Gucci Bathroom Set | Britain provides extensive to reply to when ever you are looking at state housing. I had an associate that lived on the council estate which was clearly designed to remind the inhabitants of these station in life. The buildings were pre-war dark bricked edifices with narrow stair wells and dark corners. The waist-high walls of the wind-swept corridors were brick and punctuated every few meters using 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 few miles away.
So imagine my surprise when on visiting Bolzano – a smaller alpine town in Italy, I discovered that their state housing looked much more an exclusive block which you might get in the better aspects of London.
The buildings had light coloured exteriors and huge balconies, covered in window baskets and so the tenants could fill them colour. And this they did with gusto. They were lovely and go to demonstrate that basic things needn’t be unattractive knowning that whenever we invested additional time in good design we could lift the spirits of these less fortunate than ourselves.
I noticed the same 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 shows that basic does not have to mean unattractive, or lacking quality. The simple toilet and basin are already designed to look good in virtually any environment but weren’t over engineered, so they’re still eminently affordable.
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So there it really is. Manufacturers and architects be aware. Good design makes people happy. End of rant.