"The design for the Bathhouse project was a collaboration with the team at Amber Road Design. I chose to work with these lovely girls because we have collaborated on many things in the past and share a very similar way of thinking. I admire their bold use of colour and attention to detail on both surface and structural elements of any project. The brief that Reece presented us with was to create our ‘Dream Bathroom’ which to be honest is a very rare brief; we shared a Pinterest moodboard and with no budget constraints we did not hold back on indulgent surfaces, mosaics, giant ancient fossils from 1st Dibs and an ageing copper wall – all working together to create the perfect backdrop for the Reece fixtures and fittings. Our outside/in approach to the Bathhouse was a response to my dream of owning an outdoor shower. It then only made sense to extend this brief with my other childhood dream of owning a pool. After a few draft designs, we all agreed that our approach was to create a sanctuary inspired by Mexican architect Louis Barragan, with the main aim to encourage visitors to lose track of time. We chose flesh and turquoise as our colour palette and water as a central focus associated with fertility, rebirth and the power of creation."
"Alicia has an incredible sense of spatial awareness and installation art and we love using colour and texture in unexpected combinations so it seemed the perfect collaboration. Her desire to make things interesting, beautiful and liveable really resonated with our studio. We thought it only natural to provide a space which blurred the boundaries between inside and out. Where each bath ritual was celebrated, and each product could command its own space as if being showcased in an outdoor gallery, a fitting concept considering Alicia's degree in Sculpture. The space was literally stripped of any detail, leaving only the essential. Our shared love for Architect Louis Barragan proved the ideal inspiration for the base build. Simple bold colourful planes with shapely perforations provided the perfect backdrop to the sculptural marble busts and oversized fossils. These artful injections were carefully placed near wet areas to provide a towel to be draped upon. Generous walkways were introduced so the lead up to each area, whether it was the outdoor shower, stand alone vanity on a pitted plinth, or a secluded bath, was a celebratory experience."
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