Flamingo Bathroom Set | Britain offers quite a bit to reply to when ever it comes to state housing. I had a friend that lived on the council estate that was clearly built to remind the inhabitants of these station in daily 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 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 small alpine town in Italy, I discovered that their state housing looked more like a private block which you might discover in the higher areas of London.
The buildings had light coloured exteriors and big balconies, covered in window baskets so the tenants could fill them colour. And this they did with gusto. They were lovely and check out reveal that basic things doesn’t have to be unattractive which when we invested additional time in good design we can easily lift the spirits of those less fortunate than ourselves.
I noticed a similar thing with another latin proponent of proper design. This time it was a Spanish Bathroom manufacturer called Roca, who’s basic 4 Piece Bathroom set called the Roca Polo implies that basic doesn’t need to mean unattractive, or lacking quality. The simple toilet and basin are already built to look great in just about any environment but have not been over engineered, so they’re still eminently affordable.
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So there it really is. Manufacturers and architects take notice. Good design makes people happy. End of rant.