Nature and natural light flood this bathroom makeover

This bathroom transformation includes a reworked glass atrium, the rich look of exotic stone and strong, pared back sculptural elements

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Toby Scott
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​​​​​​​A blade wall provides privacy for the shower zone and supports the cantilevered vanities in this bathroom by Darren James Interiors. Large-format porcelain sheet creates the look of exotic stone.

Bathroom design often pursues a feeling of serenity, but the job is made easier when the space already shares a strong connection with nature. Such was the case with this transformed master ensuite by designer Darren James.

“Most of the existing ensuite was completely reconfigured and reconstructed. However, the angular ceiling plane and glass atrium were both retained as stand out design features in the space,” says James.

“We did alter the atrium slightly – changing from a six-panel gridded glass fenestration to a seamless column of three glass pieces with a dark powder-coated frame work and a new set of louvres, to increase the airflow into the space."

“The ensuite is on a corner of the home, so capturing the 90° views onto the land from the atrium created focus and direction for the room.” 

The original bathroom had included heavy, built-in elements, and the owners wanted to replace that look with a lighter, more seamless flow and aesthetic.

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​​​​​​​Reworked atrium windows add to the immediate connection to nature in this transformed master ensuite by Darren James Interiors.

Catering for two, the ensuite’s long open walk in shower has two showerheads, while on the other side of the blade wall, the cantilevered vanity has double his and hers basins.

Natural materials feature strongly in a room that is already so connected with the verdant world just beyond the windows. 

The leading surface is large-format porcelain sheeting with the look of veined marble. This exotic surface is complemented by wood accents and fixtures in an Aged Iron finish. 

These materials also connect back to other finishes in the home. For example, the custom-designed dressing table is in solid walnut, adding warmth to the design and referencing the bedroom’s timber joinery.

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​​​​​​​Graphite and Aged Iron finishes on accessories and furniture add a semi-industrial touch to this bathroom and connect visually with the dark-toned wood and stone-look sheet walls and floors.

In a pared back bathroom design, achieving sufficient storage is often tricky. Here, Darren James gained adequate storage by recessing the mirror cabinets back into the dense blade wall, avoiding the need for drawers below the vanity.

Another request from the homeowners was to have privacy for the bathroom toilet without it being actually built behind any walls.

“To achieve this, we designed a custom metal frame, powder-coated matt black, with a frosted grey laminated glass in keeping with the black highlights throughout the home.”

This discreetly screened the toilet cubicle from the rest of the space, while allowing the occupant filtered views of the atrium windows.

May 30, 2019

Credit list

Darren James, Darren James Interiors
Vanity countertop
Solid Corian in Glacier White
Eccentric wall outlet and mixer in Graphite, from Rogerseller
Delight design, in Corian, by Du Pont Design, from CASF
Shower fittings
City Plus hand shower slider set with Duo Shower rail, in Aged Iron, by Brodware
Wall tiles
Tajin Gris porcelain Tile, honed finish; Naturali Marmi Laminam and Bianco Lasa Bocciardato porcelain Tile, all from Ace Stone and Tile
Tastic Neo Vent Module, from IXL Appliances
Builder/cabinet manufacturer
Darren James Interiors
Vanity basin
Barcelona Basin 64 in Quarrycast engineered limestone and quartz, from Victoria and Albert
Dressing table
Solid walnut with Satin clear polyurethane finish
Tub filler
Bath/hand shower diverter, floor mount, in Aged Iron, by Brodware
Tajin Gris porcelain Tile, honed, from Ace Stone and Tile
Domi Wall Sconce in Grey, from Articolo; Knee Deep LED downlight, from Caribou
Avenir range, in Graphite, from Rogerseller
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