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Bathroom of the Week: A Moody Tadelakt Bath in London

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Bathroom of the Week: A Moody Tadelakt Bath in London

March 24, 2017

Catherine Bentley and Louis Hagen Hall comprise Bentley Hagen Hall, a London architecture and interior design studio. For a recent remodel of their own flat, their goal was to create a “flexible space for living/working with lots of room for storage.” Their 486-square-foot apartment has only one bathroom, for which they wanted a quiet, relaxing space. “It feels like you’re stepping away from the big, bright live/work space and into a softly lit, spa-like environment,” they say.

Photography by India Hobson, courtesy of Bentley Hagen Hall.

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Above: The firm had the brass-lipped medicine cabinet fabricated to their own specifications, embedded with original Wilhelm Wagenfeld sconces from the 1950s. The walls are tadelakt, a Moroccan traditional waterproof lime plaster wall finish, and the ceiling is raw, pink plaster.
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Above: A Radford 51 sink made of limestone and resin from Victoria & Albert.
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Above: The brass faucet is from Barber Wilsons & Co.
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Above: The shower door was a custom design; it’s fixed on one end to support the custom countertop, made of a single piece of Monterey cypress wood. “While coming up with the material palette, we were drawn to the beauty of combining dark gray tadelakt with the warm wood of the countertop, finished off with brass detailing.”
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Above: Though the tadelakt is pigmented dark gray, “it is somewhat reflective, and looks wonderful in candlelight.”
dark gray blue tadelakt bathroom seashell towel ring
Above: A vintage seashell towel ring is one of several nods to nautical design.
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Above: The shower tub filler matches the sink’s faucet, also from Barber Wilsons & Co.
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Above: The dark bathroom was designed to contrast with the bright, white vibe of the rest of the space.

Before

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Above: The designers completely rehabbed the bathroom—”a grimy rental property with nasty sanitary ware”—retaining only the location of the plumbing rough-ins, “which saved time, work, and money.” The main problem was its layout, which the designers corrected by rotating the bath against the shorter wall and moving the sink in its place.

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