Based in Beverly Hills, Arch-Interiors is a renowned design firm that focuses on cutting edge and timeless designs. Their work has been featured in all the places that matter including HGTV, DIY and Fine Living (to name a few). Arch-Interiors' president (Grubb) and senior designer (Rueb) took a few minutes to discuss some of their beautiful designs and what to do in regards to the loo.
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Jamie & Christopher: Step one for us is always to assess the general needs and function requirements of the client and to determine what on this "wish list" can be done within the parameters of the budget. Also, we always ask clients to pull images from magazines, on-line, etc. to open up a dialogue about design direction. Even if they say they don't know what they like, we are able to extrapolate their style via discussion over these pictures.
Jamie & Christopher: The original space felt extremely stark and cold and the client asked that it be transformed into a warmer, spa-like experience. A wood paneled wall with shelving and lit niches was added for displaying candles and a personal collection of artifacts from around the world. The large shower is separated from the rest of the room by a clear glass enclosure keeping the room feeling open. Water from the infinity tub spills over into a bed of river rocks. All of these elements work together to exceed what the client had envisioned.
Jamie & Christopher: Like the Kaplan project, many clients want a retreat-like setting. We also notice that warm or cool neutrals still reign over colors. Textural and tone-on-tone elements seem to appeal to most of our clients. And when budget permits, there are so many amazing plumbing products on the market that have revolutionized the showing experience: Programmable body jets, recessed rainshowers, waterproof speakers, etc.
Jamie & Christopher: When local building codes permit, we see a trend towards dam-less showers. This allows for no separation between the bathroom floor and the shower floor. It's great for accessibility, but also helps the bathroom look cleaner and larger.
Jamie & Christopher: We are still using medium to darker woods, but are finding that gray is becoming an acceptable alternative to wood tones. Granite has faded a bit in popularity with the more clean and uber durable quartz products (e.g. Caesarstone) that are available. Having said that, Carrara marble is still popular, but now we are seeing it in more contemporary settings. Polished chrome is now favored over the once revered brushed nickel. Frameless glass shower enclosures are requested almost exclusively.
Jamie & Christopher: The Woods project (pictured atop the page) stands out. The client was inspired by global travels and allowed us to create five-star luxury within their own home. A chiseled stone water wall stands at the foot of the tub, an imported bamboo room divider separates the bathroom from the master suite, frameless glass shower is equipped with speakers, body jets and a rainshower. The combination of textural surface materials allows for visual interest without looking overdone.
Jamie & Christopher: We appreciate clients who trust us to take their vision and transform their space into something that they will love. While it is always a team effort between us and the client, their trust in our guidance and experience makes the process as smooth as possible and produces results that exceed expectations.
Jamie & Christopher: Custom designed bathroom vanities can be expensive so we've translated many of the designs we've made for our clients into freestanding pieces that can be bought at an affordable price at www.thecgcollection.com. Ann Sacks is a favorite for unique tile options and there are many affordable Italian porcelain products that have a very luxury feel (Porcelanosa, Atlas Concorde, Dune -- just to name a few). We also like California Faucets for their customizable plumbing pieces and exquisite finish work.