Gucci Bathroom Sets | Britain has a lot to answer for when it comes to state housing. I had a pal that lived on a council estate which has been clearly built to remind the inhabitants of their station in your 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 with 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 several miles away.
So imaginable my surprise when on visiting Bolzano – a smaller alpine town in Italy, I discovered that their state housing looked similar to an individual block that you might get in the greater aspects of London.
The buildings had light coloured exteriors and enormous balconies, covered in window baskets so the tenants could fill these with colour. And this they did with gusto. They were lovely and head to reveal that basic things must not be unattractive knowning that when we invested more hours in good design we can lift the spirits of the less fortunate than ourselves.
I noticed the same with another latin proponent of good design. This time it had been a Spanish Bathroom manufacturer called Roca, who’s basic 4 Piece Bathroom set referred to as Roca Polo shows that basic doesn’t have to mean unattractive, or lacking quality. The simple toilet and basin are actually built to look nice in pretty much any environment but haven’t been over engineered, so they’re still eminently affordable.
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So there it can be. Manufacturers and architects take notice. Good design makes people happy. End of rant.