MINIMALIST 2 BATHROOM IN CHELSEA

Both Minimalist 2 bathrooms in Chelsea are finally finished. We had couple of posts covering the construction: TWO MINIMALIST BATHROOMS IN CHELSEA and PROGRESS IN CHELSEA. And now you can see the final results. Here is the first bathroom.  It is smaller than a typical New York 5×7 bathroom so it took quite a bit of tweaking. Instead of a cramped bathtub we have a spacious shower. Large mirrored medicine cabinet provides plenty of storage. Over scaled mirrors give an impression of a larger space. Photos of the second bathroom – same design, different layout – coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRESS IN CHELSEA

The Minimalist bathroom build-outs in Chelsea that I wrote about last week are moving ahead.  As usual, progress is slower than expected, but precision is priority.  “Measure twice, cut once” is ever so important if you are talking about tile.

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The extra-large medicine cabinet was installed in the first bathroom.  Tiling of the shower walls has begun.

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The plywood next to the medicine cabinet will be covered by a mirror.  The medicine cabinet door will be mirrored, also.

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A detail of how the cabinet connects to the wall below.  The little indentation in the cabinet will be taped, plastered and painted.  This way the cabinet side and the wall below will create one smooth surface.

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Moving on to bathroom number two.  The blue accent wall tile is being installed.

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The area above the sink will receive a flat mirror.  The medicine cabinet is installed on the side wall.

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Precision is especially required at external corners.  Here, a detail of how the tile will be wrapped into the window opening.

To be continued…

MINIMALIST ATTIC BATHROOM

Today I wanted to share this gorgeous minimalist bathroom by a Dutch designer Rene Mesman. The bathroom coexists in the open attic space with the bedroom. The placement of tub, shower, and washbasin allows for levels of privacy. Found via The Style FIles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL, MODERN BATHROOM IN BARCELONA

I am spending a week in Barcelona, staying in a charming apartment in El Born. The apartment is in a historic building. However, all furnishings and amenities are contemporary which makes an interesting juxtaposition, quite common characteristic in Barcelona’s interiors and architecture. The bathroom is about 4 x 10 feet.  It’s walls are mostly glass, some clear some frosted. On either side of it there is a compartment: one for the shower and one for the toilet. This allows two people to use the bathroom at the same time without compromising privacy. The partition separating the hallway is clear glass and includes a sliding door, which makes the small bathroom feel much more spacious.

Entrance to the bathroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY IN WHITE

I am super pleased to share the story of this all white, brand new custom bathroom. It used to be a regular 5ft x 7ft bathroom. We extended it 30in taking up closet and part of the hallway, got rid of the tub and changed the layout. Now we have space for a big shower, double sink, toilet and bidet. We used few tricks to make this bathroom feel extra spacious:  wood floor extends into it from the rest of the apartment, we installed a full height mirror, we demolished dropped ceiling and exposed the original vaulted structure. The entire bathroom is white: white concrete, white wall tiles , white corian and white painted walls. Here is how it happened:

Just demolished, the white space on the right used to be a closet and now will be incorporated into the bathroom.

 

Freshly installed white concrete shower floor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Closer look at the shower floor. The niche on the right will have floor to ceiling white corian shelves.

 

Installing the shower tiles. This is the only part of the bathroom that will be tiled.

 

Full height mirror visually expands the space and reflects the window and day light coming from the bedroom.

 

Cast concrete sink in white and a close up of storage unit constructed out of white corian and painted gypsum board. The vertical storage also serves as a divider between the shower and the sink.

 

Wood floor extends from the living room and bedroom into the bathroom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exposed vaulted ceiling.

SIMPLY BARE

The cool thing about the bare bulb fixtures is that they are multifunctional and are very inexpensive. There is a wide selection of bulbs that can be used to create different results: from big globes to traditional Edison lamps, and silver tip bulbs that cut down the glare. These fixtures are great for walls and ceilings, can be used single, in pairs or groups. They are now available in many different colors and finishes. They are not only excellent for a bathroom but any other space as well.

Etna en in polished chrome, Mawa Design.

 

Etna en in black, Mawa Design. Available powder coated in various RAL colours.

Teti, Artemide.

Lampholder, Absolute Lighting.

Eve, Tobias Grau.

Eintopf design by Martin Wallroth, Mava Design. Available in white powder coated RAL 9016, polished chrome and matte nickel.

MINIMAL BATHROOMS

I would like to share with you some bathroom images that simply struck me – in a very pleasant way.  You might wonder why I keep returning to the subject of minimal bathrooms.  The critique of minimalism is that it is too serene, too sterile, not “real life”.  I agree in the sense that the images below are styled, and lack the human touch as well as the human body.  What is missing are those toothbrushes, half-empty toothpaste tubes, shampoo and shower gel in unsightly bottle , messy towels, razors… do I need to go on?   I argue that minimal bathrooms work for precisely this reason: they do not by themselves add to the clutter.  They create a vary subtle yet beautiful backdrop for the daily life objects and for the human body.  With this in mind lets indulge in the beauty of the following photographs.

Bathroom in Gama Issa House, São Paulo, Brasil, designed by Marcio Kogan.

Bathroom in Gama Issa House, São Paulo, Brasil, designed by Marcio Kogan.

Minimal shower, styled by Agape.

Minimal shower, styled by Agape.

Pawson House bathroom, London, UK, designed by John Pawson.

Pawson House bathroom, London, UK, designed by John Pawson.

Tilty Barn bathroom, Essex, UK, designed by John Pawson.

Tilty Barn bathroom, Essex, UK, designed by John Pawson.

Minimal bathroom, location and designer unknown.

I love this bathroom but I do not know where it is located or who designed it. If you do, please drop me a line.

Latis bathtub by Omvivo.

Latis bathtub by Omvivo.

Another unidentified minimal bathroom.

Another unidentified minimal bathroom.

BACKSTORY OF MINIMALIST 2

The Minimalist design series is close to our hearts, so it is with great pleasure that I share this backstory.

Practicing minimalism takes discipline, an eye that seeks peace in simplicity, and a mind that finds comfort in clarity. Elimination and refinement repeated over and over lead to most successful minimalist designs, or most successful anything for that matter. All unnecessary elements are shed during the design process.  All that is left is dictated by  function and streamlined to perfection,  concentrated to essence.

Minimalist 2 visualization

 

Jin Otagiri's minimal house.

 

Jin Otagiri's minimal interior.

 

Skylight, an inspiration for the accent wall.

 

Few elements used in Minimalist 2: linear wall light, cobalt blue ceramic wall tiles and geometric bathtub.

 

Saving the best for the end: detail from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.