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This dark-toned bathroom, designed by Angelique Armstrong, won the 2020 TIDA New Zealand Designer Suite award.
There’s no sign that the trend towards dark moody bathrooms is waning.
This year’s New Zealand bathroom winners in the 2020 Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) include several dark bathrooms that feature natural materials.
Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors in Christchurch won the 2020 New Zealand TIDA Designer Suite with a bathroom designed for a successful businessman in his 50s, who wanted a “dark and masculine” suite.
Armstrong says the suite measures 8m by 3m, so there was plenty of room to create a large, opulent space, with the bath and double shower at either end. The walls feature bluestone cut in random lengths with a honed leather finish, and the double vanity is fabricated from Neolith Calatorao.
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A 50mm gap at the back of the vanity allows it to sit out from the wall to create a “floating” effect, enhanced by LED lighting. The custom mirrors are finished in anthracite, and open steel shelving either side reinforces the masculine look.
The timber ceiling was stained to match timber throughout the house, which includes 150-year-old reclaimed French oak flooring.
Angelique Armstrong also won the award for best powder room, with a bathroom in the same house. Once again, the room features bluestone walls and Neolith Calatorao on the vanity, which has a trough basin.
Rough-sawn timber cabinetry also features in the powder room.
Angelique Armstrong won a third award – the 2020 TIDA New Zealand Designer Bathroom – with a more feminine bathroom designed to be user-friendly for a client with a wheelchair.
The basin and freestanding bath are teamed with neutral-toned patterned tiles and dark timber shutters.
Strachan Group Architects (SGA) won the 2020 New Zealand Architect-designed Bathroom award with an long, narrow ensuite that imparts a “warm Japanese feel”. The shower was designed so the owners could enjoy the immediate rural and distant harbour views.
Although just 1.4m wide, the ensuite is a generous 8m long, which creates a slightly “tubular” look. The architects say this works to accentuate the view out the full-height window at the end of the shower.
The shower features a flush duckboard floor – the absence of doors or screens make it part of the greater space.
Daniel Marshall of Daniel Marshall Architects won the 2020 TIDA New Zealand Architect-designed Suite. Marshall says the team wanted the room to appear carved out of a single piece of stone.
A sculptural vanity runs seamlessly along one entire wall, which allows for a makeup area/seat to be an intermediary element between the wardrobe and the ensuite.
A small mosaic tile was used for accents in the niche behind the bath, and the back of the vanity.
Luxury was also to the fore in last year’s winning TIDA Bathrooms. This video first screened in August 2019.