Bling Bathroom Set | Britain offers quite a bit to answer when it comes to state housing. I had a buddy that lived over a council estate which was clearly made to remind the inhabitants of their station in everyday life. The buildings were pre-war dark bricked edifices with narrow stair wells and dark corners. The waist-high walls in the wind-swept corridors were brick and punctuated every few meters having a small opening covered in iron bars. Every time I visited this friend I would leave feeling quite depressed and breathed a sigh of relief when I returned to my humble but well lit and open home a number of miles away.
So you can imagine my surprise when on visiting Bolzano – a little alpine town in Italy, I discovered that their state housing looked more like an individual block that you might discover in the better elements of London.
The buildings had light coloured exteriors and huge balconies, covered in window baskets hence the tenants could fill them colour. And this they did with gusto. They were lovely and head to reveal that basic things doesn’t have to be unattractive knowning that when we invested additional time in good design we can lift the spirits of the less fortunate than ourselves.
I noticed a similar thing with another latin proponent of excellent design. This time it was a Spanish Bathroom manufacturer called Roca, who’s basic 4 Piece Bathroom set referred to as Roca Polo demonstrates basic doesn’t always have to mean unattractive, or lacking quality. The simple toilet and basin are already made to look really good in just about any environment but haven’t been over engineered, so they’re still eminently affordable.
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So there it’s. Manufacturers and architects be aware. Good design makes people happy. End of rant.