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International Bathroom Show 2018: news and trends

Welcome back, dear friends! Those who follow me know that last week I was in Milan to visit the Salone and the Fuorisalone 2018 edition. Like every year I come back with eyes full of wonder and a little dazed, both because of the crowded bath and for the many things views. Some proposals I liked a lot, others less, but what throws me into despair is the fact that I didn’t see some things (yet I wrote them down!).

Today I am here to tell you about my visit to the International Furniture Fair, while for the Fuorisalone I will prepare specific articles in the coming days. I had already told you about some previews in this post ( Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan: some previews ), but I only visited two of the stands mentioned. Ultimately I spent the whole morning in the pavilion of the International Bathroom Exhibition, so let’s start from here to make the point, certainly partial, on some news and trends.

In general, the macro-trends that see on one hand the personalization of the proposals in each sector have been consolidated, and on the other hand the sensitivity towards issues related to sustainability.

The first appointment with Ideagroup, present with its four brands (Aqua, Idea, Blob, and Disenia): in the very crowded stand all around the prom queen, the Dolcevita by Aqua collection. Already presented at Cersaie 2017 as a preview and winner of the ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Design Award, at the Salone it showed off all its most beautiful clothes: the undulating workmanship of the front of the bathroom cabinet, which continues on the sides, helps to create a harmonious volume, while the finishes can be declined according to the style that everyone prefers. Very beautiful are those in oak, light or “moro”, those colored in lacquered or “soft touch”, while the absolute novelty is the metal-effect finish.

At Vismaravetro, on the other hand, I had fun imagining placing the beautiful Suite crystal wall in the bathroom: meanwhile, the rosy champagne-colored aluminum profiles, the crystal-embellished with a thin golden metal mesh, the handle positioned with a magnet, literally conquered me. With this wall, you can delimit both the shower compartment and the sanitary area, but I imagine it also for other uses, such as for the walk-in closet, for example. Also very interesting are the decorated glasses made with Personal Glass, a digital glass printing technology that allows you to reproduce any digital image to have a truly unique bathroom: here is an example

You could not miss an episode in a retro-style stand, always on the crest of a wave. The proposals of Park Avenue, an Italian company inspired by 1930s New York and Art Deco, are very refined, offering a range of products for a totally retro bathroom, from basins to washbasins, from furniture to accessories and papers wallpaper. It should be noted that Park Avenue has remained one of the very few companies that produce enameled cast iron bathtubs in Italy. Here too, the trend that sees metallic finishes in the foreground is confirmed: look at how wonderful this bathtub with its chrome shell is. It’s called Davis and is in enameled cast iron.

Now we see the taps, which at the moment are attracting a lot of interest, perhaps also thanks to the new technologies on saving water. Suffice it to say that at the Gessi stand , conceived as a tropical oasis, the crowd was dense, especially to see up close the Inciso series designed by the arch star David Rockwell , who also signed the pop-up restaurant Diner, open on days of Milan Design Week in via Ferrante Sports, in the new Central District edited by Ventura Project. The style of this series is decidedly industrial, especially in models with brushed finishes and knobs that resemble those of industrial valves. The basic material is in very solid brass, and the finishes are really many: black, nickel, bronze, brass, copper, in a bright or brushed version, confirming that the metallic finishes at the moment are really at the top.

The same goes for the proposals of IB faucets : two types of industrial knobs (“lever” and “handwheel”) and a wide range of metallic finishes (chrome, brushed nickel, natural brass, rose gold, gold, English gold, brushed English gold, black chrome, brushed black chrome and matt black) for the Bold faucet designed by Federico Castelli & Antonio Gardoni. The Loom accessory system is also very interesting, born from the workshop “The simplicity of water” organized by Studiomare and IB Rubinetti and designed by Simone Bonanni. Customizable to your liking, this series in chromed steel and black marble (another winning tandem) is made up of a frame to which the elements can be fixed and which can be towel or valet stands, transformable shelves, bowls for storing items.

I conclude with an object that many tend to overlook: the radiator, or more correctly, being objects of design, the designer heating systems. Certainly it is a difficult element to insert, also because most of the time it turns out to be foreign to the rest of the furniture, an unloved object which one cannot do without, especially in the bathroom. Of course today things have changed, as many companies focus on design, and not only. I visited Caleido’s stand and I was fascinated by their products, both modern and retro. The novelty previewed is the Stilus radiator. At first glance, it looks like a sculpture or a floor lamp since it is equipped with LED backlighting. Looking more closely, it looks like a hanger because of the protruding knob: in the end, I realized that Stilus is all this together, as well as being a last-generation radiator, that is compatible with the latest generation of boilers and heat pumps. I forgot: here too much metal …

In summary, according to what I have seen, the trends for the bathroom are:

metal finishes almost everywhere, both in matt, brushed, polished and chrome versions. brass dominates but copper is still strong, flanked by bronze and steel. The minimalist style loses its strokes, becoming a little warmer and more decorative, while the Industrial and the retro do not hint to step aside. Marble is confirmed as a superstar, above all black and white, together with wood, increasingly treated in a natural way, so much so that one cannot resist the desire to caress the furniture. Above all, macro trends of personalization and environmental sustainability dominate.

Well, dear friends, for today I will stop here. See you soon with another post about kitchens and some other news. If in the meantime you want to take a look at my Instagram profile, find photos and videos from the Fuorisalone @lagattasultetto

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