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Customised detailing, aged brass inclusions and concealed features take this powder room to the next level – but first guests have to find it

Designed by Leonie Hamill, Cube Dentro

From the designer:

The owners of this new build in Auckland invited us to provide the design for their guest powder room.

This was a complex brief because of its location near the front entrance of the home and, understandably, the homeowners did not want a utilitarian room to be visible upon arrival. The idea of distracting the eye from their extraordinary home was not appealing.

Our owners requested a discreet design solution, without compromising on elegance. They also wanted the powder room to express their preference for a monochrome aesthetic.

Otherwise, the way was open to create something memorable, striking and practical, too.


Our design has embraced a fully integrated room, that when enclosed becomes part of the modern vernacular of the home.

Unbeknown to guests, a dynamic powder room sits behind a beautiful timber clad entrance.

Underpinning this project was a commitment to an efficient layout.

A confined room requires innovative thinking around how to create the illusion of space and maximise heavily used areas such as the shower.

The opening feature to this remarkable room is a concealed, handcrafted cavity sliding door.

On the exterior it is clad in American Oak with a customised stain to perfectly match the surrounding interior timber panelling.

On the inside, the door has been tiled to mimic the walls and floor and create a seamless aesthetic when closed.

A strong design hallmark in the room is a feature wall which doubles as a concrete tilt panel (on the exterior) and a soft polished concrete wall inside.

An aged-brass chain hanging curtain creates a division between the shower and toilet area but also looks incredible in its execution.

The use of oversized ceramic floor tiles extends to the ceiling and creates the ambience of a luxe hotel.

Visually, they also help to blur the distinction between the floor and walls – adding to the sense of space.

A custom-made vanity unit in American oak veneer has a generous vessel basin positioned in the sunken countertop.

Sufficient storage keeps bathroom items hidden from sight while discreet aged-brass tapware in a playful shape adds further personality without overshadowing the room.

The floor mounted, matt black toilet makes for a bold statement and holds contrast between the lighter tile work.

A bespoke, custom wall light and mirror with a built-in demister pad completes the picture of a functional and easy to clean room.

Customised detailing, aged brass inclusions and concealed features take the overall wow-factor of this powder room to a perfect 10/10. Our homeowners couldn’t be more thrilled with their hidden treasure.

Credit list

Vanity top
Dekton, Sirus, by Cosentino
Shower fittings
Chap Shower Taps, Aged Brass, from Plumbline
Accessories
Buddy, from Plumbline
Drapes
Custom brass chain
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
Vanity cabinetry
Prime Panels, American white oak, custom colour
Taps
Chap Wall Mount Mixer in Aged Brass, from Plumbline
Toilet
Sfera, Black With Slim Pneu cistern, from Plumbline
Floor and wall tiles
Blanc Invisible 90, from Tile Space
Lighting
Custom

Designed by: Cube Dentro

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Bathrooms

Photography by: Kallan MacLeod

28 Feb, 2022

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