Design Details: Life in a Material World

With such a wide range of finishes and materials on the market, it’s a good idea to get some expert advice on the latest design developments. Get the cheat sheet to your spec sheet with Daniel, design consultant at Rogerseller.

Think of your home as a series of textures. A leather couch perhaps, or linen curtains. Just as we consider these soft furnishings to be indulgent and tactile, similarly, this type of luxury should extend to the functional parts of your home too. Cabinetry, benchtops, basins and tapware – the things we incidentally come into contact with every day – it’s worth putting some thought into the way they feel, and the impact they have on a room.

Daniel Robertshaw at Rogerseller gives us a roundup of the key features to look out for in Australian bathrooms.

"Gleaming off taps and accessories, a carefully selected finish in a bathroom can be as eye-catching as well-placed jewellery. And like the best bling, it should match."

It’s Elementary

Gleaming off taps and accessories, a carefully selected finish in a bathroom can be as eye-catching as well-placed jewellery. And like the best bling, it should match.

“The trend is definitely more towards the metallic finishes rather than the fashionable gold finishes,” Daniel says. “Graphite, black and brushed nickels – these tend to be more popular in the home, and more timeless. Whereas gold finishes are used sometimes in powder rooms, but are mainly found in commercial fitouts.”

It is possible to coordinate your entire bathroom’s mixers, outlets and flush plates with the Natural Elements collection at Rogerseller. What makes the range unique is that each finish is composed of completely individual layers. Pieces are stripped back to raw brass, with various finishes applied including nickel, and an electroplated layer and lacquer as required.

"In bathrooms across the country and abroad, there is a surge in sculptural, curved pieces. "

Fluid Forms

In bathrooms across the country and abroad, there is a surge in sculptural, curved pieces. A reference to more organic forms, perhaps, with the natural world driving design decisions in architectural circles too.

“I think we’re seeing much more of a trend to relate the room interiors to the greater vision of the house. A lot of it is responsive directly to the architecture, more so than the room having a style or aesthetic of its own. Whereas five years ago, we saw a lot of feature stuff where people would go completely left of centre just to make a feature of their bathroom,” says Daniel. “Some people will even try to do a different product range in each room, and it’s chaos! But that’s becoming less prevalent now.”

In short – keep it simple, and be consistent.

"While it is something of an unusual choice, the benefits of integrated glass cabinetry are manifold. "

Clean Lines

Glass is something of a specialty of Rogerseller’s, and while it is something of an unusual choice, the benefits of integrated glass cabinetry are manifold.

“It offers a completely impervious surface,” Daniel says. “So whereas most bathroom surfaces have a makeup of layers – maybe a glazed ceramic, or solid surface with a top layer that you can sand back if it shows signs of wear – glass is just flat, and tough and it will never stain. It’s unaffected by heat, and it’s fantastically durable.”

Another little-known plus: the glass surfaces at Rogerseller can also have a treatment applied which produces a wonderfully matte finish that has to be felt to be believed. The effect is tactile and warm, rather than the customarily sterile, cold sensation of ordinary glass.

"Stainless steel exudes an urban masculinity, and will likely outlive the inhabitants of any house it’s specified in."

Industrial Action

So you’ve kitted out your bathroom and the powder room, and maybe the guest en suite too… what about the outdoor wet areas?

Stainless steel is a firm favourite in terms of ultimate all-weather robustness. It exudes an urban masculinity, and will likely outlive the inhabitants of any house it’s specified in – though be aware, quality does come at a price.

“We do have a range in solid milled stainless steel that is beautiful. It’s very hard figuratively and literally to work with, Daniel says. “I will say, it is a far superior and more durable material, but there is that cost factor.”