ESSENTIAL CLAUSE

A de­signer ra­tio­nalises de­tail to de­liver re­fined function.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Corian - De­signer Tobin Smith, CoLab Ar­chi­tec­ture Text Suzanne Dale Pho­tog­ra­phy Pa­trick Reynolds Lo­ca­tion Christchurch Brief An ef­fi­cient bath­room with lux­u­ri­ous touches in the de­signer’s own home

De­scribe the pro­ject in two sen­tences. Our bath­room is a model of ef­fi­ciency that aims to ac­com­mo­date the essentials with a hint of lux­ury Cus­tom stor­age and sim­ple fix­tures cre­ate an open en­vi­ron­ment that max­imises the us­able floor space

What are important el­e­ments to con­sider when de­sign­ing a bath­room for a small space? Good stor­age is al­ways key, along­side the se­lec­tion of ap­pro­pri­ately scaled fix­tures Us­ing a sim­ple wall-hung basin free of cab­i­netry be­low, or a toi­let suite with a con­cealed in-wall cis­tern, can re­duce vis­ual clut­ter and give the room a greater sense of space

This room is un­der­stated but still has a feel­ing of lux­ury. How can this best be achieved when cost is an is­sue? Pri­ori­tise the things that are important to you and re­move the things that aren’t – re­mem­ber­ing that lux­ury can be achieved by re­mov­ing items as well as adding them For ex­am­ple, rather than at­tempt­ing to ac­com­mo­date a bath that would squeeze up the avail­able space, we opted for a large shower with a flush, tiled en­try Also, shop smart and select items that are both de­sign and cost ap­pro­pri­ate, and con­sider what is fixed and what is re­mov­able In this in­stance, the free-stand­ing towel rail by Menu and a stool by Tim Web­ber are pieces of fur­ni­ture that could, if we wish, come with us if we de­cide to move house

How and where have you ac­com­mo­dated stor­age?The stor­age is built into the wall above the basin and is con­cealed behind a mir­rored push-to-open cab­i­net door The lo­ca­tion of this cab­i­net cor­re­sponds with an over­lap in the wall con­struc­tion, mean­ing that ad­di­tional depth could be claimed within the cab­i­netry, greatly re­duc­ing the stor­age pres­sure on the re­main­der of the space Small tiled re­cesses are lo­cated be­side the basin and within the shower to hold ev­ery­day items What was the start­ing point for the ma­te­ri­als cho­sen? We wanted this space to be co­he­sive with the in­te­rior in the rest of the house On that ba­sis, the colour scheme was al­ways going to be pre­dom­i­nantly white We se­lected very small mo­saic tiles for the floor and wall to give the bath­room a rich texture, but to also blur the pro­por­tions of the space We chose black tap­ware to com­ple­ment the black alu­minium window join­ery, and this also sits beautifully along­side the birch ply­wood cab­i­netry

Basin ‘Scola’ basin by Du­ravit Cab­i­netry Cus­tom-made Tap­ware ‘Liano Nexus’ by Caroma Tiles White ce­ramic floor and wall tiles Towel rail By Norm Ar­chi­tects for Menu WC ‘Starck 2’ by Philippe Starck for Du­ravit from Metrix

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