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The Bathroom design that pushed all the limits

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The Bathroom design that pushed all the limits

J.H. White

One of Vancouver’s best designers and one of its top builders go for broke to create something truly memorable at this year’s Luxury Home & Design Show.

 

The belle of the ball at the Luxury Home & Design Show was the custom designed Cantu Bathrooms en suite featuring cave-like walls, Moorish screens and gold finishes. The rare Cathedral antique chandeliers balanced old world enchantment and modern glamour. 

 

Cantu’s glamourous old-world-meets-new en suite was as risky creatively as it was breathtaking, at the 2015 Luxury Home & Design Show in Vancouver. 

“It was something that nobody’s done before,” says Catherine Adams, designer of the cave-like en suite that stole the show. “How do we create something like you see in Spain, like in Seville and Granada? I wanted something that was authentically a cave, but not dark — obviously updated with modern, fresh paint and contemporary lights.”

Cantu Bathrooms asked Adams to bring its collections to life in a way that would leave guests of the show filled with inspiration. “I knew exactly what products of theirs I was going to incorporate, products that no one else has anything similar to,” Adams said.

The custom gothic mirror, walls sculpted to resemble a Spanish cave, Italian limestone floor and sinks and the brushed gold finished faucets turned this en suite into an oasis.

Euro Canadian Construction, builder of the winning suite, was welcomed to the team with open arms. 

“I’ve been designing for 18 years, and I’ve always wanted to work with Euro Canadian,” Adams said. 

Jeff Gunson, project manager for Euro Canadian, shared a similar enthusiasm. “What drove us to do it was it was a great chance to work with a designer that we’ve never worked with. We loved every second of it.”

Since no one on the team had built cave walls before (nor even heard of anyone who had), they set up shop in a warehouse eight weeks before the show to pre-build the en suite. 

“When I saw the first draft of the walls go up, I was worried they looked like something from the Flintstone’s,” joked Adams. She thought, ‘What have I done?’

With the level of difficulty in design and construction, and with everyone’s reputation on the line, a bond was forged. Adams and Euro Canadian worked together in an empty warehouse lit only by plug-in lights, chipping away at the wall and her vision. 

But Mei Tham, product and design consultant at Cantu, was confident the team would pull through. On opening night of the Luxury Home & Design Show, the verdict was in. “Wow, wow, wow,” said Tham. “That’s all I heard during the whole show.”

“Design is everything,” said Gunson. “It makes a difference from just being home or enjoying being home. It’s a much-needed thing. It adds flavour to life. Why be boring, right? To truly enjoy life, you have to have something in it that makes you happy.”

Congratulations to Cantu, Catherine Adams and Euro Canadian Construction for setting the bar for this year’s Luxury Home & Design Show.

Photography by Total 360 Photography

 

Offset by rich green hues, the custom electric pink, crushed velvet banquette drew lines of guests waiting for a selfie. The Schonbek crystal chandelier caught its own share of attention.