Once upon a time, a bathroom had no need to be much more than utilitarian by design. But in this age defined by what we appear to be, just how much have the bathrooms of Instagram \u2013 or more broadly, bathrooms of social media \u2013 affected the way we understand design and bathroom design?\r\n\r\nAll of a sudden, a bathroom\u2019s palette of colour and materials means just as much \u2013 if not more than \u2013 its storage solutions and primal functionality. Take these three bathrooms of Instagram by means of example;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNagatacho Apartment, Adam Nathaniel Furman\r\nDesigner Adam Nathaniel Furman has taken Instagram \u2013 aka the world \u2013 by storm with his vivacious use of colour, pattern, and materials. This bathroom for an apartment right in the heart of Tokyo\u2019s government central, Nagatacho, is certainly no exception. The epitome of a bathroom designed to become one of the most iconic bathrooms of Instagram, Adam Nathaniel Furman\u2019s bathroom for Nagatacho Apartment is a hyper-aestheticized celebration of the senses, and of every day domestic life.\r\n\r\nA palette of pastel colours, natural and artificial materials, and an open and interconnected layout with gathering at its heart, combine to create a voluptuous interior world of perfectly poised, gentle deviance.\r\n\r\nMaterials are celebrated for their sensuality, and their effect on the imagination, rather than their origins, so translucent plastic artificial marbles sit next to the highest quality hand-finished spruce, which is in turn next to the highest quality hand-made porcelain handles, which in turn are next to beautifully glossy nylon fixtures, hand-made carpet next to vinyl, and exquisite textured wallpaper next to semi-matte plastic wall finishes. The Nagatacho apartment is an experiment in the euphoric connoisseurship of colour, texture, material and form in the theatre of the quotidian, a space that elevates the client\u2019s daily rituals and communal activities into a space of continuously seductive aesthetic delectation.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKangaroo Valley Outhouse, Madelaine Blanchfield Architects\r\nIn stark contrast to Adam Nathaniel Furman\u2019s loud and proud bathroom design for Nagatacho Apartment, this bathroom design by Madelaine Blanchfield Architects is designed to disappear.\r\n\r\nThe Kangaroo Valley Outhouse is a bathroom in the bush which services a small cabin for overnight stays. The concept was to separate the bathroom from the cabin and mimic the experience of camping. The outhouse is situated low on a hillside about 30-metres from the accommodation and accessed via a pathway though dense landscape. It is a mirrored cube elevated above the existing ground and nestled in vegetation.\r\n\r\nThe outhouse structure completely disappears during the day. It reflects the lush landscape and only the subtle lines of the cube\u2019s edges are visually legible. When in the bathroom the walls are all glass and there is no impediment to the view of the surrounding landscape.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSurry Hills Penthouse, SJB\r\nWeaving a new precinct into one of Sydney\u2019s most historic inner-city suburbs, Surry Hills Village is a new mixed-use development offering a variety of apartment types, office, hotel and specialist retail alongside restoration of the existing heritage building on the site. At the heart of Surry Hills, the development aims to capture and celebrate the suburb\u2019s vibrancy and variety, referring to its local terrace house architecture, many and varied eateries and bars, colourful people and unique city fringe location nestled between Centennial Park and the CBD.\r\n\r\nThe penthouse apartments are conceived as private garden pavilions, planned to maximise outdoor connection, with expansive garden terraces, physical separation from adjoining apartments and district views in multiple directions over the Surry Hills rooflines.\r\n\r\nA design language that is simultaneously aspirational and bohemian is explored in the interiors \u2013 with the bathrooms being no design exception. Material directions draw from nature, referring to coastal greenery and the red earth. Figured green marble, soft grey granite flooring with brick detailing and softly muted timbers provide a cool, refreshing forest mood.