The Fall of the Bathroom Wall

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Feeling a little exposed? I've been noticing this phenomenon in hotel rooms lately, and am curious as to whether it is a quick trend, or will be a lasting design development. Bathroom walls seem to be disappearing. Open showers and tub areas are cropping up in hotels, as well as newly-designed master suites.

Slate's The Eye takes a look at some of these new open-plan bathrooms in some of the world's most chic hotels. Writer Kristen Hohenadel asks an astute question in the accompanying article: "Is it an extension of the idea that bathrooms aren’t just functional necessities but spa-like focal points of our sanctuary-like homes? Or has the erosion of privacy in our public lives just made us all more comfortable being overexposed, even at home?"

We're curious to hear your thoughts! Would you be comfortable staying in a room that incorporated an open-plan bathroom? And if yes, would you ever incorporate the design into your home? Leave your thoughts below..

For the full article and more photos: Slate's The Eye.

(Image: Standard Hotel High Line, via The Eye)

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