Melbourne-based designer Nickolas Gurtler takes his sophisticated style to the bathroom with three striking looks that explore material and finish.
Designer Nickolas Gurtler has carved out a recognisable aesthetic in his residential projects through the careful layering of decadent textures and finishes. He describes his approach as the tension between glamour and restrained European minimalism, expressed through fittings, fixtures and natural stone. There’s no better space to explore this signature style than in the bathroom, so we asked Nickolas to curate three different edits – each experimenting with colour and tactility.
Nickolas Gurtler drew inspiration from 1930s London hotel bathrooms to conjure a modern and sophisticated approach to Art Deco style in the bathroom. “Our studio designs bathrooms to transport the owner, with a sense of theatre, glamour and sophistication,” Nickolas says. The designer articulates the concept through the Rogerseller Pinch range in a chrome finish, monochrome marble parquetry and the Apparatus Studio Dyad sconce in blackened brass.
“Our studio designs bathrooms to transport the owner, with a sense of theatre, glamour and sophistication.”
– Nickolas Gurtler
“We have balanced glamorous elements like Calacatta Viola stone, brass and Venetian plaster with more minimalist finishes like matt ceramic for the bath and basin and graphite for the tapware.”
The typical Australian beach house wasn’t what Nickolas Gurtler had in mind when curating this edit – in fact, it’s something the designer’s studio has worked to redefine. “We have looked to the rich Australian landscapes that surround the marine environments for inspiration, allowing for the views of the water to represent itself as part of the interior.” A layered, natural palette of Roman Travertine, aged brass, brushed gold Rogerseller Eccentric fixtures, Venetian plaster, walnut veneer, and handmade ceramic are a refined embodiment of the coastal locale. “A flash of burnt orange represents the red dirt that is so prevalent across the Australian landscape,” Nickolas adds.
“We have looked to the rich Australian landscapes that surround the marine environments for inspiration and allowing for the views of the water to represent itself as part of the interior.”