When I saw this bathroom by Alla Akimova featured in the May 2013 issue of House Beautiful, I emailed her to say “I love it!” I had the pleasure of meeting Alla in her room design at last year’s Holiday House, and since then I’ve seen her several times at design events around town, including at The D&D Building’s Spring Market where she did a tabletop design for JAB Anstoetz.
Alla wrote back to say thank you, and sent me a few ‘before and after’ images of the space. After seeing the before pics I was even more impressed with her design. Let’s take a look at the details of this beautiful bathroom, with ‘before’ images to follow.
To make the room feel larger, Alla ran the chevron marble tiles into the shower stall rather than changing materials and interrupting the space. She likes things to be continuous, especially with a directional pattern like this one, pointing to the window. To reflect incoming light from the bathroom window, Alla and her client chose Glassos (crystallized glass) tiles in Vetro Bianco for the walls and the vanity. Alla explains, “It looks like the white Thassos marble on the floor, except that it has no dots, no veins. It’s pure white. And it’s also extremely hard and completely impenetrable. You can’t stain or scratch it. I used it everywhere I could for a seamless look — on the seat in the bath, on the vanity.” The chevron floor pattern, composed of Dark Emperador and Thassos marble, was custom cut by Manhattan Renovations. The shower system is Dornbracht‘s Yota, and the towel bar, also from Dornbracht, is from the Tara collection. At the vanity, Yota faucets also pair well with a pair of Villeroy & Boch sinks.
Soaps, shower gels, and other bath necessities are always within reach in this well designed niche above the seamless shower seat.
Missoni Home‘s Niles towels play on the chevron motif.
Now for a few before shots – you won’t believe your eyes.
Hard to believe it’s the same bathroom, right? That’s the power of great design. From one designer to another: well done, Alla!