A ROOM THE GODESS HYGIEIA HERSELF INHABITS- THE APPEALING QUALITY OF NEOCLASSICISM IN THE AGE OF THE HOMEWELLNESS SPA

NOT VERY OFTEN DOES A BATHROOM IN GERMANY TEND TO BE A ROOM OF ENTERTAINING AND RELAXING QUALITY, A PLACE TO HAVE A HEALING REST AND RECREATIONAL STAY IN COMFORT PLEASURING ALL SENSES. THE “FLIESENORGIE” PAIRED WITH A BUTCHERS MEATHOUSE APPEAL IN MOST COMMON BATH PLANNING LAYOUTS FROM THE 1930S TO THE 1990S STILL IN USE TODAY SPORT WALLS TILED FROM FLOOR TO CEILING ON ALL FOUR ROOM SIDES. THIS TILED ROOMS MAKE ONE WONDER WHAT IN THE NAME OF HYGIEIA DO THE GERMANS DO IN THEIR BATHROOMS? SPRAYING THE WALLS WITH A WATER HOSE FOR CLEANOUT AFTER USE MIGHT BE PRACTICAL TECHNICAL FEATURE, IF ONE WOULD BE A PIC MAYBE, BUT SERIOUSLY?! IF THESE FEATURES ARE STAFFED WITH FUNCTIONAL CHROME ELEMENTS OF THE BAUHAUS ORIGIN, THE DISCOMFORT IS AT HOME IN HOME.

THE AESTHETICS OF THESE “NASSRÄUME” ARE COMPARABLE TO THE PSYCHO FILM SETTING, YOU REMEMBER WHEN THE PLASTIC CURTAIN IS OPENED UP AND THE GRANNY WITH THE KNIFE SHOWS UP? DEFINABLY ANYTHING BUT FOR SURE NOT A PLACE YOU CAN RECREATE YOUR BODY AND MIND WITHOUT ASSOCIATING THESE ROOMS WITH ANYTHING BUT PLEASANT EXPERIENCES. ONLY IN RECENT TIMES THE “NASSRAUM” BECAME A MORE RESILIENT OBJECTIVE IN CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE DUE TO GERMAN BATHROOM SUPPLING BRANDS PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE RISING DEMAND INTERNATIONALLY FOR HOME WELLNESS AND A SPA ALIKE BATHROOM LAYOUT. WITH INVENTIONS SUCH AS THE TOILET SEAT OFFERING A ELECTRIC CONTROLLED WATER SPRAY HOSE CLEANING YOUR INTIM AREA EACH VISIT, OR THE SO CALLED RAIN DANCE CEILING INSTALLATION OF DOWN FLOWING WATER MASSES IMITATING A RAINFALL IN LED LIGHT COLORED FLOWS ARE SUCH GERMAN INVENTIONS WHICH TEND TO BE SURPRISING PLAYFUL, BUT ARE BASED ON INDUSTRIAL INNOVATIONSDRUCK RATHER THAN DEAMND, SAME AS THE ENTERTAINMENT ELECTRONICS ENTERING THE BATHROOM IN FORM OF A MIRRORED TV AND AUDIOVISUAL INSTALLATIONS , WHICH AT LEAST MIGHT BE A GOD FEATURE.

MODERN BATHROOM FURNITURE LAYOUTS ARE IN 99% MADE UP WITH KUBUS AND STRAIGHT LINES, NON-ORNAMENTED INSTALLATIONS LIKE IN KITCHENS OFFER STORAGE TO 100+ OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS, WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BE OF MINOR ESTHETIC QUALITY WHEN KEPT IN THE PLASTIC BRANDED PACKAGES. IS THIS ALL THER IS? WHAT ELSE COULD ONE HAVE IF NOT THE GLOBAL STANDART? TURN TO PARIS, THE MUSEUM OF THE ARTS DECORATIVES AND LOOK UP THE BATHROOM DESIGNED FOR JEAN LANVIN BY ARMAND ALBERT RATEAU IN 1925 FOR EXAMPLE, A ONE OF KIND DESIGN BASED ON THE DEMANDS OF ELEGANTLY MINDED JEAN LANVIN AND CREATED BY A SKILLED UNIVERSAL ARTIST RATEAU HAS BEEN. EVERY SINGLE DETAIL IS CONTEMPORARY AT ITS TIME BUT WITH A NEOCLASSICAL LANGUAGE OF 3000 YEARS THAT SPEAK THROUGH THE ARTFUL SHAPED DETAILS OF THE BRONZE, MARBLE AND GLASS ITEMS, THE BATHROOM IS OF INTEMPORAL QUALITY BEYOND TIME AND WOULD EVEN SERVE AS A BATHROOM TODAY WOULDN`T IT BE IN THE MUSEUM NOW. WITH GREAT CHANCE, A DESIGN AND EXECUTION OF ARTS IN THIS LEVEL OF QUALITY WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO BRING TO REALITY TODAY DUE TO LACK OF HAND CRAFTS AND ARTISTIC WORKSHOPS CAPABLE OF DOING THESE HAND MADE OBJECTS.

ACTUALLY LESS IS MORE, RIGHT? KEEP THE ESSENTIALS A BATHROOM SHOULD HAVE: A BATHING TUBE, A WASHING BASIN, A MIRROR, A SHOWER FACILITY, ONE OR TWO FURNITURE TO PUT DOWN THINGS, A CONSOLE TO HOLD THE COSMETICS, VERY SIMPLE AT LEAST. AND NOW AD STYLE AND KNOWLEDGE AND PUT THESE ELEMENTS INTO A DRAMATIC DESIGN LAYOUT BY FORM FALLOWS FUNCTION, BUT FUNCTION FALLOWS HUMAN LIVING BEHAVIOR, AND YOU GET TO A DESIGN LIKE THE ONE FEATURED HERE. THE ATURAL STONE SLABLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND INSERTED ON AREA OF THE WALLS CONTRAST WITH THE PANELING, THE WHITE PLASTER CEILING WITH GLASS INSERTION (FAKE DAYLIGHT WINDOW) ARE SIMPLE YET ELEGANT SAME TIME. THE FOUR DESIGN FURNITURE SET IN PLACE (A BENCH, A CONSOLE, TWO FOOTSTOOLS ) ARE MATCHING THE ELEGANT LAYOUT PERFECTLY AND GIVE A SENSE OF SPLENDOR WHILE BEING PRACTICAL IN USE.

 

BASED ON CLASSICAL ELEMENTS OF QUALITY MATERIALS, A BALANCED DESIGN AND ELEGANT LAYOUT THE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION OF A BATHROOM IN THIS SPIRIT IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE BEYOND STANDART AND WHERE QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A TIGHT BUDGET. SLEEK, DRAMATIC, ELEGANT, QUITE, UNDERSTATED, A BATHROOM OF THIS QUALITY OFFERS ALL FUNCTIONS AND BEYOND A SPACE HONORING THE HUMAN AND ITS BUILDING, OUR BODY AS THE TEMPLE WHERE GOD LIVES IN AND A BATHROOM BEING THE TEMPLE WHERE THE GODESS HYGIEIA IS AT HOME, HONORING THESE GIVES SENSE TO EACH DAYS RITUALS.

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