Kitchen and Bath Business - September 2016 - page 3

Bathrooms
Achildren’s bathroomemulates an
urban skateboardparkwithapurpose
Abathroomredesign creates anunconventional
spacewithanurban loft appeal
EDGYANDECO-FRIENDLY
GRAYWITHATWIST
DESIGNER COCO KANAKIS
, principal of Bedford Corners,
N.Y.-based Spaciality Inc., used the challenge of designing
a children’s bathroom to create a fun and resourceful design.
“The concept we came up with was an urban skate park,“
said Kanakis.“Looking at the room, you can easily visualize
the concrete ramps, black asphalt and a melee of colorfully
decked skateboards swirling in the brightness of flood lights
amongst the backdrop of a tree-filled park.”
A BOYISH FLAIR
For a whimsical design that would still be lowmaintenance,
the designer relocated the plumbing to open up the space for
more storage and a centerpiece vanity.
“The 60-in.drawer vanity addressed storage andorganiza-
tion issues beautifully, keeping the visible surfaces clean and
tidy while housing all the necessary items within its glossy
gray walls,”saidKanakis.
The vanity itself is surrounded by ceramic tile printedwith
skateboard designs.This creative part of the project,as well as
its all-over eco-friendliness,caught our judges’eyes.
“The skateboard tile was an unexpected find and exactly
what we needed to further inject the space with youthful vi-
brancy – engaging you from the moment you open the bath-
room door,”said Kanakis, adding that the design was copied
fromrecycled skateboards and printed onto ceramic tile.
SOURCES
DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER:
CocoKanakis
MANUFACTURERS:
Art
of Board – provided by
the Tile Spark, Duofix,
Duravit, Fantini, Geberit,
Porcelanosa, VIPP
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DesignerCocoKanakis
selectedadual-flushtoilet
alongwiththe low-flowfaucets,
whichhelpraisemoneyfor100
Fontane,FantiniforAfrica.
The concept of the skateboard
park formed the basis for the
color palette that juxtaposes
colorful hues against more
neutral, earthy urban tones.
DESIGNER LORI CARROLL
of Tucson, Ariz.-based Lori Carroll and
Associates was tasked with creating a better,bolder powder room.
“This homeowners asked for daring in their powder room design
but without the saturated color scheme or flashy décor,”said Carroll.
“Theywantedanunconventional space thatwould leaveguests talking.”
PROJECT INSPIRATION
The idea behind the design came from a material Carroll found at a
local tile showroom.Later installedon the vanitywall,thesehandmade,
slanted,slab tiles have the signature look of concrete.
“The tiles are evocative of an industrial loft –with a twist,”saidCar-
roll. “Complementing the glazed tiles with a combed plaster finish
heightens themetropolitan flair.”
The concrete-look tile may have encouraged the powder room’s
gray palette, but Carroll worked to ensure the gray was not too deep
or saturated.
“While gray is typically considered a safe color, varying shades
actually provide a calming, subtle elegance important in any guest
space,”she said.“We chose a more dynamic element to pair with the
moodiness of gray:themagical transformationofmetal after heating.”
Theuseof torch-cut steel is the seconddistinctive featureof this space
andwraps around the corner to the toilet alcove.Eachfinishedpiece is
washed inwarm,natural hues likeblueandred tones.The consideration
put intoeachelementmade this small bathroomstandout toour judges,
alongwith its simple palette and uniquemix of textures.
SOURCES
DESIGNER:
Lori Carroll and
Guillermo Bazua, Lori Carroll
& Associates
PHOTOGRAPHER:
JonMancuso
MANUFACTURERS:
ArtisticMetals,
Bocci, DAR Tile, Fiesta Electric,
Fractured Earth, Ferguson,
Hopper Finishes, Stone River
Studios, Tabu
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The soft gray of a quarter-cut
wood vanity lends sleekness to the
space, and the clean lines and complex
angle of the customcabinet fit themini-
malist allure of this loft-inspired space.
Envisioning an urban vibe using grays,
amixture of sleek and textured finishes
and absolutely no pigmented color
resulted in a powder room that may be
neutral but with an effect that’s not.
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