By Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 09:14:48 AM.
Add a half‐wall to protect against splashes. Ideally, an open shower requires at least a 6‐foot buffer zone on every side to avoid flooding the rest of the bath with water. But a half‐wall, such as the one that divides this shower from the vanity, can help to contain droplets. Consider a corner location if possible. Orient the shower in a corner that faces away from the other bathroom zones. Not only does this guard against spraying water, but it also preserves some measure of privacy (more on that in a minute).
Shagreen, which is made from stingrays, is a super‐exotic choice for wall tile. Sourced from Indonesia, these tiles are used from the by‐products of rays that have been harvested for food. Many shower enclosures look prefab and clunky, but not this one! Besides the modern glass look, this system offers bathers full control of their shower's temperature and volume from outside and inside. Perfect for both young and old, a glowing LED light indicates water temperature, and an alloy valve prevents sudden changes in temperature, preventing a shocking surprise (or worse, a scald). These gorgeous polished pyrite tiles can be mixed and matched with different sizes and colors. Subway tiles have been popular for a while, but how about mirrored subway tiles for a fresh twist? If you want to create a bath fit for a queen, be sure to include this unforgettable "Chrysanthemum" pattern, complete with inlaid mother of pearl. If you crave sleek style in the bath, turn to fashion designer Jason Wu. His new line for Brizo includes this understated glass shelf.
Magic mirrors for bedroom and bathroom. While the world waits for the inevitable advancements in glass technology, there's still much that's being accomplished with regular glass. Smart mirrors, or interactive mirrors, are the first application for smart glass technology, because they don't need to be transparent. Using existing two‐way‐mirror technology, smart mirrors can function in your home like regular mirrors but optionally display information right on the surface of the mirror. One of the better visions for what’s possible with a magic mirror was conceived by, of all organizations, The New York Times. Yes, the Times has its own R&D lab, which tries to figure out how people will get news and information in the future. Apparently, they’ll get it in the bathroom, according to its concept video. The interface for all this breathtaking home technology is just like the evil queen’s technology – magic glass plus voice command and artificial intelligence. The glass surfaces conjure up information and ideas, video feeds and communication, all appropriate to the context of the user's intent.