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Contemporary Ceramic Designs To Spruce Up Your Bathroom

The countless advantages of ceramic make this material shine in new splendor for designers and manufacturers creating bathroom innovations. Changes in social awareness of hygienic issues give this a further boost.

The use of ceramic in bathrooms is nothing new – in fact, it’s probably the most commonly used material. Ceramic is a quality material that has always enjoyed many hygienic advantages: It is easy to clean, non-absorbent, resistant to sanitary products, naturally sourced and environmental-friendly. In the current situation, the advantages of ceramics even get a boost. The awareness of hygienic issues in both public and private bathrooms has been increasing since the Corona pandemic begun – as exemplified by handwashing signs, instructions for appropriate techniques and disinfectant dispensers.

iF award-winning designs 2021

High-quality, hygienic ceramic is used for both the washbasin and counter of this product series. It also features a new vessel design that makes the washbasin as aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to use. Available in many variants including resin counters that can be matched to user needs and preferences.
LUMISIS series / High back vessel type | Manufacturer: LIXIL Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

High-quality, hygienic ceramic is used for both the washbasin and counter of this product series. It also features a new vessel design that makes the washbasin as aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to use. Available in many variants including resin counters that can be matched to user needs and preferences.

L.Magic is a multi-purpose and thin-edged ceramic washbasin with an integrated faucet. Its antimicrobial glaze finish is resistant to dirt, and installation is easy. The range of basins is available in different sizes, and the high-end variant features intelligent voice technology for touch-free operation.
L.Magic | Manufacturer: Bravat (China) GmbH, Guangzhou, China

L.Magic is a multi-purpose and thin-edged ceramic washbasin with an integrated faucet. Its antimicrobial glaze finish is resistant to dirt, and installation is easy. The range of basins is available in different sizes, and the high-end variant features intelligent voice technology for touch-free operation.

This ceramic granite ventilation block is a low-tech solution for passive design strategy in green building/architecture design. The product allows natural cross ventilation in a space or a building, a real challenge for tropical or subtropical areas. By allowing more natural cross ventilation and light to enter a space or a building, Ping Pong helps reduce energy consumption.
Ping & Pong | Manufacturer: PT Mujur Kurnia Ampuh (Mukura Ceramics), Tangerang, Indonesia

This ceramic granite ventilation block is a low-tech solution for passive design strategy in green building/architecture design. The product allows natural cross ventilation in a space or a building, a real challenge for tropical or subtropical areas. By allowing more natural cross ventilation and light to enter a space or a building, Ping Pong helps reduce energy consumption.

This compact heater has a unique organic design and a capacity of 1,800 watts, making it much more powerful than you would expect. With the free app, operating this handy indoor space heater is a piece of cake.
Duux Threesixty Smart Ceramic Heater | Manufacturer: Duux, Uden, Netherlands

This compact heater has a unique organic design and a capacity of 1,800 watts, making it much more powerful than you would expect. With the free app, operating this handy indoor space heater is a piece of cake.

Rivelet is a dual-use bathroom washbasin and cabinet with an integrated foot washer designed for normal washing up and the Islamic self-cleansing ritual usually done using a wall tap, which results in a wet floor and unhygienic bathroom conditions. This bathroom furniture brings increased convenience, comfort, and hygiene to both normal washing and ritual cleansing.
Kohler Rivlet (Wudu All in one Station) | Manufacturer: Kohler Company, Kohler, United States

Rivelet is a dual-use bathroom washbasin and cabinet with an integrated foot washer designed for normal washing up and the Islamic self-cleansing ritual usually done using a wall tap, which results in a wet floor and unhygienic bathroom conditions. This bathroom furniture brings increased convenience, comfort, and hygiene to both normal washing and ritual cleansing.

Multiple elements of this bathroom furniture can be perfectly combined to create design solutions capable of satisfying all needs and tastes. Moreover, you can choose the washbasin ceramic from a range of eight colors to create a unique, personalized identity for your bathroom.
SOLID | Manufacturer: Scarabeo Ceramiche Srl, Fabrica di Roma - VT, Italy

Multiple elements of this bathroom furniture can be perfectly combined to create design solutions capable of satisfying all needs and tastes. Moreover, you can choose the washbasin ceramic from a range of eight colors to create a unique, personalized identity for your bathroom.

The design of the W23 smart toilet is minimalist and features gun grey metallic decorative strips. The easy-to-clean ceramic surface glaze is antibacterial and the seat is made of anti-bacterial materials. The night light and function indicators at the back of the toilet are positioned at a 45-degree angle to provide soft and unobtrusive lighting at night.
W23 Light Smart Toilet | Manufacturer: Annwa Ceramic Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd., Foshan City, Guangdong, China

The design of the W23 smart toilet is minimalist and features gun grey metallic decorative strips. The easy-to-clean ceramic surface glaze is antibacterial and the seat is made of anti-bacterial materials. The night light and function indicators at the back of the toilet are positioned at a 45-degree angle to provide soft and unobtrusive lighting at night.

Like a natural basin carved by water, this ceramics collection's organic curves combine deep geometric and sensual details, attaining a new level of purity. Conca merges tactile beauty and function, taking its essence from the past and making it relevant today.
Conca | Manufacturer: IDEAL STANDARD INTERNATIONAL BVBA, Zaventem, Belgium

Like a natural basin carved by water, this ceramics collection's organic curves combine deep geometric and sensual details, attaining a new level of purity. Conca merges tactile beauty and function, taking its essence from the past and making it relevant today.

This bathroom furniture creates a new atmosphere where wood meets ceramic, and materials and finishes are perfectly matched to convert your bathroom into an emotional and functional space. The ceramic top is supported by crossed wooden legs held together by ceramic joints.
CROSS | Manufacturer: Scarabeo Ceramiche Srl, Fabrica di Roma - VT, Italy

This bathroom furniture creates a new atmosphere where wood meets ceramic, and materials and finishes are perfectly matched to convert your bathroom into an emotional and functional space. The ceramic top is supported by crossed wooden legs held together by ceramic joints.

The well-executed design of this washbasin's drain prevents water from puddling. It is the versatility seen on sculpted porcelain tiles sinks applied with the practicality of ceramics. The washbasin also has a large flat surface to one side, a clean and generous shelf area that can be used for toiletries. It comes in a range of seven colors with a matte or glossy finish.
HORIZON SKYLINE 80 | Manufacturer: ROCA SANITARIO S.A, Barcelona, Spain

The well-executed design of this washbasin's drain prevents water from puddling. It is the versatility seen on sculpted porcelain tiles sinks applied with the practicality of ceramics. The washbasin also has a large flat surface to one side, a clean and generous shelf area that can be used for toiletries. It comes in a range of seven colors with a matte or glossy finish.

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At the same time, hygiene improvements have become a priority for various manufacturers and designers delivering products for bathroom designs. This trend is reflected in the iF DESIGN AWARD statistics. This year there were 226 winning entries in the category Bathroom out of almost 10,000 submissions in total. For comparison purposes, in 2019 there were still 88 winning entries of almost 9,000 submissions.

Ceramic in bathrooms can be seen as an antidote for disease and decay, especially when it appears in white color symbolizing health and vitality. This different approach to the material has made ceramic a contemporary look – which can be found even outside the bathroom. For instance, in order to guarantee surfaces as germ-free as possible, many modern ceramic designs use special surface coatings for toilets, sinks and bathtubs. "The bathroom requires resistant surfaces that, as in the case of floors, offer slip resistance, so ceramic coverings are the best proposal", says designer and iF juror Lutzía Ortiz Miralles

Short interview with Lutzía Ortiz Miralles, iF juror and designer

Short interview with Lutzía Ortiz Miralles, iF juror and designer

iF: What makes ceramics such a special material?
L. O. M.: Ceramic has countless advantages: it is beautiful, resistant, easy to maintain, economical and very versatile. In addition to traditional finishes, today we can find ceramic tiles that simulate any type of material in an astonishingly accurate way. Ceramic wall and floor tiles are easy to clean and have a high resistance to wear and tear. It’s a very durable and economical cladding that requires less maintenance.

What is the best way to integrate ceramics into the bathroom to enhance the design?
The bathroom is the space dedicated to the toilet and requires resistant surfaces that do not stain, are low maintenance, hygienic and, as in the case of floors, offer slip resistance, so ceramic coverings are the best proposal. There is no best design proposal, it depends on various factors such as the spatial characteristics of the environment, its size or the technical performance of the material. The important thing is to think about what design fits best, what natural light you have and what atmosphere you’re looking for.

With a new focus on geometric shapes and sleek lines, ceramic countertops offer a clean design. When combined with wood, ceramic exudes a certain warmth, as in the "CROSS" bathroom furniture collection. Together with metal, it creates a contemporary atmosphere, as in the "SOLID" bathroom elements. "In addition to traditional finishes, today we can find ceramic tiles that simulate any type of material in an astonishingly accurate way," sums up Lutzia.

Thanks to state-of-the-art innovations such as the intelligent voice technology in the aptly named ceramic washbasin "L.Magic" or the smart toilet "W23 Light" with its energy-saving features – this is how ceramic shines in new splendor.

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(published in May 2021)

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