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Steal This Look: A Japanese Bathhouse in a London Mews

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Steal This Look: A Japanese Bathhouse in a London Mews

September 3, 2019

When designer Maureen Doherty called on architect Jonathan Tuckey to renovate the mews next door to her shop, she knew she wanted a bathhouse somewhere in the building. In an unusual move, Tuckey’s team annexed half of the ground floor to create a bathhouse with radiant heating, integrated drainage, and a custom Badbox from Studio Anna van der Lei.

The bathhouse is as custom as it gets (we can’t all have Tuckey to kit out our spas), but the individual elements can be copied; here’s a list of sources.

Bella from Egg, Maureen’s clothing shop, demonstrates the copper faucets that Tuckey’s team made custom for the project.
Above: Bella from Egg, Maureen’s clothing shop, demonstrates the copper faucets that Tuckey’s team made custom for the project.
A view of the cubby-like bathhouse built into the downstairs room, a former stable, of the mews building.
Above: A view of the cubby-like bathhouse built into the downstairs room, a former stable, of the mews building.
The room opens onto the narrow and winding Kinnterton Street in London.
Above: The room opens onto the narrow and winding Kinnterton Street in London.

Materials

The walls are painted with Farrow & Ball All White paint in Full Gloss finish; $110 per gallon at Farrow & Ball.
Above: The walls are painted with Farrow & Ball All White paint in Full Gloss finish; $110 per gallon at Farrow & Ball.
The tile is Earthenware Elements 10-by-10-centimeter (about 4-by-4-inch) Gloss Field Tile in Candle White from Ann Sacks.
Above: The tile is Earthenware Elements 10-by-10-centimeter (about 4-by-4-inch) Gloss Field Tile in Candle White from Ann Sacks.

Faucets & Fixtures

Jonathan Tuckey’s studio fabricated the two faucets from copper pipe and brass fittings. One faucet leads into the wood bathtub and the other is used for filling buckets of water for washing up.
Above: Jonathan Tuckey’s studio fabricated the two faucets from copper pipe and brass fittings. One faucet leads into the wood bathtub and the other is used for filling buckets of water for washing up.
The tub is the Badbox from Studio Anna van der Lei. It’s made from larch wood that is treated with a colorless and odorless mineral oil. Studio Anna van der Lei works closely with each client to create the right tub. For more, see our post The Home Spa Reimagined, from a Dutch-Finnish Designer.
Above: The tub is the Badbox from Studio Anna van der Lei. It’s made from larch wood that is treated with a colorless and odorless mineral oil. Studio Anna van der Lei works closely with each client to create the right tub. For more, see our post The Home Spa Reimagined, from a Dutch-Finnish Designer.

Lighting

The large brass light fixture is the 2JGA Wall Light by architect John Glew. Shown here is a smaller version, the JAW02, sold through Izé. (See more of Glew’s lighting in another Jonathan Tuckey project, a chalet in Andermatt, Switzerland.)
Above: The large brass light fixture is the 2JGA Wall Light by architect John Glew. Shown here is a smaller version, the JAW02, sold through Izé. (See more of Glew’s lighting in another Jonathan Tuckey project, a chalet in Andermatt, Switzerland.)
Pair the light with a Silver-Tipped Bulb for $8 from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: Pair the light with a Silver-Tipped Bulb for $8 from Schoolhouse Electric.

Large Accessories

The Utility Canvas Curtain Panel is made with preshrunk canvas and cut in a 68-by-70-inch panel; $106 at Utility Canvas.
Above: The Utility Canvas Curtain Panel is made with preshrunk canvas and cut in a 68-by-70-inch panel; $106 at Utility Canvas.
A Vintage Wooden Milking Stool can be sourced on 1st Dibs. This one is made of oak and is $1,895.
Above: A Vintage Wooden Milking Stool can be sourced on 1st Dibs. This one is made of oak and is $1,895.

Small Accessories

A Riess Small Enamel Bowl with Handles is €23.50 at Manufactum in Germany.
Above: A Riess Small Enamel Bowl with Handles is €23.50 at Manufactum in Germany.
When not in use, a basket hangs on the back of the stable door from a hook. For something similar, the Misslo Over the Door Metal Hook is $6.49 for a pack of four at Amazon.
Above: When not in use, a basket hangs on the back of the stable door from a hook. For something similar, the Misslo Over the Door Metal Hook is $6.49 for a pack of four at Amazon.
Source an Antique Woven Oval French Market Basket ($135) from Chairish or from Flea Market France, a seller on Etsy.
Above: Source an Antique Woven Oval French Market Basket ($135) from Chairish or from Flea Market France, a seller on Etsy.
Store soaps and toiletries in stoneware Canister with Wood Lids available in the large size for $39 each at Rejuvenation. (For a “high” version of the containers, consider Vincent van Duysen’s White Ceramic Canisters, available at March.)
Above: Store soaps and toiletries in stoneware Canister with Wood Lids available in the large size for $39 each at Rejuvenation. (For a “high” version of the containers, consider Vincent van Duysen’s White Ceramic Canisters, available at March.)
The Turkish Handmade Bucket from the new Hay Kitchen Market line is available through SFMOMA and Hay.
Above: The Turkish Handmade Bucket from the new Hay Kitchen Market line is available through SFMOMA and Hay.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original ran on October 3, 2017.

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