I adore the color, that Ball & Farrow paint company calls ARSENIC. We use it in one of our bathroom designs Loft 1, a design inspired by a classic New York 1920 bathroom that so many of us still have for better or worse. Read the backstory if you haven’t in the past. A Loft 1 is currently being completed in NYC and will be posting some gorgeous phots in the next couple of weeks. In meantime enjoy these ARESENIC bathrooms.

Bathroom with Arsenic color walls.
















Arcenic, 214 by Farrow & Ball.









Bathroom in Jacques Grange Mark Hotel.














Loft 1 visualization.















Btahroom in Casa Claudia, by architects: Renato Salles & Vivian Giometti.


I gathered a small collection of lovely contemporary bathrooms that very much remind me of our own Naturalist 2. The common elements are: clean lines, soft limestones, warm woods and contemporary plumbing fittings. All featured bathrooms are quite generous in size and feature some pricy materials. On the contrary our Naturalist 2 is very small, only 35 square feet and the cost of materials will not break your bank.

I like the chunky vanity and the white towel rack complemented by the white sconces.





















A shower in Pirates Bay house by O'Connor and Houle Architecture. Nice use of wood and beautiful black fittings.






















A luxurious Naturalist shower. I like the big shower platform.





















Our Naturalist 2 bathroom.
























Our own Naturalist 2 bathroom, faucet and sink detail.





















If you like the bathrooms featured above but don’t quite have the space or the budget see how to get this look here.






A few blocks away from the Minimalist 2 bathrooms in Chelsea we are currently building a Minimalist 1 bathroom.  Again, the bathroom is very small, so we had to make some modifications to the Basic Design.  Currently the rough plumbing is completed, the waterproofing and tile is installed.  Shortly the plumber will mount the bathroom fixtures, the millworker will place the mirrors above the accent wall and the electrician will take care of the lighting.

1_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

The black accent wall is prepared to receive the wall mounted washbasin.

2_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

The wall above the washbasin is framed for a mirrored niche.

3_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

In this bathroom the accent wall was designed to make a 90 degree turn and extend under the window. This is where the wall-hung toilet will be mounted.


4_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

The glass shower partition is already installed.

5_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

We used a matching stone slab at the top of the shower curb to complement the porcelain tile. The linear drain is visible in the background.

6_Minimalist 1 on 15th Street

We created a ledge to protect the steam pipe from direct contact with water. The ledge will also be useful for placing shampoo and soap.

We are looking forward to posting images of the completed bathroom in a few weeks!


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.
































































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.

Minimalist in Chelsea 1

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

Minimalist in Chelsea 2

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.

Minimalist in Chelsea 4

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

Minimalist in Chelsea 5

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…


There are two bathrooms currently under construction in the same building in Chelsea, NYC.  They are both based on the Minimalist 2 design, and both are customized as the layouts differ from our Basic Package.  Both will have shower stalls instead of bathtubs. The apartments are really small and we imagine that young professionals with no kids will live there, so a shower seemed like a sensible choice.  Both bathrooms will have floor mounted toilets instead of wall mounted, as the bathrooms were already under construction when we came in, and we wanted to minimize the plumbing changes.  This is where the similarities end, since each bathroom has a different layout and we carefully adapted our Basic Design to the unique conditions of each space.

Below are some construction progress photos.

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The first bathroom, with rough-ins prepared for plumbing fixtures.  The black material on the walls and floor is liquid applied waterproofing. The open corner with brick visible beyond is the framing for a large mirrored medicine cabinet.

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The shower stall waiting to be tiled.

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The shower pan base will steel receive waterproofing where the lead shower pan was installed and covered with compound.

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This is the second bathroom.  The tiling of the shower stall has already begun.

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There will be a niche in this shower, where shampoo and soap can be placed.  In the first bathroom the window sill can be used for this purpose.

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The tiling of the side wall in the shower has commenced.  The wall surface next to the shower stall will be covered by another layer of greenboard so that the tile and wall surface will be flush.

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The waterproofing of the shower stall is protected while the workers are tiling the walls.

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This wall will receive the blue accent tile.

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An opening in the wall is framed to receive the medicine cabinet.

To be continued…


We had a great first blogging season here at Uniform Design and we enjoyed creating the posts and interacting with our audience.  A big thank you to all our readers, supporters and clients – without you, there would be no point in what we are doing.  We would like to wish you all a fantastic year 2012 full of fresh ideas and dreams come true.

Below you will find the best of the best – the most popular blog posts of 2011.


The Backstory of Naturalist 1 was one of the favorite inspiration stories for our designs.


The Renovation Dos and Dont’s were and will remain a good resource for anyone who considers (or is in the midst of) a renovation.


White remains a classic favorite color for bathrooms, therefore the Story in White  was well received.


We were very excited about the Customized Townhouse 1 Bathroom in Europe, and so were our readers.


The Natural Accessories post provided simple and inexpensive ideas for introducing that feel of nature to any bathroom, and was very well received.


The Customized Naturalist 2 bathroom may be the smallest in the world, but arguably it is also one of the most beautiful.

To be continued next year…


It is my great pleasure to present our completed, customized Naturalist 2. It seems the smaller the project the more attention and love it requires. It was certainly true with this 34 square feet bathroom. It is thought through to perfection:  from the fixtures and details, through the stone, to the accessories. Every bit of space is used: the cavity between studs to create the storage niche in the shower, the mirrored angled wall to create greater sense of space and light. Photography Jeff Cate.






















































































































































We are finishing our customized Naturalist 2 bathroom and I am on a lookout for accessories. Since we were not able to use as many original wood elements as we would have liked due to space and budget restrictions, the goal is to achieve the same effect with beautiful natural accessories. Related posts: Customized Naturalist 2 in NYC – Part I and Customized Naturalist 2 in NYC – Part II.

Rivera Bath towel, $75 available at Matteo.


Moldger solid birch soap dish, $2.49 available at Ikea.




Linen bath mat, $49 available at Brook Farm General Store.














Oresund birch toilet seat, $19 available at Ikea.










Cotton venetian blind cord by Librett, $49 at Vercesi Hardware. It will be used to wrap a steam pipe.








Wood waste bin, $49 available at Muji.




We are 2 weeks into the construction of a customized Naturalist 2 bathroom in New York City. The new shower lead pan has been installed along with the rough – ins (parts of plumbing fixtures that go in the wall). The recessed storage niches in the shower and across from the washbasin, where integrated medicine cabinet will be installed, have been framed. Wall tiling is halfway done. The stone tiles look great, they are perfect proportions and size for this bathroom, are very light and have subtle variations.  The contactors will be installing the plumbing fixtures and accessories this week, can’t wait. Also, see CUSTOMIZED NATURALIST 2 IN NYC – PART I.

New shower lead pan.


Niche at shower.


Medicine cabinet niche framing.


Tiling - half way done.


Shower bar and thermostatic pressure valve – going in this week.


Washbasin, 25in wide, 12in deep, 5.5in high.


Washbasin faucet.