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So what have chairs and taps got in common?

“So what have chairs and taps got in common?” I hear you ask.

You may not be of an age that you can remember the impact of the Ant Chair (1952) or the Egg Chair (1958) but, whether you are interested in design and fashion or not, you will be familiar with these chairs.

Though produced nearly 60 years ago, they are still manufactured today and originals are highly sort after. Having designed the Ant and the Egg, Arne Jacobsen, the Danish architect and designer, went on to create the VOLA HV1 in 1968.


Though designed in 60’s, VOLA taps should not be referred to as retro. Retro is a word used far too often to be associated with VOLA taps.

They are a work of Art! A timeless classic!

Vola only sells the Jacobsen style of tap and it’s quality is second to none.

With it’s sleek, sculptured lines and perfect proportions, it is still recognized as one of the world’s leading design icons and still remains one of the most sought after design products worldwide.

However, Vola is not only about design. It’s technology and manufacturing are just as unique and at SW1 Bathrooms you can see and feel exactly what puts Vola taps and bathroom fittings ahead of it’s rivals.

Come and visit us at SW1 Bathrooms to see these products for yourself (perhaps whilst having a cultural day, visit Tate Britain and then round the corner to us!).

On display we have a number of products including:

  • The One-Handle Mixer with Double Swivel Sprout
  • The Wall Mounted Round Shower
  • The wonderfully discreet Built-in Waste Bin
  • Or the revolutionary Towel Warmer, whose simple design oozes style!

So if you want the level of design chosen by, to name just a few:

  • Richard Rogers for The Montevetro Penthouse, London
  • The Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh
  • The German Parliament, Berlin
  •  The National Museum of Modern Art of Japan, Tokyo

Come and speak to us at SW1 Bathrooms!

You want your bath on the top floor?

I was just walking along Moreton Street this morning approaching the showroom. Seeing the beautiful B C Designs roll topped Boat Bath in our main window made me almost laugh out loud! I remembered the fun and games we had when we decided to move our own cast iron bath, that had been left by the previous owner, from one bathroom, up a flight of stairs, into our loft, which had been newly converted into a bedroom and separate bathroom for our teenage son.

The Boat Bath is cast in one piece from marine grade aluminium, no thin flimsy, metal sheet, and an acrylic inner is bonded into the interior for a warm bathing experience.

Looking back moving our cast iron bath was a somewhat dangerous idea. It took all the strength of 8 burly plumbers to hoist the bath up the stairs and over the banister. The look on everyone’s face when the bath was finally in place was one of huge relief, which quickly turned to laughter as someone mentioned the moment when it looked like the whole weight of the bath was being balanced on Jack’s (the plumber’s mate) head!

Of course things would have been different if we had known about the previously mentioned Boat Bath in our front window. It’s shining elegance, durability and relatively light weight would have meant we would have had no problem moving the bath into position. Designed to have the look of a cast iron bath, it’s weight means it can be easily manoeuvred around the tightest of Pimlico/Belgravia staircases, with no damage to walls en route and without the need for a small team of sweaty men complaining all the way around that it can’t be done!

But the coup de grace is that the brilliant white interior can be complimented by any exterior of your choice. Ours in the showroom is the mirrored aluminium finish but any colour from Farrow and Ball’s Elephant’s Breath, Citron, Arsenic or, to what my wife insists she would have, plain old Bubble Gum Pink!

In the interest of political correctness, it has to be said that there are many other baths available. We also have on display the popular Bette Ocean Bath. It is perfect as a family bath or, with it’s flat bottom, is particularly suitable with an over bath shower, as it offers space for showering, whilst depth so that you can enjoy a fully emerged long soak.

But we can discuss with you your exact bath requirements. So whether it be a centre piece bath or a special function bath we are the people to come to.

How small is yours?

Size really doesn’t matter when it comes to bathrooms!

Here at SW1 Bathrooms we have been designing small spaces for 10 years. We don’t see it as a problem, we see it as a challenge. So far no space has been too small, and we aren’t happy until your bathroom has exactly the same luxurious feel as the billionaire’s bathroom that we recently designed for a penthouse flat that over looks Regents Park.

But don’t stop reading now. Don’t be put off because our showroom looks so upmarket and stylish. You can have the bathroom of your dreams on whatever your budget.

Try us out. Give us a call and we will come over to your place and design the bathroom of your dreams – our designed are drawn up FREE OF CHARGE!

Want a new bathroom? Where should you start?

Most of us have our own ideas about what the ideal bathroom should be like. It makes choosing and buying a new one an exciting experience.

At SW1 Bathrooms we work with our customers by, most importantly, listening to their preferences and requirements, then interpreting them to provide the best and most attractive solution.

Also as importantly through this whole process we will work closely with your chosen (or our recommended) installer to ensure a smooth project and you are the one deciding how much you want to be involved in it.

Once you’ve decided you’d like our help designing and creating your new bespoke bathroom, one of our advisors will visit you at home to discuss in greater detail your bathroom ideas and what exactly you want.

We then take exact measurements of your room, whilst making sketches, taking care that you get the right fittings for your plumbing and heating system.   Also, at this stage, we will provide you with a range of catalogues featuring the sorts of product you might be interested in.

When you know which fittings you want we’ll produce a set of computer generated images showing what your finished luxury bathroom will look like, including tiles (provided by other if you wish) and lighting.  At this stage, once the design has been agreed or amended, we will be in a position to give you the exact cost of your bathroom.

We know that our comprehensive service is second to none and we offer our designs free of charge confident in the knowledge that we will not disappoint.

Why not visit Our stunning new bathroom showroom handily placed just 300 metres from Pimlico tube station.

Our opening hours are: 

  • Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday – 10am – 3pm – Free parking Saturdays.