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These days nobody wants to end up in a retirement home. People would much rather have a smart new bathroom with a wellness tub, comfy bench and big, modern 'walk-in shower', and there are even those who dream of a make-up table complete with big mirror. But what exactly does the one thing have to do with the other? A great deal – in fact, for many people, everything. But it’s not just a question of tastes: quality of life is what’s at stake here.
An increasing number of people are coming to realise that it is their bathroom that will eventually decide whether or not they can live a self-determined life well into old age. And it’s never too early to start thinking about it. In fact, it’s something that should be taken into consideration as soon as there are children in the household: the little ones ought to be able to use the bathroom independently without their alarmed mothers having to watch over their every move. And if dad wants to enjoy his power shower before he sets off for the office, he shouldn’t be driven to despair just because junior has manipulated the shower settings.
What people will be looking for in future is therefore a bathroom that can satisfy the needs of very different users. An 'Easy Bathroom' based on multi-generational principles, simple, practical and timelessly beautiful: a room for youngsters and for old people who don’t feel their age. Disabilities, whatever their nature, should not be the prime concern when planning a bathroom. Instead, the ultimate goal is to omit anything that would discriminate against certain individuals. It is the art of reduction that makes the difference.
The ISH will be showcasing some convincing examples in Frankfurt am Main from 15 to 19 March 2011. The world’s leading trade fair for innovative bathroom design, sustainable sanitation solutions and eco-friendly building services engineering will be presenting visitors with the most important developments in the bathroom for 2011/12. One of them goes by the name of 'Easy Bathroom: As simple as it gets' and describes the trend towards a universal bathroom concept.
Categories like standard, set styles, designer or disabled-friendly bathrooms are becoming less relevant – firstly because people’s design expectations have risen enormously, even when it comes to standard solutions, and secondly because there is a growing need for 'in-between' bathrooms – solutions located somewhere between an original designer bathroom and a neutral standard solution, between 'barrier-free' and convenience. A straightforward, elegantly simple bathroom without too many ostentatious frills where it’s easy to feel good. But also a bathroom for the 'in-between' years, when its users want to enjoy the luxury they are able to afford at this point in their lives, equipped in such a way that it enables them to preserve their independence well into old age without constantly reminding them that they are getting older.
In view of this background, the bathroom sector is developing product lines and attractive design concepts for bathrooms that permit 'unrestricted' usage even beyond the customary construction standards – whilst nevertheless satisfying the highest aesthetic demands. At the same time, intuitive usage is just as important as an easily accessible wash basin, shower, toilet and bathtub. After all, technology is meant to make our lives easier, not more complicated.
Besides slip-resistant surfaces, level-access shower trays and sufficient freedom of movement, those planning or furnishing a bathroom only have to stick to a few simple rules to create a bathroom that satisfies the needs of as many people as possible and, if necessary, can be transformed into a senior-friendly or even disabled-friendly bathroom that conforms to all the usual standards.Continued...