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2015/61/1 Freestanding bath, Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection, mixed materials, designed by Marc Newson and Caroma, Australia/United Kingdom, made in Italy, 2012-2014. Click to enlarge.

Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection freestanding bath

    Marc Newson and Caroma are two of Australia's best-known design names. The businesses collaborated to develop a collection of 22 bathroom pieces, including a toilet, tapware, showers, bath and a urinal. A rigorous design and engineering program solved many challenges. Newly patented installation technology allows the form to flow uninterrupted onto the mounting surface or wall. The collection received the 2014 Good Design Award of the Year.

    Caroma has a long history of innovation in design of …


    Object No.


    Object Statement

    Freestanding bath, Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection, mixed materials, designed by Marc Newson and Caroma, Australia/United Kingdom, made in Italy, 2012-2014

    Physical Description

    Freestanding bath, part of the Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection. Also a care and maintenance package (including a cloth) and a box labelled 'Pop-up Waste' and containing accessories. The bath came in a large retail box with wooden supports and a pallet.



    605 mm


    700 mm


    90 kg



    Designed by in-house design and engineering team at GWA Bathroom and Kitchens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in collaboration with Marc Newson Ltd, London, England, 2012-2014.

    Made in Italy, 2014.

    Marc Newson talks about the Caroma Collaboration here

    From the Caroma website:
    "Crafted from CRISTALPLANT(r) for a matte, stone-like finish and long, stylish life. Soft to the touch, non-porous, hygienic and restorable. Adjustable resin feet and an integrated pop-up waste with CRISTALPLANT(r)waste cap combines beauty with function. Made from Cristalplant a contemporary matt stone finish with stain and scratch resistance properties.
    - Easily repairable given its homogeneous composition.
    - Adjustable feet accommodates uneven surfaces and improves the ease of installation without comprising style.
    - Unique waste design closes flat for an even, smooth surface.
    - Extra bath depth allows for a more luxurious bath experience
    Shape :Oval
    Material: Solid Surface
    Overflow: No
    Capacity: 405
    Waste position: Centre
    Minimum Bath Size: 1700"

    Caroma (2015), 'Caroma Marc Newson 1700 Freestanding Bath', (accessed 2 June 2015)

    - is a technologically advanced and unique compound, made up of high percentage of mineral extenders from nature (ATH derived from bauxite) as well as a small one of high-pureness polyester and acrylic polymers; therefore, it is an inert, hypoallergenic and non-toxic material.
    - is a "solid surface 100% made in Italy" as it was designed, patented and produced at the R&D Centre of Nicos International's Italian headquarters located in Portobuffolè, in the Province of Treviso.
    - is 100% recyclable, practically fireproof (class 1), strongly UV-resistant, solid and non-porous, hygienic and healthy, resistant and agreeable to the touch for its velvety and natural stone-like finish.
    - is 100% restorable, i.e. it can bring back the original state and look by simply using an abrasive sponge and a detergent, thus removing even cigarette burning rings. These properties of durability and restorability make it an ecocompatible material."
    Cryistalplant (2015),, (accessed 2 June 2015)



    This object was displayed in the 2014 Good Design Awards exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from August 2014 - Sept 2015.

    The Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection received the 2014 Good Design Award of the Year. The judges commented: "This is a stunning example of an iconic brand taking design seriously and placing it at the core of their business strategy. The result is a beautifully resolved design language across the entire suite of proudcts in this range. The outcomes of this design project will extend the brand value of Caroma and reinforce theri commitment to orginial design and cutting edge innovation in what is a very competitive marke segment. This is world class design." Good Design Awards Yearbook, 2014.

    Marc Newson has previously designed a bathroom range for Ideal Standard, UK, in 2002.


    Credit Line

    Gift of GWA Bathrooms and Kitchens, 2015

    Acquisition Date

    19 October 2015

    Cite this Object


    Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection freestanding bath 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <>


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