I'm thinking this isn't actually "design-forward":
The joys of washing up in the same room where one sleeps used to be found only in urban garrets and budget hotel rooms, a solution born of limited real estate or means.
But in the last decade the open-plan bedroom/bathroom suite has become a signature feature in luxury hotels around the world. Knocking down bathroom walls completely, erecting glass-walled bathrooms (with or without modesty curtains or blinds) and installing peekaboo showers allows natural light to penetrate through the space, air to flow and guests to let it all hang out, suggesting design-forward spa-like sex appeal (and logistical awkwardness when sharing a room with people who were never meant to see you naked).
It gets even better:
Like many hotel trends, the open-plan bathroom layout has spread to the home. These new master bedroom/bathroom/lounge suites challenge the conventional notions that his and hers lavatories are the key to marital happiness and that preserving mystery helps keep a couple together.
Who are these people? Yes, it's swell to talk about the sexy intimacies of an open shower/bath arrangement in the bedroom, right up until one or the other has to shower at four in the freakin' AM to catch a six o'clock flight, or early meeting, or whatever. And I'm sorry, but I find it hard to believe that there are many American women out there who don't think that when it comes to bodily functions, door is more. For everybody.
Tell me I'm wrong.