A mod­ern twist on Vic­to­rian style.

Vin­tage-look tiles meet min­i­mal­ist fit­tings in this beau­ti­fully bal­anced new bath­room

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - DE­SIGNER Thomas Griem, di­rec­tor, Tg-stu­dio, 020 7636 3838, tg-stu­dio.co.uk.

CAN YOU DE­SCRIBE THE PROJECT?

The prop­erty, in Chelsea, was once two apart­ments, one above the other, which we amal­ga­mated to cre­ate a four-bed­room du­plex. A por­tion of the lower liv­ing room was taken for this en suite. The bay win­dow was ideal for the bath, but we had to do a lot of work to plan the new waste that runs back to the com­mu­nal ser­vices.

WHAT WAS THE DE­SIGN BRIEF?

The client wanted el­e­ments of a tra­di­tional English bath­room, and he has a par­tic­u­lar fond­ness for Vic­to­rian-style tiles. Our brief was to trans­late his clas­si­cal ideas in a con­tem­po­rary way in or­der to achieve a mod­ern, yet el­e­gant space.

WHERE DID YOU START?

From the ground up, with the req­ui­site Vic­to­rian-style floor tiles. Af­ter much hunt­ing, we dis­cov­ered the per­fect pat­tern on an in­dus­trial-style, con­crete-look porce­lain base. The wall tiles are in veined white mar­ble to in­ject a touch of lux­ury and time­less­ness.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE VAN­ITY UNIT DE­SIGN?

This is a unique piece de­signed in-house. The feet are in stain­less steel and the main unit fea­tures draw­ers and doors with a re­cessed han­dle, all in stained oak. The in­spi­ra­tion is from the For­ties, which com­ple­ments the beau­ti­ful Art Deco mir­rors. The top is made out of chunky white Cae­sar­stone, a very durable com­pos­ite, and the basins are un­der­mounted to pro­vide a con­tem­po­rary flat sur­face.

IS THERE A SHOWER?

Yes, in fact it is more of a shower room to the right of the van­ity unit. In­side, there are black tiles on the floor and walls and even the ceil­ing is painted black. The ef­fect is very co­coon­ing.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER NO­TABLE DE­TAILS?

The brass­ware is min­i­mal, mod­ern and sculp­tural – it was im­por­tant to match this with more tra­di­tional el­e­ments. I would also sug­gest stor­age is to­day’s new lux­ury, par­tic­u­larly in ur­ban homes. This bath­room fea­tures 50cm-deep, full height stor­age be­hind stained oak doors, which can han­dle any amount of tow­els and toi­letries.

Du­ravit’s Starck 1 free­stand­ing oval bath takes cen­tre stage un­der the bay win­dow.

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