Bathrooms these days are basically one of the “most important” rooms in the house. For individual use or for couples and to be shown off to others in a hedonistic key that just happens to be keeping step with the increasingly widespread attention to our bodies.
As far as design goes, there seem to be two distinct and somewhat opposing bathroom trends – on one hand the sanitaryware plays a starring role, standing strongly out against the background, i.e. the coverings, while on the other a “mimetic’ approach can be discerned, by which the functional part seems to fade into the surrounding part. The latter has taken on a fundamental importance within the space of just a few years, prompting the rediscovery of rare marbles and ancient checkerboard or open vein techniques, and fast-tracking research into “fake marble” porcelain stone, which has produced extraordinary results in terms of similarity, along with the possibility of working with truly great formats (that nature cannot give us).
Going back to bathroom schemes, Rigo by Patricia Urquiola for Agape is a perfect example of an architectural solution. Designed in 2018 and constantly being updated, Rigo consists of a beam parallel to the wall on which the basins and accessories sit. An actual piece of interior architecture comes from Castiglia Associati with its articulated system of glass and aluminium walls and doors (with 180° openings) for Vismara Vetro, enabling veritable bathroom “niches” to be created inside the bedroom. Their interiors can be customised, while the exteriors are compatible with the overall design of the room – they are the ultimate evolution of the “humble” shower cubicles of the past.