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A 1950s abstract painting has been reinterpreted by the architect in this bathroom interior
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view of the bathroom showing vanity, bath and a black and white tile pattern

Abstract painting, with its bold use of color and pattern, lends itself to reinterpretation by creative professionals working in different mediums. Perhaps the most famous example is the Mondrian-inspired shift dress by fashion designer Yves St Laurent in the 1960s.

Following in these footsteps, architect Ilana Kister created this bathroom interior in imitation of an abstract painting by American artist Ellsworth Kelly. Entitled Glass Roof Pattern, the artwork is an abstract depiction of light and shadow as it falls upon an architectural feature.


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view of the stainless steel fittings and fixtures that sit flush against the wall

Just as Kelly painted a series of black lines of varying thickness across a long narrow canvas, Kister arranged for tiles to be placed in an exact replication of his work. The 8-inch and 4-inch tiles are a mix of black and white, as well as gloss and matte finishes.

"I'm attracted to the bold graphic nature of Kelly's work. I like the subtle shift in black lines that are thick and clustered together at one end, and thin and spread apart at the other," says Kister.

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view of the bathroom showing both smoky grey and ordinary mirrors to enlarge the sense of space, stainless steel tapware and shower fittings

The dimensions of Kelly's painting loosely match those of the bathroom, which is just over 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. At the entrance there is a step up to the bathroom. This means the black and white tiled pattern on the floor runs underneath the door and down to the lower edge of the step.

The pattern of tiles contines right up the walls of the shower, which is enclosed by a glass door to allow the overall effect to be fully appreciated.

May 26, 2006

Credit list

Hot water system
Rheem
Lighting
Famco
Tiles
Classic Ceramics
Accessories
Reece
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