Gone are the days when a serene scheme is limited to neutral colours and plain finishes. From statement fittings to bespoke creations, the latest bathroom looks embrace rich and daring tones.
New for summer 2020, Bespoke by Burlington represents an exciting new era of classic bathroom design. Traditional, but not as you know it, the unique collection extends Burlington’s offering to now encompass the bolder colours and decorative details of the 1920s and beyond.
Drawing inspiration from the decorated and coloured ceramics of bygone eras, Burlington worked closely with the illustrator and textile designer Julie Ingham to create the Bespoke by Burlington collection.
THE COLOURS COLLECTION
Inspired by the bolder colours synonymous with the mid to late 1900s, Confetti Pink, Alaska Blue and Moon Grey introduce a playful and contemporary twist to traditional ceramics.
Paying homage to the midcentury era, this confident blushing shade strikes the perfect balance between authentic traditional style and characterful contemporary design. With a bold nod to a retro aesthetic, three of Burlington’s Edwardian basins and a selection of WCs have been reinvented in this rose-tinted hue resulting in a distinctly unique and modern take on the classic bathroom.
Sophisticated yet bold and beautifully daring, Alaska Blue offers a twist on a classic vintage bathroom style. A refreshing yet refined shade, the crisp and confident tones of the ceramics will bring a polished pop of colour into the 21st century traditional bathroom.
Subtle yet distinctive, the Moon Grey ceramics introduce an understated approach to incorporating colour into the bathroom. A soothing and elegant shade, the sophisticated tones of the soft grey perfectly complement the characteristic shapes of Burlington’s Edwardian basins and classic WCs, resulting in bathrooms that are as timeless as they are stylish.
THE DECORATED COLLECTION
Individuality defined, the new decorated pieces bring unique character to today’s traditional bathrooms across four distinctive categories: Art Deco, Floral, Favourite Places and Bespoke Lettering.
From 1920s architectural patterns and monochrome cityscapes, to both delicate and bold florals, the Decorated Collection brings authentic charm and unique character to today’s traditional bathrooms.
'The Art Deco range came quite naturally because it fitted the overall shape of the basin’s original design,' explains Julie Ingham. 'The patterns needed to reflect the iconic shape of the product.'
Inspired by the iconic Martinez Hotel balcony in Cannes, the hand-illustrated pattern fuses both linear and circular detailing, resulting in an exquisite and attention-grabbing decoration. A subtle incorporation of gold echoes the distinctive balcony design, leaving a lasting impression.
A design that exudes confidence and charm, the vibrant appearance of the Vienna pattern blends a classic retro colour palette with the geometric shapes reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Inspired by the yellow ochre and black shades in vintage tableware, Vienna brings a playful nod of the roaring twenties into today’s bathroom.
Drawing heavily on the linear and geometric designs of the early modern art movements, the elegant fan-like shape of the Charleston pattern creates an eye-catching focal point. Complementing the traditional silhouette of Burlington’s ceramics, the delicate monochrome illustration is ideal for those wanting to add a unique embellishment to their bathroom interior.
Showcasing various ways of incorporating nature into the traditional bathroom, the Floral collection ranges from bold and vibrant palms to delicate blossoms and greenery. 'I wanted to capture people’s love of nature in the bathroom and make the floral designs appear as if they had fallen organically over the white ceramics,' says Julie.
A fun and playful twist on floral design, the vivid hand-illustrated fuchsia palms contrast beautifully against Burlington’s crisp white ceramics. Whether used as a colourful focal point in a neutral setting or paired with equally vibrant shades and gold finishes, the Botanical Pink pattern brings a new and unique meaning to floral design.
The perfect balance between delicate floral design and a subtle contemporary colour palette, the graceful pattern of green and grey foliage has been purposefully hand-drawn to look as though it has fallen randomly over the ceramic piece, in a very natural setting. The result is a unique design that is sensitive but not too feminine, and that will enhance traditional bathroom suites of all types.
Soft blues, greens and neutral greys combine harmoniously in the illustrative Country Meadow pattern. Instilling a freshness with a loose botanical style, the details and intricacies of the bespoke pattern complement the classic shapes of the Edwardian basin design, bringing a gentle hint of nature-inspired beauty into the bathroom.
A hand-painted watercolour floral piece, the Oriental Blossom pattern wanders across Burlington’s traditional ceramics in a natural, graceful way. Featuring real gold intertwined with soft and translucent colours, the elegant bespoke pattern is applied by hand to each individual piece, offering a true feeling of uniqueness.
A characterful collection of basins, the Cityscape range depicts the iconic landmarks of Venice, London, New York and Paris in black and white hand-illustrated patterns. From London’s Big Ben to Venice’s Rialto Bridge, the capsule collection celebrates each city’s most notable architectural structures across selected Edwardian basins, delivering centrepieces suited to both city and country dwellings alike.
A graphic and illustrative design, the Seascape pattern offers a traditional twist on nautical style. Inspired by the classic blue and white porcelain tableware and sanitaryware of bygone time periods, the clean design manages to reflect the era and shape of the basin whilst nodding to a vintage colour palette. Delivering an inviting seaside feel, this basin will pair beautifully with crisp white linens and pale blue accents to create a relaxed Hamptons aesthetic.
Offering new levels of customisation, Burlington’s Bespoke Lettering provides the ultimate opportunity for personalised bathroom design. Customers may choose from three typefaces, in two places on the basin, either across the front edge or for a subtler option, under the overflow across selected sizes in the Edwardian basin collection.
You can view the collection at Burlington.