Think­ing Small

CHRIS­TIAN SIEGER EX­PLAINS HOW HIS FAM­ILY FIRM’S DIMINU­TIVE SPA PRO­MOTES AN OUT­SIZED SENSE OF WELL­NESS

Azure - - SPOTLIGHT - AS TOLD TO _Ken­dra Jack­son sieger-de­sign.com

How much space do we ac­tu­ally need? It’s a ques­tion that Ger­many’s Sieger De­sign has been grap­pling with in re­cent years, es­pe­cially when it comes to the de­mands placed on bath­room de­sign as part of over­all liv­ing space. Its so­lu­tion, re­fined over time: a fully kit­ted-out spa and bath­room of just six square me­tres. Founded by Di­eter Sieger in 1964, the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary stu­dio is now helmed by his sons, Chris­tian and Michael. Re­cently, Chris­tian (pic­tured above) shared how in­creas­ingly small ur­ban liv­ing spa­ces and a de­sire to make well­ness a part of daily life pro­pelled the de­vel­op­ment of the stu­dio’s Small Size Premium Spa (SSPS), which cur­rently has three ver­sions that can be cus­tom­ized through ma­te­ri­als, light­ing, sound and even scent.

Do­ing more with less

“A greater con­cen­tra­tion of peo­ple liv­ing in cities means we have to share less space. We chal­lenged our­selves to show how small a spa could be with­out los­ing its ben­e­fits. First, we took the bath­tub out. It’s a dead area, and peo­ple aren’t mak­ing the time to use it any­more. We then split the six-square-me­tre room into a dry area and a wet area, mov­ing away from the con­ven­tional lay­out that places ev­ery­thing against the walls, which wastes a lot of cen­tral space. SSPS is about max­i­miz­ing spa qual­ity while tak­ing away the fear that some­thing so small is clumsy or un­us­able. Of course, if a bath­tub is wanted, one can eas­ily be in­te­grated into the de­sign and fit with a cover that turns it into a seat.”

The im­por­tance of emo­tional sup­port

“In re­cent years, peo­ple have be­come more aware that the qual­ity of their bath­room can bring qual­ity to their life. It’s not sim­ply a room for func­tion­al­ity; it’s a room to re­gen­er­ate and recharge. The at­mos­phere of this room can greatly in­flu­ence daily life. To­day we un­der­stand the need for the right amount of sleep, but we also need the right emo­tional set-up to start the day and a place to calm down be­fore bed. The bath­room is the room to do this.”

Pre­ven­tion is the best medicine

“Since hav­ing a strong re­la­tion­ship with the bath­room can help with well-be­ing, we in­cor­po­rate wa­ter ther­apy – which helps with blood cir­cu­la­tion among other things – through el­e­ments like hor­i­zon­tal show­ers. We also use light­ing and re­flected im­ages to sim­u­late sun­rises and sun­sets. Too often we wait un­til we are sick be­fore tak­ing care of our-selves, so in­clud­ing a pri­vate spa at home can be a pre­ven­ta­tive in­vest­ment. It’s about the qual­ity of per­sonal life.”

ABOVE: En­closed in clear or translu­cent glass (or both), Sieger De­sign’s small-space spas can be out­fit­ted with nat­u­ral stone and wood.

LEFT: Mak­ing the most of their com­pact foot­prints, the adapt­able units fea­ture ver­ti­cal, hor­i­zon­tal and/or sit-down show­ers.

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