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Industrial-modern with a touch of quirkiness in these three bathrooms


Take three bathrooms in a contemporary loft and create a sleek, modern look that maintains a sense of warmth and intimacy. This was the challenge this project presented to interior designer Jolie Korek.

Using different tiles, stone and metal with textured walls in a range of colors, Korek set out to give each bathroom its own distinctive look. Each bathroom was also intended to make subtle reference to the industrial origins of the home, she says.

A small bathroom, located to the right of the apartment's entry foyer provides a dramatic place for guests to freshen up.

The focal point of the space is a pedestal basin comprising a round metallic bowl on top of a chunky concrete pillar.

"I wanted to create the appearance of a floating basin. Positioned in the middle of the room, it takes on almost a shrine effect," says Korek.


Simple, minimalist-style taps and stainless steel accessories keep the focus on the pedestal basin. Above, light fixtures made of stainless steel and paper flank a concrete-framed mirror. The limestone flooring, studded with stainless steel inserts, is a continuation of the foyer floor.

"The concrete and metal teamed with the limestone floors gives the bathroom a Zen-like feel," says the designer.

This earthy connection is accentuated by walls painted a shade of burnt sienna. Faux painting specialist Douglas Rozevink worked closely with Korek to create the warm colour and plaster-like texture. A wooden ladder for magazine storage and large pine doors add to the room's whimsical-meets-industrial look, says Korek.

For the master bathroom, pictured overleaf, Korek used marble floor tiles with glass and stainless steel square inserts. The crisp white tiles feature very little veining, something Korek says was important to the overall look.

"I wanted to keep everything very calm and serene, yet still maintain a level of visual stimulation. The subtle use of grey blends well with the white, while the colour inserts define the floor without making it look too busy."

The walls up to the dado line are also tiled in marble. At half the size of the floor tiles, they provide a balanced contrast in terms of shape and proportion. A border of cobalt-blue tiles provides a hint of colour without overwhelming the space, says Korek.

Featuring slim metal legs, the vanity's exposed plumbing helps maintain a sense of space. Tucked underneath is a tiled box with the owner's monogram in glass and metal tiles. This box, a medicine cabinet concealed behind timber-framed frosted glass and niche shelving provide ample storage. A spacious bath surround means the owner has plenty of room for items that encourage rest and relaxation, such as candles and a small television.

The shower stall, with its mixed tile work, ledge seat and compact shelving encapsulates all of the key design elements found throughout the bathroom, says Korek.

The designer describes the guest bathroom on the mezzanine level of the home as "a full splash of colour."

"This bathroom is electrifying blue. I've used faux painted walls in a warm lavender with blue marble floor tiles that have also been used to highlight the skirting board.

"I also chose to line the shower stall with small blue glass tiles. Their texture and colour gives them a depth that makes you feel as if you're in the ocean," says Korek.

A stainless steel wash basin with exposed plumbing is one of the guest bathroom's many reflective surfaces.

First published date: 28 February 2012

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Credit List

Interior designer Jolie Korek, ASID, Interiors Co (New York)
Builder Phillip Broadman
Wallcoverings Hand-painted finishings by Doug Rozevink
Bath Master bathroom; Jacuzzi from Bath and Bagno
Vanity cabinetry Master bathroom, metal, stainless steel and statuary stone, custom designed by Jolie Korek and Monique Longhe of Belle Pietra; mezzanine bathroom, Raeburn medicine cabinet
Basins Master bathroom, Kohler from Bath and Bagno; mezzanine bathroom, Kroin metal sink; foyer bathroom, concrete basin, custom designed by Jolie Korek and fabricated by Phillip Broadman
Taps Master and mezzanine bathrooms, Tara series by Dornbracht; foyer bathroom, Kroin
Shower fittings Master bathroom, Mr Steam, Dornbracht; mezzanine bathroom, Dornbracht
Flooring Master bathroom, statuary mosaic by Bella Pietra, statuary tiles with metal inserts from Ann Sacks; mezzanine bathroom, blue celeste marble in a brick pattern; foyer bathroom, Claire limestone with metal inserts from Ann Sacks
Toilets Duravit from Bath and Bagno
Lighting Andrew Gary
Accessories Magazine rack and princess door custom made by John Carlucci of JC Design