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A Look at Bathrooms

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We combed through our archives to present this pictorial ode to one of the most high-traffic spaces in the house—the bathroom.

Jonathan Nelson’s one wish for the master bathroom was for views from the Zuma tub. He got that and then some, and now three-year-old Jonas (pictured) and his older brother refuse to bathe anywhere else. The stand-alone faucet is by Lefroy Brooks from the XO collection.
Jonathan Nelson’s one wish for the master bathroom was for views from the Zuma tub. He got that and then some, and now three-year-old Jonas (pictured) and his older brother refuse to bathe anywhere else. The stand-alone faucet is by Lefroy Brooks from the XO collection.
Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity to Hill's bathroom. The space features a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris, who also did the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity to Hill's bathroom. The space features a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris, who also did the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
Unexpected materials, such as a cement board shower surround, were often cheaper and easier to install than more traditional ones. “We made design decisions based on what we knew was easily available,” Mouton recalls. “The trick was to assemble these materials to express qualities that aren’t normally evident.”
Unexpected materials, such as a cement board shower surround, were often cheaper and easier to install than more traditional ones. “We made design decisions based on what we knew was easily available,” Mouton recalls. “The trick was to assemble these materials to express qualities that aren’t normally evident.”
The master bathroom, with its frosted glass walls and chair (rescued from the trash pile and rehabbed), is large and elegant enough to serve as a gathering place for parties.
The master bathroom, with its frosted glass walls and chair (rescued from the trash pile and rehabbed), is large and elegant enough to serve as a gathering place for parties.
A skylight over the middle of a room is a nice thing. But, as architect Riley Pratt demonstrates, using a skylight along the edge of a room can help dematerialize walls and make an indoor space feel especially luminous. Here, a shower stall inside a renovated warehouse in Los Angeles seems to continue right up to the clouds (the skylight was installed so that its frame isn’t visible from below). “It’s like showering outside,” says the resident, artist Tad Beck. Read the whole story here.
A skylight over the middle of a room is a nice thing. But, as architect Riley Pratt demonstrates, using a skylight along the edge of a room can help dematerialize walls and make an indoor space feel especially luminous. Here, a shower stall inside a renovated warehouse in Los Angeles seems to continue right up to the clouds (the skylight was installed so that its frame isn’t visible from below). “It’s like showering outside,” says the resident, artist Tad Beck. Read the whole story here.
In the bathroom, the gray Carrara walls are offset by bright tulip-patterned wallpaper, circa 1970, from Secondhand Rose in Tribeca. The toilet is a Philippe Starck “jet action” model from Duravit.
In the bathroom, the gray Carrara walls are offset by bright tulip-patterned wallpaper, circa 1970, from Secondhand Rose in Tribeca. The toilet is a Philippe Starck “jet action” model from Duravit.
In the master bathroom upstairs, the Tokyo roll-top bathtub from victoriaplumb benefits from an epic view.
In the master bathroom upstairs, the Tokyo roll-top bathtub from victoriaplumb benefits from an epic view.
In the master bathroom, Samaha and Hart installed a carrera marble countertop, Vero sink and Stark 3 toilet by Duravit, and On the Rocks wall sconces by Flos. Grist and Goldberg longed for Bisazza tiles but cringed at their cost; in the end, they were able to find discontinued colors online for a steal of a price.

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Sharon Risedorph
In the master bathroom, Samaha and Hart installed a carrera marble countertop, Vero sink and Stark 3 toilet by Duravit, and On the Rocks wall sconces by Flos. Grist and Goldberg longed for Bisazza tiles but cringed at their cost; in the end, they were able to find discontinued colors online for a steal of a price. Photo by Sharon Risedorph
The blue-tiled master bathroom stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. The tile is recycled glass from China.
The blue-tiled master bathroom stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. The tile is recycled glass from China.
Rather than concealing the barn frame in the private rooms, Cohen created an interplay between modern and historic elements in the master bathroom.
Rather than concealing the barn frame in the private rooms, Cohen created an interplay between modern and historic elements in the master bathroom.
For the bathroom inside Blake Dollahite's formerly rundown Austin bungalow, he repurposed a beat-up white credenza that he’d had in storage for years by fitting it with a robin’s-egg-blue sink from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. With an aged mirror and small light fixtures, the compact space resembles a country doctor’s office. Read the whole story here.
For the bathroom inside Blake Dollahite's formerly rundown Austin bungalow, he repurposed a beat-up white credenza that he’d had in storage for years by fitting it with a robin’s-egg-blue sink from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. With an aged mirror and small light fixtures, the compact space resembles a country doctor’s office. Read the whole story here.
One bathroom features a ladder that leads up to a yoga studio.
One bathroom features a ladder that leads up to a yoga studio.
Architects Andy Bernheimer and Jared Della Valle, of Brooklyn’s Della Valle Bernheimer, came up with creative solutions to help David Carmel, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a driving accident, move around comfortably in his wheelchair throughout his Chelsea apartment. The bathroom has a roll-in shower and a sliding door made of Lumasite, a translucent acrylic that resembles rice paper. The architects bolted the Lumasite to an aluminum frame, but it can also be glued to wood, for a shoji screenlike effect. For extra stiffness, the architects glued two sheets of Lumasite together. Finding the right glue required a lot of trial and error, Della Valle recalls—which may explain why the manufacturer now sells double-thick sheets. Read the whole story here.
Architects Andy Bernheimer and Jared Della Valle, of Brooklyn’s Della Valle Bernheimer, came up with creative solutions to help David Carmel, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a driving accident, move around comfortably in his wheelchair throughout his Chelsea apartment. The bathroom has a roll-in shower and a sliding door made of Lumasite, a translucent acrylic that resembles rice paper. The architects bolted the Lumasite to an aluminum frame, but it can also be glued to wood, for a shoji screenlike effect. For extra stiffness, the architects glued two sheets of Lumasite together. Finding the right glue required a lot of trial and error, Della Valle recalls—which may explain why the manufacturer now sells double-thick sheets. Read the whole story here.
The sun cuts down into the upstairs bathroom through skylights, casting rhythmic shadows of roof beams onto the floor and walls. The bathroom includes a cantilevered toilet by Catalano.
The sun cuts down into the upstairs bathroom through skylights, casting rhythmic shadows of roof beams onto the floor and walls. The bathroom includes a cantilevered toilet by Catalano.
When Matthew Trzebiatowski and his wife Lisa designed their own home in Arizona, they created a bathroom whose extreme aesthetic matched the area’s extreme climate. The Trzebiatowskis’ bathroom retains the spirit of Arizona heat with its shocking magenta ceilings, floors, and walls. The vanity is anything but—featuring art instead of a mounted mirror—and is made from sanded and sealed OSB, a waste material typically used in framing.
When Matthew Trzebiatowski and his wife Lisa designed their own home in Arizona, they created a bathroom whose extreme aesthetic matched the area’s extreme climate. The Trzebiatowskis’ bathroom retains the spirit of Arizona heat with its shocking magenta ceilings, floors, and walls. The vanity is anything but—featuring art instead of a mounted mirror—and is made from sanded and sealed OSB, a waste material typically used in framing.
One of the bathroom walls was clad in steel. Harper and Irvine used BlueScope’s Zincalume Mini Orb, steel sheeting that has fine corrugations. It is usually employed as external cladding, so it is durable and highly resistant to moisture. www.bluescopesteel.com
One of the bathroom walls was clad in steel. Harper and Irvine used BlueScope’s Zincalume Mini Orb, steel sheeting that has fine corrugations. It is usually employed as external cladding, so it is durable and highly resistant to moisture. www.bluescopesteel.com
A Jutland, Denmark, house designed by Mette Nygaard and Morten Schmidt of the architecture firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen features a minimalist bathroom that's naturally lit with Plexiglass skylights. Read the whole story here.
A Jutland, Denmark, house designed by Mette Nygaard and Morten Schmidt of the architecture firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen features a minimalist bathroom that's naturally lit with Plexiglass skylights. Read the whole story here.
Because the house is narrow and long (16 by 68 feet), the design team decided to create a huge open-air space to light the interior naturally. Two retractable motor-driven 

canvas canopies shelter the space during Singapore’s frequent rains.
Because the house is narrow and long (16 by 68 feet), the design team decided to create a huge open-air space to light the interior naturally. Two retractable motor-driven canvas canopies shelter the space during Singapore’s frequent rains.
Clayden claims that Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the inspiration for his bathroom.
Clayden claims that Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the inspiration for his bathroom.
The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.
The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.