Now in its sixth year, the 2011 Bathroom Blogfest brings together 33 bloggers from the U.S, Canada, Dubai, and the UK to address the theme “Climbing Out”. We were delighted to have been invited to participate again this year (see the full list of participants at the end of today’s posting).
Following the news of a global economic crisis the initial response of Designers, Retailers, and Manufacturers was to offer consumers products and styles that were familiar and comforting, something we, as consumers, readily bought into as we set about creating our “safe” and cosseted home environments. However, as with all situations, after a time playing it safe becomes a boring game and we simply can’t tolerate such a negative, down trodden vibe forever. Instead we must pick ourselves up and “climb out” of the dark and fearful financial funk we’ve fallen into.
One of the best ways to encourage a more upbeat and positive attitude is by surrounding ourselves with good design … products that make us happy, well-made beautiful pieces, pieces that enhance our lives…
Today we’re blogging live from the Dubai desert following the INDEX show where the mood was business as usual in typical Dubai style: glamour and luxury! We headed over to the Kitchens & Bathrooms halls to see what was on offer:
A super sleek black, white, and red colour scheme seemed to be popular this year, these glass designs by Greek company drop, were definitely our favourites.
We also saw a number of company’s exhibiting interesting effects on glass shower panels, Kermi‘s Kerolan Fontana water effect on Acrylic glass stood out for us and was certainly attracting the attention of passers-by who seemed fascinated! We also liked the super cool Ideos radiator design which is available in a wide range of on-trend colours including some fabulously bright popped out shades.
There’s no doubt that an emotional pick me up can be achieved via surrounding yourself with some shimmer, shine, and metallic lustres and once again Dubai didn’t let us down! We loved the sophisticated glamour of the deep purple faucets below but were truly captivated by Kermi’s glass shower panels incorporating Swarovski crystals! Extravagant yes, but in a monochrome setting they’d add an elegant and subtle luxury.
Earlier this year at the SURFACES show in Las Vegas we awarded an amazing company with a Scarlet Opus Star Award for their innovations in tiles and mosaics. Sonite are a Bangkok based company offering high quality resin products in Tiles, Mosaics, & Solid Surfaces. Their collections are truly stunning and the sophisticated style solution to moving away from our dark mood.
Sonite present a new definition of Luxury in their work, a sophisticated glamour, beguiling, and mature. Their Brushed Metallics, Stardust, and Silk ranges shimmer and glisten, attracting our attention, tempting us to take a closer look, epitomising our Autumn/Winter 2011/12 trend, Dreamscape Glamour, a style that explores the mysterious glamour of the galaxies.
As we see metallics move from being hi-shine to brushed and burnished, and a shift from clean Golds to warmer tones of copper and bronze, we also see changeant colours and effects established as a key trend and crucial to achieving the new look of luxury. Sonite’s Colour Shift range perfectly answers this aspect of the trends, offering a dynamism and energy to interior schemes.
In January Victoria will be speaking at SURFACES about the Autumn/Winter 2012/13 trend, Emporium, that moves on our Dreamscape Glamour trend. You can read more details of our involvement at the show on our Events page, we look forward to seeing you all there!