The bathroom in my childhood home had a quite large vertical window. There was a yucca plant standing on the window sill, and there was a view of nearby tree tops. I loved this window and this bathroom. Bathroom windows are fantastic as they provide natural light and ventilation. If they offer a view – that is another huge bonus, very hard to come by. My current bathroom does not have a window, and I cannot distinguish day from night when I am in it. Therefore, I believe, it is understandable that the images below move me so much. How amazing must it be to feel like you are taking a bath in a forest, in a field, or in a garden? I surely hope I will find out one day.
I could post 50 photos of white tiled bathrooms I like. White, rectangular tile in my opinion is one of the most versatile materials. First of all the sizes and proportions are endless, orientation and pattern yet give more opportunity to play. White tiles look glorious with wood finishes, with concrete, with brick walls. They work in industrial, raw spaces and finished, detailed baths. The best part is that they do not have to cost a lot. I have seen lovely white tiles for as low as $2.50 per square foot.
Memories of growing up in the tropics, washing the sand and salt off behind a zinc sheet bring to life feelings of freshness, warmth, openness and freedom. The tactile quality of those moments, turning the old faucet and grabbing the hose while standing on a mix of stones, dirt and grass are thankfully hard to forget.
The outdoor shower provides an opportunity to use all kinds of materials, to loose control and let nature take over. They also become an inspiration for the way we design our bathrooms, so that our experience can be as rich and pleasant as all those times we washed outdoors.
About today’s guest blogger: Esther Beke has been practicing Interior Design in NYC since 2003. She is currently working on her Masters in Industrial Design and is very much interested in humans’ relationships and interactions with surrounding objects and spaces.
The clawfoot tub was considered a luxury item in the late 19th century and today it often is as well. The lovely shape, the famous feet take us back in time. A clawfoot tub looks great in a dark walled space. Its interior is porcelain, its exterior can be left white but more often than not is painted. I love both of the painted examples below: the pale blue and the chalky black.
Once in a while I find myself browsing for washbasins, and I kept noticing that one particular type of basins was catching my attention. Or rather, it was a series of basin and washstand combinations, by Barclay. What is it that kept me looking at this series? Perhaps the simple, geometrical shape of the basins, or the equally simple, but rustic and bold design of the washstands. Most definitely the striking effect the combination of those two is creating. I also love the idea of having the basin to the side of the washstand, creating space for a make-up counter. I am already dreaming of a country house in which I could place such a set…
While the sauna connoisseurs and purists are all the rage over the traditional smoke saunas in the snowy Finnish countryside most of us are quite content with a modern sauna and a cold shower afterwords. Sauna is a must in any decent hotel or gym. I especially enjoyed sauna designs by a Helsinki based firm Avanto Architects.
I like to play this game and imagine the perfect bathroom. A bathroom that I will have one day. It turns out that I may need to build more than one bathroom for myself, as there are so many options, and they are all tempting. For example, should the tub be free-standing with a floor mounted tub spout? Or should it be placed by the wall, with a wall-mounted tub filler? Today I want to focus on the latter. I have a short list of wall mounted tub fillers. The type I like best, with a narrow rectangular back plate. And still, it is hard to decide. Which is your favorite?
Boffi Cut tub filler.
Vola two handle tub filler.
Dornbracht Symetrics tub filler.
Dornbracht Elemental Spa tub filler.
Originally the sauna was a place to bathe, but as it was the only available clean place with abundant water, it has also been a place for giving birth and healing the sick. Today the Finnish sauna is a place to relax in with friends and family, and a place for physical and mental relaxation. In Finnish culture it is considered a necessity not a luxury. Taking a sauna begins by washing up and then going to sit in the hot room, typically warmed to 80-110 degrees Celsius (170-230 degrees Fahrenheit), for some time. Water is thrown on the hot stones to produce steam, known as löyly, which increases the moisture and heat within the sauna. The word löyly is used for this steam only in the context of the sauna. Its original meaning was spirit, breath, soul.