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Object of Desire: Fine Furniture for the Bath

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Object of Desire: Fine Furniture for the Bath

December 23, 2021

For years we’ve been watching approvingly as living- and dining room-style furniture makes its way into the kitchen. Now, it also seems to be migrating into the bath as an antidote to the clinical look. This refined, sideboard-esque vanity is the work of Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon of London design studio Pinch. The two created the sink unit for their own place and liked it so much they made it the debut piece for their first bathroom collection.

Inspiration, Oona and Russell tell us, came from a multitude of sources: “There are reflections of American Shaker and Scandinavian Modernism, as well as a subtle Britishness influenced by the proportions and rigor of Georgian architecture, the warmth of Arts & Crafts design, and the simple beauty of the landscape.” If price were no object, would you like to perform your daily ablutions here?

Photography by James Merrell, courtesy of Pinch.

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Above: The Jargo Vanity is made of American black walnut and has a Calcatta marble counter and an anti-fog mirror with recessed lighting. Pinch specializes in artisanal furniture, cabinetry, and lighting—the other pieces here, including the Goddard armchair, and Pace I rug, are part of the studio’s repertoire.

Russell and Oona designed the vanity for a loft-like extension off their Victorian house, and say its form was intended “to act as a bridge between the old and the new,” and to “make the vanity space in the room feel like a living space, one with character and flair rather than cold and hard—effectively a hideaway.”

the sideboard is fitted with a lefroy brooks undermount sink (it can be ordered 10
Above: The sideboard is fitted with a Lefroy Brooks undermount sink (it can be ordered via Pinch;). Customers choose their own faucet set: this one, in aged brass, is from The Water Monopoly’s Ben range.
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Above: The piece has over-the-counter open storage plus nine drawers, dovetailed and fitted with Pinch-designed dark bronze-plated pulls. The wood is finished with a water-resistant oil that can be reapplied as needed, and the designers say the vanity is “able to move and cope with variations in humidity—while this is a piece of fine furniture, it’s practical for everyday use.” It should, however, be in a room with good ventilation.
the jango vanity would look equally at home in a kitchen, bar area, or pantry.  12
Above: The Jango Vanity would look equally at home in a kitchen, bar area, or pantry. It’s made to order and can be fully customized; the price is £22,795. Also shown here: the Pinch Soren Globe Light, Clyde Lamp Table, and Avery Dining Chair. See all at the Pinch Main Shop at 200 Ebury Street in Belgravia.

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Living Room Cabinets & Sideboards

Jargo Vanity Unit

£22,795.00 GBP from Pinch Design

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