Tiled bathroom collection by architect Linda Brettler, including Art Deco bathroom

Tiled bathrooms by Linda Brettler include blue Art Deco bathroom, Moorish powder room and sea-green mosaics
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Tim Maloney
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Powder rooms provide an opportunity to be a little more adventurous. This Moorish powder room in the architects own home, includes a Gothic carved niche.

Many homeowners don't hesitate to call in a designer because they believe their bathroom is looking a little dated. But the solution isn't always to follow the latest trends, because these too will date often sooner rather than later.

Architect Linda Brettler takes a different approach to her work. She prefers to design bathrooms that respond uniquely to her clients' wishes and the architectural style of a house. And her signature is easy to spot it's the innovative tile work that defines all her projects.

"Bathrooms provide an opportunity to do something really interesting with tiles," Brettler says. "Using tiles of a different scale, for example, is always effective. The size of the tiles, and the way they are laid, is also important. I have even used as many as 20 different tiles in a single master bathroom, but they all work together."

Brettler ensures every project is different. She does not like to repeat a look, and even prefers bathrooms in the same home to stand alone.

"A home is such an individual thing. I try not to even use the same tile in another bathroom. This way, every bathroom in the same home has its own personality, yet they can still come together as a whole."


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The family bathroom in architect Linda Brettlers own home has a classic 30s feel, which is in keeping with the era of the house. The flooring features hexagonal tiles in powder blue and white, with a matching border. A custom-designed tile frieze featuring sea dragons forms a dado line around the top of the blue wall tiles.

The architect says the word "fashionable" has no place in her work.

"I stay away from looks and products that will date, including pricey, intricate laser-cut tiles. I want the bathrooms I design to still look good in 10 to 20 years. It should be impossible to tell when they were designed."

Brettler says there is now a great variety of tiles at all price points to cover all budgets. And the enormous range is encouraging, although it can be overwhelming.

"I often get clients to choose one particular tile they love, and use this as a starting point."

The architect's work is also defined by the attention to detail that characterizes every project. This applies to the craftsmanship, as well as the design. Trims and corner pieces are always precisely executed.

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A double Ikea sink sits on a custom polished chrome metal base that provides a towel rail. The architect added recessed mirrored medicine cabinets to the walls on either side of the vanity.

"A good finish is essential. Bathrooms are subject to a lot of wear and tear, and need to be as low maintenance as possible," she says. "This determines every part of the design, from containing splashes from the shower to the position of the towel rails and meeting storage requirements. Most families require plenty of storage in a bathroom."

For this reason, many of Brettler's projects feature custom mirrored medicine cabinets. The architect will also customize other fixtures and fittings to get the right look. In the blue bathroom shown on these pages, for example, the vanity sink is supported by a custom chrome metal base that evokes bathrooms from the '30s.

"Every detail, from the tiles to the lights and fixtures, needs to work with the overall style."

Nov 17, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Linda Brettler AIA, Linda Brettler Architect (Los Angeles)
Bathtub
Lacey from Hydro Systems
Basin
Jane by Bates and Bates
Floor tiles
Trend Q by Ann Sacks
Architect
Linda Brettler AIA, Linda Brettler Architect (Los Angeles)
Basin
Bates and Bates in polished gold
Wall tiles
Custom design by Linda Brettler AIA; fabrication by Native Tile & Ceramics
Mirror
Badia Design Inc
Architect
Linda Brettler AIA, Linda Brettler Architect (Los Angeles)
Cabinet fabrication
Brian Hughes
Vanity tops
B&W Tile Co
Faucets
Kohler Bancroft
Patterned wall tiles
Custom through Native Tile & Ceramics
Paints
Benjamin Moore
Builder
Herman Construction
Cabinetry
Lacquered with etched mirror insert
Shower fittings
Hansatub shower combo valve and trim plate and tub filler; Speakman shower head
Wall tiles
Sicis glass mosaic in Waterfall and Ananas by Ann Sacks
Builder
MS Elite Construction
Floor tiles
Malibu Tile Works
Lighting
Owners’ collection
Paints
Master Metal Works
Builder
MS Elite Construction
Bathtub
Hydro Systems, Inc
Basin
Ikea
Floor tiles and solid wall tiles
B&W Tile Co
Lighting
Wall lights from Shades of Light; ceiling lights from Brown and Gold Lighting
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