The art of zen

NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE / BATHROOMS -

Sim­ple, beau­ti­ful and rest­ful – what more could you wish for in a bath­room?

Start­ing with a mod­ern, light-filled, ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed space cer­tainly helped to achieve this out­come, says de­signer Davinia Sut­ton. “My client is a busy woman who wanted the de­sign of her new bath­room to re­flect the mod­ern form of the ar­chi­tec­ture, but at the same time be a pri­vate zone – a place for respite and restora­tion.”

To set the scene, the de­signer lined the ex­ist­ing walls and floors in calm­ing nat­u­ral stone. Par­ti­tion walls, in­serted to shield the toi­let and shower, are tiled in mixed mo­saics to lend in­ter­est and fun.

“The tiling is sim­ple, but the con­trast of the size and pro­por­tion of the mo­saics pro­vides a lay­ered depth of form that en­hances the feel­ing of space,” says Davinia.

The clear-stained cedar ceil­ing pro­vides a sense of warmth and vol­ume to this room where clerestory win­dows let in an ev­er­p­re­sent view of the sky.

The re­sult of the sim­ple and nat­u­ral ma­te­rial palette is a bath­room that has a calm, rest­ful am­bi­ence that be­lies its func­tion­al­ity.

The lay­out is supremely prac­ti­cal, with a walk-in shower, sculp­tural free-stand­ing bath and a large, can­tilevered van­ity that adds to the sense of spa­cious­ness.

Sim­ple, high-qual­ity fit­tings en­hance this ef­fect, giv­ing the room an un­clut­tered, zen-like at­mos­phere, mak­ing it a very easy space to linger longer in.

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