Aesthetics and functionality are of course considered paramount in bathroom design, but what is often overlooked is accessibility – especially how accessible a suite is for those with health and disability issues. Ideal Standard have worked in collaboration with occupational therapist Anava Baruch, the Dementia Charity and Red and Yellow Care to craft an accessible Concept Freedom bathroom range, which they have recently extended to include a suitably safe, yet stylish bath.
Ideal Standard’s Concept Freedom bath features an extra wide reinforced ledge, to give users stability and control when entering the tub, while also doubling as a seat for carers or loved ones who may need to assist the user. This is an integral element of the design, yet is integrated in a discreet and stylish manner rather than appearing akin to a commercial disabled bathroom.
At only 460mm in height, the Concept Freedom bath is also dramatically lower than the average bathtub – making getting in and out more feasible – while a step positioned within the bath itself can assist users in manoeuvring themselves around and out of the vessel. Luxury accessories, that balance a sleek aesthetic with handy accessible elements, will perfectly finish the look.
Project head and Ideal Standard International Designer, Robin Levien said “Functionality is at the heart of the Concept Freedom range. [The Concept Freedom] bath is designed to nourish independence and freedom of movement, without compromising on beautiful design. We wanted to create a product that looked as great as it performs, which is why the bath is designed to appear as stylish as a version with no features targeted at older bathers. Its dimensions also mean that it can easily be installed in most bathrooms, making it a truly inclusive item.”
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