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Bathroom with Japanese accent, porcelain tiles, Corian surfaces and soaking tub

Master suite with natural look by Leonie von Sturmer featuring a bathroom, meditation room and office

Tea cabinet seen from meditation room in Japanese architecture, ceiling, interior design, room, gray
Tea cabinet seen from meditation room in Japanese style master suite
Leonie Von Sturmer talks about achieving the tranquil aesthetic in this bathroom and meditation space.

The bathroom is often the only place in a home where peace and privacy are a given. Many suites are created to enhance this sense of escape and respite and none more so than this restful Japanese-influenced design.

Here, the owners bought the adjoining apartment and combined the two to create this luxury master suite. The brief to Leonie von Sturmer was to include a bedroom, ensuite bathroom, and office, along with a meditation room with a tea center and lounge area.

"The couple wanted the suite to have a serene mood and follow the seven aesthetic principles used in traditional Japanese garden design," says von Sturmer. "These include simplicity, asymmetry and understated beauty; together with a sense of nature, tranquility and freedom from habit. The spirit of these principles is carried through all spaces in this expansive, spa-like master suite."

Italian porcelain tiles resembling timber planks contribute to architecture, bathroom, floor, flooring, hardwood, interior design, laminate flooring, lighting, room, tile, wall, wood, wood flooring, wood stain, brown
Italian porcelain tiles resembling timber planks contribute to a natural aesthetic in this shower.

In keeping with a resort-style sensibility, the bathroom includes a Japanese soaking tub and a luxurious steam shower. Von Sturmer set the tub in a raised plinth to accommodate the depth required. The plinth was necessary because the apartment tower is built entirely of concrete, which meant there was no space available under the floor to utilize.

The plinth, steps and shower cubicle are all in porcelain tile with a wood-inspired pattern, combining a natural aesthetic with a practical water-resistant surface. And while the bathroom follows age-old design concepts, it also achieves a modern air, evoked in its clean lines, off-center marble basins, sculptural tapware and curved stair handrail. The bathroom walls are finished in a hand-applied, textured plaster which has been highly polished. This creates a damp-resistant, almost luminous surface.

The bathroom is on one side of the suite, connecting through to the master bedroom with the meditation room, office and sitting room beyond. Sliding shoji screens were integral to the design, partitioning the areas to avoid a direct sightline from the bedroom to the office or meditation room.

At the request of the owners, this space architecture, bathroom, ceiling, countertop, floor, interior design, kitchen, room, sink, orange
At the request of the owners, this space adheres to traditional Japanese principles of good design. The soaking tub is set within a raised plinth to accommodate its depth. White Corian vanity tops with natural stone basins add a touch of luxury.

"The black-lacquered tea area, at one end of the meditation room, has a Bisazza mosaic splashback depicting cranes in flight before the rising sun," says von Sturmer. "The Northern Star is set to the north within the tile square, which is inlaid in the pale wood floor."

Genuine tatami mats were imported for the meditation and tea room, and have been laid in a pattern said to bring good fortune. To enhance contemplation, a poem has been etched into the plaster wall above the black lacquer and marble prayer table.

Credit list

Designer
Leonie von Sturmer, Von Sturmers (Ponsonby, Auckland)
Countertops
Glacier White Corian
Flooring
Main balsalt
Wall treatments
Plaster by Ambitec; Etic Ebano tiles from Heritage Tiles
Shower fittings
Dornbracht Imo shower set and Nikles XL Quadro rainshower
Basins
Santiago round countertop in Nordic Grey from Robertson
Cabinet
Lacquer and Bestwood Wilderness Tasman Elm
Backsplash
Bisazza mosaic tile
Shower stall
Etic Rovere Italian porcelain tile from Heritage Tiles
Faucets
Dornbracht MEM from Metrix
Tub
Kaldewei Kusatsu
Awards
NKBA Trends Innovative Bathroom Award; Creative Excellence Award

Story by: Trendsideas

12 Jan, 2015

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