Step inside four unique bathroom spaces with tapware designed to steal the limelight.

While classic stainless steel and chrome tapware will always have a place for their versatility, tonal tapware can add brave sophistication, whether subtle or bold. Phoenix, spanning 30 years in the industry, creates refined, high-quality finishes using ‘electroplating’. This process opens up a myriad of colour options without sacrificing longevity, durability or aesthetics. Together with Phoenix, est takes a look at four distinct bathroom projects to discover how bold tapware can transform this space.

Produced in partnership with Phoenix

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Photography by Timothy Kaye

House Fin by CJH Studio

Reimagined by CJH Studio, House Fin pays homage to its traditional Edwardian lineage while opening up to its contemporary future. Designed for a growing family, the new open-plan layout features a pared-back aesthetic with a tempered palette – allowing the home to grow with the household.

CJH Studio envisioned quiet, clean spaces for the bathrooms. The designer selected creamy whites and muted pale cabinetry, while grey marble benchtops meet the durability demands of a busy family. A double vanity dressed with matte black Phoenix wall mixer sets allows dual functionality during the family’s busy morning rush.

The powder room sets a more playful tone for guests, with an over-counter stone basin resting proudly on a marble benchtop. A single curved wall sconce accentuates the elegant matte black accents.

Brighton Residence II by Tecture and Studio Tate

Architecture firm Tecture and interior designers Studio Tate collaborated on this Melbourne family home to deliver a strong indoor and outdoor connection. The inclusion of voids and windows at every opportunity invites light among the considered balance of open and intimate spaces.

The geometric form throughout the home is carried into the bathrooms, most notably through the wall tiles. Throughout the home, materials are specified for their no-fuss, hard-wearing qualities, perfect for a young family. Both bathrooms feature durable and easy to maintain terrazzo underfoot while eye-catching matte black tapware punctuates each space. Black-framed fluted glass doors offer privacy when needed, while side stools double as either towel-holders – or even seats while bathing young children.

Brighton Residence by Studio Tate and Tecture

Photography by Derek Swalwell

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Photography by Derek Swalwell

Henry Street by Maria Danos Architecture

Maria Danos Architecture articulated sophisticated, compact functionality in two similar (yet not identical) adjoining townhouses in inner-city Melbourne. Fundamentals in the design of both family homes were clever storage, ‘ease of flow’ and robust fixtures – to ensure longevity and practicality. 

Both bathrooms offer subtle yet striking tones and textures. The master comprises wall-mounted tapware in a gunmetal set above handmade concrete basins. A double vanity features twin basins over a silver-ash marble benchtop to deliver ample space for two, just as shelving provides swift and effortless storage access. Echoing the master bathroom’s enduring assemblage, the powder room features the same tapware, marble vanity and concrete basin. Sage green tiles adorn the walls to elevate the earthen tones.

Queensland Penthouse by CJH Studio

CJH Studio’s serene redesign of this contemporary beachside apartment sought to create space and practicality. The renewed family home features a minimal yet soothing palette that reverberates through every space. Soft curves resonate in the bathroom spaces – along with an abundance of natural light.

Combining whimsical elegance, the primary bathroom features delicate tiles, rounded edges and sophisticated matte black tapware. A separate shower and freestanding bath provide versatility for an active family and take full advantage of the home’s ocean vista. Floor to ceiling sheer drapery offers privacy when desired. Taking cues from the primary bathroom, the powder room incorporates subtle curves through tapware, a curved basin and a spherical mirror.

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Photography by Cathy Schusler

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