Arts and Crafts-style bathrooms with mosaics, subway tiles and wheelchair access

These apartment bathrooms offer eclectic, hand-worked interiors with intricate tilework
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Mitchell Shenker
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This bathroom by architect and designer Ed Kaplan has a privacy wall on the vanity which aslo helps make the room look more spacious.

Inspiration for a bathroom design can come from all kinds of sources even furniture can be a starting point.

These bathrooms in a 1960s high-rise are a perfect example. The owners had downsized from a large Craftsman-style home and thought they would need to get rid of their furniture, as it wouldn't be in keeping with the new interiors, says architect and designer Edward Kaplan.

"I suggested an alternative approach to remodel all the interiors in an eclectic style that would integrate their much-loved furniture so it would work in the new modern setting."

In pursuit of this aesthetic, both these bathrooms feature intricate tile and millwork designs. The main bathroom (on these pages) also has a classic subway tile on the walls, with a contrasting inlaid band of small tiles. This runs around the wall and into the shower and soap niche, drawing the long, narrow room together.


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Craftsman-style tilework creates visual interest in this wheelchair-friendly master bathroom.

"To maintain privacy for the toilet and break up the space, we kept the blade wall between the vanity and shower area and designed a millwork cabinet at the entry to the bathroom.

"We also had to allow for wheelchair access, which is the reason for the floating vanities."

"We took the same approach in the guest bathroom but with different tiles. Here large vertical tiles on the lower half of the wall are capped with a band of smaller tiles with the same proportions, like a dado rail. The stick shape of these tiles also brings a light Asian influence to the design," says Kaplan.

Contrasting and complementing this look, tiny mosaics form the rear wall and floor of the shower. These are continued on the floor of the bathroom and the vanity backsplash. The smaller tiles naturally require a lot of grouting which offers a safe, slip-free surface underfoot.

The tiled guest bathroom has an artisanal feel. cabinetry, countertop, interior design, kitchen, room, brown, orange
The tiled guest bathroom has an artisanal feel. Millwork also gives the impression of hand-crafting.

Tiling above and below the vanity gives the impression of a continuous flow of mosaics all the way behind it.

"The millwork on the vanity wraps up across the ceiling, creating a self-contained unit. The hammered copper sink is another artisanal touch, and adds a note of luxury. With open space underneath, we chose a bottle trap drain as the most attractive option," Kaplan says.

Jul 13, 2014

Credit list

Architect and interior designer
Edward Kaplan AIA, Wendy Cheng and David Seltzer, Kaplan Architects
Countertops
Custom quartz
Cabinetry pulls
Mockett
Faucets
Dornbracht
Floor tiles
Ann Sacks Gateway in Walnut
Countertops
Custom quartz
Cabinetry pulls
Mockett
Faucets
Dornbracht
Lighting
Surface-mounted overhead light by Access Lighting; LED strip lights by Celestial Lighting
Builder
Scott and Warner Builders
Cabinetry
Zebrawood veneer
Sink
Wetstyle
Shower enclosure
Schicker, glass
Lighting
Puck lights by Intense Lighting; LED strip lights by Celestial Lighting; recessed light by Elite
Cabinets
Quarter-sawn white oak
Sink
Native Trails
Wall tiles
Ann Sacks Chisai mosaics in Chocolate; Ann Sacks Koi in Sharkskin
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