IN­SPIRE

New book Take a Bath show­cases some of the world’s most ex­quis­ite bath­rooms, oases of tran­quil­ity and cre­ativ­ity that stim­u­late all the senses.

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Take a Bath.

THE BATH­ROOM IS THE MOST

pri­vate room in the home, and al­though it’s of­ten the small­est, it’s one of the most com­plex. To­day it’s ex­pected to meet a va­ri­ety of needs, both func­tional and aes­thetic. Within a sin­gle in­ti­mate set­ting, it pro­vides us with a space for hy­giene, groom­ing, and men­tal and phys­i­cal pu­rifi­ca­tion.

The bath­room is where we han­dle our per­sonal busi­ness, but it can also be a sanc­tu­ary, a re­treat from the obli­ga­tions and dis­trac­tions of ev­ery­day life. It’s a place of in­ti­macy, where we can be in our most nat­u­ral state, and a place of beauty, where we pam­per our­selves through our daily rit­u­als in prepa­ra­tion to con­front the out­side world. •

IN THE ZONE Hard and cool to the touch, stone can con­vey un­der­stated ele­gance, sump­tu­ous lux­ury or rugged beauty, de­pend­ing on the spe­cific ma­te­rial and how it’s im­ple­mented. Even its fin­ish can make a world of dif­fer­ence.

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