The bathroom is a sanctuary of sorts, a private, intimate area within the home. Furnishing it with stylish products and fittings can create a unique atmosphere and experience. Lamps and wall mirrors can also serve to enhance a particular area without a major makeover.

Here’s a look at a few established names in bathroom and furnishing products and their latest concepts and designs.

Italian design, Swiss quality

The latest bathroom collection from Kartell by Laufen is inspired by nature, with floral and forest influences.

With sophisticated and contemporary Oriental overtones – think cherry blossoms – the collection consists of mainly black and white tones.

The variety of pieces in the collection, for example a freestanding black and white washbasin, allows for easy mixing and matching and effortless blending into any bathroom setting.

One highlight of the range is the new 120cm long washbasin in white matt made in Saphir-Keramik, a material that adds the mineral corundum – a component of sapphires – to the ceramic blend for higher solidity and strength. The washstand’s borders are only a few millimetres in thickness but do not compromise on hardness.

This collection is a partnership between the Italian design of Kartell and the Swiss quality of Laufen. For more information, go to

Swirling in volcanic limestone

Offering both modern and traditional bathroom collections is Victoria + Albert, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Known for its classically retro freestanding baths and basins, the British brand also has a complete range of basins and brassware, as well as bathroom accessories and furniture.

The Cheshire bathtub from Victoria + Albert's traditional collection, complete with classic rolltop and claw feet. Photo: Victoria + Albert

The Cheshire bathtub from Victoria + Albert’s traditional collection, complete with classic rolltop and claw feet. Photo: Victoria + Albert

The company uses the material Quarrycast, a specially designed blend of volcanic limestone and high performance resins that is has developed exclusively. The 100% naturally white Quarrycast is a stone-rich alternative to both cast iron and acrylic, and is naturally scratch-resistant and hand-finished.

Among the brand’s collections are the Amiata modern line and Cheshire traditional range. Its range of baths and basins can be found in some of the top five-star and luxury hotels in the world. For more information, go to

Privy to marble

Italian furnishing company Citco Prive is expanding its luxury collection with new marble products.

The Hiro mirror, made in Carrara marble with brass finishing, is inspired by Eastern traditions and features neutral tones. The unique design of the mirror makes the solid marble material appear light and flexible, like a paper fan.

Also new are the Totem and Splash marble lamps, designed by international designers Ferruccio Laviani and Arik Levy respectively.

The sculpture-like Totem table lamp features the diverse colours of different types of marble chosen to create the chromatic and transparent effect, thanks to the varying thickness.

As for Splash, the design demonstrates how marble can be turned into a fluid design with a “melting” effect. For more information, go to – Wong Li Za