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Classic meets contemporary – this powder room is a bold conversation piece


Powder rooms, by virtue of their small size and guest-room status, provide an ideal opportunity to be a little adventurous with design. And for many designers that means introducing the wow factor.

Designers Darren Genner and Simona Castagna of Minosa took just such an approach for this powder room in a highly contemporary house. Castagna says the powder room is next to the wine cellar and home theatre, which features a dark-grey floor and near-black walls and ceiling.

"We wanted to create something similarly dramatic for the powder room, hence the feature wall of Bisazza glass mosaics in varying shades of black and grey," she says. "The grouting was colour mixed to match the individual tiles and provide a more seamless image."

Genner says the powder room's sense of drama is enhanced by the contrast between the classical profile and the contemporary fixtures and fittings. A sleek Ovale Gessi tap spouts water directly out of the face on the wall into a suspended Minosa Puddle basin, which is just 22mm deep.

"The oval shape of the tap complements the shape of the basin, reinforcing the classical contemporary feel," says Genner.


The lighting was designed to provide a soft, relaxing ambience for guests. Ceiling lights illuminate the walls, accentuating the face and basin, while two pendants heighten the drama and throw light onto a black shelf.

Genner says homeowners are increasingly looking for innovative design solutions for powder rooms, and often seek to replicate the extravagant bathrooms seen in expensive restaurants.

"For many years, a powder room was simply a toilet and a pedestal basin. Today, we are seeing a move towards darker, more dramatic environments, and a lot of mood and special-effects lighting, such as LEDs."

First published date: 11 May 2009

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Tiles Endimione Decoration by Bisazza
Tapware Gessi Ovale
Basin The Puddle Washbasin by Minosa
Lighting Minosa
Architect Andre Baroukh, Andre Baroukh & Associates
Bathroom designer Simona Castagna and Darren Genner, Minosa (Sydney)