While there are only a very few good reproductions of post-war bathroom fixtures (the only ones I can think of are $$$ Waterworks and Lefroy Brooks, and a few pieces from Sign of the Crab), there are a goodly number of bathrooms suites for pre-war homes. What I really like about this Duravit “1930″ series is that it comes complete with the tub (albeit built-in, not freestanding) as well either wall-hung (!) or freestanding toilets, a pedestal sink in three sizes, a countertop sink and even a corner sink. Ms. Matchy Matchy likes having all these choices. Well, if she were ever to renovate a 1930s bathroom, that is. I would like that, actually. I would use pistachio green or maybe pink subways tiles (if they exist) with a fabulous liner tile and black bullnose, it would be so much fun.
Regarding this 1930 series, Duravit says that the octagon motif is a reference to the Bauhaus period and its “affinity for mathematics”:
Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus school aimed to create unity among the arts, sciences, knowledge of materials and technology. Its impact on architecture and art is still felt today. The Bauhaus affinity for architecture and mathematics is embodied in the octagonal footprint of the sanitary ceramics. The interesting aspect of the octagon comes to light in a variety of lengths and widths. It determines the design of the washbasin, toilet, bidet and accessories. In addition to the washbasin in widths 23 5/8”, 27 9/16” and 31 ½” with matching pedestals, there is also a built-in washbasin with a width of 22 7/8” for installation in practical surrounds. As an alternative to the 19 11/16”-wide handrinse basin, a corner handrinse basin is also offered as a solution for small spaces. A bidet and toilet are available in freestanding and wall-mounted versions featuring the collection’s signature octagonal body and lid. Even the ceramic shelf is octagonal and the fastening of the towel holder has eight corners. This attention to detail is continued through to the very last detail of the 1930 Series making the “octagon” a real bathroom classic.
Note: There also are 1930s accessories — towel bars and the like. Honestly, I am not crazy about them. I think they look unwieldy. I’d go with something chrome instead, or a simpler porcelain shape.