Project: Fendalton 01
Awards: Winner – NKBA Bathroom Design of the Year Gold
Winner – Best Use of Small Space – Bathroom
Winner – Regional Bathroom Award – Central and Top of the South Island
Winner/Designer: Davinia Sutton/Sam Lawrence.
Davinia Sutton Ltd. Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 356 2722
Tile installation: Camillo Schulz and the Terranova Tiling team.
Photography: Stephen Goodenough
Tiles: Natural stone travertine in Gusto Dark from Country Floors
Floor tiles: Nero Acapulco from SpazioCasa
Cabinetry: American White Oak by Prime Panels with Tekton edges
Vanity top: Honed and enhanced slate from Trethewey Artisan Stone
Basin: Natural slate with mitred corners by Tretheway Artisan Stone
Toilet: Catalano Zero
Shower tapware: Vola fixed head and hand shower; Fantini ceiling-mounted rain shower
Lighting: LED from Accent Lighting
The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association’s annual design competition is where Davinia Sutton/Sam Lawrence’s creative inspiration and work practice—very attentive to and concerned with accuracy and detail—their impeccable choice of materials, and Terranova’s artisan tile installation all combine to shine like gold. As a whole in this Bathroom Design of the Year, gold has been rewarded for providing industry direction and leadership by example. Terranova tiling is fastidious in their work and very proud to have been recognised as part of the team that made this modern, discrete, natural stone sanctuary the three time NKBA bathroom award winner for Davinia Sutton and Sam Lawrence in 2015.
The clients’ brief was to achieve a spacious feel for their master ensuite, despite the confined architectural space. They wanted the design to reflect modern architecture, but also create a private sanctuary. They requested a design with refined lines, beautiful natural surfaces and attractive fittings and fixtures.
The response was a bathroom that has a calm, serene ambience. The design reflects contemporary restraint, while the layout forms a practical and private feature shower zone, creating the perfect place to restore mind and body.
The custom-made vanity top, formed from natural honed slate, is pinned between walls and elevated from the floor. While enhancing the sense of space and being easy to clean, it also adds a wow factor and makes a sharp contrast to the natural travertine walls. The mitred timber drawer unit and the mirror above provide ample storage and functionality.
The expanse of natural stone tiles that line the entire space, provides the room with a sense of warmth, texture, serenity and luxury. The tiling is in simple brick bond format—referencing the architecture, while also playing on use of form. The design utilises all the available space, and the clever mix of selected finishes and fixtures provides the room with a spacious, free-flowing feel.
The highest quality fittings, careful lighting detail and organic palette further enhance the Zen-like atmosphere.
The attention to detail in this bathroom is impressive—right down to the way the handle has been formed as part of the glass shower door. It’s a simple palette with subtle but contrasting colour. And simple ideas have been developed and followed through. The lighting is particularly well planned.
in the NKBA 2015 “My Trends” Awards booklet.