Minimalist mini pools for at-home dips in the sun

Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Kos, these mini pools create a moment of escape within your space and are equipped with the latest wellness technology. Take a dip...

A mini in ground pool by Kos surrounded by an imaginary desert landscape
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba's ‘Wazebo’ mini pool for Kos. Artwork: Newnewnew
(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO NEWNEWNEW)

Italian wellness specialist Kos has a long-standing collaboration with Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, resulting in several bathroom designs as well as a collection of mini pools, that contirbute to the brand's vast selection of sculptural mini pools and outdoor tubs. Presented here through a series of evocative images that bring the rigorous and minimalist designs into a dreamy atmosphere, the pools are compact enough for a small space, and available in several designs to fit any style.

Ludovica and Roberto Palomba have created multiple designs for Kos (and sister brand Zucchetti), covering every aspect of the bathroom suite with their distinctively rational minimalism. Imagined for the outdoors, from urban gardens (opens in new tab) to terraces, but suitable for indoor spaces as well, these pools are a fitting example of the Palombas’ sleek and well-considered aesthetic.

An in ground mini pool installed on a platform on a black desert landscape

‘Faraway’ pool

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO NEWNEWNEW)

For Kos, the Palomba-designed ‘Minipool’ is ‘an informal living room to relax and recharge body and mind’. Originally conceived in 2012, its round design fits up to five people, and is equipped with powerful hydro massage jets. Featuring an infinity edge and an LED water illumination system, the pool's design has recently been updated and is now available in a new rectangular version, with the addition of colour therapy and the ‘Milk’ system (Kos’ own technology using the properties of oxygen for a massage effect that promises enhanced wellbeing).

A square freestanding mini pool on a deck with a large oval window opening onto a hilly landscape

‘Quadrat Pool Relax’

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO NEWNEWNEW)

Other mini pools in the wider Kos collection include the ‘Faraway’ pool, the largest in the series; a built-in infinity-edge mini pool defined by a clean, graphic outline; as well as freestanding pools such as the ‘Quadrat’, a square design with a floating effect that comes with an integrated sun deck and lounger in its ‘Relax’ version. 

The pools are presented through a series of landscapes created by unreal realities specialist studio Newnewnew. The imaginary scenes in the images reference the dark, volcanic earth of Lanzarote, and a misty morning in an Icelandic lagoon. Demonstrating how these pools are at ease in any location, the settings also include a brutalist garden in the Mexican jungle and a deck facing a hilly landscape covered in Scottish heather.

A round mini in ground pool with light blue water, installed in an Icelandic lagoon with purple flowers, rocks, blue water and steam

Kos' ‘Minipool’ immersed in an Icelandinc landscape

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO NEWNEWNEW)

Shown in an imaginary Brutalist garden in Mexico is the ‘Quadrat’ freestanding pool

Shown in an imaginary Brutalist garden in Mexico is the ‘Quadrat’ freestanding pool

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO NEWNEWNEW)

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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.

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