People seem to have two very different philosophies about bathrooms. Strictly utilitarian spaces for some, they’re refuges for others, the only place in the house where you can lock the door and have a reasonable expectation to be left alone. But what if you could enter your dream bathroom and be transported to a different place altogether, a place that feels thousands of miles away from all of your problems? That’s the feeling bath products company Bette aims to conjure up with a new series of inspirational images.
BettePlaces is “bathroom architecture in another dimension,” imagining the company’s bathrooms as micro-houses and dramatic monuments within three different landscapes: the remote snowy cliffs of Mount Fuji, the otherworldly alien landscape of “Orbit,” and the white sands of Miami Beach.
Dream Bathroom Locales
Mount Fuji shows off the company’s angular Comodo and Ultra series within a minimalist wood-lined micro hut. Graphic black fixtures echo the hut’s charred “shou sugi ban” exterior and stand out against the pale interior cladding. “Natural materials such as spruce and white enamel create the basis for a warm, relaxed bathroom. In combination with dark smoked glass and soft cotton, the result is a natural fusion of colors and textures. Gentle purism that radiates pleasant tranquility and modern restraint.”
Orbit focuses on futuristic geometries contrasted against stony terrain for its BetteArt bath and BetteArt washbasins, which break down the components of standard bathroom fixtures to pure elegance. “In combination with the roughness of the surrounding scenery, the result is an exciting interplay between strong structure and soft lines that blends gently with shiny silver details,” the company explains. “Opposites have never attracted each other more stylishly.”
Miami takes a more cosmopolitan approach, and one flooded with light. Featuring BetteLux Oval as the central architectural highlight, this bathroom envisioned as a cabana on the beach aims to elicit thoughts of warm breezes and fresh salt air. The company explains that it’s “on the border between modernity and postmodernism,” using edges and circles in tandem with naturally flowing lines to create design elements that feel like “little islands of relaxation.”
Custom Showroom Spaces in Real Life
Bette has translated this idea to its real-life showroom, too. Created by design studio Atelier 522, he new BettePlaces at the company’s headquarters in Delbrück, Germany has created a series of built environments in which individual bathrooms are displayed, most strikingly a round rammed earth structure that looks like a sculptural work of art someone stumbled upon in the desert. Little wooden house-shaped rooms, brightly colored cubes, and tranquil bamboo-lined spaces reminiscent of Japanese spas allow you to imagine all the different ways you could decorate your own bathroom at home around Bette’s products.
“Made from a wide variety of materials, such as concrete, clay plaster, or Yakisugi-charred spruce wood, each bathroom possesses a very specific aesthetic and constructional situation, with Bette products as the highlight,” explains Atelier 522 CEO Philipp Beck. “Product design and architecture merge, showing in the finest detail how good design can draw everything together: from the spaces in which we live, and their individual architecture, to the center of the home – the bathroom.”