial is truly a remarkable collection, created with the finest components and materials to ensure the product delivers on flow performance, water efficiency and style in the bathroom.

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Enter UK Bathrooms Design Awards today!

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Enter UK Bathrooms Design Awards today!

UK Bathrooms, one of the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products, has launched the UK Bathrooms Design Awards…

The size of your project isn’t important, from the smallest cloakroom to a spacious house bathroom, all entries for the UK Bathrooms Design Awards are welcome.

The expert panel of judges will be looking at sources of inspiration, clever use of space, product choice, overall design and lifestyle features.

Entering couldn’t be easier, you simply need to take photos of your space, preferably before, during and after shots, log onto the website and complete the online entry form. A bathroom space is not always the easiest to take photographs of so UK Bathrooms offer the following advice:

  • Prepare the space first by starting with a blank canvas and then add back in a few *lifestyle items, maybe a candle or plant
  • Ensure everything is spotless and gleaming
  • Pop the toilet lid down
  • Focus on the best feature in the space
  • Try to balance the brightness form any window by switching off flash
  • Give a sense of space by stepping back as far you can in the room
  • Check reflections in mirrors and shower screens – make sure you’re not in them
  • Try different heights but usually best angle is from waist height or from sitting down
  • Avoid unwanted corners of furniture or parts of items around the edge of your shot
  • Avoid extra photo filters try to keep as real as possible

Once you have taken your photos you only need to decide which category to enter, choosing from best design, where the prize is £500 Love 2 Shop Vouchers, best traditional bathroom or best contemporary bathroom and win Villeroy & Boch Tableware worth £500.  There are also three categories for professionals who can enter to win best architect/interior designer bathroom, best hotel/guest house/restaurant bathroom or best trades bathroom and enjoy the prize of £500 worth of products from www.ukbathrooms.com.

Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms explains: “As the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products we sell to thousands of homeowners and professionals and decided that it was time to give something back and to recognise some of the stunning bathrooms that are being created in homes and businesses across the UK.  The UK Bathrooms Design Awards have been launched to recognise innovation in bathroom design.”  Graeme continues “We are extremely grateful to our manufacturers and distributors for their help and support, these currently include Arnolds, Bayswater, Barwicks, Crosswater, hansgrohe, Keuco, Matki, Perrin & Rowe, Victoria+Albert, Villeroy & Boch, VitrA and Zehnder Bisque.”

The panel of judges will carefully consider all entries before making their decision in October 2020. For further details including full terms and conditions visit the website.

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FIRST LOOK: Bespoke by Burlington floods personality into the hotel bathroom

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FIRST LOOK: Bespoke by Burlington floods personality into the hotel bathroom

The new Bespoke by Burlington collection, which was designed in collaboration with Julie Ingham, marks a ‘new era’ for the leaders in traditional bathrooms…

With the launch of Bespoke by Burlington, Bathroom Brands Group Projects has just stretched the limits of possibilities when it comes to customisation in bathroom aesthetics.

Representing a new era of classic bathroom design, Bespoke by Burlington is a distinctive and unique collection of coloured and hand-decorated ceramics. Offering true customisation, the new products provide architects, specifiers and designers with an unsurpassed level of individuality, placing Burlington at the very forefront of modern-day bathroom design, whilst remaining true to its historic influences and style.

“The new Bespoke by Burlington collection marks a really exciting turning point for us as a Group,” explained Mick Bone, Director of Group Projects at Bathroom Brands. “Burlington’s products, in particular the Edwardian collection, have long been favourites of specifiers, designers and architects, especially within the hospitality market. Now, we can offer them even more choice when it comes to customisation, whilst maintaining the enduring quality and sought after authentic traditional style that Burlington has become known for.”

Image caption: Oriental Blossum from the Bespoke by Burlington collection

Drawing inspiration from the decorated and coloured ceramics of bygone eras, Burlington worked in collaboration with British designer Julie Ingham to create the Bespoke by Burlington collection. Made to order by skilled craft workers in Staffordshire, in England, using the finest materials, the collection is presented on a selection of Burlington’s best-selling Edwardian basins and WCs.

From the intricate hand-illustrated patterns of the Art Deco, Floral, Seascape and Cityscape decorated designs to the bold and captivating shades of the Confetti Pink, Alaska Blue and Moon Grey ceramics, the wide choice of stunning pieces broadens Burlington’s portfolio to now encompass bolder colours and exquisite decorative details, offering the opportunity to deliver truly unique projects.

Ideal for commercial, hospitality and residential design projects, Bespoke Lettering provides the ultimate opportunity for personalisation. Customers may choose between three lettering styles and a choice of two locations on selected basin sizes in Burlington’s Edwardian basin collection, the perfect individual finishing touch a bathroom scheme.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Shower spaces from Ambiance Bain

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PRODUCT WATCH: Shower spaces from Ambiance Bain

Bathroom brand Ambiance Bain is continually striving to deliver new, innovative, exciting products, has succeeded again with a comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels…

Manufactured in its own factories, Ambiance Bain’s new collection of shower spaces is created from a unique solid surface material SMO.

Developed by Ambiance Bain, SMO is a mixture of natural stone powders and low-density mineral granules from recycling and a binder, which is then coated with a 1mm thick protective gel coat for durability and strength. This material can be cast in one single piece with no seals or bonding to deliver an easy to clean, hygienic finish.

Image credit: Ambiance Bain

Meticulously finished by hand down to the last detail, we have developed a manufacturing process which enables us to produce individual shower trays and panels within bespoke configurations as well as small and large runs for our collections and major projects.

If you already have a bath and want to replace it with a shower space, Ambiance Bain SMO shower trays and wall panels are the ideal choice.  Considerable costs can be saved by installing a shower in the space left behind by a bath.  Existing drain lines and water supplies will already be in place and this will significantly reduce plumbing costs.  Our comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels can transform your bath area into a beautiful, accessible shower space, which will use less water and is easier to clean.

Image credit: Ambiance Bain

Choose from four adjustable shower trays, Origin, Oka, Altima and Altimax or two made to measure options Universal and Elegance, all with co-ordinating shower wall panels, which complement our SMO worktops for a completely harmonious design.

Available in an array of beautiful gloss, matt and sparkly colours, you can be sure there is an option for every style of hotel design. You can even choose your own RAL colour if you need a completely bespoke look.

All our shower trays and wall panels can be cut to size as per your specification or easily adjusted on site and are quick and easy to install.

With hygiene and deep cleaning on the top of everyone’s priority list at the moment, it makes sense to choose products which are robust and easy to maintain. Ambiance Bain SMO shower trays and wall panels, with no grout lines, make cleaning a pleasure whilst helping protect the environment, without the need for cleaning agents, they can be maintained merely with a lint free cloth and mild soapy water.

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Lusso Stone: achieving luxury status in surface design

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Lusso Stone: achieving luxury status in surface design

Renowned for designing and creating bespoke, luxury bathroom spaces, Lusso Stone’s talented designers can offer a truly unique service designed to your exact specifications…

Whether clients are looking to develop their own ideas or undertake a modification to an existing bathroom product, the team at Lusso Stone will work with customers every step of the way, to bring dazzling designs to life.

Lusso’s designers embrace the challenge of creating a unique design that is tailored to individual needs and specifications, ensuring clients get a real feel for what the business specialises in. With privately-owned Lusso factories, products are manufactured from raw materials and therefore the team can often work with clients to customise products to fit their specific requirements.

Whether the unique bespoke service is needed for a project that requires something extra special, or a commercial project that involves a number of customised items, the Lusso team will work to a client’s needs to fully understand and deliver the project on budget and on time.

For commercial projects, Lusso will design products from inception, taking them from concept to completion and guiding clients through all possibilities to ensure accurate costings and lead times.

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Lusso have worked on complete hotel refurbishments such as the Trocadero Hotel in London, Sugar Beach Resort in St Lucia and a multitude of other projects around the world.

The business’s bespoke service has also been used to create specific items for the refurbishments of prestigious hotels including The Connaught and Claridge’s, part of the famous Maybourne Group.

Lusso’s main aim is to set the standard for what living should be. When only bespoke will do, make sure you speak to the experts.

Lusso materials

By utilising a unique blend of pure white limestone infused with high-performance resin, Lusso’s products are all hand-finished by experienced, passionate craftsmen. The team strives to create the ultimate bathroom experience, combining modern luxury with elegant design in a selection of finishes. Quality lies at the heart of everything they do, with a lifetime guarantee on all Lusso products.

The naturally formed, quarried limestone used is carefully selected and cleaned for purity before it is ground into a fine powder. Next, the powder is skillfully mixed with clear resin to create a radiant finish that looks naturally white without the synthetic, bleached look of acrylic.

As a renewable material, almost any damage to the stone surface can be fixed easily to a like-new condition. It is also non-porous, preventing the build-up of any bacteria in areas where it matters most.

Every Lusso product is hand-finished to offer a perfectly smooth surface that is elegant on the eye and a pleasure to touch. The natural stone gives each finished piece unique warmth and a beautiful, tactile feel. The addition of Lusso’s premium-grade resin creates a bond with unbeatable strength and discernible durability.

Lusso’s signature formula and striking designs combine to create a luxurious feel with an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The natural appeal of the stone resin conveys an air of tranquility, exceptional comfort and enviable elegance, which is why the products have been carefully chosen by some of the UK’s leading four and five-star luxury hotels, as well as beautiful resorts across the world.

A bathroom should be a place of effortless comfort and relaxation, creating an atmosphere that soothes the soul and invigorates the senses.

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Wellness is boundless with Rainfinity by hansgrohe

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Wellness is boundless with Rainfinity by hansgrohe

The bold innovative qualities of Rainfinity by Hansgrohe have taken wellness in the bathroom up a notch to not just meet but exceed the expectations of modern travellers, argues editor Hamish Kilburn… 

Since 1901, leading luxury bathroom manufacturer hansgrohe, has continuously pushed the boundaries of bathroom design and manufacturing to create products that combine intelligent functionality, outstanding design and enduring quality.

With its aim of helping people enjoy the beauty and simplicity of water, its latest range Rainfinity represents a new benchmark in modern shower design, marrying superior engineering with innovative technology and contemporary finishes. Offering the ultimate in showering indulgence, Rainfinity is truly unique.

The bathroom is increasingly the place to unwind and relax. With functional, clinical aesthetics being replace by spaces that enhance wellbeing, bathroom design is having to adapt to meet the demand. Due to its large circular showerhead and adaptable wall connection, Rainfinity offers the flexibility to envelop the entire body in soft cocooning water. The innovative wall connection allows the shower head to be tilted between ten and 30 degrees, eliminating the need for a conventional shower arm, making for a more comfortable showering experience and enabling the user to keep the head and face dry if required. The shower experience is further enhanced by Rainfinity’s slightly concave surface and its diffused arrangement of jet disc holes. This combination ensures spray isn’t limited to the head and shoulders but softly showers the entire body with aerated droplets.

Rainfinity’s shower head has three spray modes, designed to transform the daily shower routine into an extraordinary wellness experience at the simple click of a button. Inspired by the warm, misty droplets of the rainforest, PowderRain provides maximum relaxation. Thanks to six fine openings in every jet outlet, water is transformed into a fine spray that wrap the body in an ultra-quiet blanket of water for a velvety-soft sensation. Located in the centre of the jet disc, the Intense PowderRain mode uses a more concentrated jet of ultra-fine droplets to make light work of rinsing out shampoo. The invigorating RainStream mode delivers consistently high spray intensity through targeted jets, perfect for massaging the shoulders and back after a long day.

“The Rainfinity collection also comprises a comprehensive range of hand showers, available in either the traditional or geometric rod shape.”

The unique shower head design is available in the strikingly minimalist matt white and classic chrome finishes, with contrasting graphite spray discs. The Rainfinity collection also comprises a comprehensive range of hand showers, available in either the traditional or geometric rod shape. The range also boasts streamlined shoulder showers which enhance relaxation by sending powerful rain jets directly at the shoulers. Keeping the head and face completely dry, these shoulder showers come with integrasted shelving and concealed controls for a truly cohesive bathroom aesthetic. All parts come with the standard five-year manufacturer’s guarantee as an assurance of quality.

International, industry-wide recognition for Rainfinity confirms its quality and function are unparalleled. Its success in being awarded the ‘Best of Best’ Red Dot Award in 2019, iF Design Award 2019 and ‘Best of Best’ Iconic Award 2020, heralds Rainfinity as the shower range for discerning wellness and design enthusiasts.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Aqualisa zones into the smart bathroom

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PRODUCT WATCH: Aqualisa zones into the smart bathroom

The use of technology as part of the hotel bathroom experience has taken a giant leap forward with Aqualisa, the showering innovation brand…

Personalisation is the mantra and while bespoke services surely must lie at the heart of the modern hotel offering, the bathroom has lagged behind in terms of an enhanced personal experience, which is surprising when showering and bathing have always been such significant differentiators when it comes to  guest evaluation of hotel quality.

Of course, coronavirus too has accelerated the need for technology solutions that will give guests greater peace of mind in terms of personal safety and control, especially when it comes to zero touch facilities.

With the introduction of the first truly smart shower, Aqualisa has developed a genuinely contactless shower and bath fill solution that will completely change the hotel bathroom experience. Full wifi connectivity that allows activation from anywhere and a smart app menu to control flow, temperature and duration at last aligns the hotel bathroom experience to what consumers are increasingly demanding in their daily lives. “Turn on my shower” will be heard more and more in a hotel environment that will have to focus on private rather than communal areas to provide the premium customer experience.

Aqualisa’s leadership in digital showering, based on groundbreaking touch technology, dates back to 2001 and now takes showering forward into the smart revolution based on mobile and the IoT. Two smart ranges, the Quartz and Q Collections, both offer a full menu of shower settings which can be individually selected and managed from a smart device. A variety of modern and compact product design options, all connected and voice activated via Google Home and Amazon Alexa, will look good in all types of room style.

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As well as the sheer convenience and indulgence, there are some clear commercial advantages of smart showering in terms of both installation and running costs. The intelligent Aqualisa SmartValve, which is the brains of the system, is sited away from the showering area for easy access but also freeing up more space in the showering area itself. It makes retrospective upgrades easy and straightforward as well as improving the design aesthetic. Perhaps even more compelling in the post Covid economy is the ability of hotel management to centrally monitor water usage and costs, if necessary, adjusting the water flow through hotel bathrooms

If millennials expect smart technology, future generations won’t know anything different and the hotel bathroom, always the litmus test for comfort and well-being, is where the opportunity lies to create an experience zone which plays to the increasingly personal needs of paying guests.

If you would like to talk more about smart showers contact Colin Sinclair on 07801 579958. For further information on Aqualisa’s smart shower collections visit the website or email projects@aqualisa.co.uk.

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CASE STUDY: Breathing new life into a ruined monastery in Naples

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CASE STUDY: Breathing new life into a ruined monastery in Naples

Kaldewei bathroom solutions perfectly blends a stylish mix of historical and modern styles inside this restored monastery in Naples, Italy…

It took one year and two months and a handful of premium Kaldewei bathroom products to restore a ruined monastery in Naples into a stylish, modern residential abode.

From the terrace, your gaze sweeps across the mountainside vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees, across the “lower town” of Naples to Vesuvius, the harbour and the Gulf of Naples as far as the island of Capri.

In the midst of this unique landscape, on Vormero Hill, Giovanni and Janine have turned their dream home into reality. They bought the ruined 14th century monastery, completely restored it and fitted it out with a stylish mix of modern and a timeless design. For the bathroom and guest WC, the couple chose Kaldewei’s steel enamel bathroom solutions that connect the historical and modern in a very unique way.

Image caption: The exposed shell of the 14th Century monastery before its sensitive renovation

Image caption: The exposed shell of the 14th Century monastery before its sensitive renovation

Even as a teenager, Giovanni knew that one day he wanted to live with his family, right beside his parents’ home on Vormero Hill. Vormero is the 13th district of Naples and is known as the “upper town”. The houses stand on a green hill and can only be reached by cable car and, in part, only via steep stairs. This is where Giovanni grew up, and this area is still home to three generations of his family. “La famiglia” was also the reason why, after studying and working abroad, he returned to Italy. He and his wife Janine, whom he met on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, began with renting a small house next door to his parents’ home. When the hunt for a suitable property, for his own growing family produced no results, he decided to buy a ruined monastery nearby and rebuild it as a family home.

Special challenges: preservation order and logistics

After thoroughly checking the terms of the preservation order and establishing that the monastery had indeed been used as a residential property in the past, Janine and Giovanni started turning their dream into a reality. The restoration of this ancient building presented the young couple with many challenges. The strict provisions of the preservation order, for instance, specified that the same materials used to build the monastery around 700 years ago, such as chalk and regional sandstone, also had to be used for the restoration – no cement was used at all. In addition, the hilltop location, surrounded by vineyards, called for some special logistical solutions. 150 steps had to be scaled when transporting the required building materials and products. As a result, throughout the entire construction period of 15 months one person was solely employed to constantly drive up and down the hill with a tracked vehicle.

Giovanni gave up his job and devoted himself to managing the building site for a year. To help them implement their ideas, the couple called in the architect Antonio Gravagnuolo, who specialises in listed projects, and the German interior designer Stephan Poeppelmann. Together, they created a unique house that skilfully blends the past and the present.

“The colours are restrained and are reminiscent of the vineyard landscape.” – interior designer Stephan Poeppelmann

When tradition and modern collide

“We wanted to retain the character of the ruined monastery. That’s why it was particularly important for us to use traditional materials as much as possible both for the building and the internal restoration and to work with suppliers from the local region,” Janine says. The interior planning corresponded with those wishes: restrained and respectful of the ruin’s history – but at the same time incredibly brave.

Talking about the concept, Poeppelmann says: “In keeping with the building’s past life as a monastery which was now to be restored as a home and be a part of the landscape, we didn’t remove corners and niches in existing walls, for example, but used them as spaces to integrate shelves or seating. The colours are restrained and are reminiscent of the vineyard landscape. The main colours are a delicate pastel green and warm shades of brown.” Ancient floor tiles which were salvaged, undamaged during the building work were also used in the interior design concept, as were lots of little apothecary bottles made of coloured glass, some of which have been integrated into the walls, or serve as decorative elements and vases around the house.

Kaldewei bathroom solutions: perfect match between product and room design

“Today’s bathroom is a multi-purpose space with the highest standards of design. The harmonious fusion of architecture, design, functionality and perfect light produce the optimum solution in the bathroom,” adds  Poeppelmann, describing the design approach for the bathroom.

Modern, quirky bathroom

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In fitting out the spacious bathroom, the designer was inspired by the former monastery’s distinctive vaulting. “Naturally, we were impressed by Kaldewei’s natural and classical yet modern shapes. Since we had a round-arched ceiling in the bathroom, we wanted to pick up on that shape with the bath and the washbasin. That’s why we decided on the Centro countertop washbasin, whose interior echoes the rounded shape, and the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval bath,” says Janine, explaining the decision behind their choice. With its seamless panelling, the bath, made of elegant Kaldewei steel enamel, is the classic archetype of the freestanding bath. The Centro countertop washbasin with its spacious surround, designed by Anke Salomon, also exudes a sense of purity and simple elegance.

luxe bath on colourful tiles

Image caption: Kaldewei Meisterstueck Classic Duo Oval bath

The Kaldewei trinity in the bathroom is completed with the floor-level Scona shower in a restrained Pearl Grey matt. This shower surface fits harmoniously into the colourfully tiled floor, while the round, centrally-positioned waste cover made of steel enamel also picks up on the round-arch shape. The space-saving wall-hung Cono washbasin works well in the guest WC. The characteristic design element of this rectangular washbasin is the square waste cover which is also enamelled. “With the Kaldewei steel enamel bathroom solutions we have created a perfect match between product and room architecture,” says Stephan Pöppelmann.

Image caption: Kaldewei Scona

Image caption: Kaldewei Scona

Whether for a new-build or refurbishment, Kaldewei shower surfaces, washbasins and baths are a hit with builders worldwide. The enamelled bathroom solutions meet high aesthetic standards and, thanks to the huge range of different designs and sizes, they fit perfectly into virtually any room. As a material, Kaldewei steel enamel is exceptionally long-lasting and low-maintenance. Poeppelmann enjoys working with Kaldewei bathroom solutions: “The products are robust. At the same time, they have smooth, seamless lines. Thanks to the wide range of colours, I can pick up on current trends, if required. In addition, high-end design with a modern look should also always take functionality and the day-to-day habits of its users into account.”

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GROHE achieves carbon-neutral production

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GROHE achieves carbon-neutral production

Achieving carbon-neutral production is an important milestone in GROHE’s 360-degree sustainability strategy, and is now working to ensure that all sales offices are climate-neutral by 2021…

As one of the first leading manufacturers for full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, GROHE has now achieved carbon-neutral production, achieving its pledge the brand announced in November 2019, a pivotal milestone in its long-term commitment to sustainability.

“The initiative ties in seamlessly with the numerous measures in our plants that promote the reduction of the carbon footprint and conserve resources. We are very proud to be a pioneer in our industry with GROHE goes ZERO,” said Thomas Fuhr, COO Fittings LIXIL International and CEO of Grohe AG. “And we are directly aiming for the next step: by the end of 2021 we want to make all our sales offices worldwide climate-neutral.”

The initiative also contributes to a central goal of parent company LIXIL’s sustainability strategy, of which GROHE has been a part of since 2014: by 2050, achieve net-zero carbon emissions from housing and lifestyle solutions as well as operations.

In order to achieve its goal of carbon-neutral production, GROHE has been using green electricity since July 2019 at all five LIXIL EMENA production sites, which produce exclusively for the global brand, and in the German logistics centres. In addition, the brand is investing in solar technology, combined heat and power plants, and innovative manufacturing processes such as 3D metal-printing that save materials to ensure they are creating a value chain that conserves resources. In addition, its state-of-the-art dedicated testing laboratory in Hemer coupled with increased recycling of materials is also helping contribute to the steady reduction of its carbon footprint. As a result, GROHE has been able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% since the introduction of its 2014 sustainability programme, while at the same time increasing its energy efficiency by 24%. As a result, the original targets of 20% respectively by 2021 have been significantly exceeded ahead of schedule.

To offset any CO2 emissions it has not yet been able to reduce, GROHE provides significant investment into two global compensation projects: operational support of a hydroelectric power plant in India, which eliminates the need for coal-fired power plants, and a project in Malawi, which involves the repair and maintenance of boreholes used for drinking water abstraction.

As part of its carbon strategy, the sanitary brand intends to pursue the proven three-pronged approach of “avoid, reduce, compensate” and increase its energy efficiency every year by its own means, thereby reducing the share of compensation.

GROHE’s approach for a reduction of CO2 in consumers’ everyday lives

GROHE always strives to increase sustainability, not only with regard to its own production but through its intelligent technologies which can also help consumers to minimise their personal carbon footprint:

#1: Saving energy starts at the wash basin

Eco-conscious products designed for the family bathroom not only save energy but can also be easy on the wallet. Technologies such as GROHE SilkMove ES allow solely cold water to flow from the tap when the lever is positioned in the middle. Unnecessary hot water consumption can therefore be prevented and, for a four- person household, save approx. 279kg CO2 and around 31,412 liters of water per year.

#2 Sustainable showering

For many, a refreshing shower in the morning is a great way to start the day. However, people often wait unnecessary lengths of time to start their shower until they have found the ‘perfect’ shower temperature – hence valuable energy and water are then wasted in the process. GROHE thermostats equipped with its TurboStat technology provide a more sustainable showering experience, delivering the desired shower temperature within a fraction of a second and maintaining this for the duration of the shower.

#3 Filtered drinking water straight from the kitchen tap

Bottled water is ubiquitous in everyday life, but it is certainly harmful to the environment. Up to 600g CO2 are emitted during the production and transport process of one litre of bottled mineral water. One solution for consuming water more sustainably is the investment of water systems for the home such as GROHE Blue Home, a kitchen tap that supplies you with filtered and chilled water in still, medium or sparkling options. A family of four using a Blue Home water system can save up to 800 plastic bottles each year and reduce their CO2 emissions by up to 61 per cent.

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“You can’t touch this” – handsfree sensor taps by GESSI

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“You can’t touch this” – handsfree sensor taps by GESSI

Bathroom brand GESSI has injected hygienic and antibacterial electronic hi-tech technology into its taps to cater to evolving modern traveller demands…

Inciso by David Rockwell, Rilievo by HBA, the gleaming steel of Gessi 316, Anello&Ingranaggio and Goccia, are all the latest multi-award winning creations from Gessi.

The sophisticated minimalism of the design by Gessi acquires an advanced technology that combines the beauty of the lines with the functionality of “no touch” electronics. The water supply doesn’t need to be handled or touched as it can be switched on by a movement as simple as the passage of the hand before the sensor.

Thanks to Gessi no-touch system, the beauty of the shape is pure and anti-fingerprint, achieving a better hygiene and avoiding possible damages to the tap.

For the first time, Gessi sensor taps bring the refined elegance of a sophisticated design in public space, where aesthetically simple electronic taps are used to be installed, providing endless finishings with the possibility to choose among a wide range of nuances never seen before. Splendid Gessi Sensor Taps suit also private environments, of course.

Here’s a closer look at some of GESSI’s products, which now feature touchless tech…

GESSI316

Image caption: The GESSI 316 range | Image credit: GESSI

Woven steel

Gessi’s Creativity and style infuse a total new perceptibility into steel itself, giving a material which is usually “technical” and cold, an unprecedented heat, and a special furnishing capacity. Gessi has indeed enriched the body of the faucet with aesthetic and decorative details, such as textures and patterns with different tastes; the steel seems thus “dressed” by the texture. Handles and distinguishable reed valves, finishes of contemporary charm, and an innovative

New technology

Gessi electronic taps are in the vanguard and come available with different technological solutions. The sensor can be incorporated into the tap body or into the very spout, otherwise it can fit into a proper remote plate. In the first two cases the water flow is automatically switched on or off by bringing the hands towards the spout. In the case of the remote detector, the flow is activated or turned off simply by the hand crossing over the detector: it’s almost like a magic move.

Aesthetic and smart

The technology of the electronic taps by Gessi not only makes life easier but it’s also environmental friendly. Thanks to the automatic activation of the flow, water is delivered only for the time it is actually needed. Without any waste.

The warm modern style of New York design

From surface and floor coverings to lighting and furniture, the firm celebrates pro-duct design as a natural extension of its immersive environments. Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of design, Rockwell Group creates flexible, transformable products that support new ways of living, working, and communicating. The collaboration with Gessi on the firm’s first-ever line of bath fittings and accessories was a thrilling challenge for David Rockwell. Defined by simplicity and possibility, the Inciso Collection weds modern style with heritage details and finishes that invite tactile discovery.

Pure beauty

Thanks to its no touch system, the beauty of shapes is pure and free from prints, guarantying the hygiene and avoiding tap’s damages. Gessi electronic taps first provide the refined elegance of most sophisticated design to public settings, where electronic devices have usually simply aesthetics. What is more they are available in many finishings, giving the possibility to choose different nuance for the first time in this field. Of course, these beautiful taps are suitable also for private space.

Subtle and elegant industrial details

The bathroom interior fit with the Inciso Collection was not intended to feel unapproachably minimal, but rather calmly chic and warmingly inviting. The goal was to create a design that be both timeless and timely.

RILIEVO

Image caption: The Rilievo range by GESSI | Image credit: GESSI

A concept of tidiness and harmony

If harmony, based on order, is dictated by a mathematical/geometric ratio between parts, the maximum expression of purity of form is probably the enrolment of a circle into a square. This geometric and architectural figure has been greatly evocative through time and across continents and cultures. The circle evokes eternal movement; the square symbolises eternity and immutability.

Discreet and low-impact

The electronic detector can be connected to the normal electricity network or to a lithium battery, ensuring in both cases a minimum water consumption. The electronic technology fits in a graceful way to the tap, preserving the perfect shapes of its studied design, or even better enhancing its essential and simple beauty.

Inspiration meets with innovation

A circle inscribed into a square is the theme that RILIEVO brilliantly brings to life. This design gives gracing touch and sight and it evokes that body and soul equilibrium take center-stage in the bathroom. A new balance between style, emotion and functionality.

GOCCIA

The brilliant beauty of water

Goccia demonstrates how creativity and innovation, together with a content of poetry and respect for the world can turn dreams into objects. This is all Gessi’s accomplishment, a company different by nature

Not only is Goccia a style and a product philosophy, it’s also an eco-friendly creation. All of the Goccia taps are equipped with a technology allowing for a 50% saving of water without compromising the functionality of the tap itself. Goccia is indeed the epitome of a more intimate feeling for luxury, one attentive to the elegance and glamour of the objects as well as to their impact on the environment.

Matter, shape, function

Goccia is not a mere complement, it’s the very distinguishing feature of the design of an interior. It’s an original concept that induces new gestures, new interactions with water, living space and the person. Goccia makes the beauty and usefulness of water available wherever it is needed or desired, with charming and fresh solutions.

ANELLO & INGRANAGGIO

Gessi succeeds in developing its own distinctive and characteristic design language: pure lines with an emphatic recall to primary shapes, like the suggestive ring shape. Symbol of continuity and perfection, Anello evokes the most sober and elegant pledge of a deep blend.

The precious mark of metal

Gessi offers new options to choose and finishing combinations that boost the strong design peculiarity with colours and materials through different architectural effects. As a result, the new living design trends will be conveyed in bathroom spaces, creating also innovative and original creative solutions. The new deep and warm polished brass version and the fascinating and elegant rough burned brass finishing represent a surprising change respect the typical metallic surface of taps. Anello gives also the opportunity to realize innovative look thanks to a prestigious velvet opaque black, besides chrome, copper, black metal, and brushed ones.

Beyond its time

Anello concept meets the desire of freedom in décor and customisation of the bathroom, even more than other Collection before.

RETTANGOLO

Image caption: Rettangolo by GESSI | Image credit: GESSI

Original and iconic

To bring to life this unprecedented aspiration – moving the flow of water to wherever we desired – Gessi thought up a radical design based on the purity of an absolute, strong and rigorous form: abstraction in its essence, like parallel lines traced on a designer’s sketchbook, in any form.

The sign

Rettangolo was born from an expression of creative freedom, from the original and ironic exploration of iconic symbols, in simple yet evocative forms. The rectangle is a surprising and unusual geometric shape for taps, a perfect demonstration of how design, with its ability to infuse art and liveability in consumer and everyday products, can enrich the spaces in which we live, transforming simple, everyday actions and places into something special.

Visionary innovation

With a long-standing, 100-year history of brass castings and round taps, Gessi created the world’s first tap built of solid brass, providing it with a square, almost sharp body; an explosive concept of innovation.

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TOTO Washlet: The hygiene powerhouse

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TOTO Washlet: The hygiene powerhouse

Incorporating more hygiene in our everyday lives makes sense right now. Toto‘s Washlet is an ideal option for bringing greater hygiene into the bathroom…

Ensuring the greatest possible hygiene is essential during a pandemic. We accept this as a reality of our times, but are unaccustomed to it in many instances.

At the same time, we are slowly becoming aware of the fact that this situation will not change any time soon. Toto is here to show us that incorporating more hygiene actually enriches our everyday lives,  and is beneficial to our overall wellbeing.. The Japanese bathroom supplier has developed a true hygiene powerhouse with its shower toilet, known as Toto Washlet. It is easy to clean, reduces germs to a minimum, and is as touch-free as possible. Many people who have switched to Toto Washlet describe it as “life-changing”. You can learn more about Toto’s innovative technologies on the Toto microsite.

Recently, we have all been forced to learn just how important prophy­lactic hygiene actually is – and not just in clinical settings, but in our everyday lives. According to the latest research*, most germs can survive only a few hours or a few days at most on surfaces. In contrast, dirt and other micro-organisms are capable of sticking around for several months and multiplying during this time. This presents a risk of infection, especially for people with compromised immune systems.

Invest in a higher standard of hygiene for the long-term

As many of these relevant facts and findings suggest, it makes sense to invest in products that contribute to a higher standard of hygiene over the long term. This is the exact focus of Toto’s sanitary products. The Japanese market leader has decades of expertise in the producing shower toilets, making Invest in a higher standard of hygiene for the long term

As many of these relevant facts and findings suggest, it makes sense to invest in products that contribute to a higher standard of hygiene over the long term. This is the exact focus of TOTO’s sanitary products. The Japanese market leader has decades of expertise in the producing shower toilets, making TOTO Washlets an outstanding solution.

Image credit: TOTO

A power-packed hygiene product

A Toto shower toilet has outstanding hygiene features at many levels. The special Cefiontect glaze is easy to clean, extremely smooth, and as hard as glass. This es­sentially prevents dirt from accumulating on the surface. One of the major innovations that Toto developed in conjunction with the shower toilet is the rimless toilet bowl and especially powerful, efficient flush. Hygiene medicine specialist Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Dieter Zastrow confirmed the following about Toto toilets in 2014: “…using a rimless toilet equipped with the Toto Tornado Flush (with circling water) essentially rules out the spread of gram­negative bacteria (intestinal germs).”

Using products that are touch­ free is also becoming increasingly impor­tant including taps and dryers.

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Auto Taps for enhanced hygiene

TOTO automatic faucets no longer need power from the electrical outlet. The energy from the flowing water is used to charge a battery that powers the faucet, making an external power source unnecessary. A generator converts the energy from the flow of water to supply the microsensor with power. The integrated sensor registers hand-movement in order to dispense the exact amount of water needed. The sensor-based automatic system means that users no longer need to touch the faucets in order to use them. This keeps public washrooms in particular more hygienic.

Hand dryers offer a number of advantages over paper towels in public facilities. They are touch-free, and therefore very hygienic, especially for busy washrooms. Heavily used washrooms with hand dryers are far easier to keep clean. They have a better environmental balance and considerably lower operating costs.

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GROHE’s digital shower wins German Innovation Award 2020

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GROHE’s digital shower wins German Innovation Award 2020

The innovative head shower GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartConnect was awarded a German Innovation Award 2020in the category “Excellence in Business to Consumer – Heating & Bathroom”…

The interdisciplinary jury of the German Innovation Award 2020 has named GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartConnect “Winner” in the category “Excellence in Business to Consumer – Heating & Bathroom”, believing it to be an innovation advancing the industry through its originality, implementation and effectiveness.

GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartConnect offers innovative water control. The head shower is connected via Bluetooth to a battery-powered, round remote control which enables users to select different spray patterns. Users can choose from the ActiveRain spray which is a powerful jet perfect for rinsing away shampoo or loosening tense muscles; and PureRain which delivers larger, softer droplets for a more luxurious, relaxing shower experience. Each spray can be activated by pushing the relevant pictograph on the control, with a third icon allowing you to combine both sprays at once. The wireless remote control can be conveniently positioned in an easily accessible place, either inside the shower enclosure or just outside, up to 10m, and can be screwed or glued onto the wall. The head shower is available in a round and a square design, has a comfortable diameter of 310mm and can be easily and quickly mounted on an existing standard size shower arm. GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartConnect impresses with flexibility and comfort and is a technical highlight in every modern bathroom.

Digitisation has fundamentally changed many areas of public and private life in recent years. As a result, digital solutions are increasingly finding their way into private living spaces, merging physical and digital dimensions. This development does not exclude the bathroom. Consumers are specifically looking for smart technologies with intuitive operation that enrich everyday bathroom routines. “Intelligent technologies are not a solution in themselves, but should be seen as ‘enablers’,” emphasises Thomas Fuhr, COO Fittings LIXIL International and CEO Grohe AG. “Whenever we develop new technologies or product innovations, we ask ourselves: What is the purpose? How will it affect consumers’ lives? Will it solve a problem and make life easier? For us, users and their needs are clearly the focus of attention. Because only with this customer-focused mindset we can develop technologies and products that offer real added value.”

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Geberit launches premium flush plates for maximum design flexibility

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Geberit launches premium flush plates for maximum design flexibility

Bathroom supplier Geberit has launched a new selection of flush plate finishes, offering hotels an even wider choice for enhanced design flexibility in hotel washrooms…

The new colourways of Geberits new flush plates will expand into four of its flush plate collections – the Sigma 21, Sigma 50, Sigma 20 and Sigma 30 – offering a range of different styles to suit every taste and space. 

An industrial-inspired concrete and natural wood finish has been added to the Sigma21 and Sigma50 collections, allowing developers designers to incorporate the latest interior trends in the washroom.

Both new flush plates will also be available with a choice of brass, red gold and black chrome metal detailing. 

With a host of sleek colourways available in addition to its latest launches, the black, white, mustang slate and customisable designs can be personalised with the new metal features. 

Geberit has also expanded its Sigma20 and Sigma30 flush plate collection to include stylish matt black and matt white, combining aesthetics with a unique texture.

These new finishes join nine existing colourways, including white gloss chrome, black gloss chrome, matt chrome, gloss chrome and brushed stainless steel. 

Geberit’s Head of Product Management, Peter Davis, said: “We are delighted to introduce Geberit’s new flush plate finishes, created with the latest interior trends in mind. Whether developers designers are specifying for hotels featuring a contemporary or traditional style, each elegant model brings a luxurious finishing touch to help transform the bathroom washroom into a sanctuary space. 

“With more than 34 flush plate finishes available, Geberit flush plates are renowned for uncompromising functionality and high-quality craftmanship, meaning developers designers can be rest assured that whichever style or finish of flush plate they opt for, they offer unrivalled reliability as well as trendsetting style,” he added.

Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates complement its leading bathroom washroom innovations, including the revolutionary AquaClean shower toilet which is found in some of the UK’s top hotels, the Sigma concealed cistern and Duofresh odour extracting extraction technology. 

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PRODUCT WATCH: ‘popham design’ by Casa Ceramica

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PRODUCT WATCH: ‘popham design’ by Casa Ceramica

The idea for popham design was simple: to celebrate and maintain a traditional artisan craft, while updating it with modern patterns and colour combinations….

Founded in 2007 by Americans Caitlin and Samuel Dowe- Sandes, popham design is a design studio