Bethan Laura Wood’s psychedelic collection for Kaldewei is the avocado bathroom of her dreams

Bethan Laura Wood’s ‘Avocado Dreams’ collection for Kaldewei combines the German company’s expert manufacturing with a whimsical visual interpretation

Bethan Laura Wood Kaldewei bathroom collaboration
(Image credit: Courtesy Kaldewei)

1970s avocado bathrooms were on designer Bethan Laura Wood's mind while designing her psychedelic bathroom collection for Kaldewei. Previewed during London Design Festival 2023, the collection features Kaldewei classics such as the freestanding Meisterstück Oyo Duo bathtub, the Superplan Zero shower surface and the Miena washbasin bowl.

'I wanted to nod to the avocado bathroom of my personal dreams, using this colour tone as one of the accents for the three colourways I have produced,' she says. 'Within the design, I used a range of colour tones, so that when placed into different environments, it would have movement both in the patterns design and the colour dominants.' The intention is that the hue can adapt to different tastes, interior styles and bathroom design ideas, mixed with bolder colours to bring out the full avocado effect, or combined with softer neutrals for a calmer visual effect. 

Bethan Laura Wood for Kaldewei patterned bath

(Image credit: Courtesy Kaldewei)

The three enamelled colour compositions are the result of the designer's sensibility for colour, with three swirling psychedelic patterns: ‘Avocado Swirl’, defined by soft green tones, ‘Avocado Sea’, with blue and purple hues, and the expressive ‘Avocado Disco’, in contrasting hues that elevate the graphic composition. 

Bethan Laura Wood for Kaldewei patterned basin

(Image credit: Courtesy Kaldewei)

The collection is as much about colour as it is about pattern, Woods’ designs forming a conversation with the objects' shapes. 'I decided to design a pattern that flowed and swirled around the curves of the bath,' she says. 'I liked the idea of taking reference from the delicate fabric of the silk dressing gown that you may drape on the body after a relaxing bath. I wanted to lean into the idea of a luxury bath that you spend time in to relax and dream.'

With Wood's intervention, Kaldewei's designs become instant masterpieces, able to maintain their practical identities while offering a bolder approach to the bathroom.

As is often the case with Wood's projects, the manufacturing informed her process: 'It was a beautiful ballet dance of huge metal forms gracefully transforming a dangling a spinning around the factory,' she says of witnessing Kaldewei's making of the objects. 'It was very impressive to see how the pieces are produced, and how all the details of the construction take into consideration utilising as much as the material as possible with into process to make minimal waste.' 

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.