Mix and Match - Design Bureau

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Mix and Match

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Featured Company: Vivre Interiors - Location: New York, New York - Project Type: Residence - Project Name: Manhattan Guest Bath

Photos by Laure Joliet, laurejoliet.com

By Patrick Sisson

An object lesson in contrast and creating motion with color, Vivre Interiors’ reworking of a guest bathroom in Manhattan shows that even a subtle shift can have a massive impact.

During a reboot of a 20-year-old guest bath in Manhattan, the idea to pair two tile patterns in the shower—the curvaceous, key lime Walker Zanger Vibe tile on the walls with the ivory-and-charcoal pattern on the floor—became the cen- terpiece of the room, giving the space a subtle edge and recalling conflicting patterns and pigments in Morocco.

“They wanted a fresh, bright, clean feel that brings a lot of light to a normally dark bathroom,” says Vivre owner Elizabeth Bomberger. “They were very open to different colors as long as they stayed on the cool side. If I had used a bolder, more solid color, which was available, it could have become more ’60s or retro. The fact that I used a normally vibrant green in a soft crackled application gave them an updated but not too modern feeling. Mixing that with the classic white Calacatta Marble marble in a contemporary chevron pattern creates a perfectly current yet classical feel— exactly what they were looking for.”

The rest of the bathroom followed suit, with white onyx and hints of green running through the countertop. While little touches—the little nook in the shower for shampoo and soap, or the fixed glass door—all catch your eye, the overall effect is to steer attention to the alluring tile work.

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