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Issue 61 · Bath & Spa · March 1, 2013

Design Sleuth: Bathtub as Sculpture

Issue 61 · Bath & Spa · March 1, 2013

Claw foot tub: your time may be up. There’s a sexy, sculpted tub designed by an Italian architect that's the new modern classic.

London- and Winchester-based designers McLean Quinlan (members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) use the Spoon XL by Agape to add a new dimension to the classic proportions of this minimalist bathroom. “The client loved the shape, and we felt that this unusual centerpiece created a dramatic contrast while transforming the formality of the room at the same time,” the architects say.

Photography by Leigh Simpson.

McLean Quinlan, minimalist bathroom with translucent panels,Remodelista

Above: With their signature quiet, modern style, McLean Quinlan create a calm retreat from busy London life in a Notting Hill bathroom.

McLean Quinlan, minimalist bathroom with translucent panels,Remodelista

Above: Sliding laminated glass screens control the changing qualities of light and mood in the space.

McLean Quinlan, brown mosaic tiles, double Corian sink, Remodelista

Above: McLean Quinlan used a custom blend of brown mosaic tiles to highlight both ends of the bathroom, which house the shower, toilet and double sink. "The curved edges evolved from a practical form in the shower area, which also helped emphasize the sense of a lining," the architects say. This was then reflected on the sink side to form shelves for towels and create a more pleasant scale when standing at the sinks.

McLean Quinlan, Spoon XL sculptural bathtub by Agape, Remodelista

Above: The Spoon XL by Agape has a shaped basin, which is tilted for optimal water distribution.

McLean Quinlan, brown mosaic tiles, towel rails on radiators, Remodelista

Above: Towel rails have been installed to span the width of the radiators ensuring that towels are warm and dry. White porcelain ceramic tiles have been used on the floor.

McLean Quinlan, brown mosaic tiles, double Corian sink, Spoon XL by Agape bathtub, Remodelista

Above: The scooped-out bath shape contrasts with the minimal lines of the floors and windows.

McLean Quinlan, brown mosaic tiles, Corian sink, Remodelista

Above: The double sinks are bespoke from a single Corian surface with oval bowls.

As far as we're concerned, a spa like bathroom begins and ends with the bathtub. See 343 images of Bathtubs in our Gallery of rooms and spaces to plan yours.



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