A Sweet Shop for Designers: Balineum’s First Studio and Showroom (in a Residential Victorian Flat)


Balineum—the Latin phrase for bathhouse—is a toilet provide specialist not like every other. Based by Sarah Watson in 2007, it’s already established as an insider’s go-to for luxurious lavatory furnishings and fixtures, together with handmade tiles, lighting, mirrors, and cupboards, {hardware} and washstands.

This month, Sarah has opened the doorways of her first showroom, which is housed in a residential Victorian constructing slightly below her personal residence. “When our downstairs neighbor mentioned she was transferring out, we jumped on the likelihood to take over the area,” she explains. By no means have we needed to go to a toilet specialist showroom fairly a lot. Let’s take a tour:

the entrance to the new studio and showroom is painted in dulux’s bitter 9
Above: The doorway to the brand new studio and showroom is painted in Dulux’s Bitter Chocolate 2. “The marble column in our lobby space was an surprising shock,” says Sarah. “It was hidden behind a built-in cabinet. As soon as uncovered we knew we couldn’t cowl it again up, so we then engaged Magda Gordon to color it in a fake marbleized fashion with a gaudy embellished-style high.”

The brand new studio area was designed with Nadine Bartholomew and architect Ariana Vieira of Studio Noam. “Nadine and I’ve labored collectively on a number of Balineum initiatives over time,” explains Sarah. “Each time I would like somebody or one thing extra elaborate than a product launch, I work with Nadine.”

In slightly over 13 months, the design-focused workforce has painstakingly reworked what was an unremarkable residence right into a collection of rooms that beckon designers, creatives, and remodelers from far and vast.

the display frames showcasing the metal accessories were made using brown felt  10
Above: The show frames showcasing the steel equipment have been made utilizing brown felt and darkish oak frames. The cupboards have been customized made and have Balineum’s personal icebox handles and hinges. The checkerboard rug is by Vanderhurd.


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