From sinks to showers, technological innovations, luxe materials and plenty of space are seamlessly blending form and function.
Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel
As the name suggests, 21c Museum Hotels mixes boutique accommodations with stupendous collections of contemporary art under one roof. Its 156-room Cincinnati property married designs by starchitect Deborah Berke with local craftsmanship: It commissioned Rookwood Pottery, the city’s heritage ceramic producer whose roots date back to 1880, to manufacture Berke’s whimsical bathroom tiles that mimic ears, lips, breasts and other body parts. The result is an elegantly simple bathroom with bright white interiors that, upon closer inspection, surprises with cheeky twists. Rooms start at $300; 609 Walnut St.; 513-578-6600; 21cmuseumhotels.com/Cincinnati.