For design mavericks Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, a challenging site that slopes toward the sea yields a unique opportunity to create an intimate and relaxing hideaway. “There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Adler says about furnishing the interior. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément.
This master bathroom in this Japanese-inspired modernist retreat outside of Seattle features an eye-popping sea green tile inlay.
The sunken bathtub in George Nakashima’s Sanso Villa mimics the shape of a swimming pool on the grounds. His daughter, Mira Nakashima, took over the studio after his death and now lives and works on the property. “A Japanese garden often has a central pond derived from the character for ‘heart’ or ‘spirit,’ and this may be an abstraction of that character,” she says of the tub’s sculptural form.
The resident of this renovated 19th-century duplex in Brooklyn spent the entirety of the project’s construction firing tiles at Choplet Ceramics Studio in her free time for the upstairs bathroom. Each one was airbrushed by hand: “I felt like a deranged Martha Stewart,” she says, jokingly.
At their weekend home in the tiny town of Sharon, Connecticut, architect Lynn Gaffney and her husband, financial portfolio manager Bill Backus, the couple used penny tiles in the guest bathroom, “because they’re incredibly economical, utilitarian, and we liked their kitschy feel,” says Gaffney.
In the small village of Spannum, in the Dutch province of Friesland, Claudy Jongstra heads a felt-design studio whose modesty in process and material belie its overwhelming commercial appeal and architectural scale. Tiles of natural felt dot the walls in the Universitair Medisch Centrum, Utrecht, where Jongstra was asked to create a warmer feeling for this wing of the medical center to which people come for radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
In this industrial loft renovation in Brooklyn, the bathroom features a pattern of gray and turquoise tiles that climbs from the floors up the walls. They serve as a burst of color among the predominately white walls elsewhere, transforming the bathroom into one of the apartment’s most striking spaces.
The bathrooms of this green, family-centric beach getaway in Oxnard, California, feature Oceanside Glasstile recycled glass tiles from Mission Tile West, in palettes inspired by the home’s coastal setting. The ground-floor bathroom is tiled in brown like the earth, the guest bathroom in seafoam green, and the master bathroom in blue like the sky.
Architect Christopher Deam clad this master bathroom's tub and walls in Carrara marble. An AJ Wall sconce by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen sheds some light on bathtub reading. The modern Mill Valley home renovation just so happens to belong to Dwell's founder, Lara Hedberg Deam, and her family.