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Thai Zen

By Erinn Waldo
April 30, 2013

Taking home Thailand’s mysterious temples and crystalline shores was not inconceivable to a Beverly Hills resident.

“The client had been traveling in Thailand some years ago and picked up some rare artifacts,” said Troy Adams of Troy Adams Design. “Basically I wanted to come up with a theme that incorporated the art.”

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Approaching Adams at a showroom, the client originally wanted a new kitchen design. “I ended up gutting the entire house and redoing it architecturally,” said Adams. Each of the individual rooms was compartmentalized and separated from the other. “The concept was to reengineer the entire floor so that there were no barriers between the spaces and it all flowed together,” added Adams.

Flowing from a statue at the core of the house, the kitchen references Asia immediately with a large wall covering. “We commissioned an artist to make a huge piece of art made of silver leaf panels,” said Adams. “The bamboo was painted on top of the silver lead.” A 207-sq.-ft. bamboo wall covering continues the foliage effect.

“There’s a linear pattern on the design, so we used a walnut theme with a little variation,” said Adams. Horizontal grain walnut makes up the cabinetry. “It’s not a smooth surface,” added Adams.

Porcelain tiles made to look like sheets of metal cover the floor. “We wanted the palette to be warm, so we added some neutral grays and some dark texture for contrast,” said Adams. Called the volcanic salt, the countertops were completed with sheets of quarried lava rock.  Three custom-made hanging pendants feature an Asian design in gunmetal gray.

“The challenge was removing all the walls throughout the entire space and getting the rooms to flow together,” said Adams. Retaining the kitchen’s warm but dark palette, the powder room boasts a silver lead ceiling and a backlit view of an artifact. “The original concept was to have a floor-to-ceiling piece of glass showing a statue in the back,” said Adams. A unique privacy glass allows for flexible viewing. “The glass turns from clear to opaque,” he added.

Also made of glass, the sink contrasts with a wenge wood countertop, while bamboo wall tiles continue the theme from the kitchen. Back-painted red glass extends from the floor to the ceiling for a touch of the classic Asian color.

The traditional culture carries into the master bathroom. “Using some of the Asian furniture concept, we created a tansu step cabinet,” said Adams. Beneath a floating mirror, the vanity’s flamed walnut step cabinet can be used on both sides.  “It carried a little more modern interpretation of the Asian culture,” added Adams.

The first concept of the bathroom was of an ofuro – a soaking tub housed in a large shower. “You get hot and sweaty in the soaking tub, and then you can shower,” he explained. Surrounded by Murano glass, the shower shares a platform with the tub, and a ceiling-mounted showerhead fills up the soaking tub. White river rocks beneath the tub hide a drain.

“The bathroom is a Zen-spa kind of retreat with an open floor plan,” said Adams. “We had the closet attached to the vanity space so it was just a big open room.” Flamed walnut drawers surround a multi-use room. “In the wardrobe, there’s a built-in coffee maker and in the island is a refrigerator,” he said. “He can pull out vitamin water and make coffee while he’s getting ready.” A red Murano glass chandelier hangs above from a gold leaf ceiling.

“It’s carrying the ancient theme,” said Adams. “We really had to balance the art, the materials and the flow of it so it still remained very open and contemporary.”


SOURCES
Designer: Troy Adams - Troy Adams Design; Powder Room Lighting: Switchlite; Tansu Step Cabinet: Studio Becker; Bathtub: Hastings Tile & Bath; Kitchen Countertops: Stone, Etc.; Bamboo Wall Covering: Donghia; Kitchen Pendant Lights: Bone Simple

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