The international clients who tapped New York City designer Eddie Lee to reimagine their apartment's en suite bathroom wanted a look that was both cross-cultural and lavish — "a blend of English charm and Asian lushness, with some European classicism added in," Lee says.
After subdividing the space into a series of intimate niches framed by arches —"They echo the arches in the lobby of the 1885 building" — Lee created a showstopping moment with a Gracie chinoiserie wallpaper. While hand-painted, antiqued panels in a steamy bathroom might raise eyebrows, Lee knew the visual payoff would be worth any worries: "This is a pied-à-terre, so it doesn't see daily action. Plus, we added a protective coating to resist moisture."
Custom garden-inspired trellised vanities and Vaughan twig sconces enhance the woodsy scene, while pale blue Farrow & Ball paint on the ceiling mimics a cloudless sky.
To create a frame for the wallpaper and define the arches, the wainscoting and floors were faced in Calacatta Gold marble. Traditional brass fixtures from Barber Wilsons bring old-world styling. "You're instantly transported when you enter this room," Lee says, "and that was the ultimate goal."
A midcentury Murano smoked-glass chandelier at the bathroom entrance sets a glam scene. Architectural mahogany shutters balance the room's fanciful touches.
The mirror in the shower enclosure helps to brighten the nook and provides a handy place to shave. The Regent exposed-pipe showerhead with hand spray is by Barber Wilsons.
By decommissioning the top drawer and fitting the surface with marble, a Louis XVI Treillage dresser from Restoration Hardware was transformed into a bathroom vanity. To the right of the mirror is a concealed medicine cabinet that opens with a touch latch "for an uncluttered look," Lee says.
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This story originally appeared in the December/January 2017 issue of CQ.