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Walnut cabinetry, bronze fitting and sandstone floors give this bathroom an exotic feel

Bathrooms today often seek an exotic, faraway ambience – here, that feel could be a hotel in Morocco or Spain

​​​​​​​Clean and simple with exotic materials and finely
​​​​​​​Clean and simple with exotic materials and finely crafted joinery, this bathroom by architect John Mills offers a serene aesthetic and even a hint of faraway places.

Achieving the away-from-it-all feeling of an exotic bathroom doesn’t mean importing hand-made tiles from Marakesh. For this bathroom, by John Mills Architects, a beautiful curved ceiling and rich wood cabinetry were evocative catalysts to jetting the mind off to Morocco.

“Having created an award-winning home restoration/renovation for the owners a few years ago, we were called back to bring the bathroom and kitchen up to the same level,” says Mills. 

“For the bathroom, they wanted a faded Moroccan bathhouse feel – soft and relaxing, with lots of light, and a timeless feel."


“Being a classic Athfield Architects-designed home, we already had a great vaulted ceiling to work with. This was plastered and finished in a deep neutral colour, with concealed up-lighting accentuating its beautiful curving form.”

Mills had already used walnut timber for other joinery in the earlier, wider renovation so this was his go-to material for the bathroom’s vanity and the substantial privacy wall with inset storage that separates off the toilet area.

“All the joinery was finely detailed to accentuate the calm, elegant air we wanted to create.”

And the interior of an existing concrete-pipe skylight was painted with a Porter’s liquid bronze paint that has a patina that complements the rich walnut.

The bronze fittings have a timeless feel, while the floor and wall tiles evoke worn sandstone.

Credit list

Architect
John Mills, John Mills Architects
Vanity cabinetry and storage/privacy wall
Walnut
Shower fittings
Buddy Round Shower Column & Mixer Brushed Brass
Accessories
Buddy toilet roll holder, in brushed brass; Buddy corner wire baskets in brushed brass; Buddy towel ring in brushed brass; all by Progetto
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Vanity benchtop
Spio Plus 1200 Basin, by Progetto
Taps
Buddy wall-mount mixer, in brushed brass, by Progetto
Shower stall
Glass
Heated towel rail
Solo 65 in brushed brass, by Avenir

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Bathrooms

Photography by: Paul McCredie

19 Jul, 2020

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