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Freestanding Bathtubs: LONDON – Where Romance and Vibrancy Meet

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DADO’s CITY RANGE SERIES #2

The London bath, from DADO’s City Range of contemporary freestanding bathtubs, will capture your design imagination as much as  London ‘Town’ captures your inner desire to be part of a bigger, age-old story, filled with a vibrant energy.

Wandering the streets of London, it is impossible not to be affected by its historical charm and power of storytelling. This is balanced by a sophistication and cosmopolitan energy that completely captivates visitors and locals alike.

The bustle of Piccadilly Circus, the rush of the Underground and alleys haunted by the music of buskers, create an unexplained harmony that calms your senses. The ageless romance of London and its zen-like green spaces are the design inspiration for DADO’s London freestanding bathtubs and basins, which are part of the City Range.  

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Romantic Elegance

Many romantic novels and movies have been set in the iconic city of London. Ancient architecture, Jane Austen and Notting Hill also provide the authenticity and old-world feel that keep us connected to a time when the world moved a little slower. DADO have respected this in the classic and timeless design of their London freestanding bathtubs.

The beautiful oval shape adds a chic touch while providing comfort and tranquility amid a busy lifestyle. As you lie back against the satin-like feel of our unique DADOquartz material, your inner romantic will surface. Images of the love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the sounds of the Thames, will relax and reinvigorate your spirit.  Whatever your romantic fantasy, DADO’s London freestanding bathtub is the place to let your imagination roam free.

Eclectic Energy

Freestanding bathtubsThe edgy and eclectic design vision of the London bathtub and basin represent this city in a unique way. The cosmopolitan feel of the London bath perfectly illustrates the city’s diversity and its history of celebrating the new and experimental. The bath’s sleek lines applaud this design creativity and innovation and will take centre stage in any bathroom.

The London modern bathtub is the perfect design choice for a bathroom where traditional and eclectic work together to create a space to breathe and unwind. It has taken its cue from the modern Sky Garden building with its oval shape, and the grandeur and engineering mastery of the Westminster Underground Station, all balanced by traditional stone architecture.

DADO Freestanding Bathtubs and Basins

The DADO luxury bathroom ware brand was established in 2007. Manufactured from unique DADOquartz material, our freestanding bathtubs and basins are renowned  for their timeless and sophisticated design features. A natural matt stone appearance and satin finish, absent of any veins or fissures, show off the craftsmanship in each of our baths. To read about the other baths featured in the City Range series, visit our blog page.

If the city of London’s chic sophistication and cosmopolitan forward-thinking energy appeal to you,  download our brochure or browse our store locator to find a retail store near you today.

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Freestanding Bathtubs : AMSTERDAM – Where Innovation and Heritage Meet

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DADO’s CITY RANGE SERIES #1

Amsterdam freestanding bathtubs and basins, part of DADO’s contemporary City Range, are in perfect harmony with the Dutch city of Amsterdam’s vision and quality of life.

Amsterdam – affectionately called the ‘Venice of the North,’ – is an iconic location built around water, where meandering canals form the heart and soul of the city.  Urban and aqua engineering transformed this European cultural hub into an innovative city that has not forgotten its heritage or the legacy of its past. This dynamic city has been DADO’s inspiration in the design of the Amsterdam bathtub’s slim, rectangular form and soft curves – a nod to a modern, yet timeless feel.

Art Appreciation

The creative design process of the Amsterdam freestanding bathtub was sensitive to the DNA of the city and Amsterdam’s rich art history, dating back to the 13th century. The numerous art galleries and museums dotted throughout the city are a testimony to its cultural richness and significant influence on the world’s art and design landscape. This has been beautifully blended into the frameless lines and artistic simplicity of the bathtub’s shape. It stands out as an artwork would in a gallery; where one’s first response is to stand back and admire it in all its glory.

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Quality, crafted pieces are timeless by nature, and always worth the investment. Blending modern and traditional, Amsterdam freestanding bathtubs deserve pride of place in your home as sculptural works of art.

 

Lifestyle Choice

Amsterdam has garnered a strong reputation for its quality of life, epitomised by its healthy work/life balance. This is reflected in Amsterdam being nicknamed the ‘City of Bikes,’ with 2 out of 3 people in this global city cycling to work, shops and schools. 

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Through DADO’s Amsterdam freestanding bathtubs, ingenious design and bathing functionality have been merged together to create the perfect harmony to your bathing space. It offers a tailor-made solution to people with busy lifestyles who need to balance their work schedules with relaxation. The Amsterdam bath need not only be appreciated from afar. This stunning bathtub, boasting a natural matt stone appearance and quality handcrafted finish, brings lasting elegance into your home. All that is left is to fill with water to enjoy a luxurious bathing experience and let the stresses of the day soak away.

 

Small Village Feel

Freestanding bathtubsThe ‘village-like’ charm and cultural diversity of Amsterdam is its allure. For locals and tourists alike, it is easy to feel at home in this city, surrounded by water. At DADO, we believe the smaller elements, like the Amsterdam basin, will be an ideal complement to freestanding bathtubs, creating a sense of cohesive harmony in your bathroom.

 

The tranquillity of the city’s water canals is seamlessly translated into your contemporary bathroom space, allowing you to pause and experience the calmness and healing properties of water in style. To get a feel for each of these iconic cities represented in the City Range, take a trip to our recent blog which highlights each city’s personality and pairs their distinctive styles and features with your bathroom’s unique theme.

DADO

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007. Our freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. We are known for our timeless sophisticated designs like the Acanthus, Moloko and Deonne bathtubs and complementary basins.

If Amsterdam’s philosophy of life appeals to you, captured by the timeless, yet contemporary style of Amsterdam freestanding bathtubs, request a quote or venture on to our store locator to find a store near you today.

 

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What to look out for in a good quality bath

Quality is a huge determining factor when it comes to the purchase of long-term investment items such as a bathtub. In the purchase of items such as this, it is in the consumer’s best interest to do thorough research about the options that they have available to them. This includes assessing the quality of the products to ensure that they will, indeed, last as long as you expect them to. It would be a dangerous assumption to make if you consider your perceived quality to equate to true quality without examining your options.

The quality of a product refers to the calibre of that item as compared to its available alternatives in the market. It is where durability and composition meet to, not only meet customer expectations but to effortlessly exceed them. Quality is the difference between buying a bathtub every few years because it has cracked, chipped or otherwise deteriorated in its short lifespan, and enjoying your bathtub for more than 20+ years.

The key criterion to consider when making a bathtub purchase is the material from which it is made. The material options available in the market include plastic (ABS), acrylic, cast-iron, enameled steel, cultured marble, proprietary composites, and stone. For the purpose of this article, we will be comparing the proprietary composite DADOquartz with other solid surface materials in the high-end of the spectrum that one would consider when finally building one’s dream bathroom space.

To ensure that the product you are buying is of a high-quality one needs to consider characteristics such as ‘full-bodied’, ‘solid body’ or solid surface within the bathtubs.

  • Ensure the product has full-bodied construction

Full-bodied construction means that the product is made of the same material through and through. If you were to cut the product in half across any axis, you will find the same material on the inside as on the outside. You cannot go wrong with stone bathtubs in this criterion.

Full-bodied products are made from granite, marble, onyx, travertine, basalt or sandstone. These bathtubs are truly one of a kind and they have the most full-bodied construction because they are carved from a single solid piece. This makes them one unique work of art but a pricey one at that.

A more affordable and equally full-bodied material would be proprietary composites. These are stone, mineral and resin mixtures that are moulded into a single solid bathtub like DADOquartz bathtubs. Full-bodied bathtubs are made of a non-porous material with no fissures, veins or other imperfections.

Figure 1: DADOquartz solid material with no fissures, veins or pores

Some composites, however, do not completely qualify as full-bodied. This is because it is made from a material such as crushed fillers mixed with resin, set and then followed up with a gel coat. The material is quite durable, but should the product become scratched it would be irreparable and it would also be revealing the often-unpleasant subsurface material.

Figure 2: Other solid material with fissures, veins and pores – the surface can crack or break easily.

If you find that the product has differing materials in other areas, this could mean irreparable cracks or that the structural integrity of the article could be compromised.

  • Surface coatings

This criterion investigates the true surface of the product and scrutinises the thickness of the product’s rim. Judging this measure ensures that the surface that you have associated with quality is truly the material that the product was fashioned from and not simply a coating to cover up a different material. What you can do to verify this is to have a look at the bottom and the side of the products to see that there are no colour and material variations.

The surface of a bathtub or basin will almost always look smooth and even, as this is part of the customer’s expectations, which breeds perceived quality. However, this smoothness needs to be consistent throughout the product’s surface. If you turn a basin upside-down and find bubbles, veins, and crevasses in the material, this should be a red flag.  Bubbles show that the fibre matrix is not a stable as it should be, this could lead to cracking and product failure in some cases. It would also be possible that one of these bubbles could show up on the surface of the product at a later stage.

Most bathroom ware products made from solid material are typically layered with a gel-coat finish which is equivalent to a paint finish. This also allows these products to be manufactured in a range of solid colours and with a high gloss finish. Although scratches on this surface can be buffed out, with time, the gel-coat finish, as with all paint finishes,  can become brittle and expose the material underneath, leading to cracks. This material doesn’t stand up as well as proprietary composites like DADOquartz that has no additional coating on the products because of the quartz material used in manufacturing. The DADOquartz bathtubs and basins are non-porous meaning that they are free of hairline cracks, ensuring a surface that is resistant to micro-organisms and bacterial growth, easy to clean and silky smooth to the touch.

Figure 9: Example of visible coating

The quartz used in DADOquartz bathroom ware is a high-quality stone that is crushed and mixed with resin and minerals and then moulded into a single solid piece. This piece undergoes extensive tests to ensure that there are no fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise the strength or appearance of the product. This results in a durable, long-lasting, scratch and stain resistant bathtub that has no need for any additional treatment or coatings.

  • Product Thickness

When it comes to the thickness of the bathtub an easy way to compare the strength to weight ratio of a bathtub is to look at the thickness of the bathtub’s rim and waste. Although styles and product designs may differ to accommodate details such as shape or an overflow system, material with high strength characteristics will be able to produce very thin bathtubs without any concern.  DADOquartz bathtubs are available with a  rim width as thin as 10mm, an illustration of the material’s strength. The manufacturer of DADOquartz bathroom ware is able to produce exceedingly slim bathtubs without compromising the structural integrity of the bathtub due to the unwavering strength and resilience of the material.

DADO bathtubs and basins made from DADOquartz

With a StandardCity, Compact, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and stands out in terms of quality. Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, DADO’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from the unique DADOquartz material. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back our work with a lifetime warranty of 25 years on all bathtubs and basins. Visit our showroom today, and find the next centerpiece for your bathroom.

 

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Compact Modern Bathtubs – Ideal for Urban Spaces

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The lifestyle trend centered on the motto of “LIVE-WORK-PLAY,” is growing and it has generated a property boom in the urban real estate market. The impact is less square footage in luxury apartments and townhouses, however, this does not mean compromising on design impact, especially when it comes to modern bathtubs in the bathroom space.

Big Design Impact in Smaller Spaces

In our previous blog, we talked about the revolution of smaller bathrooms and their design challenges. This piece highlighted that the perfect creative opportunity to boost the wow factor of your modern bathroom is by embracing the ‘less is more’ design principle. The timeless beauty of freestanding modern bathtubs can now take centre stage in your contemporary space, thanks to DADO’s Compact Range of luxury freestanding baths and matching basins. An urban bathroom still deserves to be elegant and tranquil, as it is often a much-needed retreat.

Introducing the Rosella

New to DADO’s compact freestanding bathtub range is the stylish Rosella exclusively available at Italtile. Manufactured from unique, locally sourced DADOquartz material, this petite bathtub has been purposefully designed to command attention and show off a big personality in a small bathroom. The Rosella proudly stands alongside the Ava and the Julia in DADO’s range of urban-inspired compact bathtubs. With a length of 1500 – 1550, these bathtubs ensure a perfect focal point fit in a small-scale city bathroom without taking up too much space. The Rosella is currently on promotion and is exclusively available at Italtile outlets.

Enhance the Aesthetic with Modern Basins  

There is no denying that our compact freestanding bathtubs are investment pieces. But for added elegance, why not partner our compact bathtubs with their matching basins, whose gracious presence is a befitting design choice for a sublime impact in your modern bathroom?

DADO’s beautiful range of modern basins is perfectly designed to complement the smooth lines of their matching modern bathtubs. This combination creates seamless symmetry which makes for a calm and relaxing space which can improve the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and turn it into your personal spa retreat in your home.

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The architectural simplicity of the lines of all freestanding bathtubs will fit flawlessly into your modern space and will become statements of ultimate luxury. The DADO  Maya freestanding bathtub and Maya basin (exclusive to Italtile) continue the minimalistic theme and clean lines which make the addition of modern bathtubs perfect in any modern space.

An exclusive range of DADO freestanding baths and basins made from DADOquartz are currently on promotion at  Italtile stores. Visit our store locator to find a retail store near you.

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Freestanding Baths -Transforming into an iconic Victorian-era Powder Room

When considering a classic style for your bathroom transformation, the Victorian-era offers timeless freestanding baths inspiration, which can spruce up and add a touch of glamour to any dull bathroom.

The Victorian period, the era of Queen Victoria’s reign between June 1837 and January 1901, was a highly progressive timeline in British history; the miracle of indoor plumbing originated, public baths were established for all, while wealthy families built splendid bathrooms in their mansions, complete with freestanding baths and decorative basins. When it comes to current bathroom inspiration, many homeowners still look back fondly to the past. And for those seeking to recreate a powder-room reminiscent of an opulent Victorian bathroom, you’ll be glad to know that freestanding baths of this era are just as popular now as when they first came into existence in the mid-1800’s.

A Classic Bathroom in a Compact Space

In our previous Blog, we explored the property trends towards modern bathtubs in smaller bathrooms. Interestingly, this draws a parallel to Victorian bathrooms which were also small and narrow in scale, accommodating small bathtubs to fit into the bathing space. Transforming your bathroom is largely a matter of space and comfort. With the addition of compact freestanding baths, you can enjoy just as much comfort and rejuvenation as in a larger tub. Bathrooms can become every bit as lavish as kitchens and bedrooms. The Julia Bathtub from the DADO Compact Range is a stunning illustration of a compact bathtub that brings Victorian-era style into a classic, luxury bathroom. For those blessed with an expanse of floor space, the Victoria bathtub is the quintessential classic bath to complement your master bathroom.

The Ball and Claw Bathtub – Making its Mark!

One of the most iconic images of the Victorian-era powder rooms has to be ‘ball-and-claw’ freestanding baths. Traditionally made entirely from cast-iron, they weighed a tonne and did not retain heat very well. With modern designs experimenting with lightweight materials, these classic chic bathtubs are making a strong comeback. Moulded into what are known as “slipper baths”, they make a striking impact in any bathroom design that they are incorporated into. The Sophia Slipper Bathtub, from the DADO Classic Range of freestanding bathtubs, is a luxurious modern interpretation of this Victorian-era ablution room favourite.

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DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007 and renowned for luxurious freestanding baths and basins, which are manufactured from their own unique DADOquartz material. Whether you are creating an oasis of luxury in a small bathroom or looking to add a timeless masterpiece to your master bathroom, DADO offers more than 25 different designs, leaving you spoilt for choice. Find your nearest DADO distributor today using our online Store Locator.

 

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Modern Bathtubs – Property Trends Towards Smaller Bathrooms

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Modern bathtubs in smaller bathrooms are undergoing quite a revolution in recent times as urban property trends present a design challenge of making the most out of compact spaces.

Smaller bathrooms require a minimalist approach and the need to scale down becomes a priority in smaller bathroom design. Taking unnecessary items out of the space, it opens up a luxurious ‘focal point’ to your bathroom, allowing you to invest in a modern bathtub that compliments your overall theme and transforms your bathing area into your own personal ‘spa’. In our previous Blog, we outlined the functional and aesthetic benefits of investing in a set of matching freestanding basins for your luxury bathroom. If you own a modern apartment or house and yearn for a large tub, compact modern bathtubs offer the perfect fit for your smaller bathroom. Get ready to re-acquaint yourself with the ultimate bathing experience!

Immerse yourself in more space than you think!

Owning a smaller property shouldn’t deny you all the luxuries and treats of its larger counterpart. Rather than visualizing modern bathtubs by the available square metres of your bathroom, look at the space opportunities from the floor to the roof. By literally thinking ‘deep down’, you can add a statement piece to your home with the addition of a ‘soaker tub’. The extra height in a compact bathtub such as the Ava bath from the DADO freestanding modern bathtubs range is crafted with the modern apartment or townhouse in mind. The deeper profile of this compact bathtub allows you to immerse yourself and enjoy the same relaxing experience as a larger tub.

Modern Bathroom Trends influenced by Urban Living Trends.

As the demand for urban dwellings increases, property developers have been forced to build upwards, creating smaller living spaces. This has given rise to ‘compact living’, where bathroom designers have been presented with new creative possibilities to fuse luxury and style into smaller homes. The addition a modern bathtub adds an artistic presence to a free-flowing space, in addition to functionality and aesthetic beauty. For a more classic look, the Julia bathtub from DADO’s compact freestanding bathtub range blends luxury into a classic bathroom theme with the compact dimensions to fit into almost any bathroom.

DADO

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007 and featured at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends. In addition to the compact range of freestanding bathtubs, DADO also manufactures a wide range of modern and classic freestanding bathtubs accompanied by complementary freestanding basins, using our own unique DADOquartz material. Contact DADO today or find your nearest DADO distributor from our Store Locator to view our products and transform your bathroom into a luxurious retreat.

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Emerging freestanding Bathroom Trends

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A Freestanding bathroom continues to play a central role in the shift in lifestyle design, and from the sketches of the world’s top designers, we are witnessing the emergence of beautiful features with a great deal of individuality.

In our previous Blog article, we discussed bathroom remodelling tips for homeowners that are set to become the emerging trends of 2018. Following on from this, we explore the emerging freestanding bathroom trends that are dominating the minds of designers, architects, and homeowners, and playing a key role in this exciting market. The purpose of a bathroom has, up until recent times, been purely seen as a functional area, a place to shower and bathe and get on with the day. However, people have gradually grown an appreciation of the bath space as something much more than that – a place of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation. This has led to an emergence of contemporary trends that treat the bathroom as a personal sanctuary, an escape from the pressure and stresses of daily life.

Seeing the wider picture in the home.

The bathroom space is no longer a humble box room, and homeowners are now sensibly investing in freestanding bathroom appliances that transform the shape of their entire home.

Merging your bathroom to the Master Bedroom

While freestanding bathrooms have always proved popular with both the elite and the masses, their look and feel have evolved significantly in the 21st century. Gone are the days of the cast iron baths, which were both bulky and strenuous to maintain. In its place, there has been an emergence of both contemporary and chic freestanding tubs and basins. The classic Victorian has also been given a refreshing overhaul with a more minimalist design that still maintains its luxurious feel, and sits perfectly in the master bedroom. The Victoria Bath, from DADO’s Classic Range, is a seamless example of this.

Natural Stone Finishes to the fore

With an emerging design of freestanding bathroom finishes blending into the greater environment of the bathroom, stone and natural finishes are becoming more popular. In particular, quartz and other resin materials create a natural stone appearance that is incredibly strong and crafted to sit as ‘works of art’ in the bathroom.

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With a Standard, City, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and have a design solution for every bathroom.  Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, Dado’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. We are known for our timeless sophisticated designs like the Acanthus, Moloko and Deonne bathtubs and complementary basins. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back up our work with a 25 Year Warranty on all baths and basins. Visit our online showroom today, and find the next centrepiece for your bathroom space.

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