Bathroom Debrief From Salone del Mobile with C.P Hart

Last week I attended Salone del Mobile with C.P Hart bathrooms, alongside their Design and Merchandising teams to explore the vast bathroom sector. And I mean vast. It was the first time I'd been to Milan Design Week or the fair itself, and it was mind-blowing. In a good way!

Although I'd been told about the size and how much walking I'd do, I really didn't grasp the sheer scale of it until stepping foot inside the first pavillion. Some 243 bathroom exhibitors set up their stands in a 20,600m2 area. And yes, that's just bathrooms. We visited some truly stunning exhibits, so it's only fair that I report back with a bit of what I saw, which was an unfathomable amount of bathroom goodness!

Next week I'll take you beyond bathrooms, and out and about on the streets of Milan for my Fuori Salone highlights. Though I know for a fact I barely scratched the surface, even after covering 39 kilometres in under three days.

Yes, I had sore feet, and no, I didn't choose the most sensible shoes.

Now, back to bathrooms...

The bathroom is no longer a place to get in and out of as quickly as possible. It’s morphing into another room of the home, and not somewhere for practical use alone.

Bathroom trends are pointing towards creating comfortable, inviting and layered spaces that are to be enjoyed and lingered in, not clinical spaces that you can’t wait to leave. They're becoming more important, private sanctuaries, places to really take some time out for personal wellbeing.

Cielo (Image: Bianca Hall)
Of course many of us don’t have the luxury of huge bathrooms with space to hang-out, but a sense of luxury can still be achieved in the smallest of spaces if you use the right materials.

Prominent bathroom trends at Salone del Mobile during my trip with C.P Hart were warm pale neutrals (also echoed in other sectors, not just bathrooms), notably at leading luxury ceramics brand Cielo, where colour played a small subtle supporting role, and matt, chalky neutral ceramics reigned supreme.

Cielo (Image: Bianca Hall)

Cielo (Images: Bianca Hall)

Warm metallics are very much here to stay, which came as no great surprise, with a huge selection of finishes now available from the likes of Dornbracht, Samuel Heath and Gessi.

From satin brass to matt black, polished nickel, copper and dark platinum, these brands offer so many stunning brassware finishes. We also spied the odd matt white tap - more of those to come I think. We will never go back to just one brassware finish option again, so it's pretty exciting times!

Samuel Heath (Image: Bianca Hall)

Samuel Heath Landmark Pure (Image: Bianca Hall)

Left: Gessi Rivievo in collaboration with HBA Middle & Right: Gessi Inciso by David Rockwell (Images: Bianca Hall)

Gessi Inciso by David Rockwell (Image: Bianca Hall) 
Left: Dornbracht Vaia Right: Dornbracht Brassware Finishes (Images: Bianca Hall)

Artelinea and Duravit know a thing or two about blurring the bathroom boundaries with free standing furniture, which without the basins and taps, would not look at all out of place in a living room or bedroom. Not only do these free standing pieces help a bathroom to flow from the rest of the house, but pieces that are wall hung or on legs, also help to increase the feeling of space.

Artelinea (Images: Bianca Hall)
Cerasa (Image: Bianca Hall)

Duravit (Images: Bianca Hall)

The stacked tile laying pattern, or as we like to call it the interior obsessives club, the Mandy Moore, was very much order of the day, signalling that herringbone and chevron patterns, should now be left for wooden flooring, and no longer used for tiles.

Left: Ex.t Middle: Lithea Right: Elle Decor Millennials At Home (Images: Bianca Hall)

Colour, or rather the absence of it, was noted, although there’s always an exception to the rule, as boldly demonstrated by the one and only India Mahdavi in her Bisazza collaboration, giving a fun, tongue-in-cheek nod to bathrooms of bygone days, with new takes on the avocado, peach and powder hues of the fifties and sixties.

India Madhavi for Bisazza (Image: Bianca Hall)
India Mahdavi for Bisazza (Image: Bianca Hall)

Where we did see more colour, blues, greens and pink still ruled, and I was surprised not to see more lilac. Maybe next time.

Layering textures brings warmth and softness to what is traditionally seen as a colder room full of hard surfaces, and what better way to demonstrate that point than with these amazing Bette baths. The studded textured surface, the fabric cladding and chalky matt finishes are so tactile and inviting. 

Bette (Images: Bianca Hall)

Overall, classic satin brass, mixed with rounded white ceramics as seen at ext were a big deal, and something we’ll continue to see in bathrooms as the trends trickle down to the high street over the coming years.

Ex.t (Images Bianca Hall)

I've returned full to the brim of bathroom inspiration, so it's probably about time I started planning my long awaited bathroom makeover! 

Thank you to C.P Hart for taking me on this magical adventure to Salone del Mobile. You can see C.P Hart's trend report here.

Milan Design week, you are magical. See you next year!

This post is in collaboration with C.P Hart

A Few Of My Favourite Things From CP Hart [a.k.a Tap Bothering]

I did my second pilgrimage to the incredible CP Hart Waterloo showroom the other week. And it was every bit as impressive as my first visit, if not more so, because I had a guided tour through the whole showroom, focussing first on the new pieces and trends picked up at the most recent ISH trade show.

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - Materials and Sample room Bathroom Trends

The Waterloo showroom is part glam hotel lobby, part bathroom showroom as I've said before, so it really has me at hello.

Off to the left after reception, is the material and sample library - hands down, my absolute favourite bit. The taps are displayed in all their different finishes (something you need to go in person for, because not all the different finishes are on the website), and there are so many stunning options to choose from. Yes, I did use the word stunning, referring to taps. Because they really are. And how about that cabinetry that dreams are made of?

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - Gesse, Vola, Axor taps, brass finishes

I swing between loving Hansgrohe Axor, and Vola taps the best. And I'm pretty sure I love a brushed / satin brass finish the most. Then again, I do love black taps too. And white. And, these Gesse Rettangolo taps are pretty special...

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - Gesse Rettangolo Tap finishes

This studded bath is really something else, and I can't ever imagine having a bathroom big enough to do it justice, but it's certainly drool-worthy!

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - Studded bath
And further into the showroom you'll find THOSE House of Hackney bathroom sets, which really are beautiful. The level of detail that went into designing them is very impressive and I actually can't settle on which one I like the best. Truthfully I'd be pretty damn happy with either! Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite...

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - House Of Hackney Bathroom Set

French For Pineapple Blog - CP Hart - House Of Hackney Bathroom Set


The next room on the list for my gift guides is the Bathroom. I'm in the middle of a mini-makeover of our main bathroom, and as much as I'd like to rip it right out and start again, it's not feasible right now, so as much as possible, I'm making the most of what we've got, spending as little as possible whilst still making a dramatic change. I hope.

Accessories become all the more important when the room itself isn't great. They're a brilliant distraction:

'Hey, don't look at that crappy tiling job, look at this lovely urn with a thriving fern in it instead!'


'Don't look at that seen better days shower-head, look at this pretty fringed bathmat instead!'

And so on. Catch my drift?

Yes, I've had bathroom accessories on my mind big-time, so without further ado, I'm going to share them with you... (yes, I know, I'm SUCH a natural poet).

French For Pineapple Blog - Bathroom Gift Guide

1.  Marble Lidded Pot - The White Company
2. Large Decorative Sea Sponge - Pure Sponges
3. Stone Composite Urn - Primrose
4. Pebble Brixton Towels - Christy
5. Black Polyresin Coral Bowl - White Mint
6. Body Brush - Labour & Wait
7. Oval Vanity Mirror - Housing Units
8. Panthera Ceramic Bathroom Set - House of Hackney
9. Diamond Bath Mat - Graham & Green
10. Oil Reed Diffuser - Tom Dixon at Heals

Have a great weekend, and come back on Monday for my next gift guide, which focuses on cool, non-kid stuff for cool kids rooms. Because cool is pretty important when you're a kid.