Design Trends: Bathing Beauties
Bathtub and shower areas have come a long way since their claw-foot days.
Modernistic meets organic in Oceanus, a freestanding egg-like tub from Tyrrell & Laing seeming to defy gravity as it floats in its space. Don’t worry; it won’t tip, nor is it heavy. A smooth lightweight composite mimics natural stone. $10,725 at Richlin Interiors, Miromar Design Center, Estero.
Sleek Italian styling and a splash of color rev up the freestanding Origami Libreria tub, which offers optional chromatic lighting and built-in wood or lacquered shelving for candles, toiletries and books. Base-priced from $16,500 plus shipping, it can be ordered online through Stocco at email@example.com, or you can delay gratification by waiting for American distribution, which is currently in negotiations.
Danger: Curves Ahead
The undulating shape of Stone Forest’s Papillon tub and its veined sandstone bring sculpture into the bathroom in a classic marriage of form and function. $28,000 at Ferguson, Naples.
The rusticity of hammered handcrafted copper—in either a brushed nickel (shown) or antique finish—adapts to any design scheme, from Asian to Old World. Bonus: Native Trails’ Aspen tub, created from 100 percent recycled copper, also works outside as a soaking tub. $27,500 as shown, available at Kitchens by Clay, Naples.
THG-Paris’ newest crystal collaboration with Baccarat (other partnerships include Christofle and Lalique) makes your bathroom sing beyond mere bling. Think of the Pétale de Cristal collection’s lotus flower Roman bath fittings in signature Baccarat red as the crown jewels. Also available for vanity and shower in deep blue, black and clear, the fine French crystal plays well with polished gold and chrome finishes and is priced at $32,565 for the solid-color tub sets. Find them soon at Hill’s Showcase, Naples.
Thin Is In
For those of us not well-versed in Italian or the metric system, the name of Gessi’s new Tremillimetri tells it like it is: a wisplike design measuring just 3 mm or one-tenth of an inch thick. Super thin and from the same Italian pedigree appearing in the W London, Armani Milan and the world’s top hotel bathrooms, the Tremillimetri collection features round and square profiles, a highpolish mirror-like stainless steel finish and the option of cascading waterfall or white LED lighting. $9,690 as shown, Gessi showers are available at Richlin Interiors, Miromar Design Center, Estero.
NeoMetro’s Neo-Tub could be the next best thing to rolling around in your money—without those soggy wet bills. Its high-polished translucent gold finish is befitting of royalty, and its double-wall insulation maintains water temperature for hours. A sloped back and optional air jets enhance this oh-so-relaxing experience. $18,550, available through Ferguson, Naples.
Designer Davide Oppizzi combined cosmos and ocean in creating Graff’s sculptural Ametis shower column, offering four spray options, integrated chromatherapy in its 63-inch bar and RGB LED lighting in the ring. Contemporary and alien, but in a good way, Ametis is available in chrome, black and white finishes. $15,000 at Hill’s Showcase, Naples.