Make a splash: 4 of the most inspiring bathrooms from around the world

By Aoife Valentine Secor 12-01-2018

Scout out some fresh and clean washroom inspiration and smart ideas from around the globe with these four inspiring bathrooms located in German palaces and Parisian apartments.



PIC CREDIT Loft Kolasinski; Karolina Bak

THE DESIGNERS Berlin based interior and furniture design company, Loft Kolasinski

WHAT THEY DID Loft Kolasinski transformed this old palace in the German capital into a modern home using traditional, minimalist materials. A dark grey flagstone floor sits against limey painted walls. Custom-made oak bathroom furniture was crafted by a carpenter in Poland and specifically designed for this space.

SHOP THE LOOK For the micro-cement look, that’s much like Declan Moylan’s bathroom, look to RenovaCem (




THE DESIGNERS Italian bathroom design house, Agape known for bathroom fittings that mix modern materials and classic shapes with practicality

WHAT THEY DID The rectangular Marsiglia bathtub, designed for homes where space is tight, features a shelf-like surface with cantilevers out from the top edge of the tub. The rectangle is repeated in Agape’s modular shelving and washbasins. The wooden storage units appear to float and can be mounted at various heights off the wall. Integrated with similar floating basin units or used as a mount for a countertop washbasin, the units fronted by wood, marble, leather, or glass are a sophisticated addition to any bathroom.

STEAL THE STYLE Multi-disciplinary design studio, Realm are official partners of Agape products in Ireland and are just about to open a new showroom on Baggot Street, featuring the Italian design house’s products. Visits will be by appointment, from November. For more, visit



PIC CREDIT Marcante-Testa; Karel Balas

THE DESIGNERS Italian architectural firm, Marcante-Testa

WHAT THEY DID This Parisian bathroom, owned by editor-in-chief of Milk magazine, Isis-Colombe Combreas uses circles as its main motif. They can be seen in the mirrors, in the screens that separate the spaces, and in the wash basins that sit atop the royal blue-coloured surfaces.

SHOP THE LOOK Look at the Vaia range by Dornbracht for similar tap fittings in platinum matte finishes. Look to Ceramica Ltd. for Dornbracht and a number of other companies dealing in contemporary fixtures, like bisque, Crosswater and Duravit.



PIC CREDIT Septembre Architecture; David Foessel

THE DESIGNERS Parisian architectural firm, SEPTEMBRE

WHAT THEY DID This renovation of a 60-square-meter apartment in Paris was designed to optimise circulation while creating visual continuity. The suite of spaces extends from a large mirror at the back of the apartment, which gives the illusion of infinite space. Each room has a specific floor treatment, using a true Jacquard weave between wooden floors, painted wooden floors, hexagonal mosaic, and polished concrete. Every area is separated by glazed screens framed with black metal. Tiny hexagonal tiles cover the walls of the bathroom floor to ceiling to compete the monochrome look.

SHOP THE LOOK Find similar hexagonal tiles online at Their 100mm white porcelain hexagon tiles start at €68 per sq m.


Take a Bath highlights some of the best bathroom designers in the world and offers endless inspiration for your own bathroom overhaul. Published by Gestalten, find it in all good book shops for €39.90.


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