TECH­NOL­OGY GETS FLOW­ING IN­TU­ITIVE DE­SIGN TAKES OVER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Fifi Lim-Liver­more MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, June 24, 2015

OF ALL the rooms in a home, the bath­room is prob­a­bly the one with the most fluid po­ten­tial.

It can be deeply per­sonal – as the room where we ex­pose who we are in pri­vacy – or a com­mu­nal sanc­tu­ary for all the fam­ily.

When you in­stall a bath­room to­day, it’s not just prod­ucts you would con­sider – cu­rated in tune with de­sign, it’s a lifestyle.

The bath­room to­day is be­ing made more in­tu­itive and tech­nol­ogy plays a big role in it.

As Kohler’s di­rec­tor of new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment Mark Bick­er­staffe shared at a de­sign com­mu­nity evening re­cently, well­be­ing is one of five lead­ing trends in bath­room de­sign.

The other four fall un­der self­ex­plana­tory cat­e­gories such as en­hanced ev­ery­day, our com­mu­nity, en­gag­ing and clas­sic tech.

Per­me­at­ing these trends is tech­nol­ogy and it’s seep­ing seam­lessly into our bath­rooms.

“The most pro­found ef­fect of tech­nol­ogy, be­yond con­trol­ling wa­ter, light, sound and to cre­ate the am­bi­ence and ex­pe­ri­ence we de­sire, will be well­be­ing,” Bick­er­staffe says.

“It’s the room where we mon­i­tor and man­age phys­i­cal and emo­tional health. More semi-med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies are in our bath­rooms and we ex­pect it to adapt to our need for self-care.”

As a de­signer Bick­er­staffe says he looks for sen­si­tive use of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, es­pe­cially where peo­ple are go­ing to touch and in­ter­act.

“At­ten­tion to de­tail shows that a de­signer un­der­stands what the space is be­ing asked to do in your life,” he says.

Mod­ern bath­rooms fea­ture stylish prod­ucts that are packed with tech­nol­ogy and add to well­be­ing, Kohler’s Mark Bick­er­staffe says.

Add the wow fac­tor with Teuco’s Lim­ited Edi­tion Ac­cademia POP bath­tub.

Axor lamp shower from Can­dana is typ­i­cal of bath­room in­no­va­tion.

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