The project was chosen as a finalist by guest judge Sheila Bridges, who said: “I am absolutely in love with this stone slab. It’s everything! I love the clean, modern shapes, and the colors are unexpected.”
N.B. This is the sixth of eight posts spotlighting the winners of the 2017 Remodelista Considered Design Awards. Go to this year’s Considered Design Awards page to see all the entries, finalists, and winners, and have a look at Gardenista’s Considered Design Awards.
Photography by Eric Laignel.
CCS Architecture’s Design Statement: “This powder room is located in a home designed for a San Francisco entrepreneur, for everyday living, intimate meetings, and occasional entertaining.”
Q: What does your firm specialize in?
A: Barbara Turpin-Vickroy, interior design director: CCS is a bi-coastal firm specializing in architecture and interior design for residential, hospitality, and commercial clients.
Q: Who worked on the winning project?
A: Architecture and interior design: CCS Architecture: Cass Calder Smith, Barbara Turpin-Vickroy, and Björn Steudte. Creative direction: In collaboration with Akemi Tamaribuchi of Subject to Change.
Q: What were your practical goals for the project?
A: To remodel this bathroom in a simple, elegant way with an emphasis on making the stone selected be the “star.”
Q: What solutions did you find to your design problems?
A: What might seem simple was the most difficult to source. The mirror had to be made locally by a fine art frame fabricator.
Q: What are your favorite features of the project?
A: How impactful and elegant the use of a single material can be in an environment. The way the wall-mounted stone sink integrates seamlessly into the stone wall behind it. The palette in the stone is a refreshing change from typical Calacatta or statuary marbles that are often used today.
Q: What were the hardest lessons you learned along the way?
A: Restraint; it’s not easy to keep things simple.
Q: What advice do you have for someone else undertaking a similar project?
A: Pay attention to the way the stone is cut and how the veins flow around the space. This starts way back when selecting the material in its slab form.
Q: Where do you get your design inspiration?
A: Everywhere, looking, observing, but mostly from traveling.