Part of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the International Bath Exhibition is, by some, considered the most important bath show in the world. Held every other year, 2018’s Bath Exhibition was decidedly modern and sleek, showcasing many amazing new bathroom products.
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Elaine Markoutsas shares her observations and favourite new product introductions.
Matte surfaces… echoed their growing popularity in kitchens, although glossy porcelains sometimes proved an inviting contrast.
Form shone in the hands of masters. Piero Lissoni’s new freestanding tub for Boff, is smooth as silk and most elegant in shape.
Marcel Wanders dazzled with the simplicity of New Classic sink bowls designed in Laufen’s proprietary SaphirKeramic.
And Michael Anasstasiades, known for his lighting design for Flos, kept it simple with his new taps for Fantini.
Neutrals—cream, warm cappuccino and beautiful chocolate marbles—felt most comfortable. But black rose to the occasion, with black chrome adding an edge in faucets.
Taps celebrated minimal form, some with sculptural notes.
Others combined stone or cut crystal for luxe punctuation.
And unexpected materials such as Axor’s taps in topstitched leather or wood create a bespoke option that fosters personalization.
Colour usually showed up as a backdrop on painted or wallpapered walls, although some vanities served up small doses such as blue green, cobalt or aubergine.
India Mahdavi’s new collection for Bisazza showed unabashed colour—with fixtures in a shrimp shade called strawberry.
Feeling the soft droplets of water from Hansgrohe’s PowderRain took rain showers to another level.
Which of these new bathroom products do you most want in your spa bathroom?