Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Wesley Law
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Black and white minimalist bathroom
Interior designers are often asked to create a contemporary interior, but invariably this is with a soft edge. For this bathroom renovation, however, there was no softening required – the owner wanted a slick, sharp, edited look.
Designer Shelly Handman says the new bathroom replaces a Japanese-styled room with a huge soaking tub that took up most of the space. The bathroom was also very enclosed and compartmentalized.
"The new owner wanted a much more open, flowing space, and it was important to bring light into the long, dark hallway leading to the bedroom," Handman says. "Consequently, the existing walls were replaced with very sleek Mondrian-style glass and steel partitions that pay homage to the subtle Deco styling that can be seen in the baseboards and mouldings.
"We played with different glass opacities within the space – the glass beside the hallway is sandblasted to allow plenty of diffuse light to pass through. To provide more privacy in the toilet room, these glass walls are laminated, while the shower walls are clear glass."
Sharp contrast is created between the powdercoated black steel and the crisp, white freestanding oval tub and the vanity cabinetry, which appears to float above the floor.
"To provide an airy look and the illusion of more space I didn't want anything reaching down to the ground," says Handman. "The vanity extends like a ribbon right through the glass wall and into the toilet room."
The designer says the owners' preference for Calacatta marble on the vanity top determined the gray tile color – the shade matches the veining in the marble. In the shower and toilet, the walls feature gray backpainted glass that makes a glossy contrast to the honed marble floor tiles.
First published date: 30 December 2013
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|Architect||Helen Lee, Tao + Lee Associates (St Louis, MO)|
|Interior designer||Handman Associates team (Chicago, IL)|
|Builder||Higginbotham Bros, Inc|
|Cabinet company||Classic Woodworking, Inc|
|Bathtub||Victoria & Albert|
|Tub filler||Kohler Purist|
|Vanity sinks||Lacava Luce|
|Vanity cabinetry||White lacquered|
|Vanity countertop||Polished Calacatta Gold marble from Stone Fabricators Inc|
|Faucets||Grohe Atrio in polished chrome|
|Shower fittings||Newport Brass East Linear in polished chrome|
|Plumbing fittings supplier||Crescent Plumbing Supply|
|Shower glass door||Troco Custom Fabricators|
|Mirror||Custom by Higginbotham Bros, Inc|
|Wall tiles||Ann Sacks Lucian glass tile in Smoke with standard glossy finish; Ergon Basic wall tile in Super Extra White Levigato Lucido Rettificato finish from Ergon Engineered Stone North American|
|Floor tiles||Honed marble|
|Accessories||Newport Brass East Linear hooks from Studio 41; Waterworks Resin soap dispenser; black tray from Barney's New York; silver vase from The Find; Horn make-up brush cup and Horn bowl for bath salt from Handman|
|Sconces||Artemide Acheo from Source of Light|
|Lamps||Nessen Lange from One Source|
|Side table||Arteriors Lawson from Creative Visions in Marketing|
|Window treatment||Faux wood shutters from Linda Fluchel Interiors|