How this elegant bathroom achieved a minimal, 70s aesthetic

16 June 2019

The brief for this bathroom asked for a 70s reference with contemporary styling, and architect Daniel Marshall delivered. See how he created a minimal, elegant aesthetic below

Renovation of a 1970s home by Robert Railley

Daniel Marshall, DMA

St Heliers, Auckland

Reference 70s styling while using contemporary detailing

How does the design work in with the rest of the house?

It ties into our response of referring to 70s styling, but using contemporary materials and detailing.

How did you achieve luxury in this small space (14 square metres)?

It’s in the way the materials respond to the play of light. Although the room is dark and moody, light filters through exterior louvres and scatters on the mosaics and illuminates the limestone. This gives the room depth and a luxurious nature that belies its scale. Planning helps too – tucking the WC and shower into separate compartments allowed us to showcase the bath,
without taking up too much room.

Talk us through the materials.

The palette is reasonably restrained and reinforces the moody quality of the space. The mahogany cabinetry was a nod to the 70s roots of the original house.

What do you like most?

The way evening light hits the liquorice mosaic tiles.

Bath and basin Marblo Mojo from Metrix

Bath mixer and spout Almar brushed nickel from Metrix

Cabinetry Mahogany

Floor and wall tiles marble; glass Vixel mosaic in Oil by Artedomus

Handles Halliday & Baillie

Shower mixer and tapware Antique nickel by Cox from Metrix

Towel rail Quaver from Metrix

Vanity Nero Assoluto in Velvet by Artedomus

WC ‘ME by Starck’ by Philippe Starck for Duravit from Metrix.

Photography by: Sam Hartnett.

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