As far as most people are concerned, the bathroom is a bathroom and only a few things are good.
That's not how John Beckman looks. Mr.
Beckman, 53, is the head of Axis Mundi, a New York design company, and for him, the bathroom is just another living space.
The bathroom, he said, has "gone beyond the function: it's really a room to enjoy right now.
However, in cities like New York, there is often not much room to enjoy life in the bathroom.
So the luxury, spalike features you see in catalogues and magazines --
Separate bathtub in room
Size shower with your own bench or chair-
"Look at all these directories, they're all 300-square-
The bathroom, "he said.
"Unless you have an attic, it doesn't exist in New York.
Still, he insists that if you are selective about fixtures and finishes, you can even turn the smallest bathroom into something special.
For example, take the bathroom sink.
The sink is often an afterthought, but it has so many shapes, materials and colors that the right person can lift the whole room.
"Sculpture can help us . "Beckmann said.
"It forms a ritual process from everyday life.
In Studio SoHo, he found several examples.
The Bjhon 1 washbasin from Agape has a striking shape with a "subtle memento," he said ".
The one in the showroom is made of a white solid surface material called Cristalplant, but Mr.
Beckman thinks it will be more attractive (
More expensive though)in stone.
He doesn't like it either.
Agape expensive polyethylene Roto base sink, gray, orange or green, "very sexy," he said ".
Right on the block in Boffi, he picked a more low-key piece: open a washbasin and look like a solid célian block, pushing down around the corner,
"This is an elegant solution for a discreet drainage system," he said . ".
In the Duravit showroom on Madison Avenue, a packed Starck 3 sink impressed him with its simple, thoughtful details.
It was designed to work with the company's vanity table, attached to the countertop with an almost imperceptible lipa “super-
This is "very creative," he said ". ”But for all-Charm, sir.
Blackman at Chelsea chose a solid granite-faced sink in Stone Forest.
He once again proposed a material that was not on the floor of the exhibition hall: translucent multi-colored onyx agate.
"This shape is very good," he said . "
"But onyx agate will make it very novel.