6 vanities designed to play a starring role

It’s where you check your hair or makeup, wash your hands and store your bathing products – the vanity has a lot to do. These six vanity designs show good looks are also big part of that mix

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6 vanities designed to play a starring role

The vanity will be a major component of your new bathroom design – both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. 

So a well designed vanity will balance up these two aspects and be a pleasure to use.

We've put together a collection of vanities by award-winning designers to see what's possible – from contemporary to traditional.


The vanity in this ensuite runs the length of the room, optimising flow in the slender space and offering a wealth of storage. Architect Linda Simons of LSA Architects says she achieved an uncluttered look through the choice of a large format 3m x 1m porcelain tile. As the marble-look wall tiles are only 6mm thick and lightweight, Simons was able to continue the tiles on the vanity top and drawer fronts. 

Photography by Raphael Ruz

Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Bathroom – Winner

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The owner had wanted a traditional look with modern convenience for this bathroom, by designer Leonie von Sturmer, in a renovated bungalow. One traditional influence was the furniture-look vanity while the in-wall spouts and mixers provide a modern accent and ease of use. The under-mounted basins add to the clean look, but the porcelain bowls and granite top have classic roots. 

Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Part of a glamorous master ensuite by designer Kim Duffin, this minimalist vanity comprises a chunky Lamiwood shelf finished in 2-pac polyurethane with two sculptural benchtop sinks. The matt black sinks connect tonally with the feature Geo Charcoal hexagon wall tiles behind. Together, the dark tiles and elongated LED-lit niche add a sense of luxury to the pared back vanity and the wider bathroom. 

Photography by Steve Ryan

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Strong, semi-industrial and minimalist, this family bathroom boasts rugged features and finishes, in particular concrete-look, large-format porcelain tiles gracing the walls and floors. Designer James Collins created the dramatic bathroom, including the custom precast cantilevered concrete vanity unit with contrasting deep timber veneer drawers and bright, white display shelves. 

Photography by Matt Vandyke

Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Bathroom – Winner

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This bathroom, by Natalie Du Bois Design, was designed for the homeowners’ two young daughters. They wanted an elegant room, and the design of the vanity was a key part of this. Curvaceous hand-painted, turned legs and a grey metallic paint give the feature a romantic feel while the crystal cabinet knobs add sparkle. High-quality Perrin and Rowe chrome tapware completes the glamorous piece. 

Photography by Kallan Macleod

Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Bathroom – Highly Commended

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For this bathroom, designer and developer Cameron Ireland created a vanity in shining copper, an unlikely bathroom material as it could be affected by water. To create the bespoke vanity, the designer took thin sheets of copper and moulded them around the cabinet carcasses and drawer fronts. The surfaces were coated in several layers of protective lacquer to prevent the copper from oxidising and staining. Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Jun 19, 2018





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