THE MODERN SHOWER

Over the course of centuries, personal hygiene became more prevalent in society, above all with the wealthier classes. The rooms dedicated to such endeavours have evolved, seen especially in the larger sizes of such spaces.

But how did we go from the bathtub to the vertical shower?

In Europe, Merry Delabost is considered the founder of the “modern” shower as we know it today. A French physician, Delabost lived until 1918. In 1872, Delabost conceived the idea of the shower when considering how it could greatly improve the hygienic situation for Prussian soldiers, and help avoid the spread of infectious diseases.

The original version was a communal shower made entirely of wood and copper, featuring individual shower heads. The army immediately recognized its importance and had showers installed in each of its housing quarters.

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