Black bathroom features sculptural sink and magazine stand

This bathroom reads more like a sculpture gallery than a place to freshen up – moody surfaces and an off-the-wall vanity sink lead the design charge

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Kallan MacLeod
​​​​​​​For this bathroom by designer Celia Visser, the architecture, bathroom, floor, flooring, tiles, home, house, plumbing fixtures, black, Vanity
​​​​​​​For this bathroom by designer Celia Visser, the sculptural white vanity basin is matched with a black sculptural magazine holder. Most accessories and hardware are black, as are the large-format floor and wall tiles.

For many homeowners, artistic form should be celebrated at every given opportunity. So if you care deeply about design, why not bring the visual pleasure of playful lines and dramatic surfaces into your more private spaces?

This eye-catching, atmospheric bathroom is one of five bathing spaces that designer Celia Visser was engaged to create in the one home.

“Its main function is to act as a powder room for guests who visit the home, and to serve as a handy shower/changing room for the outdoor pool area. The owners’ brief was for a simple, yet dramatic space that fitted in well with the contemporary architecture of the residence.”


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​​​​​​​Used predominantly as a powder room and a changing room for the home’s pool, this bathroom places emphasis on visual impact over space-hogging functionality.

The centrepiece for the design of the modest-sized room is a beautiful, organic basin, chosen for its arresting shape, and enhanced by a large theatrical oversized mirror that not only reflects light, but also makes the room feel larger.

“One of the biggest challenges faced on this design was fitting all three main elements – the feature basin, shower and toilet – into what was an odd-shaped room with two entrances. Accordingly, the shower is positioned next to the door out to the pool, and the toilet next to the internal door to the main living areas.”

As this room was to be used as a through space, storage was not high on the list of requirements, but drama was. The designer and the owners felt that freestanding cabinetry would have detracted from the feature basin, and so was not required or appropriate here.

And for the same reason, the bathroom walls have been given a clean look, with touches like the heated towel rail recessed back into the wall of the toilet cubicle.

Contributing greatly to the room’s stand-out presence is its colour. The scheme is mainly in black, with the large floor and wall tiles, taps, toilet and accessories all in this moody tone.

Completing the design picture, a curvaceous porcelain freestanding sculpture provides space for an extra towel or for holding magazines, and is a perfect accompaniment to the fluid lines of the white statement vanity sink.

Feb 12, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Celia Visser, Celia Visser Design
Tapware and shower fittings
Waterware in Carbon Black
Toilet
Zero 550 Black by Catalano, from Plumbline
Wall and floor coverings
Loft tiles in Black, 600x 600mm
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)Bathrooms – Runner Up
Vanity sink
Falper Wing wall basin, from Plumbline
Shower stall
Glass from Image Centre
Accessories
Heirloom Studio Noir
Lighting
LED
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