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A Special Powder Room in Calacatta Oro
A unique triangular powder room in book-matched Calacatta Marble. The triangular shape of the powder room lent itself to unique cut-to-size triangular tiles.
The design was further refined when it was decided to book-match the tiles. This technique is used in stone masonry where a block is carefully sawed and the grain is matched along the various tile edges so that it “flows” from one tile into the next. It is a refined and difficult art when it comes down to work with triangular shapes, but the final design is extremely pleasing to the eye.
We asked Greg Stewart, Project Designer and Principal at San Francisco Design Firm Orlando Diaz Azcuy, to share his thoughts on this unique bathroom:
What was the design inspiration for the powder room?
The house has a large curved corridor adjacent to the room and it left an unusual shaped area, for the powder room. I then decided to turn it into a pure geometric shape, an equilateral triangle. The sink is in one corner, the WC in the other and a small necessities table in the other.
Why did you choose Calacatta Gold?
All the doors in the house are grey and I wanted the powder room to be grey as well. The Calacatta was selected for the other bathrooms, so for continuity, it was used in this room also. The room has no exterior window so white would brighten the room and the grey veining goes with the general color scheme.
Any thoughts on the execution of the project?
I think this room is stunning. It is not easy to obtain equilateral marble floor tiles and have them laid perfectly as well, but it was done. The sink was carved in two pieces of solid marble just as I drew them. I always try to make powder rooms as little jewel boxes, so when a guest returns, they can ask “Have you seen that room?”
Builder: Carmel Builders
Designer: Greg Stewart Orlando Diaz Azcuy
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