188 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6A9 Canada
Canadian-born Michael Gottschalk travelled the globe for over 20 years designing projects for his award-winning international design practice. His background in architecture and landscape architecture, combined with a great eye for design, inevitably led to Gottschalk founding Blu Bathworks in 2006.
Largely born out of frustration attributable to the difficulty in sourcing European-styled, compliant modern bathroom fixtures & fittings at attainable prices for his projects, Gottschalk decided it was time to produce something that did not compromise taste and style by offering attractively priced, architectural bathware balancing form and function.
Part of his vision for the brand's growth has been achieved with the opening of an interactive studio space in the heart of Vancouver's design community, to showcase the design process of Blu Bathworks' products. "The dynamic curated space gives us the opportunity to engage with the architecture and design community, as well as consumers becoming part of the process to evolve our products; like a center for design intelligence", explains Michael Gottschalk.
Collaborating with established designers and manufacturers in Europe has allowed innovative Blu concepts to very quickly reach a high level in both aesthetics and design structure. Influenced by shapes, textures and materials from around the world, Gottschalk is able to marry these unique concepts with a practical design style that works for the end user. "I tend to file and compile things I see in my head - like a mental melting pot of ideas".
A unique base material developed by Michael is Blu's signature eco-friendly blu∙stone™, discovered and refined from Japanese injection molded materials. Durable like stone, any texture or color can be conceived and molded to make stunning forms and shapes, resulting in design innovation awards for several pieces, including asymmetrical halo blu∙stone™ bathtub.
Blu Bathworks is the designers' choice - designed by a designer and specified worldwide - from the award-winning residences & luxury resorts comprising Abaca Boutique Resort on Mactan Island in the Philippines to the intimate Keefer Suites in Vancouver.
An expert spokesperson on global residential and commercial design trends, you can arrange an interview with Michael Gottschalk by emailing Blu Bathworks.