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Arts and Crafts-style bathrooms with mosaics, subway tiles and wheelchair access

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These apartment bathrooms offer eclectic, hand-worked interiors with intricate tilework

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Inspiration for a bathroom design can come from all kinds of sources – even furniture can be a starting point.

These bathrooms in a 1960s high-rise are a perfect example. The owners had downsized from a large Craftsman-style home and thought they would need to get rid of their furniture, as it wouldn't be in keeping with the new interiors, says architect and designer Edward Kaplan.

"I suggested an alternative approach – to remodel all the interiors in an eclectic style that would integrate their much-loved furniture so it would work in the new modern setting."

In pursuit of this aesthetic, both these bathrooms feature intricate tile and millwork designs. The main bathroom (on these pages) also has a classic subway tile on the walls, with a contrasting inlaid band of small tiles. This runs around the wall and into the shower and soap niche, drawing the long, narrow room together.

"To maintain privacy for the toilet and break up the space, we kept the blade wall between the vanity and shower area and designed a millwork cabinet at the entry to the bathroom.


"We also had to allow for wheelchair access, which is the reason for the floating vanities."

"We took the same approach in the guest bathroom but with different tiles. Here large vertical tiles on the lower half of the wall are capped with a band of smaller tiles with the same proportions, like a dado rail. The stick shape of these tiles also brings a light Asian influence to the design," says Kaplan.

Contrasting and complementing this look, tiny mosaics form the rear wall and floor of the shower. These are continued on the floor of the bathroom and the vanity backsplash. The smaller tiles naturally require a lot of grouting which offers a safe, slip-free surface underfoot.

Tiling above and below the vanity gives the impression of a continuous flow of mosaics all the way behind it.

"The millwork on the vanity wraps up across the ceiling, creating a self-contained unit. The hammered copper sink is another artisanal touch, and adds a note of luxury. With open space underneath, we chose a bottle trap drain as the most attractive option," Kaplan says.

First published date: 13 July 2014

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Credit List

Architect and interior designer Edward Kaplan AIA, Wendy Cheng and David Seltzer, Kaplan Architects (San Francisco, CA)
Builder Scott and Warner Builders Main bathroom
Countertops Custom quartz
Cabinetry Zebrawood veneer
Cabinetry pulls Mockett
Sink Native Trails
Faucets Dornbracht
Shower enclosure Schicker, glass
Floor tiles Ann Sacks Gateway in Walnut
Wall tiles Ann Sacks Chisai mosaics in Chocolate; Ann Sacks Koi in Sharkskin
Natural; accent tiles Ann Sacks Savoy in Brick
Lighting Surface-mounted overhead light by Access Lighting; LED strip lights by Celestial Lighting
Cabinets Quarter-sawn white oak