The real bathroom trend is technology at the service of self-care. With an eye on sustainability and no gender projects

After spending a couple of decades re-establishing the idea of the space dedicated to body care, after having completely redesigned its morphology, the design changes direction.

And it relaunches technological innovation and reflection on production (from the choice of materials to the mechanical and hydraulic parts) to give a boost to what the bathroom will soon become.

Place of care and care, of course. With the addition of highly technological contents, which hide, minimize, integrate the functions of control, supply, temperature, water circulation. With particular attention to the time of installation, a point in the supply chain that intercepts the attention of brands and designers to arrive at more fluid solutions that do not affect the uniformity of the surfaces.

Stainless steel is the new classic of sustainability

Stainless steel is the new black. It is not a new material, nor a last-minute presence in the sector. But everyone knows that is the material of the moment because the alloy of iron and carbon is truly sustainable and, consequently, competitive.

It will become more and more so thanks to industry 4.0 which, even in the heaviest sectors, is making strategic steps and investments to ensure rational use and, above all, a well-designed end of life.

Steel is already the most recycled heavy metal in the world. It is practically indestructible and re-enters production cycles without technical problems. The theme, as always, is end-of-life recovery, an objective of the increasingly numerous green metallurgical companies.

The taps are modeled by subtraction

Fratelli Frattini has recently launched two new stainless steel lines (insert link to marchetta): Aline by Marco Piva and Borgia Inox by BMB Projects. In both cases the meaning of the material is in its resistance, in its intrinsic hygiene, which make it an elective choice for places inhabited by water and / or frequented by many people.

But also the subtraction processing is an interesting design starting point: rigor and sculptural forms are the result of essential interventions. Geometric cuts, combinations of glossy and satin finishes, a palette that does not stray from metallic tones.

Aline and Borgia Inox are two series that interpret the material to transform it into a hybrid and flexible product, suitable for any type of individual or collective environment.

Micro pools in the bathrooms of the house

The design permeability between wellness spaces and domestic bathrooms is enhanced by the massive use of technology. The market wanted to blur the line between public and private. The result is a decisive shift towards entry level projects: compact products, contained in size, designed to integrate into the home environment.

Micro pools with professional whirlpools: easier said than designed. Marc Sadler succeeded as usual with the new series Soul for Treesse.

His patent, already used on other lines of the brand, is called Ghost and allows you to hide all the technical parts of the whirlpool. Nozzles and nozzles are integrated into the surface of the tub and a blade of light for chromotherapy camouflages them completely.

The digital temperature and power controls are flush with the edge and make all the programming part simple and intuitive.

Smart solutions for private spas

Similar is the path taken by the latest news from Ritmonio. The series Diametro35 by Davide Vercelli is completed this year with shower jets for differentiated water supply.

A typical system of wellness spaces, with a tropical rain effect, massaging jets or nebulization, which in this case also enters the domestic range.

The simplicity of the basic project, which has been declined in infinite installation variants, lends itself to expanding and hybridizing the market and the variety of use. If until recently imagining the bathroom as a place of well-being was an exercise in style, from here on it will be easier to get there concretely with products designed to be used in the bathroom at home.

Radical changes for toilets

Finally, there is a use of technology capable of rethinking the way to use the bathroom, as happens with the Abaco by Ceadesign. The project is by Natalino Malasorti, founder of the brand, who with a bold design gesture transforms the toilet / bidet into a modular system in which function and systems coincide.

Radically rethinking the way the bathroom is used is an interesting operation in times of anti-gender activism. Malasorti says it clearly: men must learn to sit down.

It is good for the body, it is more hygienic and it is also more relaxing. Provocations aside, the Abaco system is a disruptive product: single-material, modular, vaguely reminiscent of high-traffic bathrooms but designed for the home. The space around it will have to adapt.