Trend-Monitor joined the visitors flocking to ISH in Frankfurt during March this year to check out the latest bathroom design trends. As the biggest bathroom trade show on Earth, ISH is held every two years in Germany and organised by Messe Frankfurt.
All the key players from the bathroom industry were there, with manufacturers showcasing an array of ground-breaking innovations and breathtaking designs to an international audience, with around 40% of this year’s visitors coming from outside Germany.
The key trend that dominated the fair this year was individualism, and the resulting mix of different colours, materials, shapes and finishes made for a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere, as well as some truly original new product launches.The key trend that dominated ISH this year was individualism @ish_frankfurt #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Bathroom Trend #1: Splash of Colour
The big story at the show was that after years of being confined to white and neutrals, the bathroom was finally bathed in colour. However, the big difference between the bold colour pops of today and the avocado bathroom circa 1975 is that the contemporary take is not necessarily for entire suites – a mix-and-match approach to tones is in evidence so that as much or as little colour as is desired can be incorporated into bathroom schemes, according to personal tastes.The big story at @ish_frankfurt 2019 was that after years of being confined to white and neutrals, the bathroom was finally bathed in colour. Click To Tweet
Gesa Hansen’s His & Hers collection for Villeroy & Boch use bright colours to create individual flair and play with the concept of what might be considered typically male or female style, while Victoria + Albert Baths was showcasing its new bespoke exterior finishes offer that comprises 194 RAL colours.
Bathroom Trend #2: Finish Line
Brassware was also enjoying a moment of liberation when it came to tones and finishes. Grohe demonstrated how brassware can be used as tonal accents in different bathroom schemes with its display showcasing its Warm Sunset and Cool Sunrise finishes.@ish_frankfurt Brassware was enjoying a moment of liberation when it came to tones and finishes #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Hansgrohe was exhibiting its new FinishPlus collection that the company said allows the consumer to “embrace style across the board and create a bathroom or kitchen ambience that reflects the desired character in a unique way”.
And Dornbracht had gone all out with its new Meta series. This brassware collection fused colour with minimalist form and, as well as metallic finishes, was displaying colour-popping yellow, grey-blue, pale green and light pink.
Bathroom Trend #3: Slim Chance
The preference for super-slender silhouettes was gaining ground at the show, with advances in technology enabling manufacturers to create ever slimmer profiles.The preference for super-slender silhouettes in the bathroom was gaining ground at @ish_frankfurt with advances in technology enabling manufacturers to create ever slimmer profiles. #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Grohe unveiled its new Allure Brilliant and Atrio ranges that were produced using ground-breaking 3D metal printing technology, which has enabled the manufacturer to create taps designed with wall thicknesses of between 1mm and 1.5mm.
Gessi exhibited its supremely elegant basin mixer, which is part of the Goccia collection inspired by the fluid shapes of water.
And Fima Carlo Frattini displayed its award-winning slim So design, featuring a thin spout and two separate handles – one to set the water temperature and the other to regulate the flow.
Bathroom Trend #4: Past Perfect
Some manufacturers were referencing the past in their designs and using it as a springboard to create a distinctive modern look.@ish_frankfurt bathroom manufacturers were referencing the past in their designs and using this as a springboard to create a distinctive modern look #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Flaminia’s contemporary-style Settecento washbasin designed by Giulio Cappellini is inspired by marble holy water fonts seen in churches of the Baroque period.
And Victoria + Albert Baths has blended a Neoclassical look with a sleek aesthetic for a product that wouldn’t look out of place in a traditional or contemporary setting.
Meanwhile, Laufen’s collaboration with Marcel Wanders has resulted in The New Classic collection, which is a reinterpretation of classic themes with an elegant, current twist.
Bathroom Trend #5: Material World
Some exciting new materials have entered the fray, with Antonio Lupi’s Cristalmood products creating a real stir on the Italian manufacturer’s stand. Its freestanding Reflex Cristalmood bathtubs were displayed in an array of bright colours, with the eye-catching element being that the scratch-resistant material is transparent.Some exciting new materials have entered the bathroom @ish_frankfurt #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Finnish manufacturer Woodio was exhibiting its range of products in its innovative water-resistant and cast-mouldable wood material. Made from solid wood composite – a mix of wood and sustainable polymers, it is fully recyclable and comes in seven different colours, with three more in the pipeline.
Alape’s matt Terra and high-shine Aqua finishes demonstrated new design options for glazed steel.
Bathroom Trend #6: Grand Gestures
The freestanding statement bath was taking centre stage on many stands, indicating that the individualism trend is embracing visually impactful products.
The impressive BettePond Silhouette bath from Bette is in the shape of a perfect circle and has a generous 1500mm diameter.
Toto unveiled its new Flotation bathtubs with sleek exteriors and ergonomically shaped interiors to support the user’s head and feet for full relaxation.
Duravit’s Viu freestanding bath is part of its range created by Sieger Design, and has a prominent matt black metal frame that forms a striking contrasts with the white acrylic of the tub.
Bathroom Trend #7: Little Gems
Brands were showcasing striking compact solutions for consumers who still want to create a unique bathroom scheme but have very little space to play with.@ish_frankfurt Bathroom brands were showcasing striking compact solutions for consumers who still want to create a unique bathroom scheme but have very little space to play with. #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
Alape’s Piccolo Novo washbasin and its Steel 19 wash station both offered statement pieces on a diminutive scale, while Patricia Urquiola’s Sonar range for Laufen features a 380mm-wide washbasin with integrated pedestal and wafer-thin SaphirKeramik walls.
The BetteSpace S bath from Bette makes use of a modular trapezoid shape that tapers towards the foot end to create a generous lying area on a small scale. The space-saving tub is available in two larger versions.
Bathroom Trend #8: Ageing Gracefully
The multi-generational home has been crying out for stylish accessible bathroom products that don’t look out of place in a design-led, contemporary scheme, and manufacturers were showcasing a wealth of products that respond to this need.@ish_frankfurt Bathroom manufacturers were showcasing stylish accessible bathroom products for the multi-generational home #bathroomdesigntrends Click To Tweet
German brand Hewi was displaying its sleek System 900 range that seeks to answer the complex requirements of a barrier-free bathroom, as well as new washbasin models.
The Tube shower cabinet from Palme designed by Martin Ballendat features a practical railing that acts as a grab bar, and support for a shower seat, while the Modular Seating System from Normbau can be customised to suit an individual’s needs.