Inspirations from the bathroom of the future
In former times, having a washbowl in your bedroom was more than enough; however, bathrooms became increasingly popular over the years as a room to freshen up and get the day off to a great start in the morning, or otherwise used to take a bubble bath in the evening. Useful, practical, functional. Tiles that were not sensitive to moisture protected walls and floors. While all of the sanitary objects were mounted on the walls – either next to or across from each other. Times have changed and demands have subsequently increased. Of course, a bathroom should be useful as well as comfortable, spacious, possess a modern design, in addition to being barrier-free. The bathroom of the future will therefore represent a living space, in which we can relax and refresh ourselves in an uncomplicated manner – and that applies to young and old alike. In order to achieve this, clever entrepreneurs have come up with some truly ingenious features. Here are a few ideas for pepping up the wet rooms.
A new level of comfort
Modern bathrooms have not only increased in size in comparison to their predecessors, but are now equipped in an entirely different manner as well. A chair for daydreaming, a shower in the middle of the room and shower area that is hardly visible as it appears to be part of the attached wooden floor – at first glance some are even unaware that they are actually in a bathroom and not a living space. Of course, this is due to the fact that the shape of the washstand is becoming increasingly customised and intricate. To implement narrow edges or organic designs, manufacturers have developed new solid surface materials, which are even easy to clean due to the special coating. And what happened to the formerly ubiquitous tiles? Now they have been banned to the area around the washbasin or shower. You are now much more likely to find natural stone, glass, laminate or even wood – the overall bathroom culture is continuing to evolve.
The even-floor shower is considered as the embodiment of the modern bathroom. Through its accessibility, it ensures an autonomous life in your own four walls for as long as possible. You wouldn’t think that by looking at it though. On the contrary! A “walk-in shower” is extremely elegant. It is based on the idea of universal design, which says that the bathroom is the key area for autonomous living and, as such, all products for this room must be designed for people to use in all stages of life – from small children to the elderly.
Most innovations and further developments pertaining to the bathroom pursue precisely this goal: a great deal of comfort and easy to operate. But please make sure the technology is as inconspicuous as possible! The best examples: WC actuator-plates that activate the flush by merely waving the hand, or shower valves that remember the preferred water temperature.
The shower WC offers more than just comfort, therefore experts predict the increasing popularity thereof. In addition to automatically cleansing private parts with water, some of these WCs even have a dryer function, an odour filter or are height adjustable.
In the past, just combining electricity with water represented a dangerous challenge; however, low-current technology with 12 volts has created many new possibilities for bathrooms. LED lighting in the bathtub or shower, electronically controlled fixtures or music from the shower wall have almost become commonplace features. The screen integrated into the mirror that enables you to watch the news or check e-mails while brushing your teeth is also no longer a cause for sensation. After all, smart technology now offers far more than that: Developments such as showers that measure blood pressure, tubs that function as a resonating body and make music palpable in the water, or mirrors that function as a reminder to take medicine, are just a few examples from a number of creative ideas.
In the bathroom of the future, these elements will be even more linked to one another. In a few years, we will consider it normal that the bathroom technology is adjusted to suit the user. As soon as an occupant enters, room temperature, music, lighting, etc., will be individually modified according to the personal preferences stipulated beforehand. Therefore, the bathroom is no longer merely responsible for hygiene, but rather a part of preventative health care as well. For example, the toilet will check urine levels and the tooth brush will extract health data from saliva. If something is wrong, the system will set off an alarm or immediately inform the general practitioner. Technology is becoming equally important for increasing comfort as well as sustainability concepts. Water and energy-saving solutions ultimately lead to bathrooms that function as a miniature power station capable of water treatment and heat retrieval.