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Black and white minimalist bathroom

The shower occupies the full width of the bathroom, countertop, floor, interior design, kitchen, sink, white, black
The shower occupies the full width of the bathroom at one end. This features backpainted glass walls. The gray veining in the Calacatta Gold vanity top is echoed by the color of the paint and tiles.

Interior designers are often asked to create a contemporary interior, but invariably this is with a soft edge. For this bathroom renovation, however, there was no softening required the owner wanted a slick, sharp, edited look.

Designer Shelly Handman says the new bathroom replaces a Japanese-styled room with a huge soaking tub that took up most of the space. The bathroom was also very enclosed and compartmentalized.

"The new owner wanted a much more open, flowing space, and it was important to bring light into the long, dark hallway leading to the bedroom," Handman says. "Consequently, the existing walls were replaced with very sleek Mondrian-style glass and steel partitions that pay homage to the subtle Deco styling that can be seen in the baseboards and mouldings.

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This remodeled master bathroom features sandblasted glass walls that bring light into a long, formerly dark hallway. The crisp, pared-back design presents a modern take on the Mondrian style, says designer Shelly Handman.

"We played with different glass opacities within the space the glass beside the hallway is sandblasted to allow plenty of diffuse light to pass through. To provide more privacy in the toilet room, these glass walls are laminated, while the shower walls are clear glass."

Sharp contrast is created between the powdercoated black steel and the crisp, white freestanding oval tub and the vanity cabinetry, which appears to float above the floor.

"To provide an airy look and the illusion of more space I didn't want anything reaching down to the ground," says Handman. "The vanity extends like a ribbon right through the glass wall and into the toilet room."

Plan for small bathroom by Helen Lee, Tao angle, area, black and white, design, diagram, drawing, floor plan, font, line, product, product design, structure, text, white
Plan for small bathroom by Helen Lee, Tao & Associates

The designer says the owners' preference for Calacatta marble on the vanity top determined the gray tile color the shade matches the veining in the marble. In the shower and toilet, the walls feature gray backpainted glass that makes a glossy contrast to the honed marble floor tiles.

Credit list

Helen Lee, Tao + Lee Associates (St Louis, MO)
Higginbotham Bros, Inc
Victoria & Albert
Vanity sinks
Lacava Luce
Vanity countertop
Polished Calacatta Gold marble from Stone Fabricators Inc
Shower fittings
Newport Brass East Linear in polished chrome
Shower glass door
Troco Custom Fabricators
Wall tiles
Ann Sacks Lucian glass tile in Smoke with standard glossy finish; Ergon Basic wall tile in Super Extra White Levigato Lucido Rettificato finish from Ergon Engineered Stone North American
Newport Brass East Linear hooks from Studio 41; Waterworks Resin soap dispenser; black tray from Barney’s New York; silver vase from The Find; Horn make-up brush cup and Horn bowl for bath salt from Handman
Nessen Lange from One Source
Window treatment
Faux wood shutters from Linda Fluchel Interiors
Interior designer
Handman Associates team (Chicago, IL)
Cabinet company
Classic Woodworking, Inc
Tub filler
Kohler Purist
Vanity cabinetry
White lacquered
Grohe Atrio in polished chrome
Plumbing fittings supplier
Crescent Plumbing Supply
Custom by Higginbotham Bros, Inc
Floor tiles
Honed marble
Artemide Acheo from
Side table
Arteriors Lawson from Creative Visions in Marketing

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Dec, 2013

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