SHOWER & CO: CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS

If in the beginning of the 1900s it was difficult to find showers in both common and aristocratic homes, that all changed in the second half of the last century, especially after the ’70s when personal hygiene spaces experienced a great evolution. Here we will take a look at where and how, starting with the decision to install showers rather than the classic, old fashioned bathtubs. Tubs were greatly appreciated up until the ’90s when they had to make room for the more comfortable, modern, and cleaner shower option. Showers were clearly the best option thanks to their smaller footprint in less spacious, more modern spaces, as well as the ease with which they can be cleaned, and their materials’ resistance over time.

If forty years ago shower fixtures were a marginal aspect of bathroom design, the same can most definitely not be said of today. Knobs, taps, faucets, and spouts are available in a seemingly endless selection of styles and materials according to the taste and needs of each home owner. The same is true for accessories as well. Gone are the days of soap dishes built into walls, old vanities, and different coloured plastic furniture. Functionality should not exclude design, where each object’s elegance should result in the general, overall harmony of a space. Banished are the tiles that reach to the ceiling, leftover remnants of the 1950s, to make way for stunning, brightly painted walls.

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