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Glitz and glamour bathroom design by Minosa


Brisbane-based design studio, Minosa Design, have completed the Glitz and Glamour project. Completed in 2013, the property can be found in the leafy suburb of Balgowlah on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Built in the 1930s the single-storey bungalow was about brought into the 20th century by the design team.

The new bathroom build was part of a much-anticipated second-storey addition for the clients, whom had recently returned to Australia from a lengthy work placement in Singapore. The property is to be “home” for many many years to come for the owners.


The new bathing space had to play a pivotal part of the parents’ private retreat, the space needed to exude sophistication and attention to detail. High glamour was the words! It needed to be spacious and reflect the amazing light of the northerly aspect it captured and most importantly it had to sit in an open plan situation.

How the requirements of the client brief were achieved & problems solved


According to the designers: “With such an extensive brief, the amount of product required and given the open plan request the designer chose to break from the normal four-wall approach for this bathroom design.

“In spatially planning the space, a central wall was positioned within the room. This allowed for perfect placement of the
beautiful freestanding claw footed bath and also the crystal chandelier. For an added assault to the “bling” factor a
Bisazza Swarovski crystal/glass white mosaic was used as the feature wall tile. This was also the first thing one views
from the bedroom upon entering.


“Behind this wall the toilet and double shower were positioned. This adds privacy for both ”working” areas without the
need to introduce doors or separate enclosed rooms. Both the toilet and the shower areas have their own ventilation
systems to handle the tasks…

“Opposite, a double Corian® washbasin was selected with overhead and under bench storage. These items met the
brief of lots of storage. The overhead recessed mirror cabinet has oversized mirror doors; incredibly they lift up to
90deg and will stay held in position wherever the client chooses… great for close makeup inspections!
The base units are offset, it provides a set down vanity area for the female client to prepare for her day, as well as to
give an asymmetric appearance to the space; these units are electronically driven for ease of use.


“The need for a dressing area was a real challenge, the designer chose to integrate LED lighting vertically in an
aluminium extrusion that throws light across itself so that at 300mm from the front face of the mirror the light would
intersect thus given perfect facial illumination. She loves it! Along with the feature chandelier, LED lighting takes on a
large part of this design and is all controlled via dimmer, perfect for when you dim the lights to relax and unwind.


“The success of this space is the drama created with the brilliant materials selection. Stone tiles are used to create a
sense of luxury, a free flowing long sheer custom curtain adds to the impact whilst also softening the space. Fittings
are beautiful, functional and mostly Italian as the quality is there. The furniture and washbasin are Australian made, a
perfect compliment to the space in every way.”

The end result oozes luxury and style. We love the glamorous chandelier. Now where’s that bath creme? We need a soak…

Images courtesy of Minosa Design

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September 12, 2013 | Property | View comments

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