2009 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS
THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN BATHROOM DESIGN PUSH THE ENVELOPE WITH OFT-OVERLOOKED MATERIALS, CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY (THINK WATER STREAMING FROM THE CEILING!) AND SPA-LIKE DETAILS
Bath Category – Winner
TYRA DELLACROCE – Connecticut Stone Supplies
Creating a bathroom fit for a bachelor—this was the task for Tyra Dellacroce and her team at Connecticut Stone Supplies. The owner requested a more masculine feel, one that still maintained the natural and organic atmosphere of his Milford waterfront home. Dellacroce took natural materials like pebbles and slate and used them to create a contemporary design. "A lot of people struggle with this idea," says Dellacroce. "But you can use traditional materials and make them contemporary in their application, simply by incorporating things like pattern and cut." This is especially true for the centerpiece of the room, the Kohler Infinity tub, which is filled by water streaming from a Kohler ceiling apparatus (excess water overflows into the basin underneath).
Other intricate detailing includes the ocean-blue travertine flooring and surrounding tub deck. The floor is a vein-cut stone and the tub deck uses a cross cut. "The wrong cuts or patterns can look very busy, but by using the same stone in different cuts, the lines are clean and sleek," explains Dellacroce. Also boasting sleek and inviting lines is the walk-in shower, adorned with interlocking silver quartzite slate walls and Medan charcoal pebble flooring. With plentiful masculine textures with chrome hardware to complete the look, this bachelor certainly found what he was looking for in this original and inspiring master bath.
Bath Category – Innovator
RICHARD BERGMANN – Richard Bergmann Architects
Almost 30 years after Richard Bergmann of Richard Bergmann Architects originally built this modern New Canaan home, he was called back to renovate it. The new owners wanted to update the second-floor guest bathroom to accommodate their grandchildren. Facing two distinct challenges—a small space and no natural light—Bergmann rolled up his sleeves and got creative. He installed LED strip lighting behind the mirrors, which are also great for applying makeup, he points out. Then, by incorporating reflective surfaces and "as much glass as possible," he was able to bring the space to life and infuse it with light. In order to make the shower area age-appropriate for the grandchildren, Bergmann designed a high shower base, which, with a simple plug, can also double as a small bathtub for babies. "Apparently the kids love it, which I think is delightful," says Bergmann.
Bath Category – Innovator
JEFF KAUFMAN – JMKA Architects
Offering 200 square feet of bathroom bliss, this master bath in Watertown provides just as much sanctuary as does the view of the English-style gardens below. With the master suite situated on the first floor, Jeff Kaufman of JMKA Architects wanted to ensure his clients' privacy. Kaufman used discreet frosted-glass doors for the water closet, as well as sliding mirrors on the vanity, which double as window shades when needed. This clean and classic design is both attractive and eco-friendly, as Kaufman used green products such as VOC-free paints and Danby marble imported from nearby Vermont.