Universal and accessible bathroom design does not need to look institutional – something that, traditionally, has been the case. However with an expanding range of products available designed specifically for this purpose, there is no longer any need to create accessible bathrooms devoid of character and style.
The German-designed HEWI range of bathroomware has been developed to meet this niche, and is gaining popularity in New Zealand because of its combined emphasis on both style and function, SA Plumbing Supply’s Sean Paterson says.
“HEWI specialises in designing beautiful, accessible bathroom solutions with high quality materials and in turn, is a market leader in de-stigmatising disability,” Sean says. It is because of this that many of the world’s most renowned hotels have HEWI in common. “HEWI incorporates a unique range of removable rails and shower seats to allow bathrooms to be transformed in seconds to meet the needs of all guests.”
While of course, there are various options to create accessible bathrooms with style, Sean says HEWI is the top of the line, followed closely by Goman. “Twenty percent of New Zealanders live with a disability and for most of them, accessible bathroomware has meant institutional-like stainless steel products. While these products are functional and will get the job done, there is no need to settle for what I like to call the ‘economy ticket’.