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, natural stone, Natural stone travertine, Gusto Dark

2015 Bathroom Design of the Year Gold Award Win

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

Tapware: Vola

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 work practice—concerned with detail, their choice of high standard materials—and Terranova Tiling’s artisan tile installation, attentive to the designer’s vision and the fit and finish, combine to shine like gold. This Bathroom Design of the Year rewards providing industry direction and leadership by example. Terranova tiling takes pride in their work and very happy to have been recognised as part of the team that made this modern, natural stone sanctuary the three time winner for Davinia Sutton and Sam Lawrence in 2015.

Designer statement


2015 Bathroom Design of the Year publication. Click to view the booklet.

The clients’ brief was to achieve a spacious feel for their master ensuite, constrained by a confined architectural space. They wanted the design to reflect modern architecture and create a private sanctuary. Their brief was a design with refined lines, beautiful natural surfaces and attractive fittings and fixtures.
The response was a bathroom that has a calm ambience. The design reflects contemporary restraint, while the layout forms a practical and private feature shower zone.
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 contrasts with the natural travertine walls. The mitred timber drawer unit and the mirror above is functional and provides ample storage.
The expanse of luxe natural stone tiles that line the entire space, provides the room with warmth and texture. 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.
High quality fittings, careful lighting detail and resolute colour palette further enhance the serene atmosphere.

Judges’ comments

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.