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August 28, 2022

What makes a luxury bathroom?

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HNWs who want to add a touch of class to their bathrooms might want to try Geberit’s
AquaClean shower toilets, which stand out in terms of wellbeing, hygiene and comfort

The collective withdrawal from the outside world we’ve each experienced for much of the past two years has seen us redefine our relationship with home. Confined to our private spaces, many have pushed the boundaries of their four walls with warm, welcoming décor and creative flair.

Furnishings that are both functional and elegant are being sought in all corners of our homes, so every area can contribute to our sense of wellbeing and enjoyment. Revelling in the gleaming luxury of handcrafted ceramics, backlit mirrors and bold colour palettes, transforming a bathroom suite can be creatively enriching, yet it fulfils other yearning desires left unmet by lockdown: many want to travel again and enjoy the opulence involved in doing so.

Geberit, Europe’s pre-eminent designer of bathroom luxury, has noticed the ‘hotelisation’ of the home is fast becoming a trend, with enthusiastic globetrotters desiring their own ‘five-star bathrooms’ enhanced by the latest marvels of design and innovation.

True to its mantra of ‘Design Meets Function’, the guiding philosophy followed by Caspar Gebert when he founded a plumbing business in 1874, the Swiss company has designed AquaClean – a range of award-winning shower toilets created with wellbeing, hygiene and comfort to the fore – that can bring a splash of hotel luxury to an HNW’s home. The AquaClean Sela model caters for the ‘tasteful aesthete’, while the signature AquaClean Mera has won a legion of fans for its floating, minimalist design.

The Mera has become Europe’s best-selling shower toilet, and is favoured by interior designers and top hoteliers. It was designed at Geberit’s headquarters in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, and is manufactured at bases there and in Germany – where ceramics are forged in a 100-metrelong furnace and hand-inspected to perfect each piece of porcelain.

Led by a smartphone app or control panel that can be wall-fitted or handheld, Geberit’s signature WhirlSpray technology comprises of two nozzles that gently clean with warm water, which is softer and more dermatologically friendly to the skin than toilet paper, while the system intuitively rinses itself off before and after use to preserve cleanliness and freshness.

With five temperature modes, the AquaClean air-dryer is equally primed for comfort, and a heated toilet seat adds a further dose of unadulterated comfort. An ambient light emanating from the base of the loo, also aided by a sensor, can guide someone in the middle of the night. The AquaClean range is also defined by its rimless ceramic surfaces, allowing Geberit’s Turboflush feature to self-sanitise the system quietly.

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The technology works intuitively in tandem with a novel odour extraction fan, keeping a bathroom effortlessly clean. ‘When developing our shower toilets, or any of our bathroom innovations, we refuse to compromise on high hygiene standards as well as comfort and wellbeing,’ says Holly Aspinall, channel marketing manager for retail at Geberit. ‘With our homes becoming more connected than ever, we are all becoming increasingly mindful to choose products that improve our quality of life.

In particular, the bathroom has become a sanctuary space.’ While Geberit’s shower toilets are primarily designed to create a calming sensory environment and enhance wellbeing, sustainability is part and parcel of the design. ‘Dynamic aeration’ allows AquaClean’s spray functions to clean while lowering water wastage.

This method is in keeping with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – flushing away toilet paper requires nearly 40 per cent more water. With HNW working habits more flexible than ever and executives spending more time in the home, it’s unsurprising many are turning their genius away from the C-suite in favour of interior design projects in the bathroom suite.

While the Mera and Sela models offer premium luxury, the minimalist and adaptable AquaClean Tuma model deploys Geberit’s signature technologies at exceptional value.

Offering a modern and utilitarian design that’s been created with home renovations and retrofitting in mind, the Tuma is the perfect addition when renting out any home or refurbishing an older suite.

Geberit’s AquaClean models have set a new industry standard of comfort and wellbeing that’s aided by technology – and is equally beneficial for the environment. As we crave more integrated spaces and explore using our homes in new ways, a Geberit shower toilet is one simple way to inject a bathroom with a splash of elegance and joy. Web

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