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A stone vessel basin sits on a custom-designed stone vanity in this intimate powder room


Designers love to think outside the square when it comes to powder rooms. Because these spaces are small, there's an opportunity to be a little more adventurous in the choice of colors and materials.

This powder room is in an alpine-style house designed by architects Hamish Cameron of Archimedia and Preston Stevens of 2 Arc Studio. The house design was also influenced by the regional architectural vernacular, and features the extensive use of natural schist stone and Tasmanian oak.

The owners and interior designer Jane Low chose to extend the use of natural materials to the powder room, which features a custom stone vanity unit. A vessel basin carved from stone sits on a granite top supported by a stone column that conceals the plumbing. Modern, wall-mounted faucets add a sleek look.

The owners say the room originally had a small window, but the outlook was not particularly inspiring, so the window was removed and replaced with a decorative niche with a deep wood sill. To enhance the intimacy of the space, there are wall-mounted lights, and the walls feature a stone tile-patterned wallpaper.


First published date: 19 June 2013

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Credit List

Architect Hamish Cameron, Archimedia; Preston Stevens, 2 Arc Studio
Powder room interior designer Jane Low, Jane Low Design
Builder Gary Burnett, Trevor Ward, Mark Dickson
Wallcovering Swinson Wallcoverings
Vanity and basin Metrix