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In the wake of the pandemic, bathroom spaces have become a place to recalibrate. The 1918 influenza pandemic shaped the modern bathroom with a new focus on sanitation and, in the same way, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only freshened up our hygiene focus, it has renewed the zest for beautiful design as we prioritise space to relax and rejuvenate. With home entertaining also now back on the agenda, creating the wow factor is back in vogue.

Designing a statement bathroom can be achieved in a myriad of ways from introducing a bold colour scheme to utilising a standout statement piece such as a freestanding bath or totem basin. Whilst selecting one stand-out piece will anchor your own personal style, selecting products from a cohesive collection guarantees symmetry.

VitrA Tom Dixon

Round and about

Liquid from VitrA is a new comprehensive range designed in collaboration with Tom Dixon and is the first-ever bathroom range by the acclaimed British designer. Like much of Tom’s recent work, the new collection is aligned with his increasing use of round-edged aesthetics. The designs have been inspired by elements of pop art, such as Jeff Koons and his Balloon Dog and the work of Claes Oldenburg, as well as the sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s geometry of soft forms and use of rounded marble.

VitrA’s design director, Erdem Akan tells us “If you get the core pieces right, you can create combinations and potentials – creating more with less. The result is Liquid, a range that is wholly new and yet somehow familiar.”

VitrA Liquid Tom Dixon

Bathing beauties

Freestanding baths effortlessly deliver the wow factor bringing drama and elegance to bathrooms. Oval or circular baths promote a contemporary aesthetic and are spacious enough to cater for all family bathroom needs.

Studies on the psychology of shape tell us circular shapes are pleasing to the eye and promote a sense of well being. Sven Rensinghoff, head of marketing and product development at Bette agrees “Baths with contemporary curved shapes are becoming even more popular as they can be comfortable for both the eye and the body. Taking their inspiration from nature, they can help to create a welcoming bathroom design and can also be extremely comfortable to use.”

Bette baths are available in over 400 colours so adding a touch of individuality is simple to do from the outset. The BetteEve Oval is natural, comfortable and perfect for two to bathe together because the ellipse has two focal points. The BetteEve baths are a generous 180 x 100 cm, with symmetrical backrests on both sides and a central waste outlet.

BetteEve Oval Silhouette
BetteEve Oval Silhouette bath

Geo style

When it comes to smaller spaces, Helen Clark, head of marketing at Utopia Bathrooms tells us “You don’t necessarily need a large bathroom to create a statement. People often associate impact with a very spacious bathroom where there is a clear focal point such as a freestanding bath or large walk-in shower but in reality it’s what you achieve with the space you have and the materials you use that can add stunning visual appeal. “

Utopia delivers a contemporary Geo arrangement that combines minimalist style and stunning finishes for a chic effect. This is also a look that can easily be scaled down to suit a smaller space with no loss of impact.

topia Bathrooms Opula Burnt Copper
Opula in Indigo and Burnt Copper from Utopia Bathrooms

Paint it black

Design schemes that break the mould are also achieved with clever use of colour, this strategy is useful for modest bathrooms where monochromatic options help build impact and create the illusion of space.

Marianne Shillingford, creative director Akzonobel Dulux UK agrees “When it comes to creating instant impact in the bathroom you can’t beat a slug of gutsy colour. Fortune favours the brave in small spaces where we should be able to enjoy a full immersion sensory experience in everything from invigorating water on our skin to texture and colour.”

Black and white tones are also ideal for creating a rustic-inspired bathroom with retro accents. White bathroom walls are the starting point for this look, Absolute White from Dulux, delivers a crisp finish, and dark oak doors and cabinetry pair beautifully with Victorian-style silver taps and pipework.

Dulux Statement Bathrooms

Walk-in wonders

Sustainability is the watchword for 2021 and is set to stay at the top of the agenda indefinitely. Combining luxurious statement design with sustainability appears to be an incongruous pairing, but it is key as we move into a new era of eco-responsibility.

Adam Teal, Kaldewei UK head of sales agrees “Sustainability has always been at the core of Kaldewei’s business and is a constant and consistent theme when designing and creating new products, our steel enamel solutions add a luxurious air creating a feeling of ‘luxstainabilty’ – luxury and sustainability – to any setting.”

The SUPERPLAN ZERO is the latest product from Kaldewei.  This impressive enamelled shower surface is the perfect addition to a statement bathroom and has been created by the Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger. The style is reserved yet extremely comfortable underfoot.

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CRL Stone is working with Tau for the supply of its Ascale large format sintered slabs.

Using technologically advanced tools and processes Ascale can produce the finest quality ceramic in various profiles, enabling CRL Stone to offer its Ceralsio collection in three thicknesses. This makes the surface not only ideal for kitchen worktops and bathroom countertops, but also perfect for wall cladding, splashbacks and even flooring solutions too.

The Ascale superior production method results in a high-performance ceramic that emulates the look and feel of natural stone. The advantages of this are what make Ceralsio such a popular choice; it’s highly durable, water-absorbent, heat, scratch and stain-resistant and even UV stable. Wherever it is used around the home, inside or outside, Ceralsio ceramic is a simple to maintain, visually appealing surface.

The latest Ceralsio surfaces launched as a result of the partnership with the Ascale brand include the on-trend Croma in Black, Grey, Silver and White, plus Montblanc White and Cardoso Grey.

For more details call CRL Stone on 01706 863 600 or visit www.crlstone.co.uk

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This Autumn, global bathroom brand VitrA introduces Liquid – a new comprehensive range designed in collaboration with Tom Dixon. Liquid is the first-ever bathroom range by the acclaimed British designer. 

The range is the latest addition to VitrA’s portfolio of designer collaborations, part of a long-standing programme of working with world-renowned designers to create distinctive, modern bathroom collections.

For Tom, the collaboration with VitrA has allowed him to explore new design opportunities while gaining an appreciation of the complexities of manufacturing products for the bathroom. Creating a fully comprehensive range was key for the designer so Liquid covers all elements of the bathroom – sanitaryware, furniture, taps, tiles, shower systems, and accessories.

For Liquid, part of Tom’s inspiration was Victorian bathrooms.

“I like the feeling of permanence in Victorian bathrooms, with their big chunky taps and fat tubes,” Tom notes. “It’s an aesthetic that’s closely connected to a whole tradition of British engineering and influenced the development of the bathroom.”

The fact that clay is readily available and extremely durable resonated with Tom, particularly from a sustainability perspective. He found it fascinating “the way a bit of grey and greasy earth can transform into something so white, clean and shiny.”

VitrA Tom Dixon

Like much of Tom’s recent work, the new collection is aligned with his increasing use of round-edged aesthetics. The designs have been inspired by elements of pop art, such as Jeff Koons and his Balloon Dog and the work of Claes Oldenburg, as well as the sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s geometry of soft forms and use of rounded marble.

Cloe up Shower VitrA

Over months of close collaboration, VitrA and Tom Dixon explored lots of new ideas. “I think design should always increase the potentials,” says VitrA’s design director, Erdem Akan. “If you get the core pieces right, you can create combinations and potentials – creating more with less.” The final result is Liquid, a range that is wholly new and yet somehow familiar.

Levent Giray, managing director of VitrA UK, comments:

“We are delighted to introduce Tom Dixon’s innovative and contemporary collection as part of our ongoing collaboration with world-renowned designers. Our extensive manufacturing, design and innovation capabilities have ensured that there is a unity to the breadth of Liquid, the VitrA x Tom Dixon collection. At a time when there is a greater emphasis placed on the bathroom space, this cohesive collection has a generosity of design that will sit comfortably in both domestic and professional environments.”



With dark shades being a strong trend in interior design, RAK Ceramics has launched Black Beauty, a new porcelain surface that brings an air of sophistication and luxury to the kitchen, bathroom or living space.

Manufactured to be extremely durable, scratch and stain-resistant and very easy to clean, Black Beauty lends any setting a timeless charm. With all the elegance of marble combining with the practical advantages of porcelain, the surface can be used as a striking wall covering or worktop in the kitchen or bathroom.

Providing a brilliant contrast to lighter shades in furniture and fittings and working in harmony with on-trend brassware finishes such as antique brass and gold, Black Beauty displays elegant veins throughout that draw the eye and turn the surface into a centrepiece, wherever it is laid.

In a glossy finish that reflects the light to make the most of any sized space, Black Beauty can be chosen in a range of sizes, including 60 x120cm, 120 x 120cm and 120 x 240cm. The mega slab is ideally suited for installation over large spaces, creating a seamless and grout-free finish.

Contact:

RAK Ceramics UK

01730 237850

www.rakceramics.com/uk/

A surface that is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of the busiest of kitchens and bathrooms, and is versatile enough to install in any area of the home, CRL Quartz Pacific Grey joins the line-up of marble-inspired designs now available from CRL Stone.

Pacific Grey is available in a thickness of 20mm or 30mm and can be chosen in a large slab format for using as a kitchen island surface. With all the characteristics of marble aesthetically, including a subtle grey patterning throughout, Pacific Grey combines comfortably with any colour scheme and marries perfectly with other trending materials from brass to glass.

While the marble-effect lends this work surface its understated beauty, CRL Quartz has none of the maintenance issues commonly associated with natural materials. In fact, it is extremely hard wearing, easy to clean and to maintain with no requirement for sealing during the lifetime of the surface.

CRL Quartz surfaces prices start from £250-£450 per square metre.

For more information and free samples call CRL Stone on 01706 863 600 or visit www.crlquartz.co.uk

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With 20 years of experience in the stone industry, CRL Stone offers a large range of colours and finishes of ceramic and quartz surfaces.

Ceralsio ceramic is a beautiful, hard-wearing and versatile range of ceramic surfaces that is available in a large range of colours. Offering a large range of advantages such as a strong resistance to wear and tear, scratch, stain and ultra-violet, it is ideal for interior and exterior applications.

CRL Quartz is a beautiful, hard-wearing engineered quartz stone, available in a large range of colours, with a polished finish and in thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm. Inspired by nature itself to meet the current trends and demands of modern living CRL Quartz is non-porous, stain, scratch, heat and shock resistant. It is also very strong and simple to care for, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

Bushboard’s award-winning Nuance trimless bathroom panels celebrated its 10th birthday during kbb. Nuance is a unique patented collection that is specified widely across all bathroom markets as the leading alternative to ceramic tiling and was prominent on the stand.

This 100% waterproof, trim-less wall panelling system is available in a range of innovative decors. It’s cleverly designed to look virtually seamless thanks to its smart jointing and preformed edges.

No ugly trims are necessary which gives Nuance the look and feel of more expensive or tricky to fix materials. In timed trials Nuance is six times faster to install than ceramic tiling and to demonstrate this Bushboard offers a trial-room installation service for larger contract customers; a service that has produced 100 per cent take-up rate with specifiers.

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Busbboard produce over 25 miles of worktops and surfacing products each week to enhance the homes of customers across the UK.

Retromix is a comprehensive range of porcelain wall tiles which finds inspiration in the geometric shapes of traditional global patterns. It conveys a sense of being handmade, while the designs are brought up to date with modern reinterpretation, making them highly aspirational for use in modern spaces. Developed as a system, the new tiles coordinate perfectly with other VitrA collections. This enables the creation of individual designs, especially for the leisure and hospitality market.

The tiles are available in 15 x 15 and 10 x 10 square format, offering ease of application and a wide range of options to maximise design creativity. In addition to geometrics in B&W, Warm Grey and Cold Grey, the range features signature colours of Lava Red, Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue and Amber Yellow all in deep luscious gloss.

Retromix is perfect for bathrooms, internal home flooring and kitchen tiling or splashbacks.

This is a sector for which VitrA Tiles has a constantly expanding product offering, with the launch of ranges which offer product quality, design inspiration and rapid UK delivery which the contract market needs.

VitrA also unveiled its latest designer collaborations, to include  the new Equal collection by Claudio Bellini and extensions to its popular ranges by Terri Pecora.

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Love Tiles Metallic is a collection of enamelled stoneware flooring tiles and monoporous white paste wall tile lining, inspired by crude steels and metals, with an aura of modernity and urban irreverence.

With a strong personality and unique realism, the chromatic effects resemble the coloured oxide layers obtained through exposure to corrosive agents, depending on the type of metal.

Metallic supports three wall lining tile formats – 45×120, 35×100, 35×70 – and one flooring tile format 59.2×59.2. They are available in the 45 x 120 formats – designed to further emphasize the graphic element.

The diversification of chromatic tones – Platinum, Steel, Iron, Rust, Corten and Carbon – provides an unmatchable range.

www.lovetiles.com/en

About Love Tiles

The brand name Love Tiles was created in May 2008, replacing the brand name Novagres. This recent project, associated to a new concept of emotional marketing, aimed at following a communication and marketing policy started two years before. The challenge was to bond people, through affections, to a way of being and feeling each space within their homes, created by elegant, exclusive and unrepeatable atmospheres.

In 1999, following a set of environmental protection requirements and policies, along with the continuous search for quality, the Quality Management System NP EN ISO 9001 Model for the quality of planning and development, production, installation and servicing – was implemented and the company was certified on September 26, 2001.