Making waves: colour and creativity at this year's ISH bathroom fair

Antolini showed their new stone colours through wavy landscapes
Antolini showed their new stone colours through wavy landscapes
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The world's most popular bathroom biennial, ISH (opens in new tab), invited spectators to be more imaginative with the way we set up our sanitary rooms this year. With new versatile shapes, materials and colours, the evolution of the bathroom as a living space - rather than pure utility - continues.

Among our top picks were German bathroom players, Dornbracht (opens in new tab) and their modern experiment. They presented a new glass washbasin in their new CL.1 range with an adaptable bowl that allowed patterns created by 40 individual tap jets to be visualised, whilst being able to be placed upon - and against - any surface. Also introducing new materials to their range was Duravit (opens in new tab), with their collection by Philippe Starck, Cape Cod. The fresh oceanic range included structured wooden and chrome vanity consoles to match washbasins.

On the colour front, Ceramica Flaminia (opens in new tab) brought a darker shade to the set-up, with new two-toned versions of the 'Roll' range by Nendo (opens in new tab). The foldout standing sinks came in a chic monochrome scheme, with a black exterior and the classic white ceramic inside. Italian brand Cielo featured the same palette with chalky black and grey curved sinks, whilst Valdama (opens in new tab) added brighter hues to proceedings. The Civita Castellana-based brand and first time ISH-goer brought a colourful splash to its ceramic sinks with sunny yellows and earthy greens.

As always, the fair took pride in its technical innovations. Our favourite was the long awaited, fully-fledged SaphirKeramik collections by Konstantin Gricic and Toan Nguyen for Laufen (opens in new tab). Using ultra-thin ceramic, the designers added clean structured bathtubs to their detailed bowl washbasins and trays. Grohe also showed a pioneering design with subterranean bathtubs, allowing the feature to neatly (and literally) become a part of your bathroom, staying hot even longer through clever insulation. Now that, we could really sink into…

White sink in bathroom

Axent's new oval bath and sinks were a perfect symmetry

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These crystal blue cube knobs were Baccarat's latest jewel

These crystal blue cube knobs were Baccarat's latest jewel

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Burgbad introduced a multipurpose wall unit that works as a storage unit and room divider

Burgbad introduced a multipurpose wall unit that works as a storage unit and room divider

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A monochrome look with new sinks in hues of chalky greys and black

Cielo went for a monochrome look with their new sinks in hues of chalky greys and black

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Dornbracht's new glass sink for bathroom

Dornbracht's new glass sink is a refreshing addition to any bathroom cupboard

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Duravit's latest collection by Philippe Starck

Duravit's latest collection by Philippe Starck is inspired by the Cape Cod sea

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Nendo wrapped up black and white standalone sinks in their new design for Ceramica Flaminia

Nendo wrapped up black and white standalone sinks in their new design for Ceramica Flaminia

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Grohe's new, soft padded bath can keep the water warm for four hours and is said to keep bubbles alive for five

Grohe's new, soft padded bath can keep the water warm for four hours and is said to keep bubbles alive for five

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A deep bowl sink in pure white

Inbani has released a deep bowl sink in pure white. A perfect fit for any bathroom

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White bathtub with copper tap

A new bath designed for Kaldewei

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The white Ino sink

The Ino sink, seamlessly designed by Toan Nguyen for Laufen, is all you need in one single piece

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Bathtub with built-in storage

Built-in storage in Roca's elegant and pragmatic bath allows you to show off all your

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Bathroom with white commode and wood textured tiles

Toto's new toilet features

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New Spanish brand Valdama is a clear favourite with their contemporary shapes and colours

New Spanish brand Valdama is a clear favourite with their contemporary shapes and colours

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