BE WELL: New Spa and Bath Culture and the Art of Being Well by Die Gestalten Verlag

Be Well

New Spa and Bath Culture and the Art of Being Well

Be Well

A showcase of 21st century wellness, from the protagonists linking ancient treatments with contemporary innovations to the spaces in which they practice.

Life’s greatest pleasures

Be Well delves into one of life’s greatest pleasures; a day spent rejuvenating the body and nourishing the spirit. Humans have practiced self-care for centuries—in the sweat lodges of the American Southwest, Roman baths, the hammams of the Ottoman Empire, Japanese onsens, and Finnish saunas.


Today, a new interest in self-care is redefining how we accomplish wellness, and there have never been more options. In our increasingly switched-on lives, a growing industry of highly choreographed experiences is geared to help us switch off.

Be Well is a journey around the world’s most extraordinary spaces for achieving this, looking at the innovative practices they offer and how to carry them into everyday life.

Available in German and English. 

Editors: gestalten & Kari Molvar
Release date: March 2020
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 256 pages, full color, hardcover, stitch bound
ISBN: 978-3-89955-995-8

Be Well

Kari Molvar is a writer and editor focusing on wellness as seen through the lens of design, culture, and style. She is an online contributor to T: The New York Times Style Magazine and the founder of Rutine Matters. Her work appears in Vogue and The Wall Street Journal, among other titles.

Be Well