Modern bathroom with Carrara marble plinth achieves spacious feel

A freestanding tub, floating bathing zone and side hamper seat together create a light, contemporary feel in this master ensuite

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Luxury surfaces, subtle layered lighting with dimmers and a floating shower and bath plinth come together to dramatic effect in this two-toned master ensuite by designer Darren Genner of Minosa.

Starting from a clean slate is the ideal for any project and such was the case with this ensuite by Darren Genner of Minosa.

"With one of the owners working in an award-winning design firm herself, our client had an astute eye for quality design and construction," says the designer.

Their requirements were for an edgy design, a restrained tonal palette with natural materials a feature, lots of storage and a sitting area plus plenty of natural light.

"And finally, as parents of five, they wanted a place to relax and rejuvenate."

Genner's approach to the space was to set the room out into three zones: the shower and bath area, the vanity space and a storage-cum-seating area at entry.

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This master ensuite bathrooms double sink vanity countertop is made from one piece of engineered stone. The design is by Darren Genner.

"The clients' wish for a monochromatic space drove the material selections. The large-format dark grey tile specified early on meant we needed to balance this with a natural element to help warm the space up. Carrara marble was chosen for this."

To give the ensuite a modern design edge, Genner created a strong statement with the bathing section introducing a raised platform for the bathing zone, clad in the richly grained marble.

"The platform was a way to deal with the change of material and we mitred the edges of the stone to accentuate this bringing a block-like feel to the base and rear wall," says the designer. "Building up the back wall allowed us to introduce handy recessed storage niches and to house accent and room lighting."

The raised form also accommodates the sensor-activated night-light beneath.

The vanity, on the opposite wall, was custom-designed for the project and has a long bench with integrated basins.

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Floating the laundry hamper-cum-seating area along with the shower and bath plinth and the cantilevered vanity all help increase the sense of space in this bathroom.

Above the vanity, the touch-to-open, bifold lift-up mirror-fronted doors provide easy access to the recessed wall cabinets.

The bathroom's lighting is measured and layered accent lighting runs through the niches and under the step and vanity unit, adding depth to the dark spots of the space and making the room feel larger.

Circular sky tubes set above the shower and to the side of the bath bring in more natural light and glimpses of the sky.

Credit list

Darren Genner, Minosa
Hamper countertop
Bianco Carrara marble
Antonio Lupi
Brodware from Minosa
Terra Maestricht from Metz Tiles
Shower glass
Viridian Glass
Underfloor heating
Round mirror from Corporate Culture, fluid-heated towel rail from Avenir
Vanity countertop
Engineered stone
Scooped by Minosa
Bath filler
Vola from DeDeCe
Wall and floor marble slabs
Bianco Carrara
Shower fittings
Vola shower rail; round wall-mounted Rain Shower; Vola Mixer from DeDeCe
Dulux Lexicon
LED Rope Light from Genico, Audrey Downlight from Special Lights
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Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Nicole England

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