Step inside seven bathrooms and powder rooms that challenge a typical approach to the sink and vanity.
Bathroom sinks are an excellent way for designers to express their unique approach to a space by creating something entirely custom. Whether through a striking stone or a sculptural shape, we see how this seemingly ordinary feature can become anything but.
01. Brazilian Residence
Location: Rifaina, Brazil
Embodying a strong inside-outside design sensibility, this holiday home in Brazil is marked by the use of raw, nature-inspired materials. Timber-clad walls and ceilings are paired with natural stone, including a monolithic custom sink made out of locally-sourced rock.
02. Mirror Image
Location: Sydney, Australia
Design: Smac Studio
The brief for Mirror Image called for a home that was “Hotelesque and ready to entertain”, inviting an unconventional yet striking blend of materials. The powder room is reminiscent of an igloo, with a custom ice-blue marble sink and corresponding curved plaster walls.
03. Residence DVB
Location: Knokke, Belgium
Design: Dries De Malsche
Dries De Malsche was tasked with designing a light and clean, yet warm family abode in the Belgian coastal town of Knokke. Taking cues from the kitchen, the bathroom features a curved custom sink clad in milky marble, coinciding with the home’s distinctly Belgian material palette.
04. OD House
Location: Majorca, Spain
Design: Jorge Bibiloni Studio
Much of the stonework throughout OD House is crafted from Binissalem, a stone typical of its location and often referred to as Majorca’s marble. The bathroom features a custom sink crafted from Binissalem, demonstrating the timeless beauty of the age-old material.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Design: Alexander &CO.
This industrial-building-turned-apartment in Sydney is anchored by a custom concrete kitchen bench, which, due to its weight and size, had to be carried in by a crane. Alexander &CO. chose to replicate this monolithic feature on a much smaller scale in the bathrooms, creating sculptural ‘floating’ sinks – these ones a little easier to carry in.
06. Casa Escuela
Location: Mérida, Mexico
Design: Monica Calderon and Ezequiel Farca
This converted school in Mérida is imbued with a strong Mexican sensibility, proudly conveyed through the region’s signature materials and earthen tones. In the bathrooms, craftsmanship is expressed in the form of raw, naturally-shaped stone basins preserved from the original building, which have been completed with weathered-copper taps.
07. Elwood Residence
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Design: Flack Studio
Flack Studio have paid tribute to this Melbourne home’s 1920s hallmarks through expressive stone, bronze detailing and rich mulberry hues. In the bathroom, venetian plaster wraps the walls; a foundation to the Rosso Levanto marble sink with hammered aged brass cladding custom designed by the studio.