Oct - Dec 2012

From the very first edition of Washrooms and Beyond, we basked in the remarkable response from interior designers and architects who commented on the relevance of a niche publication on washrooms. And, in the last two years, the washroom has come to the forefront of national discourse in more ways than one.

However,a developing economy should reflect an equal, if not bigger, expansion in proper infrastructure, public facilities and a heightened sense of symmetry,design and sophistication. While the growing luxury market attracts the high end amongst washroom product majors, there remains a vast swathe of the mid-range market that is waiting to be tapped. There has to be an educational shift as much as a shift in the understanding of the importance of quality,consultation and finesse in the market.

Washrooms tend to evoke different emotions in people. They also convey a variety of things. Today, the empowering sentiment of ‘me time’ and ‘individual spaces’ leads to the idea of luxury and comfort. As designers and even washroom majors repeatedly underline, customers usually have some definite idea about what they expect their bathroom to be. While their expectations might be more conservative or perhaps even indifferent in the case of public washrooms- where the main concern is good design, cleanliness and efficient maintenance- the latter recently have added more element to make things more interesting.