365 Objects Of Design, In the Bathroom, Volume II

Objects of Design #154: Roca Bathrooms

1st August 2013
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urban basin from roca

urban basin from roca  –  the series includes London, New York and Barcelona

Another month, another series. This time we are focusing on bathrooms and to kick off we’re looking at Roca, a Spanish company founded in 1917 in Barcelona. It began by making radiators and gradually branched out into cast iron baths, porcelain and finally taps.

W+W from roca - a washbasin and wc combined

W+W from roca – a washbasin and wc combined

Now, for those of you planning a bathroom who think a bath is just a bath and it’s all white anyway, Roca is where things get interesting.

khroma collection includes  colours

khroma collection includes colours

I’m a huge fan of the urban basin (pictured at the top). The series includes London, New York, Barcelona and Shanghai. But what about the loo above? The water used in the basin is filtered back to flush the bowl. Clever isn’t it?

hall collection from roca is designed to fit into tricky spaces

hall collection from roca is designed to fit into tricky spaces

Roca have also introduced colour back into the bathroom. I clearly remember my mother coming into the house, brandishing a large pot of paint and announcing to my (somewhat appalled) grandmother that she was about to paint the downstairs loo in a new colour she had discovered. It was called Avocado. And so it remained for many, many years, although, I also seem to recall that my Grandmother made a point of hanging many more coats up afterwards than had been there when it was all simply white.

khroma range includes blue, red and grey

khroma range includes blue, red and grey

For the moment the colours are just a rather lovely deep red, cobalt blue and grey and are restricted to lids and seats, which, I think works rather well.

the new classical range from roca

the new classical range from roca

So there’s a little bathroom inspiration for you to start the month. For more details visit uk.roca.com






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  • Becky – pretty dandy 1st August 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love the idea of the combo basin/toilet, but not sure I’m that into it aesthetically. It’s interesting, but i can’t make up my mind whether I think it’s also beautiful or not!

  • Danielle 1st August 2013 at 11:47 am

    I love the Urban Collection. I think I’d go for New York! 🙂

    Great Post!

  • Kristianne at Tileflair 1st August 2013 at 8:43 am

    These are great- especially love the top basin!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 1st August 2013 at 11:50 am

      glad you like. I love that basin too. London for me. Perhaps I need two – New York can go next to it!

      • Danielle 1st August 2013 at 11:52 am

        His and hers is always a good idea!

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