Timber In Bathroom Design

05 Jul 2022 by Caroma

In interior design, timber has long been considered a material that brings a natural and homely feel to a space. Recently, we’ve seen a trend towards using timber in bathrooms as well as living spaces. We asked award-winning Caroma Industrial Designer, Luke Di Michiel, to discuss the use of timber in bathroom design.

The trend

The incorporation of timber elements within the bathroom environment is part of a larger global trend where bathrooms are no longer seen as purely functional spaces but increasingly becoming extensions of our household living areas.

What it looks like

As a result of this shift, elements and materials not traditionally associated with bathrooms are increasingly finding their place within bathroom spaces. Natural materials such as marble and timber, combined with the ever-increasing variety of material finishes such as brass and gunmetal are great at creating a consistent experience throughout the home, borrowing elements from one space and linking them to another. This material mix, combined with the increasing use of colour is also changing the emotive affect within the bathroom - as we increasingly look to our bathrooms as spaces for personal relaxation and expression.

How we interpret it

With its huge variety of species, finishes and applications, timber is the perfect medium for self-expression and has established itself as a key bathroom element.

From an Australian perspective we naturally connect ideas of relaxation, rejuvenation and escapism to our natural environment making timber the ideal medium in creating the ultimate bathroom sanctuary.

At Caroma, we’re proud to create our bathroom collections with sustainability in mind.

We ensure that all our timber is locally grown and sustainably sourced, before it’s passionately crafted – it really is a true celebration of Australia’s natural environment.

The Caroma Elvire Collection

Launched in September 2019, Elvire is Caroma’s most high-end bathroom collection. Elvire is inspired by the unique nature and wilderness of Australia. The intent was to translate and bring the Australian environment into a bathroom space. The result is a stunning and truly unique collection, targeted at the discerning consumer who seeks the very best luxury bathroom experience. Particularly notable to this collection are the unique Tasmanian timber accents including tap handles and toilet flush buttons.

The carefully curated Elvire Collection features sustainably sourced Tasmanian timbers with sophisticated gunmetal finishes to create a unique collection that is grounded in practical, functional and sustainable design principles.

For over 75 years GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens brands, such as Caroma, Fowler, Stylus and Dorf have been a part of life in Australia. A wholly owned subsidiary of GWA International Limited, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens is a Brisbane-based, Australian managed company with diverse interests in the building products industry and related companies.Clever thinkingOur reputation for innovative thinking stretches back to our founding fathers. In 1837, the Fowler brand began manufacturing sanitaryware. Dorf was established in 1948 by Keith Hooper, an admirer of Henry Ford. He decided to switch the letters in the word ‘Ford’ to create the innovative tapware brand we know today.Caroma was founded in 1941 by Charles Rothauser and his wife Roma when they developed the first one-piece plastic cistern, winning the first of many awards for Caroma including the FH Edwards Laurel in 1956. In 1980, Caroma introduced the world’s first dual flush toilet, which continues to save millions of litres of water each year.Caroma and Dorf remain to be some of Australia’s most widely recognised brands and continue to provide innovative solutions for everyday Australians and professionals alike.Unmatched Sustainability RecordOur Research & Development team, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Cummings, is recognised globally for its water saving achievements.Over the years, our products have saved Australia and the world billions of litres of potable water, the world’s most precious resource.As the leading manufacturer of Australian bathroom products, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has always made sustainability the focus of product performance.Long before it became fashionable to think of the environment, GWA was developing water saving and energy efficient technologies. We’ve pioneered an impressive list of industry firsts including:- Commercialised the dual flush button system.- The 6/3 litre dual flush cistern.- The 4.5/3 litre dual flush cistern with Smartflush® technology.- Industry first WELS 5 star rating for toilet suites with the new Profile toilet suite with integrated hand basin.- Industry first WELS 6 star rating for urinals with the new Cube® 0.8L electronic urinal suiteAlways SolvingToday, our Research & Development team is dedicated to continuing our reputation for innovation with a focus on developing the latest water-saving technology. Every product we make is designed and built to respond to society’s changing needs and an ever-increasing desire for efficiency and environmental consciousness. Our products meet relevant Australian Standards, WELS certification and Codes of Practice for new build and retrofit applications.Ever EvolvingAbove all, bathroom and kitchen products need to be desirable, practical and functional. At GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens, we’re committed to leading the way in developing groundbreaking industry innovations to ensure we continue to provide these benefits to the Australian people for years to come.


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