This infill house in Houston is sleek and modern, but a red fired-clay sink in the powder room adds a surprising, hand-hewn accent. Project: 4412 Effie, Bellaire, Texas; Architect/Interior Designer: Edward Dumont, Studio RED Architects, Houston, Texas; Builder: Les Albin, Lacon Homes, Houston, Texas.
The homeowners have happy memories of their travels in Italy, and they wanted a sink that would remind them of the drinking fountains common to Roman piazzas. This limestone sink and its playful brass spout did the trick nicely. Project: Conrad Poor Residence, Maplewood, N.J.; Architect/Interior Designer: Marvin Clawson, Clawson Architects, Maplewood, N.J.; Builder: Venancio Ribeiro, COTA Corp. General Contractor, Newark, N.J.
The underground level of this house needed a complete renovation with finishes that would make it an appropriate place for throwing dinner parties and charity events. Corrugated steel walls add a sculptural feel to the powder room. Despite its being an industrial material, the steel actually looks elegant next to the more traditional finishes. Project: Franklin Residence, Franklin, Mich.; Architect: Robert Clarke, CBi Design Professionals, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Builder: Dan Sebold, Thomas Sebold & Associates, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Interior Designer: Jennifer Gilbert, Doodle Home, Livonia, Mich.
The tiny powder room in this San Francisco condo has fire-engine red walls and makes excellent use of corner space with a sink of Geocrete, one of the concrete blends that the designer is well-known for. Project: Zuckerman Residence, San Francisco, Calif.; Designer: Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.; Builder: Matt Blickman, 38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, San Rafael, Calif.
Sleek rosewood veneer, rough stacked basalt walls, basalt floor tile, and leather wall tiles make for a deluxe powder room that’s a collage of warm and cool materials. Project: Mountain Villa Residence, Austin, Texas; Architect/Interior Designer: Ulrich Dangel and Tamie Glass, Austin, Texas; Builder: Branson Fustes, Pilgrim Building Company, Austin, Texas.