Based in northern Italy, Bisazza is a leading producer of high-end glass mosaic tile with showrooms in cities around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Last year the company launched the Bisazza Bagno division to produce collections of high-end bathroom furnishings. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon kicked things off with an Art Deco–inspired grouping, followed by a line by Dutch iconoclast Marcel Wanders, who integrated minimal forms with ornate, Baroque-style motifs.
The new pieces by the prolific Japanese design studio Nendo, introduced last April during Salone del Mobile in Milan, are influenced by Japanese culture. While communal bathing was commonplace until a few decades ago in Japan, points out Nendo's founder, Oki Sato, the ritual has become much more solitary. The new ensemble envisions the bathing environment to be "very private and functional" while still retaining elements that recall "the sense of gathering" in the public baths, says Sato.