The Bateau Bath is fashioned after the French Boat bath which was first developed in Paris in 1890, and is considered to be one of the most stylish and comfortable freestanding baths ever manufactured. The proportions and design of this bath are superb.
A look from the early 1920’s that is fast gaining popularity is the ‘subway-style rectangular tile’ or the Metro Tile (named after the Parisian undergrounds) in bright, glossy white.
Victorian Bathrooms now stocks Metro tiles 75 x 150mm with bevelled or non bevelled edges in white and off-white, which are wonderful for shower walls or as splash areas behind washbasins and baths, and even behind the cooker in the kitchen.
Victorian Bathrooms' Cardinal Collection of taps and mixers are the latest in designer tap ware; The Cardinal Collection offers you state of the art technology while blending a classic elegant design with a touch of contemporary flair.
You've experienced the feeling .. When your eye falls on the retro design of the Vipp Bin.. and you acknowledge that you just HAVE to own one, knowing that no other bin in the world will take it's place! And you are normally a rational person. It's not just a bin you're purchasing - there's a history, a love affair..
The story of the Vipp pedal bin goes back to 1939 when a young Danish metal turner, Holger Nielsen (1914 – 1992) was asked by his new wife to manufacture a waste bin that she could use in her hairdressing salon. Maria, needed a bin which she could open with a pedal in order to keep her hands free.
Having only recently married, Holger wanted to show her what he was capable of, and made a bin which was durable, functional and aesthetically pleasing, with a rubber seal in the lid to keep in odours and dust.
As time passed the local doctor and dentist visited the saloon for their haircut. They found the bin to be perfect for their practices, and bought it from Holger Nielsen. Slowly the story of Holger Nielsen’s bin spread, and for 65 years Vipp has been sold to hospitals, clinics and dentists. However, over the past 10 years, the Vipp bin has been discovered by interior designers the world over, and Victorian Bathrooms is now introducing this ’cult’ status pedal bin to the South African market.
Today Vipp, Denmark, is owned by the daughter of Holger Nielsen and her two children. The Vipp bins are still hand made, from stainless steel, and are designed to last a lifetime. In a world of daily changes the timeless and classical design of Vipp represents a constant. As commented by Mari Lea Randsborg of Vipp "If need be, we also have spare parts for the Vipps. It's such a pleasure when somebody comes through our door with a 25 year old Vipp under the arm which just needs new ears (handles) - and then it's as good as new."
Victorian Bathrooms is very proud to be associated with Vipp.
You will find stock at both our Cape Town and Johannesburg showrooms.
For more information contact (021) 704 2340 or (011) 325 5503, or log onto www.vipp.dk.
Lighting in a bathroom must conform to the regulations for the installation of electric lamps in bathrooms, where bathrooms are divided into 4 zones and lighting is given an IP Rating (denoting their resistance to the ingress of water) which determines their suitability for each of these zones.
This regulation has previously posed a problem for customers wishing to hang attractive wall lights with bare light bulbs, which are not allowed in bathrooms.
Victorian Bathrooms has recently solved this problem by sourcing comprehensive ranges of attractive wall lights in a traditional style.
The light bulbs appear to be exposed but are in fact sealed, making them suitable for zone 2 – ie anywhere beyond 600mm of a basin or similar water source.