Flexi time: Modular furniture for clients after that personalised look

BathroomsFeatures Thu 22nd Jul 2021 by Emma Hedges

Flexi time: Modular furniture for clients after that personalised look

Flexi time: Modular furniture for clients after that personalised look

Feature by Emma Hedges | Thu 22nd Jul 2021

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

With consumers increasingly wishing to create their own signature style when it comes to bathroom schemes, modular furniture can offer designers a versatile and individualised solution. Emma Hedges rounds up the latest products on the market.

“Furniture has become one of the strongest growth areas for bathrooms and more often than not, it’s included as part of the overall bathroom sale,” says Duravit UK MD, Martin Carroll. “Modular furniture is a key area where the trend for greater individuality can be indulged. Freestanding furniture allows for the arrangement of different storage elements, and there is an increased desire for textures and a more tactile finish.” 

Duravit’s new D-Neo furniture comes in widths ranging from 410mm to 1400mm, and is designed to complement the range’s broad selection of washbasins. It comes in 13 finishes, including three new wood-look décors – shown here is the new Oak Terra finish

In addition to 18 wood veneer finishes and 36 matt gloss and metallic lacquer ones, Eden furniture from Oasis is available in 36 classic Oasis glass colours, as well as bronze mirror, bronze satin mirror and three types of Porcelain Stone. Shown here is Carved Oak with gold trim

“Having a wide choice of modular furniture finishes is key at the moment, as it allows for greater personalisation in any bathroom space,” agrees Julie Lockwood, bathroom product manager for PJH Group. “Another key trend in the modular category is the rising popularity of traditional style fused with modern twists. Our Lucia modular bathroom furniture is a perfect example of a classically styled design, with timber-effect finish, combined with modern twists, such as the finely framed door front, slim ceramic basin and soft-close door and drawer mechanisms.”

Lucia floorstanding furniture from Bathrooms to Love by PJH, shown in a Grey Ash colourway, blends period and contemporary styling

Floorstanding furniture with slender legs for a lighter form is also proving popular, as shown here with Crosswater’s Artist Onyx Black 1000mm vanity unit with Onyx Black Legs and Solid Oak Worktop

Heritage Bathrooms’ Caversham wall-hung units fuse traditional and modern elements

“The biggest benefits of modular as opposed to fitted furniture is the level of flexibility it offers,” says Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director for RAK Ceramics UK. “Wall-hung furniture is incredibly popular, for all the reasons that you would imagine, including creating the illusion of space and making cleaning simple,” he explains.

The RAK-Joy wall-hung furniture collection features a flexible modular open storage element that can be installed next to or on both sides of a unit – it is shown here in Dark Grey between two units in Scandinavian Oak

Geberit’s Smyle furniture collection, shown here in Hickory, offers different combination possibilities depending on taste and storage needs

Versatility is key to be able to cater for each client’s needs. “Furniture such as HiB Novum’s Tranquil ranges can be enhanced using the Link storage system to provide a multitude of configurations,” says HiB sales director, Ash Chilver. “This – when combined with the choice of finishes, countertops, basins, handles and brassware – means that there is plenty of customisation to ensure the furniture fits the design.”

Together HiB’s Tranquil and Link ranges are designed to meet spatial challenges and offer more than 30 combinations

But for those clients wishing to take their personalised designs to the next level and create a focal point with an eye-catching piece, then freestanding furniture comes into its own. As Helen Clark, Utopia’s head of marketing, comments: “For me, modular furniture is all about choosing one or two key statement pieces within the bathroom, whether they be big or small. It provides the designer with so much flexibility and choice and can still provide a substantial amount of storage space.”

Utopia’s Opular wall-hung collection, shown here in Indigo glass with copper accent, is designed to make a statement

VitrA’s Voyage bathroom furniture is available in five different dual colour finishes for visual impact, including flamed grey and natural oak, planked sand and stone grey, and flamed grey and forest green, shown here

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