Compact bathroom design

The bathroom is undergoing a rejuvenation process in tune with design trends world wide. Inspirations come from both the natural environment and the industrial arena: timber veneers, sandstone tiles and granite surfaces resonate with brushed aluminium, stainless steel, glass and chrome. Colours are neutral but not insipid. The palette embraces warm browns, cool greys, clay tones and quiet greens and blues. Chrome tapware and glass surfaces are used to sculptural effect, creating dynamic forms and lustrous highlights.
Utilising the under-stair alcove in an inner city renovation, architect Katie Molnar designed a compact bathroom for the restricted space. The bath is inserted directly under the stair, and the vanity is positioned behind. A Graphic Glass opaque wall allows light to flow through from the stair, while retaining privacy. As the building was too close to the boundary for windows, a skylight with timber battens filters light instead. The Carrara marble vanity features Vola taps and a Caroma Laser handbasin.
* WATER WORLD
Light blue and aqua marine Pazotti mosaic floor tiles give off a watery glow in this bathroom by architects Sam Crawford and Emill Fox. The effect is enhanced by natural light filtering onto the glossy white wall tiles and being reflected in the large mirror. The vanity features a 44 mm rotary cut hoop pine marine plywood veneer, with taps from Brodware’s Eko range. The glossy 200 mm x 280 mm ‘Rose White’ wall tiles are from Tilecraft.
* ESSENTIALLY JAPANESE
A mid Meiji era (circa 1890) kitchen storage chest in cypress and elm has been converted into a vanity in this Melbourne bathroom. On top of the antique a slumped glass basin design by Joseph Licciardi, available through Vetrosystems, is teamed with Fantini ‘Stilo’ tapware from Rogers Seller & Myhill and Taps Design. On the floor, walls, and lining the deep Japanese-style bath are limestone ‘Isernia’ tiles from Domus Ceramics. The bath spout is a Hobspa, from Classic Ceramics, and the pair of shower fittings are Grohe Relaxa Plus, from Rogers Seller & Myhill. The bathroom was designed by David Reade, of Id Entity, and Peter and Danielle Longmore, of Issho.
* HEALTH BENEFITS
The System Pool range of hydromassage baths and showers focus on the importance of well being and relaxation. The spa bath shown here features jets which create a therapeutic whirlpool effect, easing muscle tension and improving blood circulation. With its simple rectangular casing and rounded pond-like form, the unit is styled to suit most bathroom settings. Available from Earp Bros Tiles & Bathrooms.
* ROOM WITH A VIEW
Full length glazing captures the surrounding natural beauty in this bathroom, designed by Perth architect Stephen Hoffman. The Lestro round bench-mounted basin and Neo Hob swivel gooseneck outlet, with Neo single lever tapware, are from Rogers Seller & Myhill, available through Attitude Design Collective.
Extra big tiles are gaining a strong foothold in the world of bathroom design. The tiles shown here are a generous 666 mm x 363 mm. With few visible grouting lines, the effect is to make the room appear larger. To prevent the appearance of screen dots on the tile, special rotative printing technology has been used to increase the definition of the design. A layer of high gloss crystaline glaze has been added to the normal glaze to create a mirror finish. Inquires to Earp Bros Tiles & Bathrooms.

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