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