From cutting-edge technology to sustainable solutions, the latest bathroom designs are as smart as they are stylish.
DRENCHED IN DESIGN
British bathroom brand Elisa introduces its new customisable mixer shower collections, Emilie and Rosa, with an extensive choice of stylish facias, showers, taps and accessories on offer, designed to complement any modern bathroom setting. Where high-tech features meet high-end finishes, the hardware boasts dual or triple touch button controls, is designed with thermostatic control for optimum safety, and comes in a choice of polished chrome, brushed brass, and fashion-forward matt black. When fitting out a chic and minimal walk-in shower, the devil’s in the detail.
From £525 (elisabathrooms.com)
SMALL TUB, BIG IMPACT
With floor space at a premium in the Capital, we’re often forced to make the choice between a standalone shower unit and a square-foot stealing bathtub. The Albion Bath Company, however, has come up trumps with its Tubby range, a collection of diminutive but no less luxurious roll tops. The collection comprises six space-saving models with a choice of traditional ball and claw style feet, tubs mounted on an integral plinth, as well as snug, wall-fitting numbers. But while these perfectly petite baths range in width from just 120cm to 166cm, they are sumptuously deep, allowing even average sized bathers to become fully submerged.
From £1,756 (albionbathco.com)
HIGH TECH TAPS
Hands-free water-saving washbasins are fast becoming the norm in public restrooms, so why not at home, too? Japanese brand TOTO has introduced two sleek new tap collections that feature award-winning Self Power and Eco Cap technologies. The faucets, in round or square designs, turn on automatically thanks to a tiny microsensor, which is in part powered by the flow of the water itself, while air is added to the flow to substantially reduce water consumption. It’s time to celebrate clean, contemporary lines with a conscience.
From £690 (gb.toto.com)
A FINE FURNISH
Canvass is a new furniture collection by bathroom specialists Crosswater, with design roots in the mid-century modern. Featuring classic silhouettes in calming colourways, the pieces are both sleek and homely. The double drawer units are crafted from sustainably sourced wood, come in a variety of shades and sizes, and can be paired with coordinating height-adjustable legs for a floor standing option. Topped with a Carrara marble effect material, and with a choice of metallic handles on offer, there’s a style – and fit – to suit every bathroom space.
From £1,090 (crosswater.co.uk)
A UNIQUE UPGRADE
For a speedy and sustainable update, Swedish brand Superfront’s bathroom collection ingeniously takes Ikea’s modest Metod cabinets and stylishly upcycles them with luxurious exteriors including doors, end panels, handles and furniture legs. Think deeply textured wooden fronts, smooth tops in marble or limestone, and a huge choice of luxe, contemporary handles in wood, brass and even leather. The brand also offers a collection of design-led mixer taps and basins to complete the look, taking bathrooms from mass produced to practically bespoke.
Vertical Biscotti wood fronts, from £95 per drawer (superfront.com)
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
While long, leisurely baths are undeniably good for our wellbeing, excess water usage is neither good for the planet nor our rapidly increasing energy bills. Enter Victoria & Albert’s new freestanding Cabrits bath. With its striking double dip form, the voluptuous tub is designed to fit around the contours of the body, making for one satisfyingly comfortable lie. And with a maximum volume of just 176 litres, thanks to its curvy shaping, it’s also one of the most water-efficient baths around. A win-win for form and function.
From £3,800 (vandabaths.com)
SET IN STONE
Celebrating colour, texture and nature-inspired richness is Cullifords’ new release, Agata Blu, an eye-catching Italian porcelain slab that can be used as a solid piece for a statement sink or applied to façades and accent walls for a vibrant splash. Featuring irregular and concentric pebble shapes that are rich in contrast and shade variations, the covering’s translucent effect recalls natural agate slices. Offset the busy patterning with monochrome walls that echo the stone’s deepest hues, and finish the look with clean-lined, contemporary fittings and faucets.
From £260 per sq m (geraldculliford.co.uk)