The humble bathroom is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. Once a place to shower and shave, the modern bathroom is more like a home spa, a private sanctuary for relaxing and unwinding at the end of a busy and tiring day.

Bathroom fixtures, fittings and accessories are also changing. The antique look is out and contemporary design and technology are in, with three leading baths companies making a splash in 2015.

Italy’s iconic design company Gessi is seeing the transformation of bathrooms into high-style wellness spaces, with fixtures and fittings becoming art-like objects.

The company’s latest collections are at the cutting-edge of design, with Tremillimetri showerheads as sleek and sharp as a razor blade, and the Ovale, Mimi, Rettangolo and Via Manzoni lines offering a collection of modern faucets, sinks, showers and accessories.

Ocean Home’s Platinum List 2015 judges loved Gessi’s Goccia range of modern washbasins, bathtubs, mirrors, accessories and sanitary ware designed on the shape of a single water drop. Presented in crisp combinations of chrome and matte white, the collection is styled along gently flowing lines, offering a contemporary and highly tactile bathroom experience.

Another major bathroom company to win plaudits from our judges is ROHL, which scooped a prestigious Best of KBIS 2015 award at the annual Kitchen & Bath

Industry Show in Las Vegas in January. Luxury ocean liners of the 1920s and ’30s inspired its Michael Berman-designed Graceline faucet, which features a long, graceful arch complemented by sleek industrial details.

Our judges also commented on ROHL’s overall attention to design, functionality and durability, creating bathroom faucets and fixtures in styles from Edwardian to Tuscan to Modern, which will fit into any coastal home bathroom setting.

Tiles can make – or break – a bathroom, so it pays to choose carefully. In this hotly contested category, our judges awarded top honors to Ann Sacks for her outstanding collection of tiles, stone and mosaics.

Her visionary collaborations with other leading designers such as Barbara Barry, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Clodagh, Robert Kuo and Vicente Wolf create beautiful tiles in the latest forms and colors.

Image Credits: Photo courtesy of ROHL.