Masculine ensuite offers a strong, natural aesthetic and a wealth of clever storage

Marble, wood and concrete floors combine to create this masculine bathroom which features hidden storage, a privacy wall and furniture-like vanities

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Strong and sculptural this luxury ensuite by designer Leon House combines crisp rectilinear forms with the soft lines of an elegant freestanding tub.

It can be tricky creating a modern, sculptural bathroom when the day-to-day necessities such as storage often take traditional, tell-tale forms. However, there is another way, as this opulent ensuite by designer Leon House reflects.

"Set on the top floor of a large four-level, river-front home, this moody ensuite achieves a strong, natural aesthetic in keeping with the emphasis on natural finishes seen throughout the residence," House says. "We partially walled in the bathroom which presents as an insertion within the expansive master bedroom, a configuration often seen in opulent hotel suites.

"Both the external and internal wall faces are in veined carrara marble, chosen for its rich, earthy feel. The low-upkeep bathroom floor is in concrete, with a dark, exposed aggregate."

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This ensuites chunky external walls are echoed in the proportions of the internal privacy wall.

While the ensuite delivers on functionality it's not weighed down by the look of traditional vanities. Here, the large central double vanity is finished in a dark Caesarstone and has the air of a piece of movable furniture, complete with legs. In one of many clever storage treatments in the room, the base of the vanity includes two drawers fronted in smoky mirrors, which reflect the room and so disguise the drawers' presence.

The centrepiece vanity is backdropped by a dramatic floor-to-ceiling privacy wall featuring double mirrors and fluted beechwood surfaces. An airconditioning unit is seamlessly integrated into the horizontal flutes at the top of the wall.

A nearby, almost room-height cupboard, also fronted with smokey mirrors, has internal shelves shaped for specific items. This itemised approach makes the storage feel luxurious and helps keep everything tidy even when the user is pressed for time. To complete the innovative storage options, there's even a laundry basket concealed within the privacy wall.

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Double shower-heads and a foot ledge feature in the shower area at the rear of this master bathroom.

The shower, bidet and toilet zone behind the wall is in a continuation of the carrara marble.

However, it's all the freestanding elements seen together the curvaceous tub and its floor-mounted filler, the almost industrial double vanity, and the privacy wall that lead the eye to see the space in terms of sculptural abstract forms rather than just a functional space.

"As well as the entry from the hall, there's an opening directly from the bedroom this was to be glazed but the owners loved the look of the bathroom so much that they left the areas open to each other," House says.

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Leon House
International Cabinets
Shower slide
Raindance Unica Rail
Bath pourer
Ram Yeva
Hansgrohe Metris
Black concrete from
Dimensions8 Lighting Specialists
Laurie Scanlan,
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Raindance Select E150 Shower Sets, Hansgrohe Raindance E360 Overhead Shower
Victoria & Albert ‘Barcelona’
Rectangle Drop from Loop and Friends collection by Villeroy & Boch
Hot water systems
Carrara marble
Arcisan Eneo

Story by: Charles Moxham

21 Jul, 2017

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