Recently, I was asked by a repeat client to design a vanity for their master bath. The home is a gorgeous historic Federal Period structure, with most of the original detailing intact. On the home’s upper floors the formality of the first floor detailing gives way to simpler shapes and profiles, creating a more informal tone. The Master Bedroom is consistent with this theme, even the fireplace is a much simpler structure. I helped the home owners redo the Master Bath several years ago and thought that they had found a suitable vanity at the time. Apparently not… Home Depot has been the temporary solution for some time.
It was immediately clear that the vanity needed to relate to the less formal style of the master bedroom and master bath. In addition, when the master bath was renovated, we introduced a slightly modern feel in the style of the shower fixtures, but had kept their finish in a traditional bright brass. That had to be kept in mind, too. We’ve talked about colors and materials, but for now, I’ll limit this conversation to shape and form. What works best in the space is a vanity with a softly curved front and a large single oval sink. (This is not a large master bath…) So far I’ve come up with 4 variations and a refinement based on a review of the options with the home owner. We’re now drilling down in to detail profiles, etc…
The first four images are of the initial vanity design studies.
This is the sketch based on the review meeting with the home owner. Much simpler, almost modern in appearance. I think what will pull it back from the edge will be the final selection of materials and finishes.
This is a representative sample of full scale detail profiles I’m looking at for the top and base of the vanity. In the detail to the left, I’ve superimposed two radius profiles to see which one feels best. I like the bigger profile.
I loved Study #1, feeling it gave a nod of it’s head to the Federal Period side board, as well as feeling lighter in scale – a plus for the room. I’m confident that where we’re ending up will be a very successful solution because the form of the vanity and its details are so simple and clear.
The next challenge will be selecting materials that will express the vanity’s form. Probably a very clear straight grained wood for the vanity base and a very subtly veined and textured marble top. The sink should be pure china white and the faucet set should be brass, relating to the shower hardware.