Monday, March 30, 2015

Bathrooms in the neoclassical style

 

A bathroom suggesting an archeological site using architectural materials as columns, a rustic stone floor and a stone bathtub. This setting defines a bathroom in the neoclassical style.

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Napoleon I, emperor of the French from 1804 until 1815, was impressed by the grandeur of the Roman Empire and its classic architecture and tried to imitate this impressive style in buildings he let construct.

It is not my intention to talk about Napoleon’s architectural achievements, but I wanted to mention Napoleon here as the bathrooms he constructed are an inspiration for the neoclassical style bathrooms I wanted to talk about today. Nowadays a lot of designers are influenced by these neoclassical style bathrooms.

The elegant and ‘rich’ neoclassical bathrooms of years gone by, were rediscovered by designers of today and came back into fashion. In lots of luxury hotels we see bathrooms redesigned in the neoclassical style.

 

As I was preparing a client’s bathroom in this neoclassical ‘French Empire’ style, I came across some beautiful pictures, a source of inspiration to start designing the bathroom I had in mind.

The ‘French Empire’ style is based on the ancient Greek and Roman art, but also influenced by the ancient Egyptian art and culture. The style is also characterized by a symmetric, rectangular and austere design.

Bringing in classic architectural elements as columns, the use of stone and marble flooring, all kind of marble wall covering (even faux marble can be used), fragments of plaster fresco’s and Roman friezes, cuban mahogany furniture, shiny fabrics as silk, satin, damask and velvet, bronze fittings and ornaments as rosettes, wreaths, palm branches, lotus flowers, acanthus leaves, gods and goddesses, Egyptian heads, herm, sphynxes, swans, lions heads, dolphins, eagles, griffins, lyres, shield and swords, are all characteristics of the French Empire style and often seen in neoclassical style bathrooms.

Next to all these elements, there is the specific bathtub which definitely is the eyecather. Those bathtubs are usually free standing (It is said that Napoleon took his bathtubs to the battlefields). The original bathtubs are hand carved from one single large block of marble and a lot of them have a front side decorated with two carved rings.

Marble bathtub

Original French marble bathtub

 

The Imperial bathtub that Napoleon had constructed at the Palazzo Pitti, in Florence.

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Napoleon loved spending time taking a bath while reading.

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The world’s largest bathtub at the thermae of Caracalla (nickname of Antoninus, 22nd Emperor of the Roman Empire  – reigned from 198 until 217) at the Boboli Gardens, a park behind the Palazzo Pitti in Florence - Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities. The Baths of Caracalla were built in Rome between 212 and 216.

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Antique Italian marble bath in the Venetian bathroom at the castle of Axel Vervoordt.

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Neoclassical bathroom setting by Axel Vervoordt.

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Marble bathtub in a London townhouse. Interior design by Rose Uniacke.

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Bathroom of Belgian antiques dealer and interior designer Brigitte Garnier.

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Marble bath in one of the rooms of the Blakes Hotel London.

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Where to find these antique or new made seductive pieces of marble ?

FD1 Found at 1stdibs

't AcherhuisFound at ‘t Achterhuis

Deknock Found at Deknock

les tresors de rackham Found at Les Tresors de Rackham

Stone Tubs Found at Stone Tubs

GrantsFound at Grants Marble

 

Next to the marble stone bathtubs, we even notice lots of copper and zinc bathtubs. These tubs became very popular in mid 19th century. This bath was the product of the tinsmith's craft, a shell of sheet copper or zinc. Some of them have a boat shaped design and are called ‘bateau’ tubs. In the late 19th century was invented a process for bonding porcelain enamel to cast iron, a process that remains broadly the same to this day.

Boat shaped antique copper tub

Original boat shaped copper bathtub

 

An amazing copper bathtub on a stone socle in a bathroom designed by French decorator Frédéric Méchiche.

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Bathroom by Axel Vervoordt.

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Gorgeous neoclassical bathroom design by Barry Dixon.

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Design by Douglas Mackie.

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Eclectic bathroom with a zinc bathtub.

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Copper bathtub originally from the South of France.

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Napoleon bathtub that has a tin lining with a carved stone exterior. The base is a wood molding with great patina and gold decoration.

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A zinc tub in a bathroom designed by Polyedre.

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Where to find these antique or new made bathtubs ?

FD2Found at 1stdibs

FD3Found at 1stdibs

Waterworks 1Clothilde tub, found at Waterworks

Waterworks 2Margaux tub, found at Waterworks

HomethangsFound at Homethangs

T&BFound at Taps & Baths

 

Neoclassical Style Bathroom Design by me for Lefèvre Interiors

Lefèvre Interiors Bathroom Design neoclassical style

 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

All Belgian textile

 

Today I would love to introduce you to some of our Belgian companies, known for their beautiful and high-quality textiles.

 

MIRABEL SLABBINCK

Mirabel Slabbinck 1‘MACA’ by Mirabel Slabbinck : table linen with a 5 mm satin stitch, colour to be chosen

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 2‘FANNA’ by Mirabel Slabbinck : monogram in embroidery with your personal initials, colours to be chosen

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 5‘MIMEA’ napkins by Mirabel Slabbinck

Mirabel Slabbinck has designed the MIMEA table-covers and napkins for the famous Belgian restaurant Hertog Jan, (three Michelin stars, top 100 restaurants of the World). Chef Gert de Mangeleer makes conscious use of local, seasonal and often forgotten products, which are grown in the garden of the restaurant itself. Mirabel refers to them in the set of 6 napkins on which these herbs and vegetables are embroidered : chervil, kohlrabi, cherry tomatoes, garden nasturtium, bear’s garlic and eggplant.

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 3‘KALI’ bed linen by Mirabel Slabbinck

 

Discover the entire collection at MIRABEL SLABBINCK

 

 

SCAPA HOME

Scapa 3Sofa upholstery and cushions Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Scapa 2Table runners Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Scapa 4Table cloth and cushions Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Explore the entire summer 2015 collection at SCAPA WORLD

 

 

P-LO

PLO 1Cushion Collection The Elements ‘Fire & Ice’ and ‘Earth & Wind’ by P-LO

 

PLO 3Cushions Collection Basic by P-LO

 

PLO 2 Cushion Collection The Elements ‘Fire & Ice’ by P-LO

 

Discover cushions and more at P-LO

 

 

JULES CLARYSSE

Jules Clarysse 2Towel ‘Elise’ by Olivier Strelli for Jules Clarysse

 

Jules Clarysse 1Kitchen towels Jules Clarysse

 

Jules  Clarysse 3Table runners and napkins ‘Jack’ by Olivier Strelli for Jules Clarysse

 

Explore the entire collection at JULES CLARYSE

 

I do hope you will enjoy visiting the websites and webshops of these Belgian companies.

Happy weekend!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Brighten up your home for spring

 

 

Bring spring into your décor with blossom branches or refresh your home with simple bouquets.

Soft colors and fresh flowers can help bringing the warm weather and soothing scents of spring into your home.

 

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The soft pink Magnolia blossoms will brighten any room.

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Use simple greenery for your table decoration.

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Spring in every detail.

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Get the spring feeling with a bunch of tulips.

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Even fresh green herbs bring in scents of spring into your kitchen.

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Bring in spring even into your bathroom.

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Does spring tickle your nose ?

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Decorate with what nature has to offer at this time of the year.

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