Winning looks

Contemporary styling and the innovative use of materials characterise the winning bathrooms in this year's NKBA national bathroom awards
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The detailed view of the shower area of a bathroom

Bathrooms today are likely to receive just as much attention from designers as kitchens. The spin-off is evident in the new wave of designs, which position the bathroom as an inviting retreat, a place to soothe away the stresses of the day.

Good bathroom design was recognised in the NKBA national bathroom awards announced recently. Winner of the He¤fele-sponsored award for Bathroom Design of the Year was Robyn Bartlett, designer of the bathroom featured on these pages.

A large freestanding bath tub is the centrepiece of the room, which was designed to incorporate natural materials and an element of earthiness. The tub sits on a bed of pebbles and is positioned next to a pebbled corner shelf.

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The bath of a bathroom, with pebble detailing

Other contrasting textures include a natural-toned tile floor and a Brilliante Bianco stone benchtop, which has embedded chips of mirror glass. To add visual impact, Bartlett introduced glossy, turquoise glass tiles to the shower walls.

Overall, the design of the bathroom is based on clean and simple lines. Twin vessel basins and suspended vanity cabinetry provide an uncluttered look. A large mirror contributes to the spacious feel of the room.

For further information on this project, contact Robyn Bartlett Design, phone (09) 488 6711.

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The view of a bathroom

For association details, contact the NKBA, PO Box 10-1667, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, phone (09) 478 3730, fax (09) 478 3775. Website:

May 05, 2003
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