Thursday, April 23, 2009

2009 Kips Bay Show House: Bathrooms

Even the bathrooms at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House are chic and stylish! I especially loved the "his master bathroom" designed by GunkelmanFlesher. The firm is was founded in Minneapolis and has a design style that runs from traditional to contemporary which means that their work is tailored to each specific space. It's this mix of elements that works so well in this bathroom too.

First, the walls were treated in a cement finish that add a rough and masculine texture to them. It's a very unique wall treatment that sets the stage for all the other materials. This bookcase is metal, the chair is rope, the chair on the other side is leather, the rug is a natural woven material, the vanity is wood as is the floor in the room and shower, and they all work perfectly together. The materials are masculine but I love that the room isn't too masculine.

I love that the bathroom is treated as a real room which includes furniture and art. It's also a large room and I appreciate that they tucked the shower and toilets behind the vanity wall. I think it's nice if the toilet is not the first thing you see when you walk into a bathroom.

I loved the teak floor in the shower and wooden cubes. Of course you wouldn't shower with a vase of forsythia but I think it adds another wonderful natural element to the room. I think the entire room was really well thought out and even though it's a man's bathroom, I wouldn't mind using it too! I had a chance to meet Andrew Flesher of GunkelmanFlesher and he couldn't have been nicer. Since they have recently opened a New York office, I have a feeling that we're going to be seeing a lot more from this talented team!

"Her Bathroom" across the hall designed by Shields & Company couldn't be any different but it's still very chic! I can only imagine how much time and effort went into designing an entire room in this Dahlia floral pattern mosaic tiles by SICIS! It's amazing! And the best part of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is that there is something for everyone!

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