Luxurious surfaces and a gallery like aesthetic are star features in this relocated bathroom

Harmonising classic elements go hand in hand with more contemporary elements in this glamorous ensuite in a traditional home

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​​​​​​​Looking more like an art gallery than a bathroom, the wet zone’s generous size allowed for a free-standing tub, a large shower and even a contemporary designer urn on a stone plinth – with plenty of space in between. Contrasting the broad use of classic stone, the fittings in the bathroom are black and decidedly modern. A tall louvred window allows for views out and sunlight in – brightening what had been a dark corner of the home before the bathroom was relocated here.

Achieving refinement in a bathroom design isn’t about celebrating one fine finish, but rather about introducing a thoughtful balance of many.

This generous monochrome master ensuite by Archer Design is designed to be in keeping with the architecture firm’s wider renovation of a large, traditionally styled family home.

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​​​​​​​Traditional urn, modern black tapware – this is a microcosm of the wider classic-meets-contemporary theme in this bathroom by Archer Design.

Principal Richard Archer says the elegant white wainscoting together with classic chair rails and framing are all in tune with the home’s original interior aesthetic.

“These classic elements are blended with dark-toned, modern timber veneer cabinetry, and expansive slabs of smooth Calacatta marble, together with feature panels of Carrara mosaic tile,” says Archer. 

“The flooring is a soft-toned travertine marble which is in turn balanced with gleaming white rectified porcelain wall tiles.”

Furthering the dovetailing between classic and 21st century elements, the architect also contrasted bold, modern Tom Dixon accessories with a traditional Delft lidded urn on the vanity.

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​​​​​​​This long bathroom combines classic surfaces such as marble and mosaic tile with modern elements, like the clean-lined vanity and countertop basins.

In a bathroom where the luxurious surfaces speak for themselves, the function-rich side of the design is downplayed visually. For example, plenty of storage is provided with large mirror-fronted cabinetry over the vanity and below counter drawers that recede from sight within the dark wood veneer. Everything one needs is close to hand but carefully concealed, in order to maintain the calm clean lines of the architecture.

Similarly discreet, a wet zone housing the freestanding tub and spacious, open shower is separated from the toilet by a glass wall.

“The wet zone’s generous size allowed for plenty of space to feature a matte silver Tom Dixon Bash Vessel atop a stone plinth,” says Archer. “This forms an elegant, modern focal point for the entire bathroom.”

Credit list

Architect and interior designer
Richard Archer and Domenic Ciccio, Archer Design
Timber veneer, JMC Builders
Black & White Decina Kolora, from Reece
Matte Black Mizu Soothe, from Reece
Bocci Matte Black Paco toilet, from ACS Bathrooms; Sigma 50 Akril Jet Black, from Geberit
Shima Chiaro Stone tiles, from Skheme
White gloss rectified tiles, from Skheme
Underfloor heating
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
JMC Builders/Developers
Vanity benchtop
Statuario Venato, from Granite and Marble Works
Roca Diverter 750
Shower fittings
Mizu Bloc 200mm Overhead Shower and Milli Axon Hi Rise Shower, both from Reece
Black Heated Towel Rail Kado Bar 630; Stormtech tile insert floor waste
Wall coverings
Statuario Venato, from Granite and Marble Works; BiancoCarrara Hex Stone, from Classic Tiles; Sable Oak Laminate Timber Veneer, from New Age Veneer
K72 IP55 downlight, from Modular Lighting
Hot water system

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Luc Redmond

08 Sep, 2019

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