The National Kitchen & Bathroom association awards winners have been announced. Here are the top winning bathrooms…
Supreme bathroom design
+ Creative Excellence Bathroom + First-time Entrant + Canterbury Chapter Bathroom Recognition + Lighting Design
St Michel; Jacobsen Creative Surfaces; Cosentino; Artisan Stone; Häfele
This dramatic ensuite sets the tone for the master bedroom. It’s accessible only through the dressing room, so these spaces are designed to function as one luxe suite.
Timber-look tiles provide rich tones and grain changes that are replicated in the cabinetry, while pearl-coloured tiles create a fresh backdrop for the timber and blackened steel. A skylight in the centre of the space brings plenty of natural light, so the walls stay free of large windows and the tiles have maximum impact.
The ensuite’s layout allowed for a shower with twin rainheads and a double vanity. Inspiration was drawn from the custom-designed towel rails to add black steel detail to the round mirrors above the vanity. This circular form is repeated in the light fittings above the basins, and in the shower and dressing room handles. The lighting is both effective for tasks and accentuates the drama and detail. The timber tiles are lit from wall to wall to highlight the tonal and textural changes, and low-level lighting under the vanity offers soft ambient light at night.
Cabinetry Prime Panels Melamine in Baroque with a Wilderness finish. Drawers Blum Legrabox in Terra Black. Vanity top Caesarstone in Fresh Concrete with a matte finish. Basin Progetto Super-Thin Rectangular Vessel. Tapware Progetto Buddy mixer in Brushed Nickel. Tiles ABK Interno 9 in Pearl and Porcelanosa Starwood Noa Nebraska in Coffee. Heated towel rails DCShort. Lighting Delta Light Ultra S in White with Black.
Supreme bathroom design first runner-up
+ CDS Bathroom + Designer of the Year
St Michel; The Kitchen Hub; Laminex New Zealand
This spacious ensuite in a 1900s home exudes elegance. The tessellated tile floor is a strong feature and is teamed with hand-glazed, brick-bond wall tiles to bring a graphic quality to the space. The bespoke freestanding vanity unit is modern but reminiscent of the bygone wash basin. Designed as piece of furniture, it provides personality, function and form. Power and storage are hidden behind mirrors with mitred steel frames.
The room’s hero feature is the spacious double shower with floor-to-ceiling glass in a black steel surround and custom tiled niches for bathing products. The heated towel rail was chosen to link with the home’s radiator system, and the lighting is pleasingly understated and practical.
Cabinetry Prime Panels in White Gloss. Hinges Blum. Vanity Natural Absolute Black granite with a honed and textured finish, American white oak with stained mid-tones and a waxed finish, and aged steel with a raw finish. Basin Progetto Super-Thin Round Vessel. Tapware Progetto Chap wall-mounted mixers in Aged Brass. Shower head and slide Progetto Buddy in Aged Brass. Shower screen Matte black custom steel surround. Shower waste and tile drain Allproof. Wall tiles MHF hand-cut brick-bond with mini bead. Floor tiles Winckelmans Grey and White. Grout ABA Flexgrout Ultrasmooth. Toilet Catalano with in-wall cistern. Radiator From Central Heating. Ventilation Bex Plaque Grille.
Supreme bathroom design second runner-up
+ Colour Excellence + Designer of the Year
St Michel; Resene; Laminex New Zealand
Here, modern finishes, minimal fittings and fixtures, a freestanding bath and an enclosed walk-in shower zone create a sanctuary with an urban edge. The palette is tonal and calming. Texture and form are provided by mixed-format tiling, which includes timber-look tiles in a herringbone pattern that washes up the two end walls.
The custom-made vanity makes a bold statement on entry; ample storage is provided in the joinery unit and set behind the large mirror above. Careful attention to detail can be seen in the arrangement of fittings and fixtures, which aligns grout lines to elements such as the soap recess. The combination of natural finishes, layered forms, mitred and negative detail and tiling results in a sharp, uncluttered look.
Cabinetry Prime Panels Fumed Oak. Doors and drawers Prime Panels crown-cut American white oak veneer in Mirotone 10% gloss, and Blum Legrabox Pure in Silk Black Matt. Hardware Blum. Legs Katalog. Mirror cabinet Open box in American white oak with a medium stain finish; inset finish in lacquer, Mirotone, matte, textured finish in Black. Vanity top and basin Apaiser in a Diamond White finish. Tapware Progetto Buddy in Aged Iron. Bath VCBC Sonit Natural Stone. Wall tiles Kingston Grey with a matte finish. Feature wall and floor tiles Carlo Nero. Heated towel rail DCShort in Aged Iron. Toilet Parisi Linfa with in-wall cistern. Lighting Häfele Loox recess-mounted LED. Ventilation Bex Plaque Grill.