The Japanese have long had a love affair with bathhouses. Many people still lather up in public bathes, a ritual as much about socializing as it is about hygiene. Italian sanitary ware company Bisazza Bagno asked Nendo to create a bathroom suite, and the design firm has taken a decidedly Japanese approach to the brief.
The Nendo Collection is a bathroom suite consisting of a bathtub, basins and a range of accessories to complete the ritual of bathing. All the items have been simply finished in warm wood and sanitary white. The pieces look as if they were all made out of the same wooden crate, and work beautifully both together and individually. One of the main inspirations for the collection was the public bathhouse. Here people relax with water up to their necks, spilling over the sides of the bathes as people enter and exit. In a similar way, the taps of the Nendo Collection are recessed into the bathes and basins and so become partly submerged when the water is run. Other accessories like soap dishes and water glasses also become submerged with the taps. One basin is particularly arresting. An elegant wooden box frame holds a pristine white, super thin countertop with a depression that acts as a basin. The water pipes are visible through the frame. The mirror that accompanies this basin is again a frame holding two circles of mirror, emulating a pool. A little greenery can be added through the stackable ceramic planters, which frame the plants they hold.
The collection that Nendo has created is sublime in its simplicity with thoughtful details that work to creating a calming oasis in the bathroom.