Is something bespoke if it’s the only one of its kind? Well, yes, it most likely is. That doesn’t mean though, in regards to vanities anyway, that you need to have a cabinetmaker create a custom design. With a range of vanities called Create by Athena Bathrooms, designers and clients are able to do just that: create their own unique bathroomware.

With a choice of around 3,500 different options from material to finishes, tapware and vanity tops, handles and colour, it’s possible to create a very much bespoke design without the drawbacks of a completely customised piece of bathroomware.

“Bespoke or customised vanities often come with longer lead times, and what we know from the market is that with bespoke options, it’s not uncommon for a vanity to arrive and it’s not exactly what the client was expecting,” Athena Bathrooms’ Tony de Ruiter says.

“That’s the beauty of the Create range. There’s a really quick turnaround – around 7 days plus delivery for the standard finishes, and for the high-end finishes, around 12 days plus delivery,” he says.

Designing your own vanity from the Create range is a process that starts with a choice of vanity tops or basins, then it’s a choice of cabinet style, either wall hung or floor standing. Then it’s cabinet finish, colour and handles.”

Vanity tops come in either vitreous china or composite or if you are after the popular basin over benchtop look engineered stone
 

or granite to complement Athenite solid surface or Composite
basins.

The top is then paired with one of the three main cabinet styles, Alumino, Velaire or Soltero. Alumino is a handleless negative detail cabinet, while Velaire has a variety of options for doors and drawers, and Soltero is a more contemporary drawer-front style.

Vanity tops come in either vitreous china or composite or if you are after the popular basin over benchtop look engineered stone or granite to complement Athenite solid surface or Composite basins.

There are multiple sizes available in each style, as well as the option for wall hung or floor standing. There are then 16 colours and different finishes to choose from. Athena’s standard range comprises locally-produced melamine boards, while a step up is the Durachique range that is a (textured) continuous pressure laminate, and at the highest end of the range is a high-gloss acrylic known as Exochique. “As technology improves, products are able to much more closely simulate the look of wood grains and some of these products are getting a lot more attention now too because they so closely resemble different timbers. This is where we drew the inspiration from when it came to introducing the Durachique Textured finishes to the Create range earlier this year.”

“The real beauty of this is the ability to create such a vast array of styles from the one range,” Tony says. “And because they aren’t bespoke pieces (per say), the turnaround is quick. You can really create something very unique to suit the space and design of the rest of the home, in almost any colour, style or finish.”

For Tony, who’s been involved in the business since 2002 and travels regularly to Europe to discern the latest trends to add into the ever-evolving Create range, he says the most sought-after vanities at the moment are wall hung. “The New Zealand market follows the European market closely, and the other thing we’ve noticed is a clear shift away from the thicker vanity tops that have been popular for a while now back towards a thinner-style top.

Athena Bathrooms also offer a range of mirrors and showers, baths and furniture. Visit them on ArchiPro here to peruse the latest trends in vanities and bathroomware.