Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Best Bathroom Design

With the introduction of wet areas to the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards in 2015, entries to Best Bathroom Design were of an extremely high calibre. We are privileged to have some incredibly talented designers in our country and amongst our most celebrated is Justine Hugh-Jones.

A finalist in the category with her striking Foreshore House bathroom and I spoke to her about her inspirations, selected finishes and favourite element.

Taking cues from luxurious hotel bathrooms while working and travelling overseas, she says of the project, “The design and layout was to incorporate a stunning harbour view via a large picture window whilst retaining important privacy. The space is only ten square meters but I designed a layout that incorporated a large walk in shower and private toilet  behind a full height dividing wall. A freestanding bath, twin sinks and two large storage cupboards were placed on either side for valuable storage.”

Of finishes selected, Justine adds, “Natural stone was an obvious choice for the floors and bench top vanity sinks and an elegant mink coloured Messina Limestone was selected.

“The freestanding sculptural bath sits against a dividing wall, simply but elegantly finished in large horizontal painted panel. The walls of the shower and toilet are tiled in glazed penny rounds which are a lovely textural contrast in pattern, dimension and colour to the rest of the bathroom,” she continues.

“All of the selected tapware and hardware throughout the bathroom is in aged brass. This adds a beautiful warmth, tactility and tone to the feel of the bathroom. The double vanity sinks are seamlessly made out of the same Messina limestone and a large wall sized mirror reflects the striking Middle harbour views. Privacy is afforded by soft grey painted timber roman blinds which also add a new textural warmer dimension to the stone finishes.” 

Justine adds, “One of the most favourite and luxurious design elements to this bathroom are the unusual amber glass vintage wall lights sourced from an old ocean liner via First Dibs. A quirky, surprising but elegant touch!”

Other finalists in the category including SJB Interiors, Whiting Architects, Smart Design Studio and Flack Studio with equally impressive schemes. It was a difficult Award to judge.

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Anthony Spon-Smith

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