All that glitters

Period moldings, mosaic tiles and a 160-year-old chandelier set an opulent scene
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A wall-hung vanity is a contemporary feature that makes use of a traditional material and the ristretto wood veneer are also used in other areas of the home.

According to Coco Chanel, doyenne of French fashion for many years, luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury at all. In other words, it's the combination of both the form and functionality of a design.

This opulent-looking bathroom forms part of an Italianate villa redesigned by architect Nicholas Murray. Accessed from a central hallway in the front section of the house, it features many details that were painstakingly replicated from the original, heritage-protected structure.

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A glimpse from the hallway of this extensively remodelled Italian villa reveals a bathoom finished in an ornate and opulent style, with a freestanding bath as the centrepiece.

"The front four rooms, which include this bathroom, were little more than a shell when we began designing the renovations," says the architect. "It was restored in a manner consistent with the original, yet with fittings and fixtures that ensure comfort and luxury. The rear of the house and the upstairs areas are, however, completely contemporary."

Detailed crown moldings and baseboards, similar to those of the original structure, adorn the room. Suspended in the center is an obvious focal point a 160-year-old French chandelier, one of two sourced by the homeowners. For additional lighting, small recessed downlights were subtly placed in the corners of the room.

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A 160-year-old French chandelier highlights the tones of the green-gold Bisazza-tiled wall, which seperates bath from shower.

Underneath the chandelier, the room's ambient light is picked up and reflected by a freestanding wall covered with green-gold Bisazza mosaic tiles. The wall has a functional purpose as well as a decorative one, separating the deep bathtub from the shower. Large, square gray tiles cover the floor and the wall adjacent to the shower, providing a quiet background to the dazzling mosaics.

From the bathtub, the view is orientated through a shuttered window to the water feature that separates the traditional part of the home from the modern. The wall-hung vanity, which sits neatly above the baseboard and underneath the large mirror, features materials, such as Calacutta marble and a veneer of ristretto wood, that are used in other areas of the house. An extra wide counter-top wash basin complements the vanity's proportions.

Dec 02, 2007

Credit list

Ristretto veneer and marble top
Centroform by Kaldewai
Logic from Rogerseller
Chandelier by Byonner
Inside Edge
Zero from Rogerseller
Smoky gray floor tiles and Bisazza green-gold mosaic tiles
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