When architect Anne Sophie Goneau first entered the nearly 130-year-old flat she was hired to remodel in Montreal, she found low ceilings, dark green wallpaper, and unsightly rubber floors. As demolition began, workers uncovered interesting steel beams, raw brick, and hemlock wood walls. Goneau wound up not merely preserving them but making them the central focus of her design. In the bathroom, light from two frosted windows fills the bathroom. The custom, stainless steel countertop sits atop a luxurious marble-encased bath by Caml Tomlin.
Zecc Architects and Roel van Norel show just what can happen when great minds work together. Fine craftsmanship underlies this collaboration in the quiet forest north of Utrecht. The result is a thoughtful, versatile cabin that lets the owners "flee daily life" while taking in as much or as little of nature as they like. In the bedroom, a door opens directly to the stainless steel shower. A half-bath sits just outside the bedroom, allowing guests easy access to it when a dividing wood panel is drawn.
Historic details and modern interventions commune in two bathrooms in a renovated West Village town house. In the third floor's master bathroom, the angular brushed-stainless-steel sink and painted plywood vanity are custom. The general contractor built the vanity and commissioned the sink from New York’s Master Restaurant Equipment.
In an architecturally conservative area of San Francisco, this house built on a 20-foot-wide lot proves that modern design can fit—literally and figuratively—in any neighborhood. With no internal walls or visual barriers, each interior environment flows generously into the next. The unifying elements of walnut and steel—with a little marble and concrete thrown in—continue downstairs in the bathroom and bedroom.
A self-taught architectural designer, Tom Givone embarked upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. Givone filled the home with salvaged pieces contrasting with modern ones. In the bathroom, a 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel is topped by Hudson Reed faucets.
The first time Houston-based architectural designer Barbara Hill set foot inside what would become her future second house, a 100-year-old adobe in Marfa, Texas, she found a cramped warren of rooms filled to the brim with trash. Undaunted, Hill purchased the property and spent the next year and a half transforming the derelict building into a sophisticated and slightly rough-around-the-edges retreat. Seeking a large-scale artwork that could also act as a privacy screen for her bedroom, Hill hung the vintage hotel sign on a blackened-steel sliding track.