2015 Bathroom Creative Excellence Award Win

Project: Fendalton 01

2015 NKBA Design Awards: Winner – myTrends Innovative Bathroom Award
Winner – Creative Excellence Bathroom Award

Winner/Designer: Davinia Sutton/Sam Lawrence.
Davinia Sutton Ltd. Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 356 2722

Tile installation: Feature wall, floor and shower. Camillo Schulz and the Terranova Tiling team.

Photography: Stephen Goodenough

Tiles: Provenza Miscela Sabia,
Provenza Composto Sabbia,
both from European ceramics

Cabinetry: American White Oak by prime panels with Tekton edges

Handles/feet: Recessed finger pulls; Katalog

Vanity top/bath recess insert: Marine ply with Prime Art veneer; American White Oak with 2 mm Tekton edges

Vanity basins: Progetto Teorama Vessel

Vanity tapware: Paini Cox

Showerheads: Hansgrohe Raindance

Hardware: Blumotion

Bath: Progetto Ava Stone freestanding

Bath tapware: Progetto Tube

Designer statement

This renovation created a serene, sensual ensuite bathroom using space gained from a poorly functioning wardrobe. It was part of a major remodel of the entire master bedroom wing, which has been transformed into a private sanctuary for the clients.

The bathroom needed to feature clean lines and textural finishes, with attractive yet simply styled fittings and fixtures. There was also a requirement for twin basins, a walk-in shower freestanding bath and toilet.

The existing space needed some tweaking due to the existing roof line which was low in places. This determined the room layout.

Natural light from the shuttered window floods a dual walk-in shower that takes centre stage at one end of the room. The space enhances the room’s symmetry in benefits from the extra height created by the roof gable.

Twin Vanity bowls set on a custom-made piece of furniture that provides plenty of storage. Through the storage is available in the mirror cabinet.

The freestanding bath sits opposite the vanity, with a timber-lined niche rebated into the tiled wall. This is the perfect place for candles and a glass of wine.

The pallete is kept simple with the mix of finishes providing a sense of warmth and personality. While the design uses all the available space, the careful play on form and finish ensures the desired sense of luxury.

Judges comments

This renovation had an awkward roofline to deal with, and was a difficult room to get light into. An innovative approach to the design has made best use of the space and this is enhanced by an accomplished selection of materials. The vanity in particular is a beautiful piece of design.