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Once upon a time, it was enough to put a toilet bowl, washbasin, and a tub or shower head in the bathroom to make it functional—after all, no one really wants to hang out in a bathroom for hours. These days, however, they have become places of solace and talking points within the home. Gone are the monotonous walls and boring fixtures; even faucets and shower heads come with transparent and lighted options, with some bathtub and washbasin designs striking enough to qualify as works of art. Look to these details to make your bathroom a stylish sanctuary.

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Turn On

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Add a whimsical touch with the Axor LampShower, designed by acclaimed Japanese studio Nendo. A wide-rimmed shower crest and warm ambient lighting are fused together for a heightened sensual dimension to your shower. Designer Oki Sato from Nendo explains, "It is neither a lamp nor a shower; it is a hybrid." It's also guaranteed to be an illuminating conversation starter.

Available at Hansgrohe Singapore, 69 Mohamed Sultan Road

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Architectural Slant

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Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen, the Val collection uses the patent-pending SaphirKeramik in a range of architecturally clean washbasins and bathtubs. Thinner, but twice as strong and more hygienic than ceramic, the innovative material is used to craft extremely narrow (1mm to 2mm) radii edges and fine surface structures that are functionally decorative, making these bath pieces the perfect space-saver for the eco-conscious.

Available at Carera Bathroom, #01-02, 26 Tai Seng Street

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See Through

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Technological innovation meets design ingenuity in Axor's first transparent washbasin mixer, the Axor Starck V, developed with renowned designer Philippe Starck. The tap is made from sustainable and durable organic crystal glass, and controls the water flow at four litres per minute, which helps save water without compromising the user experience.

Available at Hansgrohe Singapore, 69 Mohamed Sultan Road

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 Sculpted Bodies

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The stainless steel-made Gessi 316 range charms with its patterned body, giving a refined touch that is at once decorative and high-tech. It comes in steel, black-metal copper and warm steel-brushed versions. Another stunning find is the Rettangolo K tap which breaks the conventional design of its peers with an oblique cut that changes its silhouette – reminiscent of the letter K – when mounted on the washbasin. The striking faucet is available in finishes such as chrome, finox, black metal and copper.

Available at Gessi, 165 Penang Road

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 Gilded Beauty

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With these Maison Valentina pieces, your bathroom may well be the next art gallery in the house. The collection features oversized mirrors, ornate washbasins, and bathtubs clad in sinuous curves, gold trimming and other elaborate details. Handmade by artisans with fine luxury materials such as brass, marble and glass, these statement pieces are rich in texture and design.

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Gold Rush

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Add a hint of glamourous refinement to your bathroom with Kohler's 6mm-thin washbasins featuring exquisite gold edges, made from a unique material that is harder and more durable than ceramic. Pair them with tall minimalist faucets in chrome, titanium or French gold finishes from the Composed collection to get the look of a stark yet elegant beauty.

Available at Kohler, 52/56 Peck Seah Street

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This article was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes August-September 2017.

Tags: Bathroom, Interior, Kohler, Axor, Hansgrohe, Gessi, Modern Interior, Maison Valentino, Laufen, Sleek Furniture, Ambience