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Design oncept: A steel bathtub dressed in fabric

© Bette
© Bette

At Pure Textile, an event, which takes place every two years at imm cologne, the fabric brands can present their latest trends. A current design concept of Bette, a German steel-enamel specialist, shows that fabrics can be combined with other materials in a specific way. With this concept, Bette wants to set out to re-explore the sensuous quality of fabric in the context of the bathroom. Therefore, the bathtub body was made quite traditionally from steel-enamel, while the bath apron was cushioned and covered by Bielefelder Werkstätten with woven fabric from JAB Anstoetz – just like a cosy sofa.

This has been made possible by a new generation of functional fabrics that are just as appealing as those used in the living room, but which are, according to the manufacturer, also extremely robust, easy-care, and water, mould and climate resistant. The main use for these fabrics so far has been in the latest outdoor furniture.

© Bette
© Bette

To be able to implement this combination, Bette had to come to grips with some unfamiliar issues. Which cuts of fabric can be used? What kind of bath frame construction must be provided? How can the fabrics be attached to the frame of the bath to make assembly easy? And how do we ensure that the bath edges are watertight? “During development, it was important for us to give our ideas free rein and redefine the bath area, because we want to create the awareness for a new comfort in the bathroom,” says Thilo C. Pahl, Managing Partner at Bette.

Designer Dominik Tesseraux is also convinced by the concept of the bath. “Home and family are a safe haven from our fast-paced and crisis-ridden society more than ever nowadays. The quality of time spent in the bathroom becomes increasingly important, because this is where we expend a lot of quality time on care, recovery and relaxation. People want to feel as much at home in the bathroom as they do in their living room.” According to Tesseraux, this is reflected in the interior design of the bathroom, for instance, that is becoming ever more individual and frequently includes objects originating from the living room or bedroom, such as decorative lights, cosy stools, seats and easy chairs, or stylish mirrors. “The fabric-covered bath marks the next step and enhances the cool, rather technical elegance of bathroom products with the warm, homely comfort that can only be conveyed by cushioned fabric.”