“Take a bath” is a versatile pictorial catalogue dedicated to the lavatories of today presenting how classic washrooms can take form of homelike comfort. Editorial authority of this richly illustrated issue is the publishing house Gestalten. “Take a bath” brings together renowned designers and presents their sophisticated bathroom designs. The book takes you on a journey of 256 pages with the most impressive, sophisticated ideas and convincing concepts for the bathroom coupled with practical knowledge, making the publication a contemporary work of reference. This coffee-table book is available in German and English.
Foreword by Piero Lissoni
“Take a bath: interior design for bathrooms” starts with a foreword by Piero Lissoni, whose architectural and design concepts are recognised across the globe. In his own definition of bath, he describes it as one of the most aesthetically complex spaces in an apartment or a home. He sees the bathroom as a private place of relaxation and well-being and highlights the central theme of the bathroom – the water, which he himself defines as a guideline for the design as it arbitrates a calm character and at the same time is the basic theme in the most distinct variations found in the actual task of designing. For Lissoni, forms, colours, light and the materials make the bathroom a space dedicated to the senses, which as he says, could also entail certain imperfection that you first encounter, but ends up making the design exciting yet elegant.
The bathroom as a private modern spa
In the introduction of “Take a bath”, the bathroom is described as a private space that adapts to modern living culture and fuses functionality with design. The functional sanitary facility is presented in the book as a holistic sensory experience, wherein old traditions merge with modern requirements. The variety of the presented lavatories ranges from lavish modern spas to compact guest bathrooms to baths designed in minimalist style. In four chapters, the publication shows contemporary bathroom design, with each chapter devoted to different materials and colours.
Tiles, wallpapers and micro-cement as design elements
The first chapter dedicates itself entirely to tiles as a key design element since they are considered imperative due to water and moisture in the bathroom. The classic ceramic tile is emphasised as a decorative lining for indoor and outdoor spaces since it is a durable and easy to clean design element. The traditional stoneware is making a comeback in “Baden Baden” with hand-painted ceramics, transfer printing and custom-made varnishes. As an alternative to the tiles, wallpapers designed especially for humid environment are presented, which alongside micro-cement, can ensure alluring impact, as presented in the versatile illustrations.
The oldest building material for bathrooms: stones
The second chapter talks about bathrooms, which have been designed with stones – one of the oldest building materials ever, including a variety of styles. The chapter illustrates how every bathroom can be given a different ambience with a variety of different stones, depending on the nature and workmanship. In the pages that follow, you will learn about the textures, etchings and the use of natural stones, as well as robust types of artificial stone mixed with materials such as glass, mother of pearl mirrors or metal, and how to breathe an individual persona in a sanitary facility.
Back to nature with wood as base material
As opposed to the everyday life overloaded with technology, the third chapter leads you back to nature. It connects us to the elements of simplicity and stability in the bathroom. “Take a bath” describes wood as a versatile and warm design element that counteracts the otherwise prevailing cool character of glass, metal and stone. It is recommended that the wood used in the bathroom should be resilient, resistant to water and decay, since every type of wood is not suitable for bathroom design. Therefore, solid woods such as teak, acacia or cedar are advisable for the same, which much like the multi-layered parquet, can be fashioned with a layer of high-quality hardwood or unique real wood veneer from the yacht, which is also used to manufacture bathtubs and sinks these days.
Different variants of metal for the bathroom
Metal, which has been in use since the 19th century, plays the central role in the designs presented in the fourth and last chapter of the reference work. At the time, pure cast iron was used for bathtubs, which is replaced today by the heavy-duty and recyclable mural steel material. These days, free-standing copper and cast iron bathtubs are covered with steel enamel and are thus enjoying their renaissance. In addition, metal fittings made of brushed bronze, shiny chrome, brass or zinc are also enlisted, which optimally emphasise the individual bathroom persona of a modern spa and rightly claim to be more efficient rather than just prettying up the place in the 21st century.
For lovely bathroom designs and Bathroom fittings, feel free to browse through our category Bathroom. Articles similar to the topic of personal hygiene can be found in the magazine under Personal hygiene: Grooming from head to toe and Personal care with stylish beauty products.
Posted on 19.06.2018
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