Finely bal­anced


This soft-toned, lux­u­ri­ous master bath­room is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween de­sign­ers Kris­ten Basra (Spa­tial Stu­dio) and Emma Kate Bam­ford (EKB De­sign), as part of an ex­ten­sive in­ter­nal ren­o­va­tion of a 1960s bun­ga­low-style home in Auck­land. Their clients, a cou­ple with two young daugh­ters, wanted to cre­ate a par­ents’ re­treat in the roof space. “The project was driven by one of the own­ers,” says Kris­ten. “She loves white and asked for clean, straight lines and a min­i­mal look, but noth­ing too harsh.”

The de­sign­ers cre­ated a sub­tle fu­sion be­tween con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic de­sign, with rounded clas­si­cal de­tails and the soft­ness of mar­ble con­trast­ing with the sharp, clean lines of the van­ity and bath­tub.

The se­cret to the look lies in cre­at­ing lay­ers, Kris­ten ex­plains. “On the floor we laid a tra­di­tional mar­ble mo­saic in a del­i­cate wo­ven pat­tern, which grounds the room. This was lay­ered with a sleek­lined, his-and-hers van­ity that is can­tilevered from the wall. On top of the van­ity unit we placed two semi-tra­di­tional sinks – some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent that would break up the sharp, con­tem­po­rary lines of the van­ity be­neath.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of the brush-fin­ished, aged-brass tap­ware also brought a more tra­di­tional feel to this space, so that it didn’t look too clean and mod­ern. A match­ing pair of brass-rimmed, round mir­rors ties in per­fectly.

The walls are tiled in the same mar­ble as the floor – it’s Alarti, part of the Car­rara fam­ily of mar­ble, says the de­signer. “Its sub­tle veins are like clouds soft­en­ing the whole space.”

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