November 16, 2015

When Tatyana Gartner, founder and principal of locally based Tatyana
Design, was tasked with conceiving 20 apartments in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s
Williamsburg neighborhood, she imbued the 28 bathrooms with a minimalist
aesthetic that rejected décor in favor of sleek lines and industrial

“In the bathrooms, the client specifically wanted a modern and clean
aesthetic that played with geometry and textures,” said Gartner, who was
also asked to maximize the layout and storage capacity of each room.
“The area used to be industrial, and they wanted to keep that feel,
despite it being a new development.”

View this bath gallery here.

Local Reinterpretation

To preserve the neighborhood vibe, Gartner chose lightly hued concrete
sinks – whose sleek silhouettes wouldn’t distract from the space – and
juxtaposed them with custom vanities that feature a walnut finish, as
well as porcelain field tiles with a similar coloration. The balanced
pairing blends industrial-inspired textures and warm woods for an
open-yet-intimate quality.

Dark gray mosaic tile work, along with chrome faucets and fittings,
creates a visually modern contrast that varies slightly throughout the

“Each bathroom is a little different, but they all integrate the warmth
and coziness of wood with a concrete environment,” explained Gartner.
“We aligned this industrial appeal with a contemporary, clean look.”

Open Configuration

Since every bathroom boasts a slightly different configuration, Gartner
had to adjust her approach accordingly. In some for example, a mosaic
band runs nearly uninterrupted around the room’s perimeter, while in
others the tile appears as an accent within niche shelving that was
carved out from unused wall cavities. These recessed ledges provide
extra storage, minimize clutter and “became not only practical but also a
visually pleasing focal point,” she said.

Also enhancing the open-style layout are wall-mounted toilets, installed
where possible, and frameless glass enclosures that separate the shower
area yet maintain a sense of continuity.

“I like wall-mounted toilets because they provide more space and are
easier to clean,” said Gartner. “In New York, bathrooms are usually kind
of small, and everything is tight. I tried to keep it as light and
spacious as possible.”

Not reliant on over-the-top flourishes, Gartner instead enlivened the
rooms with minimalist zest. Small details, such as radiant heat floors
and mirrors set within the tile work, differentiate the bathrooms from
run-of-the-mill spaces.

“The way everything was integrated required a lot of attention from all
parties involved,” said Gartner. “It’s all about precision.”

Source List

Designer: Tatyana Gartner, Tatyana Design
Photographer: Oleg March

Fixtures and Fittings: Grohe

Sinks: Trueform
Toilets: Toto
Tub: Zuma

Tiles: Casalgrande


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