Having studied architecture in Venice, Italy, Andrea Barzotto has worked in Europe as well as in New Zealand at Metrix Bathrooms. With over a decade’s experience in the bathroom industry, Andrea has identified that some trends work best as accents while certain materials and silhouettes stand the test of time – yet ultimately, he emphasises that the bathroom should be an extension of the individual’s lifestyle habits.
Inspired by French design professional and philosopher Philippe Starck’s concepts, Andrea recommends “don’t think bathroom, think lifestyle.”
Andrea visits international trade fairs on bathroom design and has found this to be the burgeoning trend – a constant evolution that heralds the importance of knowing our own identity and designing our own bathroom accordingly.
“The bathroom is a space to revitalise, refresh for the day, or turn in at night to relax after a long day,” says Andrea. “As such, the timeless concept and everlasting trend is to design the look around the type of movement custom to your lifestyle, with comfort in mind.”
This could translate into installing a free-standing bath tub beside a marble recessed shelf in the wall for keeping scented candles and bath salts for easy access, or extending the floor space of your shower to add in a stone tile bench. Brands used by Metrix Bathrooms – such as Duravit, Dornbracht, Vola and Alape – feature ergonomically designed products that make it easier to decorate a bathroom in a bespoke manner.
“Subtle, clever design helps to make it easy for people to use their basin, toilet and bath more comfortably, depending on the life stage they are at,” adds Andrea.
Indeed, luxurious bathroom designs factor in how the space is a living area, embellishing the bathroom with comforts such as soft, plush towels or heated flooring.