By Edda Braune. Bathroom. Friday, September 22nd 2017, 07:28:30 AM.
Magic mirrors and magic windows – in fact, magic glass surfaces all over the house – will soon become commonplace, thanks to breathtaking advancements in computers, computer interfaces and, of all things, glass. It's all about the glass. The leading U.S. innovator in glass for consumer electronics, Corning, has developed a technology that enables it to manufacture flexible glass as if it were printing wallpaper. The flexible glass will be used as a computerized touch surface, theoretically turning any surface – from refrigerator doors to countertops to entire walls – into smart‐touch displays that function like iPad devices. This glass will have the moisture permeability, temperature tolerances and clarity of glass but the flexibility and low cost of plastic.
Make peace with a loss of privacy. If you don't like to feel exposed – even when you're alone in the house – an open shower may not be for you. Even if you don't have a bare window wall such as the one in this bathroom, you'll be on full view from the rest of the space. Consider a frosted or textured glass half‐wall as a compromise if modesty is an issue. Integrate the design with the rest of the space. Because there's no concrete border between an open shower and its surroundings, choose materials that will create a smooth transition. The wall tile in this bath continues seamlessly into the shower, with only a change in ceiling materials to provide a visual stopping point.
Bring in natural light. "A frameless shower gives the illusion of openness. The less metal, the less you notice that a wall is dividing the space", says Alison Causer of Alison Causer Design. "In this master bath I really wanted the natural light to reach every corner of the room. Since we used dark, natural stone on all four walls, we really needed to keep the light moving around the room". Maximize the view. "This home has a sophisticated and subdued palette with walnut casework throughout", says Kerry Ellis of Benning Design Associates. "It also has stunning views, which is why we decided to keep the master bath, and shower, so open".