Last year, the trend for glazed shower doors and panels featuring slim black metal frames exploded onto the interiors scene. Imitating the iconic look of the classic Crittall window, these black framed shower doors and screens create a linear, architectural look in the bathroom.
Crittall style doors and enclosures are set to be one of the biggest bathroom design trends of 2019 as attested by their popularity on Pinterest and Instagram.
Crittall windows are manufactured by the Essex-based company of the same name, which dates back to 1849 and they have been a trademark feature of many Art Deco and Modernist homes. More recently, we have seen their presence felt in the form of rear extensions, internal partitions and screens.
Now their influence is being felt in bathrooms lending an industrial aesthetic. Offering a fresh alternative to chrome-edged or frameless enclosures, the slim-profile black frames also tap into the current trend for all things utilitarian.
Luckily there is no shortage of options on the market if you’re looking to bring the Crittall window look into your bathroom in the form of shower doors, screens or enclosures.
1. Frontline Aquaglass Velar Black Crittall Corner Entry Enclosure
The statement black Crittall window-frame corner entry enclosure by Frontline is perfect for incorporating this luxury on-trend design into smaller bathrooms where the layout might prove to be a little awkward. The space-saving square design will fit into the corner of the room and can be used in wetrooms or with a shower tray.
2. Impey Soho Wetroom Panel
The designers of Impey’s Soho range were inspired to create a utilitarian and raw aesthetic that reflects the warehouses and industrial buildings found in Soho, Manhattan. The industrial simplicity of the matt black steel doors and framing create a highly-engineered aesthetic. From a practical point of the view the steel framing is only on the exterior of the glass, allowing for easier cleaning.
3. Shower Wall by Nichba
Nichba’s shower wall is a unique glass screen made as an interpretation of the classic industrial New York glass walls. The screen can be used alone or in pairs to create a striking walk-in wet room as seen here. The minimalist steel framed panels allow you to cleverly partition open areas without compromising on light or space.
4. Trellis by Majestic Showers
When the Warehouse Home design team created a show apartment for Urban Splash at their Brownsfield Mill development, they commissioned a bespoke shower screen from Majestic Showers. Based on the Trellis design from the Metalcraft range, the graphic, grid-like panel stands out as a true focal point in this room.
5. Black Grid Design Wetroom Panel from Roman
What really sets the Black Grid Design Wetroom Panel from Roman apart from similar products is the fact that the grid pattern is not a matt black frame, but rather the pattern has been printed directly onto the glass. The black etch colour is fired into the glass during the toughening process. This makes cleaning particularly easy. The panels can also be ceiling braced if necessary.
6. Harbour Status Walk-in Panels from Drench
If you’re looking for something a little different, Drench offer the Harbour Status Walk-in Panels with clear glass but it also comes with the option of blue glass, frosted glass, smoked glass or bronze glass. Shown here in a more contemporary bathroom setting, they would also work well in a more industrial environment.