Dominik Tesseraux

Designer at Bette

June 2016
German steel and enamel specialist Bette is bringing the subject of opulence into the bathroom with the concept of a bath clothed in fabric, by Tesseraux + Partner. A steel/enamel bathtub has been combined with the comfort of cushioned fabric, like a cosy sofa. “Fabrics only ever used to be a bathroom topic in relation to towels, curtains, or mats.
As we already know from our living rooms and bedrooms, fabrics play a vital role in the cosiness and atmosphere of a room”, Dominik Tesseraux informs. “This has been made possible by a new generation of functional fabrics that are just as appealing as those used in the living room, but which are also extremely robust, easy to care for, and resistant to water, mould, and climate.” The bath apron has been cushioned and covered with woven fabric by fabric specialist JAB Anstoetz in its Bielefeld workshops. The main use of these textiles so far has been in the latest outdoor furniture.
“Although at this stage the bath is only a design concept, we have already been able to overcome the basic challenges. Nowadays, more than ever, home and family provide a safe haven from our fast-paced, crisis-ridden society. The quality of time spent in the bathroom is becoming increasingly important because this is where we focus on body care, recovery, and relaxation. People want to feel as much at home in the bathroom as they do in the living room.” According to Tesseraux, this is reflected in the interior design, which is ever more sophisticated and individual, and frequently includes objects originating from the living room or bedroom, such as decorative lights, comfy stools, easy chairs, or stylish mirrors. “The fabric-covered bath marks the next step, enhancing the cool, rather technical elegance of bathroom products with the warm, homely comfort that can only be conveyed by cushioned fabric.”