The bathroom is inspired by Suzanne Slesin's book "Mittel Europa: Rediscovering the Style and Design of Central Europe". More specifically, inspiration was drawn from the Viennese porch illustrated in the book, where a bridge appears to have been made between the forest and the interior.


In this version, the red marble plays an important role as it provides a solid and authentic base. I combined recovered and restored Belgian 'Rouge Royal' marble with Spanish marble frames. For the flooring, I composed a pattern of both types.

The furniture mostly consists of recoveries. The bathtub and sink were recovered from a historic building on the Belgiëlei in Antwerp. The faucets were recovered, restored and re-nickel-plated, usually resulting in a nicer patina as opposed to chrome. I covered some walls with wooden panels in a light green. A matte Zenit lacquer from Herbol - a great opaque paint - serves as the finishing layer. Panels make a perfect wall covering for damp rooms, because they are absorbent and expand without cracks. 

An intermediate chamber gives access to the bathroom. This chamber is built into a cloakroom closet, and has an oak Rococo deck door with surface mount lock and fittings. Upon entering, you'll notice how the game of mirrors and glass plays an important role. The vista above the bath opens onto the kitchen, which not only adds excitement, but also creates perspective and an extra sense of space that makes the bathroom more interesting. 

It was very important to make the interior feel authentic and natural, as if "the house had always been like this".