Bringing the colours back into bathrooms

Bringing the colours back into bathrooms

Bogs are becoming warmed up with a deluge of sample and color, finds our Government and Interiors editor, Giles Kime.

For some, A Very British Scandal, the BBC’s drama on the courtroom case that overshadowed the everyday living of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll introduced to intellect the infamous toilet at her property in Mayfair (halt sniggering at the again).

It experienced been designed 30 years before by Syrie Maugham, the best known inside decorator of her technology, who experienced a passion for color, as extended as it was white, and is also remembered for her ill-fated relationship to W. Somerset Maugham. The room—all ground-to-ceiling mirror and discreet detail—offers a glimpse of the marvels of the Art Deco rest room.

Couple of other people continue to exist, but photographs—many of them in the Country Lifestyle archive—demonstrate the capacity of architects these kinds of as Oliver Hill to transform the practical into something breathtakingly wonderful.

What Art Deco loos also did was to motivate an aesthetic chilliness in bathroom layout that persisted—except for a brief flurry of jolliness in the 1980s— right up until now.

Having said that, all that is altering a renewed fascination in 1980s style and design is demonstrating that bathrooms never have to appear like a science laboratory. Back again then, several designers took the lead of Nancy Lancaster, who furnished bathrooms in the way she embellished any other home, with wallpaper, furniture and images.

The transfer absent from the reductivism that has dominated bathroom design is also manifesting itself in other means, in individual a bigger emphasis on pattern and colour. A terrific illustration is a new selection by the interior designer Samantha Todhunter for Bert & May well, who was encouraged by the scalloped ric-rac trim made use of as a attractive product on garments. Daring and basic, it also delivers substantial versatility.

One more manufacturer to enter the fray is Claybrook, co-started by the former Fired Earth creative dynamo Rob Whitaker. It lately launched encaustic cement tiles that give an prospect to inject daily life-improving sample into the two lifeless loos and kitchens.

The system of building encaustic cement tiles was first developed in Catalonia in the 19th century and was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in 1867. It produces hues with a vivid, eye-catching really feel.

The other way to incorporate colour to a lavatory is by way of components these as taps. THG the French producer has a assortment of beautiful designs developed by Jean-Claude Delépine, produced in a selection of high-class elements in jewel-like colors.

An additional, of class, is paint, even though there is one thing about the striking distinction amongst crisp white and zingy tiles and components that lifts the spirits, specially very first issue in the early morning.

Syrie Maugham would approve.