Michael Gottschalk, Creative Designer and Founder of BLU Bathworks
Canadian-born Michael Gottschalk has travelled the globe for almost 20 years
designing projects for his award-winning international design practice. Using his
education in architecture & landscape architecture combined with a great eye for design, he realized his vision by founding BLU Bathworks in 2006, offering high
quality, modern bathware at affordable prices.
BLU Bathworks was born out of frustration when Gottschalk found there was a lack
of European-inspired, modern bathroom fixtures & fittings at attainable prices for
his projects. He decided it was time to produce something that did not compromise
taste and style by offering attractively priced, architectural bathware balancing form
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 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. Understanding how an Italian sofa can
be translated into a bathtub. Or adding an embossed detail to the surface of
our blu•stoneTM products inspired by a Balinese woodcarving, the piece instantly
becomes spectacular,’ he explains.
A unique base material developed by Michael is Blu’s signature eco-friendly,
blu•stoneTM, 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 - including Gottschalk’s recently awarded black
embossed blu•stoneTM bathtub for Innovative Design.
With little production wastage, the material is anti-microbial, non-porous and lasts
a lifetime. ‘Being able to create these dramatic designs, with much less impact on
the environment than traditional bathware products is a great source of pride for
Blu Bathworks is the designers’ choice – designed by a designer and specified
Luxury Spa Hotel:
Abaca Boutique Resort, Mactan Island, Phillipines
Luxury Lodge & Resort:
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet, BC, Canada
The Keefer Suites, Vancouver, BC, Canada