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Contemporary Asian Bathrooms

Contemporary Asian Bathrooms

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Contemporary Asian Bathrooms

210 pages
37 minutes
Jun 5, 2012


With over 180 photographs, Contemporary Asian Bathrooms presents the newest trends emerging in Asian home design.

A talented new wave of designers based in Asia is creating chic modern interiors that fuse Western design ideas with traditional Asian motifs, materials and craftsmanship. The result is afresh and often playful new look at the modern bathroomfeaturing basins carved from solid granite blocks, panels carved from solid granite blocks, panels and counters fashioned from tropical hardwoods, ceilings and shelves laminated with coconut shells, and entire bathrooms clad in mirror-speckled terrazzo.

Contemporary Asian Bathrooms showcases fifty fabulous homes representing the latest design trends in Asiafrom minimalist modern to exotic ethnic, and from glamorous elegance to leek chic. This book offers creative ideas for tubs, fixtures, showers, tiles and lighting that will inspire a new approach to modern bath design.
Jun 5, 2012

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Contemporary Asian Bathrooms - Chami Jotisalikorn

contemporary asian


Chami Jotisalikorn and Karina Zabihi

photos by Luca lnvernizzi Tettoni


Published by Periplus Editions with editorial offices at 61 Tai Seng #02-12 Singapore 534167

Copyright © 2004 Periplus Editions Photos © 2004 Luca lnvernizzi Tettoni

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior written permission from the publisher.

ISBN: 978-1-4629-0654-3 (ebook)

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the new asian bathroom out of the closet

Not that long ago, the bathroom was but a utilitarian space, hidden from view within the inner recesses of the home. Part and parcel of western domestic architecture for several centuries, the general practice across Asia was to keep bathrooms a distance away from the living quarters. The concept of sitting in a tub, a common practice in the west and in the colder north Asian countries like Japan, was largely unknown and unnecessary in tropical Asia. The traditional Asian shower required only two items-a large urn and a scoop-and consisted of splashing bowls of rainwater over the body. Bathing took place outdoors where a breeze quickly dried the body after the bath.

The communal aspect of bathing in Asia is well rooted in ancient times, when the communal bath, like the Roman bath in Europe, was a place to congregate and socialize. Ancient Indian civilizations built capacious public bathing tan ks that resembled enormous square or rectangular pools with steps leading down to wide landings where people performed their daily ablutions. These tanks were generally built into Hindu temple complexes, and were used in cleansing rites. These types of public bathing tanks were transported along with Hinduism to Bali, where similar baths can be seen today. In other parts of the Asian region, bathing and washing along the rivers and waterways were other forms of outdoor communal bathing.

The concept of an indoor bathroom that was part of the main house entered the tropical home only in the past century as Asians turned toward western living standards. Initially, scant attention was given to the design or comfort of the bathroom, since it was considered a functional space rather than an aesthetic one. Now, not only has contemporary Asian design embraced the concept of the bathroom as an art form, young designers in Asia are rapidly taking the lowly lavatory to a new level, with a creativity that continues to raise the bar.

Originating in Southeast Asia, tropical resort bathrooms came to the fore along with the tropical resort villa, thanks to the pioneering vision of Australian architect Peter Muller, whose design for the Oberoi Bali in the mid '70s represented a radical new concept in hotel design. Breaking away from the idea of a standard high-rise hotel room, he designed the hotel in the manner of a traditional Balinese village, with guests housed in traditional villas that offered bathrooms opening onto the outdoors as they would in a Balinese home. Considered sensational at the time, his concept has since then set the standard in tropical resort design. His designs

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