Making a big impression in small spaces
In the face of our increasing mobility and the ongoing urbanisation that represents a present-day mega-trend, the limited space available in towns and cities is being put to ever more creative use - be it in the guise of car sharing, urban gardening or the hip micro-apartment, for example. Homes, and above all small bathrooms, are fitted out in smart and flexible fashion: spatial boundaries are dissolved, bathrooms become eye-catching features in the smallest of spaces and ingenious solutions in the washing area highlight the interior design as a whole. Shower-toilet, shower and bath in one or floor-flush showers provide for greater freedom and individual scope in fitting out the bathroom. Homes are let on a temporary basis via internet platforms, couch surfers and friends are accommodated on impromptu visits, putting the private home and one’s own individuality on display in the process. Compact solutions are ideal in small bathrooms, providing for sufficient storage space and incorporating various functions. Finally, individual highlights turn even the smallest bathroom into a comfortable, larger-than-life attraction in the urban home which is admired by friends and guests as a relaxing, revitalising and inspiring environment.
Practical two-in-one products save space and provide for comfort in the bathroom - a case in point being the Shower + Bath developed by Duravit and EOOS. This new product combines bathing and showering in one: when the integrated glass door is closed, the walk-in shower is transformed into a bath. The glass partition is optionally available with a mirror glass finish on one side - an advantage for small bathrooms, as large mirror surfaces make the room appear larger as a whole. Compact exterior dimensions of 170 x 75 cm open up efficient installation options.
Floor-flush showers combine ideally with shower walls such as OpenSpace B by Duravit for greater freedom of movement in the bathroom. This innovative shower partition can simply be folded back against the wall after use. This means that the doors conceal tap fittings and shower heads, introduce a sense of calm into the room and make it genuinely larger. Together with the fold-away shower accessories (handle, shelf and seat), the shower area becomes an ideally conceived unit within the bathroom.
The comfortable shower-toilets are an appropriate choice for small bathrooms. The symbiosis of toilet and bidet provides gentle and natural cleansing with water. Duravit offers plenty of choice here, the designer bathroom manufacturer’s purist shower-toilet seat line SensoWash® Slim featuring in no less than eight Duravit ranges. Also available is the new Vero Air toilet, whose distinctive rectangular shape makes it a real eye-catcher in small bathrooms. This toilet is also particularly simple to clean, thanks to its integrated rimless flushing technology.
Products with shortened projections, such as the toilets of the ME by Starck or DuraStyle ranges, are expedient when space is tight around the toilet. The compact wall-mounted toilets fit the bill with a reduced length of 480 or 485 mm.
Individual highlights for small bathrooms
It is a fallacy that small bathrooms offer little space for design highlights. The washbasin from the DuraSquare range by Duravit, measuring only 60 cm in width, makes its mark with a rectangular exterior shape which blends with organically flowing interior contours. The washbasin combines with the flexible, height-adjustable furniture frame in chrome or black with a coloured glass shelf to create an ensemble offering individual storage space.
Luv by Cecilie Manz adds a touch of Nordic elegance to small bathrooms. Measuring just under 700 mm in width, the Luv console table catches the eye in gentle colours such as Stone grey, Light blue or Night blue and conjures up a pleasant feeling of space. The Luv above-counter wash bowl (just 42 cm wide) boasts fine lines and a large inner basin. The white, grey or sand glaze on the outer wall comes in a choice of high-gloss or matt finish, contrasting attractively with the high-gloss white ceramic interior of the basin.
Light colours and large tile formats make small bathrooms appear larger. Wall-mounted furniture heightens this effect. The tall cabinets from the individual and diverse L-Cube furniture range by Duravit are ideal when space is in short supply and come in more than 30 different colours, opening up ample scope for individual colour highlights. Variable mirrors and mirror cabinets with an integrated LED light band show off the small, urban bathroom in the best light while also creating added storage space.
Vero Air with Sensowash Slim