Block’s tough judge gets judged himself – and wins TIDA bathroom awards

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The Block NZ: Redemption’s tough judge Jason Bonham shows this year’s Blockies how to do it – the designer won two of four awards at the Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) New Zealand Bathroom Awards 2022.

Bonham won TIDA New Zealand Designer Bathroom of the Year as well as Designer Bathroom Suite of the Year with two statement bathrooms.

The winning designer bathroom, a bathroom for two, makes a bold statement, with finishes, fixtures and fittings selected to reflect the home’s coastal location and give it a luxurious international flair.

Jason Bonham, judge of The Block NZ: Redemption, runs Bonham Architecture & Interiors.

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Jason Bonham, judge of The Block NZ: Redemption, runs Bonham Architecture & Interiors.

The TIDA judges noted that this was done with an exceptionally high degree of sophistication, so this bathroom could easily be found in a high-end home or apartment in any major city in the world.

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“Upon entering the space, immediate attention is drawn to the custom-colored bathtub and the Martha Sturdy brass sculpture above – both making a subtle statement about the natural surroundings,” the judges said.

“The stone clad wall behind the tub shields the toilet and shower, allowing privacy when two people are using the bathroom at the same time.

Vanity units are associated with decorative elements "bubble" sconces and mirrors with distinct shapes.

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The vanity units are combined with decorative “bubble” sconces and distinctively shaped mirrors.

“The custom vanities on either side of the space were designed like furniture and paired with distinctly shaped mirrors and ‘bubble’ wall sconces.”

Bonham’s winning designer bathroom reflects a modern, international aesthetic.

Previously tiled in dark mosaics, the new bathroom now features an eccentric tiling application, with a pattern flowing from the entrance, along the floor and into the double shower that runs the full width of the back wall.

Bonham, never a fan of wood on the block, created a dramatic slat wall for the bedroom of this award-winning designer bathroom suite.

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Bonham, never a fan of wood on the block, created a dramatic slat wall for the bedroom of this award-winning designer bathroom suite.

And here is the suite's bathroom, with its dramatic tile pattern that runs across the floor and wall.

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And here is the suite’s bathroom, with its dramatic tile pattern that runs across the floor and wall.

The space is completed by a custom vanity with fluted touch-opening drawer fronts, contrasting with the cloudy tones of the Bianco Storm marble tiled walls.

The TIDA judges were impressed with the sophistication of the suite’s design, which resulted in a uniquely styled space, while offering functionality and comfort.

The winner of TIDA New Zealand Architect Bathroom of the Year is Mona Hurnen from Callidus Architects.

The brief was to fully modernize the three existing wet rooms of an artistically influenced Bach-style house in Eastbourne. Each of the three bedrooms had original windows offering stunning views of Wellington Harbour.

Mona Hurnen of Callidus Architects won TIDA Architect Bathroom of the Year with this bathroom in a house in Eastbourne.

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Mona Hurnen of Callidus Architects won TIDA Architect Bathroom of the Year with this bathroom in a house in Eastbourne.

The designer says the challenge was to successfully integrate these windows into the new plan and deliver a finished, understated result that drew attention to them as a design feature.

The TIDA judges noted that this resulted in very pleasant, light and bright spaces in which to bathe, relax and enjoy the view of the bush and the harbour.

In the master bath, the American oak vanity top extends in both directions, forming a convenient shelf above the end of the tub on one side. Meanwhile, Chevron Blanco tiles were installed in a subway tile format as the backsplash in all three rooms.

Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design has won TIDA New Zealand 2022 Shower Room of the Year with a dark and brooding wet room.

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Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design has won TIDA New Zealand 2022 Shower Room of the Year with a dark and brooding wet room.

Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design has won the TIDA New Zealand Powder Room of the Year 2022 award with a dark and dramatic piece.

Ross says the bathroom needed to reflect the linear elements seen in other areas of the house. Batten cladding plays off the oak staircase in the entry hall and helps unify the entire space.

It also brings a vertical dimension to an otherwise dark space. A screen in oak slats providing privacy in the toilet area reaffirms this linear element.

The powder room features a dark slat wall that references the linear aesthetic of the adjacent foyer.

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The powder room features a dark slat wall that references the linear aesthetic of the adjacent foyer.

On the wall, an Asian-inspired mural adds a playful and colorful element to the design, while giving the impression of being at a spa retreat.

For the TIDA judges, this entry clearly represented a key element of the powder room design – “the opportunity to create an individual space that would surprise and delight any guest who enters”.

Introducing “character” a key trend

Paul Taylor, chairman of the TIDA jury, said there was a wide range of approaches to the design of this year’s bathrooms.

“Some are dark and moody, while others are awash in light. Some are decidedly contemporary, while others have a nod to a classic or more traditional style.

Dark, moody bathrooms remain a strong design trend.

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Dark, moody bathrooms remain a strong design trend.

“These are rooms that not only need to accommodate a range of functions – often in a limited space – but they are also designed as places to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

“What also came out was that we want to give our bathrooms their own distinct character.”

Taylor says this is achieved in several ways:

  • Introduce color and texture through material selection – especially tiles
  • Controlled lighting that sets the mood
  • Sculptural fixtures and fittings, such as bathtubs and faucets
  • And, in some cases, the introduction of bold artwork

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