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.
We had a great first blogging season here at Uniform Design and we enjoyed creating the posts and interacting with our audience. A big thank you to all our readers, supporters and clients – without you, there would be no point in what we are doing. We would like to wish you all a fantastic year 2012 full of fresh ideas and dreams come true.
Below you will find the best of the best – the most popular blog posts of 2011.
The Backstory of Naturalist 1 was one of the favorite inspiration stories for our designs.
The Renovation Dos and Dont’s were and will remain a good resource for anyone who considers (or is in the midst of) a renovation.
White remains a classic favorite color for bathrooms, therefore the Story in White was well received.
We were very excited about the Customized Townhouse 1 Bathroom in Europe, and so were our readers.
The Natural Accessories post provided simple and inexpensive ideas for introducing that feel of nature to any bathroom, and was very well received.
The Customized Naturalist 2 bathroom may be the smallest in the world, but arguably it is also one of the most beautiful.
To be continued next year…
This time of the year I often fantasize of (and occasionally get to enjoy) sunny days in snowy mountains followed by nice sauna sessions.
Set in the ultimate spa landscape, this sauna is truly a dream come true. It was designed and built by Sami Rintala and a group of students from Västlands Kunstakademie for the town of Rosendal Village, Hardangerfjord, Norway.
Sometimes a shower curtain is more desirable than a glass shower partition. There are so many more options other than a standard shower rod with clips. Silent Gliss makes a high grade nylon and precision-engineered, rust-free siliconized aluminum system, which is often used in hospitals. It is meant to be bent by design. Agape makes a polished stainless steel strip that allows different configurations that can be adapted for use with showers or bathtubs.
The Holidays are approaching fast. Gold and black is one of those color combinations that are very festive. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Golden bathub mosaic and black wall tile via thelennoxx.com.
Black bathroom golden accents via apartment therapy.
Split finish bathtub by PSC Bath.
Gold Deluxe Mosaic by Atlas Concorde.
A lovely collection of accessories with double function, designed by Ana Mir & Emili Padrós for Emiliana Design Studio. Available at Conran USA.
The Holidays make me think about decorations, and decorations make me think about patterns. I recently came across photographs of two beautiful bathrooms at the Mountain House in Nova Lima, Brazil. I usually do not fancy “decorations”, I prefer solid surfaces and natural stone veins, the only patterns being ones created by grout lines. But in case of the Nova Lima bathrooms designed by David Guerra Architecture along with the entire house, I must make an exception to my own rule. The tile patterns are intriguing, the color palette is simple, the tiles are only used on one feature wall. Everything else in the bathrooms has a neutral, natural palette and perfectly compliments the tile design.
If you want to “dress up” your bathroom for longer than just the Holidays, consider this tile series called Natural Trend by Ceramica Sant’ Agostino:
Another option is this tile pattern from the Glow series by Atlas Concorde:
Both series have monochrome tiles in matching colors. Remember, the trick is not to overdo it. Have fun!