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.






Just a little round up of plumbing installations using exposed copper pipes and simple classic cross handles. Although all the images show the rough plumbing combined with vintage porcelain tub or a rough concrete surface, I can also see the copper pipes working beautifully in an all-white minimalist bathroom clad with corian.























































Usually we write about bathrooms.  But today I would like to digress a bit and share with you an amazing house, with an amazing swimming pool.  Take a look at the Villa Midgård designed by Stockholm based DAPstockholm.


The front of the building.

The pool from above.

A peek into the pool from the front.  How cool is this?

The bathroom in this house is pretty great as well, and deserves a separate post.  Stay tuned.



I have been looking for bathroom cabinets without mirrors and I came across some cool ones with the Swiss cross graphic. This inspired me to see what other “cross” bathroom items can be found. I found 2 great tiles: one from Ann Sacks and one from Alloy Design. I also found a sweet fabric, that would be great for a shower curtain, as well as a burlap basket that could be used for extra towels, tp rolls or even magazines. Love them!

Pharmacy box.
















Swiss cross fabric from - perfect for a shower curtain.

Ann Sacks white cross tile.

Cross cabinet from, size 17” x 5.75” x 17”, available in orange, green, blue and white.
















Smoked mirror cross tiles from











Black Swiss cross basket by BrinandNohl, size 10"H x 11" W x 12" L, found on, $39.99.

Burlap bag with cross graphic.


I was looking for some washbasin faucets for a new project, and I came across this intriguing faucet by the French company Horus.  I can imagine using it for a kids bathroom, or in a guest bathroom at a summer house.  Magnifique!






As promised, we are posting photos of the second Minimalist 2 bathroom in Chelsea.  Compared to the first Chelsea Minimalist 2, this one looks quite different, although there are many similarities.  We used the same fixtures, finishes and accessories for both.  The sizes are also similar.  What makes the difference is the window location.  In the first bathroom the window is in the shower.  In this second bathroom, the window is above the toilet, and our blue tile accent wall extends all the way up and wraps inside of the window opening.  We chose a large mirror above the sink to counter-balance the size of the window opening.

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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.
































































Thomas Bendel is a Berlin, Germany based architect whose projects I very much admire.  His approach to bathroom design is very interesting and bold.  He uses monolithic surfaces, cast stone and black stained wood veneer.  The bathrooms are very spare, clean and airy, but they do not feel sterile due to the use of wood and the warm color of stone. If you look at Thomas Bendel’s projects you will find that he approaches bathroom design in a similar manner as the design of other rooms, carefully arranging bold shapes and surfaces in otherwise empty spaces.

Bad Eulgem / Goldhammer Berlin bathroom.

Bad Eulgem / Goldhammer Berlin bathroom.

Bathroom in Haus Bold.

Bathroom in Haus Bold.

Haus Plath/Bosse 1

Haus Plath/Bosse 1

Bathroom in Haus Plath/Bosse.

Wohnung Braun 1

Wohnung Braun 2

Bathroom in Wohnung Braun.



I have a weakness for all things apothecary: cabinets, jars, stools, tables etc. I esteem apothecary cabinets for their organizational aspect, but also for their finishes and a layer of history they can add to a space. There are many places that still sell them today. I found two on, but I have also seen less expensive versions at Restoration Hardware. If you don’t have the floor space, consider the indigo wall cabinet.

Painted steel and glass apothecary cabinet.












60 drawer vintage apothecary cabinet available at Linda Rosen Antiques, $1975.










Polished nickel and glass vintage apothecary cabinet available at Novecento Antiques, $3500.

















Apothecary wall cabinet.