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17/01/2018

Authentic, Tranquil and Hygge: The Bathroom as a Place to Wind Down

Bathroom trends for 2018: natural materials, lots of light and a clearly defined room layout

Schiltach, January 2018. The room for personal grooming, formerly a purely functional space, has evolved into a retreat, a place where we can take a break and relax. Anyone designing a new bathroom nowadays turns to trends that help slow down our hectic lifestyles. The Danes have their own special word for that: hygge. “For us Danes, hygge describes the feeling of wellbeing and contentment we derive from tranquillity, simplicity and relaxation,” explains Thomas Leth, Area Sales Manager for Northern European countries and Managing Director at Hansgrohe Denmark. “It’s not for nothing that we’re considered one of the happiest countries.” The 44-year old grew up surrounded by all things bathroom and Hansgrohe. After all, it was his father who established Hansgrohe’s Danish subsidiary in 1987. Thomas Leth understands how to bring hygge to the bathroom.

“With a hyggelig bathroom you start off the day happy and end it with a warm feeling of wellbeing—perhaps together with your entire family. It’s the little things that bring cosiness to what used to be a very functional and sterile space: natural and homely materials, friendly textiles, and plants and candles convey tranquillity and inspire us to return to the simple pleasures of life.”

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