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Referencing and celebrating existing architectural elements, this master suite features soft forms, diaphanous natural light and a tranquil ambience

Designed by Rob Nerlich, McMahon and Nerlich

From the architect:

This design resonates as a calm and meditative main bedroom suite that goes its own way, creating a unique balance of space, light, materiality and texture with the orchestration of main bedroom, ensuite and walk-in robe. 

Drawing inspiration from the heritage feature of the coved principal room corners, the ensuite corners have a gentle radius, reinforced by the subtle vertical curved patterns of the white Inax finger tiles. 

The vanity's veneer picks up on the blackbutt timber bedroom floor and features a textural stone top, while the tall mirror's rounded corners echo the room itself. 

A feature skylight over the shower enclosure has a long linear shaft that penetrates through the full extent of the heritage roof, drawing in natural light – and together with the curved warmth of the tiles, enveloping the senses.


The main bedroom celebrates original heritage ceiling roses, cornices, and strapping, and of course the coved corners in a simple white palette. 

Furniture with curved or radius elements is selected, with locally designed feature silk / wool rug, lamp and soft linens that create a light warm feel and encourage the flow of space in a subtle play on landscape colours of charcoal greys, light blues and light greens. 

Lamps and pendant lights are circular, and the generous ceiling height is maintained between old and new spaces. 

The colours balance between ensuite and bedroom, reflected in the uncannily beautiful Greg Wood landscape oil paintings which feature in the bedroom. 

The walk-in robe offers a calm sanctuary maximising every square inch of space, providing full-height storage and framing the view back out to the main bedroom.

Credit list

Basin
Caroma Cube 500 undercounter
Shower stall
Custom
Toilet
Caroma Urbane Invisi series, concealed cistern
Accessories
Hyrdotherm Heated towel rail, Roger Seller linear grate, Astra Walker Icon Range robe hooks, hand towel holder and toilet roll holders
Tiles
Inax Yuji Border, Artedomus wall tiles
Drapes
Sheer and blackout curtains, by Shades
Vanity cabinetry
Veneer, by WB Built
Taps
Astar Walker Icon range mixer
Shower fittings
Grohe Tempesta Cosmopolitan hand held with Astra Walker Icon range mixer
Bidet
Custom bidet hose and tap assembly – Temple and Webster hose with trigger control; Astra Walker Icon Range mixer and cistern tap to suit hose
Flooring
Bathroom flooring – Fiandre Urban Grey porcelain tiles, from Artedomus; bedroom flooring – select grade secret nailed blackbutt tongue and groove floorboards
Lighting
BrightGreen D700 downlights, hand-blown Glass Milky White pendant to bedroom, from Richmond Lighting
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: Rob Nerlich, McMahon and Nerlich

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Shannon McGrath

08 May, 2022

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