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Bathrooms for Young and Old

© Geberit
© Geberit

Whether it is for singles, families, or seniors – the modern bathroom should meet everyone’s needs. It should be a stylish oasis of wellbeing, a childproof experimental space, and a safe haven all in one. In addition, we want to adapt it to our various needs. Trend researchers say that, in the future, variable floor plans and modern installation systems could enhance the bathroom’s versatility so much that it will be more easily adaptable to the lives of its users – provided, of course, that there are opportunities and adequate space for renovation.

© Keramag
© Keramag

Today, even bathrooms that are designed to meet established accessibility standards do not look as austere anymore as they did only a few years ago. At the same time, accessibility starts considerably below these standards: with a spacious, open-plan bathroom design which can be adapted to suit many individual needs and which takes into account future requirements for care. That includes floor-level showers, sensor-activated fittings and lighting systems, programmable water treatments and easy-to-clean surfaces. In the future, the bathroom will still be lifestyle-oriented. But it will combine featuring options for integrating various technical aids and assistive systems with comfortable design.

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Another central, consumer-wanted aspect is user-friendliness, which refers to a bathroom’s accommodation of all generations equally. The shower toilet represents a new category of multigenerational bathroom appliances. For the kitchen, there are always new innovations: the dishwasher, microwave oven and induction cooktop make everyday tasks easier. In the bathroom, however, patents are rare. Designer Christoph Behling sees great potential here, starting with the toilet. The comfort toilet AquaClean Mera, designed for sanitary ware manufacturer Geberit, is his first step in releasing the bathroom from its technological agony. Innovations like the bidet seat, hot air dryer, odour extractor and heated toilet seat are intended to facilitate everyday hygiene.

© Geberit
© Geberit

The Silk collection, designed by Michael Schmidt (code2design) for sanitary ware specialists Keramag, has shown that age-appropriate features are not necessarily incompatible with comfort in the bathroom. “With the shift in our society’s demographics, the bathroom will become the most relevant and important place in the home”, Michael Schmidt predicts. “If you want to live at home as long as possible – and according to many studies, that is what over 90 percent want – then a bathroom that can accommodate people of all ages and that provides optimum accessibility must become the standard. By the way, a bathroom like this is also extremely well suited for children because it is safe”, the designer continues with regard to the number 1 issue for the future of the bathroom.