•Discover a dramatic new architectural design for the bathroom.
•Learn the elements of Renaissance style.
The Pantheon in Rome, the towers of Siena, Michelangelo's Laurentian Library in Florence: These magnificent structures provide the inspiration for Spa Tower, designer Eric Cohler's bathroom for the Kohler Design Center. Based on a blend of contemporary and Renaissance styles, Spa Tower reaches new heights in bathroom design.The room's main focus is a soaring, 14-foot, turret-like shower space. Ann Sacks® Linen and Limestone tiles grace the oval walls, washing the room in earth tones reminiscent of the Italian countryside and drawing the eye both upward and horizontally.
"I wanted it to be a spiritual experience," says Cohler. "One where you go in and you feel enveloped and embraced."
"The colors and materials I chose are earth tones ... they're soothing colors," says Cohler. "They're the colors of the Italian countryside, the colors of the Renaissance."
Cohler's design for the bathroom features an innovative layout. The powder room is accessed through the large, open shower area. Two shower stations feature handshowers, bodysprays and the DTV™ digital showering system, which allows bathers to preset shower temperature, spray pattern and pressure at the touch of a button. If privacy is needed, waterproof curtains can be drawn to separate the shower from the sink and toilet areas.
Cohler designed the sconces that illuminate either side of the framed, mirrored Robern cabinet, which hides extra storage--a convenience that can be found in many places within the room.
"There never is enough storage anywhere in our lives, especially in a bathroom," says Cohler. "So I've created niches in the shower."