6 unusual materials for bathrooms

New and familiar materials are being used in innovative ways to bring a unique look to bathrooms. Designer Martin Holland explains how

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unusual materials for the bathroom


Consider leather for a luxe experience. The Octagon range by Villeroy & Boch has a faceted wash basin above a leather-clad podium, with a delicate band of rose gold between the two. The compact size makes it ideal for a downstairs toilet  – and at £5,000, you’ll want to show it off to guests.

unusual materials for the bathroom


Bathroom tiles can date and the grout become discoloured. Tadelakt is a waterproof plaster finish used for centuries in Moroccan riads. It offers a seamless finish across walls and floors, and can be moulded into baths, sinks or showers for water repellant surfaces. It costs £125 per square metre (installed).


unusual materials for the bathroom

Tadelakt is a versatile waterproof plaster that has been in use for centuries. It costs £125 per square metre installed from Tadelakt London


When treated and maintained correctly, wood has a long life and can be carved into almost any shape. Manufacturer William Garvey makes baths, basins and sinks from it. Inspired by Japanese bathing culture, the Geo Deep Ofuro bath is compact yet deep. Made from teak and marine ply, the bath comes with back rests and even a seat to rest on while soaking.

unusual materials for the bathroom

For the Japanese, bathing is a relaxing, ritualistic experience. Wooden baths can help you attain that sense of wellbeing. This Geo Deep Ofuro bath would cost £3,950 plus VAT


A bathroom mirror can help to reflect the light, as well as being used for shaving or applying makeup. In a digital age, MirroView by Pilkington does double duty due to its highly reflective mirror coating hiding away tech and protecting it from moisture. After watching TV in the bath, switch it off and the glass becomes a mirror. Price is on application to individual stockists. Visit pilkington.co.uk to find your local supplier.


unusual materials for the bathroom