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Comfort, Not Modernity, Is The New Wave

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Percentage wise, hotels split their efforts between room and bathroom approximately 50/50. Today’s designs show that a bathroom can occupy up to almost a third of the space of the entire room. “People want a luxurious bathroom in a hotel room,” says Jan Clausen, principal and owner of Clausen-Chewning interior design. “With hotels you want the bathroom to be a little more grand than what you might have at home.” Among the trends in today’s market, Clausen says that fourand five-fixture bathrooms rank high and that this trend is still a wave of the future. ComfortIncorporating natural light is also at the top of the trend list. Clausen recently completed a project at the Four Seasons Residences in Denver, where she was adamant about capitalizing on natural light. “At the residences, we positioned the bathrooms so that the doors open to the bedroom so you can always look at natural light and capture views of the mountains,” she says. All of the residential bathrooms, whether they are the second or master bathroom, have natural light in them. The aim in the resort world, especially in warmer climates, is to get rid of the division between indoor and outdoor, especially in terms of the bathroom. This includes outdoor showers and other outdoor bathing experiences so that guests can maximize on the natural environment. Clausen has also worked on the bathrooms in the guest rooms at Mandarin Oriental, Miami and One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. “Cozy” is a term that is sure to be thrown around a lot more with bathroom design. “There is a subtle underlying movement away from the pure modernist idea and back to historical elements executed in a modern way,” says Colum McCartan, principal of design firm McCartan. Big, open showers are on their way out, as they can often create a colder environment, however trendy they may look. “I have a feeling we’ll be putting doors back on showers very soon.” Clausen agrees that this cozy model has been catching on for the last couple of years. Comfort“Especially in light of the economic downturn,” she says, “people want to feel cozier.” The move away from the futuristic bathroom model translates to the fixtures, as well. “A lot of modern fixtures are so cleanline and pure than on first usage guests are a little unsure as to what lever does what. I anticipate a move back to a literal explanation as to the way things are designed,” says McCartan. Todd Weber, director of product public relations for Kohler Co., says that some of the most popular items ordered from Kohler are contemporary-styled products such as the single-lever faucets, toilets and sinks. Green design is a constant trend. “Many hotel chains are choosing shower receptors constructed of cast iron because of the material’s durability, and these products are constructed from 93 percent recycled and reclaimed materials,” says Weber. Kohler fixtures can be found in many top hotel chains including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis.

Meagan Drillinger

Hotel Design, October 2010


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