Tempted by Design: Exotic Natural Stone Dream Bathrooms
There are few architecture achievements in the world that can surpass the opulence and beauty of Roman bathhouses. Grand colonnades, arches, and domes constructed in exquisite terracotta, marble, and mosaic decorated these social centers. Built thousands of years ago, they were architectural and technological marvels, even to today’s standards. They were luxurious, spa-like, and became central to Roman culture, often the center for social gatherings and regarded as a major part of physical and spiritual wellness.
Love Happens is honoring this long tradition by highlighting natural stone dream bathrooms in this edition of Tempted by Design. Spring is symbolic of hope and renewal, and it’s with these qualities in mind that we focus on the design aspects of the modern bathroom—a place to escape to and reemerge fresh and rejuvenated. Marble, natural stone elements, and fine finishes make these sanctuaries more than just another room in the house. Just as bathhouses were a central part of the city throughout the Roman empire, the bathroom is still an essential part of the home today. Although modernized, the use of timeless, natural materials and finishes evoke an essence of the private baths, or balneae, so reminiscent of the bathhouses situated throughout the historic, Roman landscape.
We’ve narrowed our selection down to very luxurious dream bathrooms that have incorporated exotic natural stones to perfection. Join us as we take a one-of-a-kind tour through some of Europe’s and North America’s most exclusive, private and public baths. Whether you’re in London, Paris, or Chicago these dream bathrooms are taking inspiration from the best of Italy and making them all their own.
words by: Alexa Janelle
Article Originally Appeared in Love Happens Volume 2, 2018
Studio K | BLVD Chicago
Photo by Kailley Lindman / Courtesy of BLVD
The women’s restroom at BLVD Chicago is an experience that won’t easily be forgotten, a design element that is central to Karen Herold’s Studio K mission. This contemporary restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop is reminiscent of 1950’s Hollywood glamour. The art deco feel is classic and not quick to go out of fashion. This has much to do with the choice of color, tone, and texture utilized throughout the space.
Photo by Iman Schuk @styledfabulous
The dark interior of the ladies room immediately adds to the elegance of the design. Dark Marmo Nero marble floors give the room dimension—grounding the room in a sense of tradition and timelessness—while private wash basins set in Excalibur Quartzite and decorated with gold finishes, add a sense of exclusivity to the BLVD experience.
Obsidian Signature Interiors | London
Photo by Marco Joe Fazio
Working primarily on residential projects for exclusive, international clients, Obsidian Signature Interiors’ bathroom featured here is a one-of-a-kind design for a space in the exclusive St. James’s district. Sleek and sexy, this bathroom incorporates traditional elements in a contemporary way.
Photo by Marco Joe Fazio
Black onyx and black obsidian line the floors, walls, and countertops giving the space a dark and dramatic feel. The focus of the room, however, is immediately the backlit, honey onyx shower. It is the same material framing each of the two mirrors situated above the vessel sinks. Overall, the space is sophisticated and very of the moment, yet retains an essence of warmth and timelessness.
Karl Lagerfeld | Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Undeniably one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris is the Hotel de Crillon. It recently underwent a $200M renovation directed by Aline d’Amman from Culture in Architect (a Paris-and Lebanon-based design firm). Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel, was commissioned to design Les Grand Appartements, two suites located in the hotel.
Photo by Andy Haslam
Every element in these suite’s luxurious dream bathrooms is finished in stunning Italian marble. The Concorde features sprawling slabs of rare white and gray Arabescato Fantastico marble including a 2-ton tub carved from one solid block. While the Eiffel features a striking sapphire, black and white marble. Both baths are regal and elegant, allowing the Italian marble to be the star.
Kelly Hoppen | One Shenzhen Bay
One of the most ambitious design projects in modern history, the One Shenzhen Bay building, designed to reflect the major metropolitan centers of the world, is an amazing representation of Kelly’s ability to utilize natural materials to their optimum potential. White Calacatta marble lines the space and brass accents throughout add a sense of glamour while highlighting the simplicity of the white stone. Blending into the space is Kelly Hoppen’s Serenity bathtub, created for the Australian, luxury, bathware brand, Apaiser. The oval bathtub is made from apaiser marble, a reclaimed marble enriched with a pure blend of Australian minerals praised for its durability.
Ahmed Mady | Dubai
Rendered by Dubai architect, Ahmed Mady, this stunning bathroom features floor to ceiling marble giving it an element of strength and luxuriousness. Visitors will be immediately drawn to the marble inlay at the back of the room where an exquisitely lit portrait of a seemingly Roman goddess watches over the space. Two marble countertops sit parallel to one another and feature side-by-side double vessel sinks. Framing each user’s personal reflections are four opulently framed gold mirrors that resemble the rays of the sun. Each component of this design is flawlessly executed and proof that natural materials are a sure way to create glamour.
Kendall Wilkinson Design | Silicon Valley, CA
Photo by Paul Dyer Photography
Ranging from luxurious office buildings to exquisite private residences, Kendall Wilkinson’s vision of classic timelessness combined with modern flare attracts the most exclusive clients. At this stunning home, designed by Ken Lindsteadt Architects and built by Van Acker Construction Associates, her ability to create contemporary yet traditional spaces is beautifully portrayed. Driven by the homeowner’s love of consummate design, Kendall captures the rugged terrain of Silicon Valley using organic color schemes and natural tones, contrasted by the refined elegance of selected furniture and artwork.
Photo by Paul Dyer Photography
Carved in Italy from white onyx, this commanding faceted tub echoes a piece of fine jewelry, making it the focal point of the master bath. The beautifully crafted tub anchors the space, setting the scene for the picturesque landscape designed by Lutsko Associates which is accessed through custom Shoji screens. The Holly Hunt side table perfectly accents the neutral tones, adding vibrant color and capturing the essence of the overall interior.
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