the bath expert
Boston Design Center Suite 429
warms the 12-by-24-inch porcelain tile, subtly
patterned in beige strié, that covers the floor.
A new window brings daylight into the sybaritic shower stall, which features steam, two
showerheads, a bench, and carved green-blue
limestone tiles whose relief creates patterns in
the ever-changing light.
“It’s a hard material that creates a sense
of softness,” says Goldman. “The same is true
of the recycled glass that lines the bench and
forms the shower sill. It looks soft, almost
waxy, though the material is very hard.”
Outside the shower, a shallow dome
set into the ceiling provides indirect illumi-
nation via cove lighting. “The light bounces
back from the curved area,” says Sharff. “The
prefabricated dome is, I think, more interest-
ing than a chandelier.”
In addition to the dome, his design called
for a variety of natural and man-made light
sources, including a skylight and recessed ceil-
ing lights. The pale flooring and glass wall
tiles help to diffuse and reflect light. But the
undisputed focal point of the inner sanctum is
the massive stainless steel soaking tub placed
like sculpture before a curved wall. It trans-
forms the room into a temple of serenity.
a shallow niche outfitted with a watery blue
painting and illuminated by inset lights
provides a focal point opposite the stainless
steel soaking tub. The teak bench adds a visual
link to the tub’s steps.