Shake up your bathroom with a modern freestanding bath. You may have never considered your bath as a showpiece, but it's time for a rethink. Meet the new cool and ultra-modern designs which are makinga splash in the design world.
IN THE FOLD
From design doyenne Kelly Hoppen comes a bath with zen-like qualities, inspired by the delicate Japanese art of origami. The Origami bath has minimalist lines reminiscent of folded paper, creating a piece that is functional day-to-day, while doubling up as an art piece.
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TheBetteLux Oval Couture Bath in Matt Black breaks the mould of ceramic tubs with an upholstered bath. Let that sink in. Upholstered. The outside is covered in a hardwearing, water-resistantwoven fabric from Jab Anstoetz – with a velvety texture. Bathroom couture, if you will.
Feeling flush? The Kora bathtub is the height of sumptuous sophistication, carved from a single marble block that rests on a tripod base to lighten the look.And although the hefty price tag may at first be off-putting, once you sit back and enjoy a well-earned soak, there’ll be no going back.
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Go geometric with Kelly Hoppen's shapely Bijoux bath. The strikingly chiseled form draws inspiration from faceted diamondsand is the product ofthe second collaboration between Kelly Hoppen and Apaiser.
Be bold with a black fitting in your bathroom. The Vetrina 1700 bath from Lusso Stone is enviably sleek, chic and stylish, with a matte finish that contrasts its polished interior.
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WALL OF GLASS
Le Cob's design is a work of art. This freestanding bath has an unusual V-shape, with see-through glass panels. With one side slightly lower than the other, the water spills over like a waterfall into an innovative pebble-covered drain system, but the crowning glory has to be the chaise lounge shape – ultimate comfort in water immersion. Need.
Bathing takes a softer turn with The Hurling Bath Company's Galleon bath, upholstered in Andrew Martin fabric. A perfect contrast of a traditional, alluring double slipper bath shape with a strikingly modern geometric print. Plus, did we mention it's fabric?
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The out-there design of the Freestanding Hammock bath is anything but ordinary. It's like the bat-mobile of bathrooms – if batman went bath shopping, that is. Playful, modern, wild – and, guessing by the sloping sides, super comfortable too, with room for two.
Why settle from monochrome? Devon & Devon's Hollywood bath comes in more than 500 different colours, which means you can colour match it to your wallpaper or upholstery.
You would think that a simple, bucket-shaped design would look old-fashioned, but it doesn't. The all-marble In-Out bathreinvents the shape of bathtubs, with a circular shape that's carved out of marble.
Forget a double-ended bath, a perfectly round bath means you can lie in any direction. The luxurious Notion Stone tub would make an extravagant addition to a palatial bathroom.
Big enough to teach a kid to swim, the Lotus bath reminds us a bit of a paddling pool – but a chicer, grown-up version. With rounded shapes and soft curves, it's the mini-pool our childhood selves would have wanted. Go on, treat yourself.
The deep curves of this super-minimalist egg-shaped Coniston bathwere inspiredby Coniston Water in the Lake District, which is set within a steep U-shaped valley.Yet despite its imposing scale (it holds an impressive amount of water, ensuring you'll want to wallow in it for hours), it's actually a rather sleek and slender bath.
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Simple, but made modern through it's contrasting black frame, the Cuna freestanding bathis a lesson in clean, fuss-free functional beauty.
Succumb to the charm of Catchpole & Rye's Copper Bateau freestanding bathtub.Reminiscent of a time when people bathed in front of fires, copper baths had to be light, so thatthey could be easily carried from room to room. These double-ended baths are made entirely from high gauge copper, with a number of different interior and exterior finishes are availble– although our favourite is the Verdi-Gris.With a purposefully distressed aged iron coat, it's amasterclass in ageing gracefully.
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Like the hollow shape a droplet makes when it hits the water's surface, the Goccia bathhas a tall, cocooning, wraparoundedge – meaning you can have an extra-deep bath that you can sit up in.
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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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