Plumbing pipes are generally covered up within our walls. These Cover Tiles, designed by the Dutch designers at Studio JSPR, cover surface-mounted plumbing while exposing the shapes of pipes beneath. The result is a sort of "ant farm" of pipes on your shower wall.
They even embed the shower head and thermostatic controls into specially designed tiles, like in the picture at right and below.
I'm sure this would be an expensive project as far as labor and cost of materials are concerned, but the outcome is certainly delightful! Available in black or white - but we prefer the white because it more clearly shows off the tiles' pipe-shaped contours. -regina