Thursday, April 23, 2009

2009 Kips Bay Show House: Bathrooms

Even the bathrooms at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House are chic and stylish! I especially loved the "his master bathroom" designed by GunkelmanFlesher. The firm is was founded in Minneapolis and has a design style that runs from traditional to contemporary which means that their work is tailored to each specific space. It's this mix of elements that works so well in this bathroom too.

First, the walls were treated in a cement finish that add a rough and masculine texture to them. It's a very unique wall treatment that sets the stage for all the other materials. This bookcase is metal, the chair is rope, the chair on the other side is leather, the rug is a natural woven material, the vanity is wood as is the floor in the room and shower, and they all work perfectly together. The materials are masculine but I love that the room isn't too masculine.

I love that the bathroom is treated as a real room which includes furniture and art. It's also a large room and I appreciate that they tucked the shower and toilets behind the vanity wall. I think it's nice if the toilet is not the first thing you see when you walk into a bathroom.

I loved the teak floor in the shower and wooden cubes. Of course you wouldn't shower with a vase of forsythia but I think it adds another wonderful natural element to the room. I think the entire room was really well thought out and even though it's a man's bathroom, I wouldn't mind using it too! I had a chance to meet Andrew Flesher of GunkelmanFlesher and he couldn't have been nicer. Since they have recently opened a New York office, I have a feeling that we're going to be seeing a lot more from this talented team!

"Her Bathroom" across the hall designed by Shields & Company couldn't be any different but it's still very chic! I can only imagine how much time and effort went into designing an entire room in this Dahlia floral pattern mosaic tiles by SICIS! It's amazing! And the best part of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is that there is something for everyone!

18 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Absolutely fabulous mosaic tiling. I can imagine they are both twice as gorgeous as the photos show.
Thanks for sharing all the Kips Bay
treats.

annporter said...

Two different rooms indeed. I'd probably be more comfortable in His bathroom for everyday usage.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

J'adore the GF bath. Absolutely chic.

maison21 said...

love a wing chair in a bath- bath number one has got it goin' on!

The Upstart said...

There's a woman with the same tub as the one in the "her bath" on a certain "rate my room" website and people are very critical of it.

Perhaps these tubs are a new trend? I never saw one before today.

vicki archer said...

Mosaics seem to be the thing, xv.

Alison said...

Wonderful posts! The "Man's bath" is my favorite room yet in the showhouse. They're very creative and have especially excellent taste. Do you have any info on that insect-like lighting fixture (how brilliant is that to put it in a small room?!?). Thank you!

Renee Finberg said...

that bath is a knockout !

xx

SFDC said...

That light fixture is fabulous. Where can I find one like it?

Habitually Chic said...

I'm so glad everyone likes the bathrooms!

The light fixture is a reproduction Serge Mouille from Gueridon. You can also find vintage versions and similar fixtures from David Weeks!

Sanity Fair said...

I love the artwork in some of the bathrooms. Any good tips on protecting it when hung in damp spaces?

A "cheery" disposition said...

Great post! That bathtube is to die for!!!

wesley said...

Two very different gorgeous bathrooms. I would have to pick Andrew's if I could only have one. Very soothing. Somehow southwestern?? I saw these baths last week and I really loved the sanded plaster walls. The toilet and urinal were terrific too!! Thanks for posting.

French furniture said...

wow, it's a lavish bathroom. I love the warm colour scheme. So luxurious!

rjh dl h said...

Hi Heather!

I am so enjoying all the wonderful posts of the Kips Bay Show House!

Kathy Abbott room is just wonderful,on can just feel the comfort and luxury from the photos,btw your taing great photos!,the tiny room still feels spacious.

Stairs and landings are a joy to look at and must be a pleasure walking up and through them!

Eilen Kathryn Boyd has a great sense of bold colour use and is most uplifting to the spirits!

Donald Schermerhorn room is very pleasing to the eye and knows what he is doing!thumbs up!

Garrow Kedigian's room has great balance to it and is warm in a sophisticated way!

Looking forward to more!

Greetings!

andrew said...

Thank you for the great coverage of the Kips Bay showhouse Heather! I appreciate all of the kind remarks about the "his master bath". I hope everyone will make a point to see the house in person this year, and support a wonderful charity!

royal creme said...

The bath reminds me a bit of the cake wrappings at Payard. I love the idea of dipping into something sweet.

katie fine said...

I love the metal cabinet next to the rope chair. Such a great masculine bathroom.

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