know you’ve probably overdosed on Salone by now, not least because social media
is saturated with all the pretty things on show. A lesser-explored area of
Salone del Mobile is the International Bathroom Exhibition. The bathroom has
undergone a total revolution in the last 10 years, from functional area to
wellness room, from an “unseen” room to one definitely worthy of being on
to the bathroom, SaloneBagno’s 200+ exhibitors come together to show bathroom
products that have been revolutionised by design, technology and style in
general. These bathrooms are primarily areas dedicated to wellness and
relaxation but often with an ecological mindset. Many companies across the
bathroom industry are helping us to be efficient with water, adding technology
to create flow rates that feel more luxurious than they really are – a No.1
client request for most residential clients being a powerful shower.
showerhead from Antonio Lupi being a case
in point. With strong industrial looks its design has been engineered to
deliver a powerful bathing experience without increasing the capacity of water
we have seen for a number of years freestanding baths still have pulling power
and none less than Arik Levy’s freestanding Emerso bathtub with its rim that
flows asymmetrically for Kaldewei.
Equally jaw dropping were tubs by IDEAGROUP, Falper and Kreco rolling out contemporary freestanding bathtubs that
wouldn’t look out of place in the middle of your bedroom.
is obviously a given in the bathroom but LAUFEN have taken it to the next level
unveiling a rimless WCs. Literally the bowl has no rim and therefore no place
for dirt and germs to hide.
the exhibitors the products being showcased all had one thing in common
beautiful thoughtful design. Bespoke by Carlo
Colombo is new collection for Antonio Lupi,
which sees bathroom storage resembling furniture that would seamlessly
integrate into open plan bedroom spaces. Definitely
worthy of being on “display”.
wellness trend was particularly evident at Effegibi working
with Architect Rodolfo Dordone and designer Michele Angelini introduced their
new BodyLove concept, harnesses sophisticated and luxurious materials.
This is a modern-day reworking of the hammam is essentially a pod that
can be integrated directly into your home and has mood at its core with integrated
Diesel Living for Scavolini, a
favourite of mine with its industrial styling plays firmly into the utilitarian
urban aesthetic. Industrial styling was emerging in other brands but
truest functional industrial styling was hands down theirs for the taking. Another favourite of mine was the wonderful Ceilo who delivered an outstanding stand with colour and form taking centre stage.
The bathroom has
become a place to show off, technological advancements in manufacturing have
transformed the materials now available for bathroom products particularly in
items such as taps. There were exciting new textures including new composites
and metallic finishes (lots of brass, copper and gunmetal), no longer are we just
given a choice between nickel or chrome.
specifically about taps, Gessi in the fuorisalone launched a new direction in
tap architecture with a concept directly formed in nature. Being a Milan Designhounds
meant that we also got access to events including range launches. Our tour of Gessi for the launch of the
Equilibrio range opened with the meditative performance by artist and
philosopher, Marsel Lesko. If you were around on the day I posted this live on
periscope but here it is below for your convenience. Each beautifully crafted
tap is created using the latest technology to enable precision engineering. This beautiful range comes in a variety of luxury finishes including brass,
copper, steel, bronze and variety of stones and marbles. It was exciting seeing organic shapes, like
the Equilibrio tap from Gessi taking bathroom products into a whole other
again the Salone Internazionale del Bagno 2016 delivered important new
developments, original projects and increasingly innovative design.
All Images by Mary Middleton for hellopeagreen except Emerso bathtub