The History of the Bath
We love all things bath! On June 14th we will be celebrating International Bath Day, which has caused us to reflect on the history of baths and how they’ve evolved into the beautifully crafted designs that exist today. Baths have shaped our culture for thousands of years – so what better way to express our love for a good bathtub than to highlight some of our favorite bath trends throughout history.
Bathing was a cherished part of the Ancient Roman’s daily ritual. In current times bathing is considered a private and personal activity, but it has not always been viewed that way. During the Roman times, bathing was considered a communal activity with people congregating in lavish communal baths that were built on hot springs, often covering many blocks of land. They used bronze pipes, marble fixtures, and created comprehensive sewage systems.
In 1883, John Michael Kohler, one of the founders of The Kohler Company, which was established in 1873, invented the world’s first bathtub. Although The Kohler Company’s original focus was to create products of iron and steel, that quickly changed when Kohler created the first enamel modern claw foot tub. When WWI came to an end and the construction boom in America took off, modern bathtubs, sinks and toilets were installed in many American homes.
Next, came the built-in tub, which provided easier maintenance for homeowners. The built-in eliminated the dust bunnies that often hid underneath the claw foot tub. In 1928, different color options for tubs and fixtures created more design options for homeowners. The Crane Company was the first company to produce colored bathroom fixtures in the U.S. market, with other companies quickly following. This is the era when pastel bathrooms were born.
(Photo Via Home Builders Catalog 1929)
As we fast forward to 2018, design has evolved dramatically and social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have become the trendsetters of modern day. With thousands of brands, styles and products a trip to your local kitchen & bath store can be quite overwhelming, which is why we wanted to highlight some of our favorites brands that are breaking the mold by integrating innovative technology, new materials and unique manufacturing processes.
· WetStyle: Handcrafted in Canada. They just created a brighter “pure white” tone for all of their products and white lacquered furniture.
· Victoria + Albert: They use volcanic ash in their manufacturing process!
· Kohler: They have come a long way since their first tub in 1883! Kohler now uses unique vibrations of music in their tubs.
Native Trails: They use copper and concrete to create beautiful, unique designs that will be sure to be an impressive focal point in your bathroom design.
BainUltra: They use copper and concrete to create beautiful, unique designs that will be sure to be an impressive focal point in your bathroom design.