Today it is no longer surprising to find a spa in a city apartment, swimming pools installed in the garden or on the terrace where space allows

If in imperial Rome washing and visiting spas and public baths was common practice, for many centuries personal hygiene was practically banned.

Only in the 19th and 20th centuries was the value of water rediscovered: thermal baths, with therapeutic effects, became very fashionable again and modern homes, especially after the Second World War, were equipped with bathrooms. complete with tub and hot water. From the end of the last century to today we have witnessed an extraordinary escalation of the bathroom environment which, in the contemporary home, has doubled and sometimes tripled.

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Today it is no longer surprising to find a spa in a city apartment, swimming pools installed in the garden or on the terrace where space allows. What about covering materials?

The choices are variable: for ceramic, the main material for the bathroom, now applicable in all environments, including large buildings, they range from large, extra-thin slabs to mosaic tiles, from beautiful Vietri with Art Nouveau-inspired cement tiles.

Refined tap systems highly water saving create rain effect jets and sanitary ware designed by international designers define the style of the bathroom: organic, minimalist, vintage. The merit of all this?

Certainly the work of Italian companies in the sector has been fundamental in terms of research, innovation and now also sustainability >.

It is no coincidence that this year we celebrate the40 years of Cersaie, the historic Bolognese trade fair for the sector, a point of reference at an international level: an important milestone for Made in Italy companies, for designers, for the design system. A satisfaction for all of us.

Cover photo: The underground swimming pool located inside the Boksto 6 complex in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is a redevelopment project carried out by Seilern Architects, which includes offices, restaurants, a large spa with swimming pool: a contemporary intervention that respects and enhances the pre-existing classical architecture. The swimming pool was created in collaboration with Akiko Tutly - ArchDesign. Photo by Roland Halbe FF&E and SPA executive architect: Akiko Tutly – ArchDesign