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Photography: Richard Southall, Emphasis By Yorgo Lykouria


Design Begins with an open mind


we know. As with all things related to design, so with the design of a bathroom. Te connotation of bathroom design ranges from puritanical functionalism to excessive luxury. It is a well- documented and well-refined space that raises expectations of efficiency and cleanliness. Yet rarely do we seek poetry in the bathroom, which is an urgent need in all aspects of our current state of existence.


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hat sounds easy is so difficult to achieve. When designers are faced with the terror of a blank canvas, the secure position is to start with what


It is my belief that the bathroom is the


last refuge of sensual space in our times. We are not aware of how much our sense of real life is zapped by our continual state of being plugged in. Our phones and computers are near constant companions - even in the bathroom. As our world becomes increasingly ethereal, we must find ways of introducing an experience of the senses in architecture. Tis grounds us and brings us to a moment of belonging to the present. Life lived - not just whizzed through. Louis Sullivan’s declaration over a hundred


years ago, “form follows function,” was truncated, Twitter-like, from a more elaborate definition of function that included internal human needs. In this respect, there is no


distinction between the function of plumbing and function of emotional and psychological satisfaction. Te design of architectural space, including the bathroom, must now and always respond to the human functions that might be off the plumber’s radar. Te future of bathroom design, should


not be overwhelmed with explicit technology. Technology should serve the human needs of emotion quietly and unannounced. Just as we expect our electronic devices to work without any understanding of what happens inside these mysterious boxes, so should our bathrooms. Te question is now, what should be happening in our bathrooms today, in the future?


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