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The past year has forced us to become more closely acquainted with our homes, offering a chance to focus on what provides respite from modern-day stress. While the bathroom is a place to relax, it still needs to function and meet the demands of day-to-day use. This is where cleverly designed bathroom furniture plays its part, allowing us to create restful spaces without sacrificing functionality.

Hygiene

There has been a decisive shift in attention paid to cleanliness; while hygiene has always played a substantial role in bathroom design, consumers are now hyper-focused on it. This has translated into innovation, with designers exploring ways to cater to the growing appetite to keep homes even cleaner.

Ashley Chilver, Sales Director at HiB, agrees: “As a reaction to the global pandemic, there is currently a focus on touch-free operation to aid hygiene in the bathroom. As we look to the future, this is a feature that is likely to rise in popularity and progress as more technologies are developed.”

However, that doesn’t mean that style will be sacrificed for function. The sleek, tactile design of HiB’s Fabrica range makes it easy to keep clean without forfeiting on looks, as well as providing the opportunity for personalisation thanks to the brassware, size options and optional legs available.

HiB Fabrica -hygiene design
HiB Fabrica Midnight Blue

Expressive Design

The longer consumers spend at home, the more they consider how they want their most private spaces to look. Richard Shore, Head of Design at Utopia, agrees: “The pandemic has actually emboldened trends to be more indulgent and expressive. Prompted by a sense of rebellion, colours, texture, prints and materials are more vibrant, deep, exotic, and extravagant.”

Utopia’s new-look Qube collection has undergone a refresh with several new wood finishes – including pale Scandi Nordic Oak; deep, metallic-flecked Anthracite Strata; and warm honeyed Sorrento Walnut – highlighting how furniture can bring a modern aesthetic and provide the perfect backdrop for bold accessories or showstopping ceramics.

Qube iin Pebble Grey Utopia
Qube in Pebble Grey Gloss from Utopia

Wood finishes are proving popular thanks to consumers’ desire to connect with nature following several lockdowns. Mark Jones, Sales Director at Saneux, says: “Having been somewhat out of fashion for a while, we have seen a definite resurgence of wood finishes, particularly the warm, honeyed tones.”

Saneux has launched a new rustic English Oak finish for its UNI range of furniture featuring a realistic wood grain effect that lends itself perfectly to the ‘back-to-nature’ trend. Handleless drawer units with soft-closing runners suit a soothing environment with clean lines and minimal fuss.

This level of detail is starting to resonate in the consciousness of the consumer, thanks to the amount of time spent at home. It is not just about the functionality of bathroom furniture — it’s about the sensation it evokes; the shapes and colours.

VitrA’s Voyage bathroom collection offers a huge range of customisation options, with a variety of horizontal and vertical units. Its colour palette – including flamed grey and forest green – lends well to creating a haven of calm, bringing the outdoors inside.

Artist Arik Levy, who worked on the collection, says: “We’ve been in a situation where most people have spent months at home. With all that time spent in just one environment, perhaps we will see how little details and elements in our living spaces can change our mood and influence our feelings and perceptions.”

Bathroom Furniture VitrA Voyage Cloakroom

Feature Contributor: Ellie Clow

Ellie Clow is the former editor of KBBDaily.com and has written extensively about the KBB industry, also on ek&bbusiness magazine and KBBark. She has worked in journalism and communications for ten years.

Utopia’s new-look Qube collection has undergone a strategic refresh and now includes several new wood finishes to offer greater choice and flexibility.

Extending its versatility, new units, basin options and complementary accessories have been added to this striking range of wall-mounted and freestanding bathroom furniture.  Three new on-trend finishes have been introduced, along with a new handle trim finish and a choice of coordinating brassware.

Bringing the number of finishes to seven in total, the new options include a pale Scandic Nordic Oak, a deep textured metallic-flecked Anthracite Strata, and Sorrento Walnut, a warm, honeyed shade with an attractive grain. As usual with Utopia, samples of all finishes are available free of charge.

Qube Sorrento Walnut Utopia
Qube in Sorrento Walnut

The introduction of a new Matt Black handle trim and Matt Black taps alongside the existing chrome options also increases the design opportunities whilst delivering a striking contemporary feel.

Qube sanitaryware also now includes a modular slimline ceramic slabtop basin together with new square or circular sit-on basins, and an elegant new toilet.  New decorative open shelf base and wall units plus ‘finishing touch’ accessories, such as bath plinths and internal lights, complete the new look range.

In a first for Utopia, there is also a Fast Track delivery option available. This new option, which offers three to five-day delivery on a dedicated selection of Qube furniture, is a new initiative from Utopia and is designed specifically to help customers meet challenging deadlines or unavoidable changes to schedules.

Qube in white gloss from Utopia
Qube in White Gloss

As Helen Clark, Head of Marketing at Utopia Bathrooms, comments “The newly refreshed Qube, supported by the new Fast Track delivery service, is now even more flexible and versatile, offering the consumer an array of design possibilities and personalisation opportunities.”

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Bringing spa-inspired luxury to the domestic bathroom, RAK-Des from RAK Ceramics is a collection that ensures this most private of spaces is as comfortable and relaxing as any of our living spaces, while never compensating on practicality.

RAK Des

With clean, minimal lines for a sleek and streamlined finish that emulates the hotel feel, one of the many highlights of RAK-Des is the versatile range of bowls and freestanding washbasins, ensuring a solution for every bathroom. Freestanding, wall-hung and countertop basins all feature beautifully ergonomic shapes crafted from quality ceramic.

The washbasins can be combined with RAK-Joy vanities and RAK-Precious countertops for perfect harmony in the bathroom. RAK-Precious provides a luxurious alternative to the functional ceramic white, with surfaces that emulate the natural properties of materials such as stone, marble and cement, bringing the trend for industrial styling into the bathroom in a functional way.

With hidden fixations, the RAK-Des WC can be wall-hung or installed back-to-wall and features the latest in flushing technology for the ultimate in bathroom hygiene. RAK Ceramics WCs set new standards of

All in all, RAK-Des provides a complete sanitaryware solution for the modern bathroom that successfully combines form with function and gives designers creative freedom in this more personal of spaces.

RAK Ceramics

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A versatile range, the contemporary new Volta family includes a wide choice of cabinetry suitable for bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms, including slim units for compact spaces.

Available in both wall-hung and floor-standing styles, Volta provides plenty of practical storage solutions as well as an ultra modern coordinated look to help streamline bathroom spaces and create an on-trend interior. With a high gloss lacquered finish, three flawless colours to choose from – Anthracite Gloss, Grey Gloss and White Gloss – provide consumers with the perfect palette to suit personal tastes and bathroom styles.

Supplied rigid for ease of installation, all the Volta units are colour coordinated throughout and include luxurious soft-close cabinet fittings and a sleek bar handle. To complete the look, the range also includes a Volta floor-standing 500mm WC unit and 350mm tall unit with two doors.

Complete with a five-year guarantee, the new Volta Modular Furniture range is now available from PJH Group and can be ordered via the PJH Partners Portal for next day delivery. For further information, contact Bathrooms to Love at PJH on: T: 0800 8 77 88 99; or visit www.partners.pjh.uk (for ordering & account management); and www.bathroomstolove.uk

Statement bathrooms require eye-catching furniture possessing functionality and flair. HiB Novum’s new Fabrica range oozes luxury and sophistication, while also giving homeowners and designers the chance to express their style through bathroom furniture.

Fabrica’s distinguishing feature is the combination of colour and texture, with Dark Emerald, Midnight Blue and Carbon Grey options complete with a sleek, tactile design. The range has been developed to answer the growing call for more choice, but with the added benefit of interchangeable details that offer enhanced personalisation.

HiB Novum Fabrica Midnight blue
Midnight Blue

Handles and brassware options are all part of Fabrica’s appeal, with finishes such as brushed brass, black and chrome offering a new level of design expression, creating a bathroom that is decadently stylish. The vanity unit can be paired with a wash basin or vessel basin with countertop, with further accessories such as optional legs, to suit each customer’s personal preferences.

To accommodate a variety of bathroom sizes, Fabrica is available in 50cm, 60cm, 100cm and 120cm units. The Fabrica Cloakroom range is available for those with an ensuite or smaller space, while those with larger bathrooms may choose to explore the 100cm and 120cm options, which present the opportunity to install couple’s vanity stations with two basins and mirrors to offer that additional touch of extravagance and luxury.

To ensure that the bathroom remains free from unsightly clutter, Fabrica has ample storage, with soft-close drawer runners for gentle closure and elegance.

Fabric Carbon Grey
Carbon Grey

Ash Chilver, Sales Director at HiB, said: “Fabrica’s rich unit colours and multitude of personal touches make it a really sophisticated and striking design. It is such an eye-catching unit that suits a wide variety of styles and bathroom sizes. As a statement furniture piece, it really draws attention.”

For more information about the HiB Novum Fabrica ranges visit https://www.hib.co.uk/product/fabrica/

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VitrA Bathrooms has worked with award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Arik Levy to create the Voyage bathroom collection.  With more than 130 products available in the range this extensive collection offers endless possibilities for customisation.

The vast number of furniture and sanitaryware pieces can be individually tailored using the extensive range of colour, material and size options.  The sheer variety of horizontal and vertical units and wall panels create the ideal layout to suit any bathroom, shower or en-suite space.

Voyage is entirely wall-hung, making it exceptionally versatile and ideal for small or awkward spaces. Both open and closed storage options are available – from hooks and open shelving through to mirrored wall boxes and various storage units – and each piece can be positioned anywhere in the room to suit individual needs. Coordinating accessories, including a heated towel rail and a toilet roll and brush holder, are also available to complete the look.

VitrA Voyage Cloakroom

Voyage bathroom furniture is available in five different dual colour finishes, including flamed grey and natural oak, planked sand and stone grey, and flamed grey and forest green.

The sanitaryware is cast from hygienic and easy-to-clean ceramic; the Voyage collection includes a range of countertop and wall-hung washbasin units that offer a convenient combination of wet, dry and semi-wet areas, blurring the lines between a traditional bowl and a vanity unit. 

VitrA Voyage Statement Bathroom

Inspired by his time living and working in Japan, Arik Levy worked closely with VitrA’s in-house design team to create a bathroom collection that allows both mind and body to relax. He comments: “Taking time for ourselves in the bathroom each day can be extremely purifying. Our daily habits are deep-rooted, but I hope that the Voyage collection will help us to indulge ourselves and make time to enjoy our daily rituals”.

www.VitrA.co.uk