Indian culture is celebrated in an opulent bathroom with gold mosaics, gold accents and marble and wood finishes

While the overall result in this bathroom is both restrained and modern, there are elements of boldness and vibrancy seen throughout

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Cultural vitality, luxury and ergonomics all go together in this lustrous master ensuite

Balance is a key factor in designing a great bathroom but achieving this can be tricky when a strong cultural accent is part of the mix. Here, vibrant feature elements are balanced by cool marble wall tiles and the warmth of wood.

The owners’ brief to TIDA award-winning designer Davinia Sutton for this master ensuite in a contemporary architectural home was for a bold design that would sit centre stage in their master wing. It needed to offer a wow factor and pay homage to their Indian culture and background, in a modern context.

“As the ensuite was to integrate seamlessly into the modern architecture and the overall feel of the master wing – a private zone in which to linger and restore – it was imperative that the design was clean lined,” says Sutton. 

“At the same time the ensuite had to feature attractive fittings and fixtures and incorporate reference to a culture that celebrates boldness and colour.”

While the overall result is both restrained and modern, there are elements of boldness and vibrancy seen throughout.

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​​​​​​​This master ensuite by designer Davinia Sutton offers a decor with a difference. Marble floor and wall tiles provide the backdrop for more prominent finishes.

The practical layout includes a double walk-in shower space at one end of the footprint. This is fitted with a slide and rainshower head as well as body jets to provide a full shower experience. A separate toilet space is set between two walls, providing a degree of privacy for the user.

“To enhance the sense of spaciousness and create the wow factor the ownerswanted, we positioned the vanity at the entry into the bathroom, and designed it as a piece of furniture.

“The dark oak, engineered veneer finish sets the stage for the contrasting Crema Marfil polished marble top and the stunning blown-glass, hand-painted gold relief vanity bowls. This, in combination with the gold plated, contemporary wall-mounted tapware, makes strong reference to the owner’s Indian cultural ties, with an element of sophisticated bling.”

And the vanity is as practical as it is dramatic. The substantial piece offers plenty of storage, with further cabinet capacity behind the custom steel-framed mirrors above. The latter include handy concealed powerpoints together with the luxury of mirror-demisting heat pads.

The freestanding stone bath was selected for its simplicity and restrained form, and nestles theatrically within three walls.

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​​​​​​​All that glitters –  blown glass bowls hand-painted in gold create opulent features sitting proud on a Crema Marfil Marble vanity benchtop at the entry to this master ensuite. Gold-plated taps add to the luxurious material palette.

The bathroom’s main wall tiling is a 600mm x 600mm modular Crema Marfil polished marble tile for a simple, contemporary look. However, the large-format tile also celebrates by contrast the glittering Atlas Concorde Bronze Luxury mosaic tile seen behind the bath and repeated on the side walls of the shower stall.

“Together, the two wall surfaces provide a layered depth of form, enhancing the feeling of space. The tile selection also provides a strong cultural reference, albeit in a modern context.”

Lighting was carefully selected to enhance and accent the lustrous bathroom space. Careful consideration of placement creates an effect that enhances the textures and finishes in the room.

“While the design utilises all the available space, the mix of selected fittings and fixtures, materials and palette, ensures the desired sense of luxury,” says Sutton 

“The master ensuite’s serene feel belies its extensive functionality and reference to a strong cultural background.”

Credit list

Detail by Davinia Sutton
Natural Crema Marfil Marble
Bath pourer
Vola FS1-66, freestanding
Vola Dark Gold
Darling New 625mm wall hung Pan Suite Sensowash white; Tropea 3 Pneumatic dual flush, in-wall cistern
Heated towel rail
DCS Curvestone, black
Atlas Concorde Bronze Luxury mosaic; Crema Marfil Marble 600 x 600
Vanity cabinetry
Melamine Oak Noir carcass, doors in Charred Oak veneer, by Prime Panels
Apaiser Haven 1800, freestanding
Flare 400mm Crystal basin, White/Gold, by Glass Design
Shower tapware
Vola Thermostat 6400 3-way diverter; Vola 080D-66 Dark Gold rainhead, ceiling mounted,
Vola toilet roll holder, single robe hook and wall-mounted toilet brush holder
Bex Plaque Grille ventilator
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Anthony Turnham

28 Sep, 2019

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