Client Brief

This Power Room is one of five bathrooms in the house we were engaged to design in this house. Its main function is to act as a powder room for guests who visit, and to serve as a shower/changing room for the outdoor pool area. The brief from the clients was for a simple, yet dramatic space that fitted in with the contemporary architecture of their house.

Designer’s Response

The centrepiece for the design of this small room is a beautiful, organic basin, chosen for its melodramatic shape, and enhanced by a large theatrical oversized mirror that not only reflects light, but also make the room feel larger.

One of the biggest challenges faced was fitting all three elements – a feature basin, a shower and a toilet – into an odd-shaped room that had two entrances. Accordingly the shower is positioned next to the door out to the pool, and the toilet next to the internal door to the main living areas.

As this room was to be used as a transitional space – where storage was not high on the list of requirements, but drama was – both myself and my clients felt that cabinetry would detract from the feature basin, and was therefore unnecessary. Where storage was needed, cavities were recessed into the walls for the heated towel rail and a shampoo/soap shelf.

The colour scheme, apart from the white basin, is black – large format black tiles, black tapware and black accessories, including a porcelain freestanding sculpture that is used for an extra towel or holding magazines. Black adds drama to the space, plus allows that incredible statement basin to ‘sing’ within the room.

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Celia Visser lives and breathes design. Her passion for innovation and quality is matched only by her commitment to client satisfaction. Within the kitchen design industry, she is highly respected for her consistency and innovation – qualities that have won her multiple awards.

When Celia first walks into a home, she quickly assesses its potential. She listens to her clients and takes on board their lifestyle, family circumstances and the ambience they want to create within their home. This is what guides her unique designs.

Her goal is for her clients to come home to a place they can relax in, and at the same time is beautiful space that suits their individuality. She loves designing homes with soul and that X Factor.

Celia is inquisitive – always seeking fresh creative stimulation. Her weekends are spent scouring magazines, shops and markets for inspiration and quirky ideas, and she travel often overseas. She is equally focused on the business side of her company, and strives for excellence in all areas.

Celia has been in the design and construction industry for 25 years, and is currently a member of the Certified Designers Society, NKBA and DINZ.