Bathroom case study To boldly go
A showstopping shower enclosure is the star in this space
THE PROPERTY A Grade Ii-listed Georgian terraced townhouse in north London.
THE PROJECT The space was originally the first-floor drawing room and office/playroom, which has been converted into a sizeable main bedroom and en suite.
THE DESIGNER Anna Burles, creative director, Run For The Hills.
DESIGN BRIEF ‘The clients asked us to push them beyond their comfort zone by coming up with a scheme for the new bathroom that was braver and more exciting than something they might have thought of themselves,’ says Anna.
SURFACES The steel frame of the Crittall-style shower enclosure is juxtaposed with beautiful artisanal tiling and antiqued brass controls, making the look of the bathroom both feminine and masculine. This combination also ensures the shower is the focal point of the suite.
FURNITURE Anna decided to repurpose a mid-century Danish rosewood sideboard, which was the perfect size for a vanity unit. ‘We all felt that a natural material was needed to soften the effect of the steel shower enclosure,’ she explains. ‘The sideboard had to be strengthened in order to support the two heavy marble basins.’
FITTINGS ‘Listed building constraints meant we were restricted on what we could do. In short, nothing could be fixed to any original walls, coving or panelling. We also had to work with the wonky old wooden floor, which undulates wildly across the rooms,’ says Anna. The solution involved a constant dialogue with conservation officers and the building of false walls, invisible supports and customised furniture with uneven feet. The taps are all in antiqued brass. ‘We toyed with the idea of a matt black finish but felt that the aged brass complemented the artisan tiles inside the shower enclosure,’ says Anna. Aged brass towel holders have been fixed to the sides of the vanity unit.
ACCESSORIES A frame was built for the ‘floating’ mirrors. ‘It took days to find mirrors that had the perfect aged brass that looked equally as good from the back, and were high enough to suit our very tall clients,’ says Anna. ‘Amazingly, we found the mirrors at John Lewis and they were great value, too.’
STYLE TAKEAWAY ‘The bronze tone of the vintage lotus flower ceiling pendant helps link all of the metallic finishes together,’ says Anna.