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A clean, minimal design as a base, luxurious interior design decorations and objects that become sculptures on top.Designers Stephen Sills and James Huniford have created a space with 2 valencies: the comfort of a living room space and the facilities and calm atmosphere of a spa.The center piece of the space is a Japanese-style inspired polished-concrete tub from where you can admire the entire Manhattan skyline throughout floor-to- ceiling windows. Originally designed as a bedroom, the space is now equipped with a high-tech sound system and a fireplace in a separate siting area.The furnishing is,of course, minimal but exquisite:an Eero Saarinen table and a 1960s Lucite chair.
“This is one of the grandest baths we’ve ever done.”
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Based on the principle of natural lighting is the next master bath designed by architect Mark P. Finlay in a Southport, Connecticut, residence.The main attraction:a large glass-enclosed shower in a rectangular shape placed away from the wall so that you can see outside but no one can see you in. This centrepiece had to be put on the spotlight so all the other surrounding pieces and materials used were so chosen to maximize it:custom Urban Archaeology honed-Calacatta bench,marble floor,Waterworks shower heads and polished-nickel controls.The location of the bathroom itself is interesting, with a view of the own yard and Long Island Sound beyond it. “This room is a world of its own,” he says.
Photo: Durston Saylor/Courtesy Mark P. Finlay Architects
“The bath is as important as the living room,” designer Thomas Allardyce states. “We probably spend more time there than anywhere else in the house. It’s where couples talk—or argue—in the morning and evening. It must have a sense of comfort and luxury.”
He and Illya Hendrix,his partner chose to create for themselves in Kauai, Hawaii a space that could benefit from the surrounding sights and from the architecture style of their “Asian tropical” residence built out of old-growth redwood. The colour pallet used for the finishing touches were chosen to harmonize with the deep rich colour of the wood. An original kola-wood vanity was kept and artefacts from their journeys were added as finishing , personal touches. The vintage Kohler teak tub is also a mirror image of their personal tastes. Though small, it matches Allardyce’s desire: “You want to be able to get in and have the water up to your chin.”
Photo: Mary E. Nichols
Placing many objects into a small space and still keeping a fresh, airy atmosphere is definitely a challenge.And one architect Marc Appleton was commissioned to approach by designing the master bath at Shakespeare Ranch on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada shore.
“I enjoy having to get the most out of a small space,” he says. And he definitely did that: he managed to fit in two showers, two vanities, two enclosed toilets and a tub. But he had an advantage: the house was located on water and o no privacy problem ever appeared.Therefore, he decided to place the tub outside and clear some extra room for an arm chair.
“I like baths to be accommodating enough to have furniture so they take on the atmosphere of a real room,” says Appleton. Your sight is being turned to the incredible bay view, the lake and the tub by all of the furniture arrangements. “A well-designed bath can be modest in size and still be more successful than a larger one,” Appleton says.
Photo: Mary E. Nichols
Inspiration from the spa is what made designer Charles Allem create such an interesting space.“It should be a place where you can relax and make yourself feel gorgeous.” The bath, created for writer-producer Steven Bochco and his wife, Dayna, on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii, represents the bathroom space as a sanctuary, a place of relaxation and meditation, secluded from your daily busy life.
The space is set in a 2,500-square-foot master suite pavilion which also houses a massage room and kitchen.The ambiance is created by a porcelain Kohler tub with a rich,dark mahogany case,mahogany floors, woven-linen wall coverings and bamboo shades.The feeling of relaxation is amplified by the connection with the green outside court throughout glass doors that transform the space. “Luxury is my word for baths,” Allem says, and to obtain that, he suggests using luxurious materials—but in moderation. “All of us have frantic lifestyles,” he explains. “For the bath, you want that feeling of retreat.”
Photo: Mary E. Nichols
A master bath inspired by a vernacular , traditional atmosphere of a barn in winch it is placed, with a touch of modernism.
“I wanted to have the barn shape and that loft like ceiling be the dominant feeling,” he explains.Therefore, the logical thing to do was to lower the walls “so you can read and appreciate the architecture from wherever you are.” The character of the space is a rustic one, reflected into the white-oak floors,cedar door and natural stone(bluestone tub surround).Other glossy accents were added, along with art pieces: porcelain Kohler tub and sink, a tempered-glass shower partition and custom Formica cabinets,a Yasuhisa Kohyama ceramic piece and photographs of the resident.
“I like the contrast between polished metal and rough natural surfaces,” he says. “You’re sharing it with the person you’re intimate with—that’s why I like to keep it open to the bedroom and dressing area. But it’s also a very private place.”
Photo: Scott Frances