Duck Bathroom Set | Britain offers quite a bit to reply to when it comes to state housing. I had an associate that lived on the council estate which has been clearly made to remind the inhabitants of the station in your 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 which has 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 got back to my humble but well lit and open home a few miles away.
So imagine my surprise when on visiting Bolzano – a small alpine town in Italy, I discovered that their state housing looked more like an exclusive block that you might get in better parts of London.
The buildings had light coloured exteriors and enormous balconies, covered in window baskets so the tenants could fill them with colour. And this they did with gusto. They were lovely and head to show that basic things doesn’t have to be unattractive and that if we invested more hours in good design we are able to lift the spirits of the less fortunate than ourselves.
I noticed the same thing with another latin proponent of fine design. This time it had been a Spanish Bathroom manufacturer called Roca, who’s basic 4 Piece Bathroom set referred to as Roca Polo implies that basic doesn’t need to mean unattractive, or lacking quality. The simple toilet and basin are actually made to look good in just about any environment but have not been over engineered, so they’re still eminently affordable.
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So there it’s. Manufacturers and architects take notice. Good design makes people happy. End of rant.