The glamour room
If author Amin Jaffers book, Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India that details how Indian royals built the worlds finest luxury houses is anything to go by, the Indian bath has been courting glitz and extravagance for a long time now. Kohler teamed up with Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin of ZZ Architects to perfect glitzkrieg. They call it Sublime Luxury and it has an ambience of warm, understated luxury. Here, the crystal chandelier brightens the champagne gold mosaic on the pedestal for the standalone sink with a gold-finish faucet. The intelligent WC is the ultimate in comfort with an integrated LED nightlight, hands-free lid opening and closing, and front and rear wash modes that provide warm water for cleansing.
By Ridhi Kale
Bring the outside in
A little bit of imagination, intelligent use of space and functional furniture is all you need to create this dream bath. Take cues from Zurich-based designer Kurt Merki Jr who has collaborated with Durvait to come up with Xsquare bathroom range that is as contemporary as it is comfortable with nature.
Wall-mounted aubergine satin matte-finished console vanity unit, two above-counter basins and mirror with control panel for different light effects PRICE on request www.duravit.in
If you long to have a space overlooking your own patch of green with ample natural light, steal ideas from this concept where full-length sliding glass panels have been used instead of view-blocking walls. If the natural foliage outside lends the indoors a spa-like serenity while you enjoy that warm, invigorating shower, then shiny surfaces and materials, and striking chrome finishes add much needed dash of luxury.
By Shelly Anand
All that glitters
Glosstra Plus wall tiles, WC and sink PRICE Rs 48 to Rs 60 per sq ft (for the tiles) www.somanyceramics.com. Photograph by Yasir Iqbal
The easiest way to add drama to any space is through walls. In this set up from Somany Ceramics, geometric-patterned, gloss-finished wall tiles add glamour while simple white WC and the vanity complete the look and add depth to the otherwise small bathroom.
By Rewati Rau
Sink and the vanity PRICE on request www.kerovit.com. Photograph by Rajwant Rawat
Kerovit from the house of Kajaria reimagines the bathroom as a vanity space with a warm wood finish and thoughtfully designed storage sections to store all your paint, pots and potions.
By Jahnavi Chakravarty
All in the angles
Pent WC, faucet, shower, wash basin and bidet PRICE on request www.sternhagen.com
Bathing today goes beyond just cleansing the body and is instead about indulging in a spirit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Sternhagens Pent bathroom suite is a good example. Seeking inspiration in geometric forms, the collection is made of sani quartz, a patented quartz material with a silk matte finish. Globally, geometric shapes and patterns have gained popularity, making this bathroom on trend. Pentagon and hexagon shapes (seen on the WC, bidet and wall tiles) harmoniously unite in this modern artistic interpretation.
By Harshita Das
F-Misura WC, bidet and basin, F-Misura Rubinetterie faucets PRICE on request www.queobathrooms.com
Its easy to identify a contemporary bathroom with its fuss-free aesthetic and clean and straight lines. But when QUEO (brought to India by HSIL) got Italian designers Alessandro Paolelli and Antonio Bullo together, they designed a modern bathroom with a twist. Paolelli has brought the thin rim design philosophy to life through a water efficient wall mounted rim-free WC, a wall-mounted bidet and over the counter basins. Bullo has conceptualised faucets in a variety of finishes and colours. Place green plants in planters with a distressed metal frame, keep the flooring simple (use cement) and add modern furniture pieces for a contemporary, industrial chic look.
By Ridhi Kale
Axor LampShower, AXOR One thermostatic module PRICE on request www.axor-design.com
Its no mystery that the bathroom isnt just a functional space. So, where one shower was a necessity, two enhance the bathing experience. Add lights to the mix and you have the right mood to relax and unwind. Thats why this couples bath concept by AXOR (Hansgrohe group) stands out. Designed by Japanese architect and the head of design studio Nendo, Sato Oki, the bath space also challenges long-established functional as well as spatial separations between the living area and the bath.
By Mrini Devnani
Oasis of calm
Artize Quadro Whirlpool and Artize Joyring, both by Jaquar PRICE Rs 4.25 lakh www.artize.com. Photograph by Rajwant Rawat
Darwin would have described the evolution of a bathroom from a hole dug in the mud to WCs that play music. While at one end of the spectrum, the bathroom has become high-tech, at the other, there is a movement to make it closer to nature through plants. In this bathroom, Artize by Jaquar combines both these concepts. So, there is a vertical garden next to a whirlpool as well as a high-tech shower panel with different jets, lights and sprays. There isnt a better way to wash off all your worries.
By Ridhi Kale
The man cave
Memoria Black bath collection PRICE on request www.vitra-india.com
Gender neutral bathrooms may have been the norm, but thats a thing of the past, especially when it is tailor made to suit personal style. This bathroom concept by VitrA has strong masculine influences. Called Memoria Black, it has been designed by French designer Christophe Pillet. A slim profile, an anti-fog mirror by the shower, a magnetically attached mini magnifier and the open shelf unit are simple and practical yet look spectacular.
By Ridhi Kale