Mid-cen­tury and Ja­panese de­tails in­flu­ence this de­sign.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Corian - De­signer Katie Lock­hart Stu­dio Text Suzanne Dale Pho­tog­ra­phy Neeve Wood­ward Lo­ca­tion North­cote, Auck­land Brief Ref­er­ence the home’s mod­ernist roots while up­dat­ing the bath­rooms to cater to a young fam­ily

De­scribe the pro­ject in three lines. Our house is a mid-cen­tury farm house on a former pump­kin farm We are grad­u­ally ren­o­vat­ing the in­te­rior to suit our fam­ily’s needs, but we al­ways bring our choices back to the home’s roots In the bath­rooms, we started with the idea of them be­ing fully tiled which, in turn, meant a re­duced pal­ette both in ma­te­ri­als and colours

Tell us about the aes­thetic. The ar­chi­tec­ture of the house is mid-cen­tury with some orig­i­nal Ja­panese de­tails such as shoji-screen doors It made sense to con­tinue with this aes­thetic ap­proach in the bath­rooms

Mir­rors have been kept very min­i­mal, or hid­den, in both bath­rooms. Was this a de­lib­er­ate move? Oh yes I’m not a fan of huge mir­rors ev­ery­where so they are ei­ther small or hid­den within cab­i­netry

There’s ex­ten­sive use of the classic Amer­i­can Heath Ce­ram­ics tiles. What is it about the tiles that you like so much? Heath Ce­ram­ics tiles are hand­made and the vari­a­tion in size and glaze brings life to the sur­faces We think it’s important to sup­port this sort of in­dus­try and Heath Ce­ram­ics are a plea­sure to deal with They also offer a bull­nose edge to the end tiles – which is re­ally old-school and such a beau­ti­ful de­tail – so that no metal trims are re­quired

The tiled sur­faces are bro­ken only by a lit­tle tim­ber. How important was this con­ti­nu­ity of material? Al­most all of the new cab­i­netry in the house is iroko, a sus­tain­able hard­wood from South Amer­ica It made sense to con­tinue this in the bath­rooms, not only for a sense of the larger in­te­rior scope but also for the dura­bil­ity of the cab­i­netry

What were the chal­lenges in cre­at­ing the tiled bath and basins? It took a lot of plan­ning Stephanie, from my stu­dio, drew ev­ery tile’s place­ment but we are glad that we per­se­vered Luck­ily, we also had ex­cel­lent tilers who were ex­cited by the job and went the ex­tra mile, and a great builder who took the time with his fram­ing to get ev­ery­thing right from the start

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