Far from being a purely functional space, the bathroom has become one of the centrepieces of a hotel suite, contributing greatly to the overall guest experience. Rachel Martin, director of merchandising at CP Hart, comments on the latest bathroom product trends and how to utilise them within interior design schemes.
Bathroom design show, ISH 2013, demonstrated that technology is at the forefront of bathroom design. Exhibiting brands such as Hansgrohe, Dornbracht, Toto, Viega and Grohe are among the key designers investing heavily in making technology in the bathroom more accessible and affordable. Specifically, Hansgrohe has introduced the Select range, which incorporates a push-button mechanism that alters the flow of both fixed and hand-held shower heads.
The majority of brassware manufacturers incorporated technology in the form of a digital screen, or mechanically in the form of a push button. The advancements displayed at ISH clearly demonstrate the future of brassware, with even entry-level brands incorporating technological elements into their design.
While digital technology remained a key focus, ISH displayed a growing trend for the incorporation of mechanical technology in both existing and new ranges.
Thin and rimless designs
Sleeker and thinner rimless designs are becoming more evident within bathroom ceramics and composite materials. Key brands such as Duravit, Laufen and Bette displayed a selection of rimless ceramic products, promoting hygiene as well as minimalist design.
The developing trend for thin baths is now beginning to filter into the marketplace as well as thin seat pans. Previously, thin seats were associated with high-end ceramic manufacturers, however we aee now seeing volume ranges incorporating a thin seat option for an updated look.
Cool classics – merging between contemporary and traditional design
With the lines between contemporary and traditional design becoming more and more blurred, an emerging cool classics trend is becoming more evident. Classic looks have been updated with modern finishes, and traditional products are being coupled with new-age materials. Suppliers such as Samuel Heath are beginning to launch and develop more traditional taps in varying finishes and handles, contributing to the cool classic look.
In previous years, gold has always been associated with glamour and traditional style but at ISH 2013, we noticed it has been given a modern makeover by injecting hues of red. Hansgrohe displayed the red-gold finish well on the Starck Organic range, giving the product a classic twist.
Colours and materials
Grey was definitely the dominant key colour trend at ISH, applied to furniture in particular. Varying from the very light to the very dark, with added elements of blue and green hues, this palette was mostly coupled with white and wenge finishes, as well as modern materials such as kerlite. Mixed with a growing trend for natural materials and textured finishes over high-gloss finishes, this dominating palette demonstrates the continued importance of a neutral ‘scandi’ scheme.
Restyling of volume products
This year, ISH saw brands such as Duravit, Laufen and Bette working harder with entry-level product. Previously, volume product has been associated with basic designs and simple lines. However, we are now witnessing volume products becoming increasingly more stylish with varying finishes and interesting furniture combinations.
Instead of concentrating all efforts on launching new innovative styles, brands are refocusing their efforts on core lines and expanding their appeal to target a wider market. Even volume lines are beginning to have a designer edge.
About CP Hart
CP Hart is a long-standing luxury bathroom specialist, which prides itself on using only the finest materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to create a range of high-quality products. Its successful Contracts division works with architects and interior designers to create distinctive, bespoke bathrooms for major commercial property developments and hotels.