DOU­BLE BILLING

HOME Magazine NZ - - Double Billing - Text — Si­mon Far­rell-Green Pho­tog­ra­phy — Sam Hart­nett

When de­signer Kristina Pickford re­fit­ted her apart­ment in the his­toric Dil­worth build­ing, the bath­room changed com­pletely, along with the rest of the 94-square-me­tre space. “It’s loosely in the same po­si­tion, but we made it long, changed the en­try points, and raised the ceil­ing,” she says. “We pulled out all the walls and re­built it.” It’s def­i­nitely mod­ern, but it suits the her­itage feel of the Dil­worth build­ing – what were you try­ing to achieve? KRISTINA PICKFORD I wanted some­thing that wasn’t too 2010s – I didn’t want you to look at it and date it. So there’s a steel cav­ity slider to match those through­out the apart­ment, and 150mm x 150mm tiles – they prob­a­bly would [orig­i­nally] have had 100mm x 100mm, and not too many. I wanted it to be time­less. How hard is it to do such a whole­sale ren­o­va­tion of a space like this in an apart­ment? [Laughs] I think the worst thing is that it’s on Cus­tom Street – you’ve got no park­ing and a lift, and con­trac­tors don’t want to work in the city. But we got there. As both en suite and guest WC, how does the space func­tion? We in­cor­po­rated the guest toi­let into the bath­room, so it acts as both. There are now two doors be­tween us and the bath­room – per­son­ally I’m not big on en suites, I like a bit of sep­a­ra­tion. And the hall­way be­comes our wardrobe – in a way it’s a dress­ing room when we’re there on our own, but it’s also sep­a­rate from the liv­ing area when we have guests. How did you deal with stor­age? There’s shal­low stor­age be­hind the mir­rors and more un­der the van­ity, be­hind the alu­minium powder-coated doors. There’s also a vin­tage Pol­ish med­i­cal cab­i­net from the Vitrine. Tell us about the coun­ter­top. It’s Cae­sar­stone – I wanted some­thing that could form the whole thing. It’s neu­tral and looks stony, but I didn’t want a big lump of mar­ble. It would have felt too slick.

Basin and coun­ter­top In­te­grated Cae­ser­stone in ‘Raw Con­crete’. Tap­ware Vola. Shower head Paini. Hand-held shower Al­mar. WC ‘Senso Wash’ by Philippe Starck for Du­ravit. Free-stand­ing cab­i­net 1940s Pol­ish piece from Vitrine. Project Dil­worth apart­ment...

1. En­try 2. Laun­dry 3. Bath­room 4. Bed­room 5. Study 6. Din­ing 7. Liv­ing 8. Kitchen 9. Hall

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