21 of the best bathroom buys for 2022

Bauhaus basins to al fresco tubs, we round up the pieces guaranteed to transform your bathroom from boring to breathtaking

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Victoria & Albert Baths

Whether you’re the proud owner of a sprawling suite complete with freestanding tub and twin basins, or a more modest bijoux shower room, there’s no reason the bathroom shouldn’t the pride and joy of your home. Here, we round up the fixtures, fittings and accessories that’ll bring a space of any size to life, from colour-pop tiles and rustic shelving, to gilded wet rooms and state-of-the-art tech.

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1 ‘Flow’ bath, Woodio

Looking to make a sustainable change? Look to Woodio, a Finnish interior and design brand that’s transforming timber. Woodio’s Scandi-style basins, baths - like this ‘Flow’ bathtub in natural aspen - WCs and accessories are made from around 80% solid wood combined with resin-based adhesives for a waterproof material that’s UV, scratch, chemical and dirt resistant, while having a small carbon footprint. £3,385, woodio.fi

2 ‘Il Bagno Alessi’ collection, Laufen
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Laufen’s ‘Il Bagno Alessi’ range by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni has been delighting customers with its sculptural, fluid lines since its launch back in 2002. Now, finally, new additions to the collection are arriving. The wall-hung WC and washbasin with an incorporated shelf (both available in two new colours, ‘Matt Black’ and ‘Matt Café’) were on display for the first time as part of the ‘The Shape of Things’ exhibition, held at the brand’s Milan showroom during 2022’s Salone del Mobile. Price on application, laufen.com

3 ‘White Tulip’ basins, Duravit
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Philippe Starck for Duravit

‘White Tulip’ is the first complete bathroom range by irreverent French designer Phiippe Starck for Duravit. Spanning basins, bath tubs, bidets, furniture, toilets and taps, every piece shares the same elegant upward-tapering form borrowed from the flower in bloom, lending the collection a subtly sculptural feel. Round basin, £519, cphart.co.uk

4 Colourful baths and basins, Victoria & Albert Baths
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Victoria & Albert Baths

Creativity is still the buzzword when it comes to bathroom design and Victoria & Albert Baths is now offering those wanting to experiment with colour a helping hand. Its entire range of products, from baths to basins, is now available in a library of shades that have been helpfully arranged into three palettes (each containing ten hues) inspired by architectural styles: ‘Belgian Minimalism, ‘Brazilian modernism’ and ‘American Postmodernism’. Price on application, vandabaths.com

5 ‘Nostalgia’ bathroom collection, Ex-t
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Ex T

Design studio and long-time collaborator Marcante Testa has drawn influence from the Art Deco period for its latest bathroom range for Ex.T. Named ‘Nostalgia’, designs channel the era via generous proportions, rectangular shapes and a palette of blues and greens. The bathtub is perhaps the most evocative of the movement, thanks to its decorative frame, chamfered base and material options, which include a decadent marble top. Bathtub from £12,708, ex-t.com

6 ‘Marcel’ washstand, Ceramica Cielo
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Ceramica CIELO

Italian bathroom brand Ceramica Cielo’s latest addition to its range of characterful basins takes its cue from a titan of Bauhaus design. Created by the brand’s art directors, Andrea Parisio and Giuseppe Pezzano, ‘Marcel’ pairs a curved solid ash wood frame with a drawer fronted in Vienna straw, a material which became a signature of German company Thonet’s now-iconic chairs. The result is a welcome antidote to clunky bathroom units. Price on application, ceramicacielo.it

7 ‘In-Out’ outdoor bathing range, Agape
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Good news for fans of bathing en plein air – Agape has recast some of its most popular designs in new materials to create its very first outdoor collection. In everything from high-performance steel to Cementoskin, an innovative type of cement with a soft finish, the reimagined range includes sculptural showers, basins, tubs and more. Our pick for a perfectly-formed bathtub is the circular ‘In-Out’, designed by Benedini Associati. From approximately £12,460, agapedesign.it

8 ‘Coln’ bath, Drummonds
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Marc Newson

Industrial designer Marc Newson is the lauded creator of the world’s most expensive design object – one of his ‘Lockheed Lounge’ chairs, a piece made famous by a reclining Madonna in the 1993 video for Rain, once sold for over two million pounds. His latest venture, though, is a collaboration with British bathroom company Drummonds, which he first encountered as a client. Surely the star of the collection is the ‘Coln’ bath, with its textured composite marble tub and changeable metal feet. From £2,106 for a mixer tap, drummonds-uk.com

9 ‘Limón’ taps, Agape
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Patricia Urquiola

From her optical illusion rugs for CC Tapis to her iridescent ‘Shimmer’ tables for Glas Italia, Milan-based architect and designer Patrcia Urquiola has form when it comes to clever geometry. Her ‘Limón’ tapware series for Italian bathroom brand Agape is no different. Intersected by a sleek disc which functions as its handle, the intuitive design will help soften this space’s obligatory hard lines. Choose from chrome, matt black and natural or burnished brushed brass. From £414.44 for a mixer tap, tattahome.com

10 ‘D-Neo’ bathroom collection, Duravit

A comprehensive new range spanning sanitaryware, taps, accessories and bathroom furniture, Duravit’s ‘D-Neo’ collection is an impressive first foray into bathrooms for Belgian designer Bertrand Lejoly. Combining streamlined style, quality and energy and water efficiency with entry-level prices, this versatile suite of pieces has been created to accommodate all types of lifestyle with its timeless appeal. Price on application, duravit.co.uk

11 Bespoke basins, Smith & Goat
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Smith & Goat

Spotting a surge in customers asking for bespoke basins, Walthamstow-based concrete specialist Smith & Goat released a signature range of coloured sinks. Available in 20 colourways and 11 different designs – think lozenges, shells and scalloped edges alongside conventional shapes – each hand-crafted basin will bring colour and personality to tired bathrooms. From £440, smithandgoat.co.uk

12 ‘Epoch’ bathroom shelf, Menu
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Offering a place to keep essentials close at hand without compromising on space, Nina Brunn’s ‘Epoch’ shelf and clothing rack for Menu is ideal for bijoux bathrooms. The latter neatly conceals hooks behind an elegantly curved strip of wood, while the former uses the same idea to disguise its fixings. What’s more, the multifunctional shelf can be used either way up; one side proffering a deeper edge to keep everyday objects secure, the other a shallower one more suited to display. From approximately £119, menuspace.com

13 Soaps, Homework
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Homework Store

Having grown up around Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Homework founder Stephanie Hannington-Suen wanted to combine her background in design with a collection of products that put a modern spin on the ancient Chinese philosophy and the healing power of nature. Products include fragrant bath soaks, oil blends, natural soaps and shampoo bars made from botanical ingredients, all manufactured in the UK using solar energy and packed with infinitely recyclable materials. Soaps from £9.50, homeworkstore.co.uk

14 ‘Ofuro’ bath tub, Indigenous
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Indigenous’ new Japanese-style ‘Ofuro’ bath tub is designed for a different type of bathing experience. Handmade from untreated, aromatic cedar, its steep-sided shape is made for a contemplative deep soak rather than washing, and encourages an upright, rather than reclined, position. It’s also suitable for outdoor use, for the ultimate natural bathing ritual. £7,880, indigenous.co.uk

15 ‘Macaron’ bathroom tiles, Claybrook
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Squares have outranked the ubiquitous metro as the tile of choice for bathrooms and kitchens, and Claybrook’s new ‘Macaron’ collection is proof that the simple shape is more than capable of creating real impact. Available in six sultry shades, including ‘Raspberry’ (pictured), their semi-matt finish lends a softer look compared to glossy glazes. £1.25 each, claybrookstudio.co.uk

16 ‘EauZone Framed Wet Room Panel’, Matki

Unashamedly sumptuous metallics are increasingly popular in bathroom spaces. Answering the demand is Matki’s ‘EauZone Framed Wet Room Panel’ with Mesh Glass. It features a shimmering gold or silver mesh that’s enclosed between laminated layers of reflective safety glass and catches the light for a spectacular look from every angle. All surrounded by a thoughtfully proportioned brass frame in a range of polished, brushed or natural finishes. From £3,481.20, matki.co.uk

17 ‘Edition 90 Square’ tap, Keuco
keuco tap

‘Edition 90 Square’ is the latest line of brassware by bathroom specialist Keuco. Characterised by precise 90 degree angles, crisp lines and chrome surfaces, pieces have an architectural, Bauhaus-esque look. The range includes three single-lever mixers, a bidet fitting and accessories including towel rails. From £524 for a single lever basin mixer tap, keuco.com

18 Heated towel rail, The Watermark collection
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The Watermark Collection

You can thank award-winning British designer Benjamin Peak for the prominence of The Watermark Collection. From starting out in a small workshop in Brooklyn to its inception as a consumer brassware brand in 2014, it’s now a go-to for architects and designers worldwide. New to the collection is a range of heated towel rails and bars that echo its industrial-style taps with the option of knurled details, 18 different hand-applied decorative finishes and multiple sizes as well as custom dimensions. From £940 for a heated towel rail, thewatermarkcollection.com

19 ‘Mazes’ bathroom tiles, Bert & May
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Bert and May

A far cry from Bert & May’s familiar vintage-style designs, ‘Mazes’ is a tile collection with endless options. Used collectively, its three Art Deco-inspired designs create a bespoke pattern with multiple twists and turns, whether you lean towards precise lines, softly curved corners or a mix of both. Available in crisp monochrome, gently pearly tones or with bold orange lines, blend with matching plains or let the pattern run and run for maximum drama. £7.68 per tile, bertandmay.com

20 ‘Silio’ bathroom lights, Lights and Lamps
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Lights and Lamps

It’s hard to believe that Lights and lamps launched with a curated collection of design-led lighting in only 2020. Recently, it’s turned its attention to brightening up bathrooms with a trio of sleek fixtures that work beautifully together or as separate pieces. Embrace the versatility of ‘Silio’ dome-shaped pendant and flush-fitting lights – extensions of the brand’s covetable range of the same name. From £69 each, lightsandlamps.com

21 ‘Washlet RG’ shower toilet, Toto

If you’re wondering what more than 40 years of expertise in shower toilet design looks like, cast an eye over Toto’s ‘Washlet RG’. The latest WC from the renowned Japanese bathroom brand, its slimmer streamlined design and clever functions help it to fit effortlessly into a modern bathroom. Created with the Japanese principle of Kaizen (constant improvement to create something better) in mind, it features self-cleaning and electrolysed water to reduce bacteria and cut down on chemical cleaning product use. Around £2,832, eu.toto.com

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