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3 Bathroom Designs That Push The Edge

The idea of the bathroom as a purely functional space is long a thing of the past. Great attention is paid to making today’s bathrooms a place that one goes to relax and unwind, as these cutting-edge designs will attest.

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BY Janice Seow

November 28th, 2014


#1 Dornbracht’s Sensory Sky

Different types of rain, fog, light and fragrance come together to create a highly sensorial bathing experience in Sensory Sky (top image).

Conceived by Sieger Design for Dornbracht, Sensory Sky integrates high technology into a sleek, minimalist design. The expansive rain panel features separate shower fields for the head sprinkler, body sprinkler and rain curtain, as well as a cold-water fog nozzle and light and fragrance functions.

Controls are easy and convenient to use thanks to the new digital Smart Tools that Dornbracht has developed, based on Smart Water technology.

Alongside the three scenarios, READJUST, RELEASE and REJOICE, spray heads, nozzles, light and fragrances can also be set independently of one another, for a custom shower.

What results is a one-of-a-kind showering experience, much like bathing in the open air.

Dornbracht is carried in Hong Kong by Colourliving.

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#2 In-Flow by Roca

Conceived by Roca’s Innovation Lab, In-Flow represents a breakthrough in bathroom design. The bathtub features an ergonomic interior and includes an adjustable headrest and a seat for maximum user comfort.

In addition, a revolutionary water blade system ensures that the tub takes in 75 per cent less water than a normal bath, while the internal ergonomic shape and enveloping waterfalls make more effective use of the water. The tub’s generous dimensions and hydro-massage system also offers users a relaxing and indulgent bathing experience.

Faucets are kept hidden and pop up at a touch of a button, thus ensuring that the tub retains its clean and pure design aesthetic. It also comes with a touch screen remote control that allows the user to choose between settings.

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#3 TOTO Neorest XH Intelligent Toilet

The level of attention that goes into the design of today’s toilet is extraordinary. Take the elegant and minimalistic TOTO Neorest XH Intelligent Toilet as an example. It doesn’t just look good – it also contains TOTO’s innovative Ewater+ technology.

Ewater+ or electrolyzed process water is an original technology by TOTO that thoroughly cleans the bacteria and debris that normal cleaning cannot achieve. The water is completely environmental friendly and can be returned to the water cycle without worry.

In addition, the toilet’s patented Tornado Flushing System and Hybrid technology ensures a more powerful flushing performance, whilst keeping water usage to a more sustainable volume.
But that’s not all. The lid of Neorest XH is made of a Clean Coat anti-bacterial material, and the seat is coated with TOTO’s proprietary CeFiONtect, a glaze that promotes cleanliness at the nano level by preventing dirt accumulation on the sanitary ware surface.

Neorest XH’s soft lighting is activated by a sensor when a user approaches; its auto-sensing feature also lifts the toilet lid when the user walks closer.

For those who want greater ease of use, the toilet can be operated via remote control. Functions include lifting the lid, cleansing with warm water, hands free warm air dryer with temperature adjustment, heated seat and even an automatic deodorising function.

So perhaps the question one might want to ask is: What doesn’t it do?

TOTO is distributed in Hong Kong by VSC.