Images: Stacey Van Berkel
Designer Harvey Wise creates his dream bathroom that is filled with masculinity and sophistication in his Toronto home.
In an extensive home renovation that involved a complete rebuild of the second and third floors of his own Toronto home, designer Harvey Wise was able to design his dream bathroom “right down to window placement, fixture layout and size,” he says. The result is this generously proportioned room design with a tailored, masculine chic persona and a few Art Deco-inspired nods to the 1912 home’s character. The 11-by-19-foot space serves as a showcase for Harvey’s design clients, and it’s obvious why many of them have asked for a similar look and feel.
A miniature version of the floor’s plaid pattern appears on the shower floor. To break up the expanse of marble on the shower walls, Harvey decided to create a single criss-cross detail on the back wall.
A polished nickel side table with a mirrored top offers a spot to display bath essentials and a place to put down a drink or a book during a long soak.
Designer Harvey Wise downplayed the size of the long double vanity, with its inset Calacatta marble countertop, by designing it to look like a double chest of drawers that might be found in a man’s dressing room. The hand-reeded drawer fronts and dark stain give the walnut piece an Art Deco look. The centre portion of the mirror is actually a medicine cabinet.
A handsome silver tray holds toiletries and jewellery on the vanity countertop.
A 1940s Lucite pendant light hangs over the simple, sculptural free-standing bathtub.
The walls are covered in vinyl grasscloth wallpaper in a soft grey colour that’s more practical in a bathroom than the real thing. A set of vintage architectural prints in sleek black frames and off-white mats suits the tailored, masculine aesthetic.
Harvey designed a Burberry-inspired floor from 18-inch-square Calacatta marble tiles bordered by linear limestone and small dark blue-grey stone laid in a plaid pattern that helps shrink the visual scale of the room.