The "Caldera" bathroom was wholly inspired by the intoxicating views from the village of Oia on the Grecian island of Santorini. Its geography and history make it a natural oasis of relaxation - as it is known for its spectacular view of the Caldera, a body of water that rests under the sunset vista. Visitors in Oia stay in historic cave villas built into cliffs - cliffs which they must ascend before they can see this spectacular view.
Having experienced this ascent, and its ensuing awe-inspiring view, Amy Lau decided to fashion her own Oia ascent complete with a modest set of steps leading to the bath. Upon reaching the top of these steps visitors are immersed in the serenity of the bathtub and fireplace, just as visitors are enrapt by the tranquil waters upon reaching the summit of the cliffs under the fiery sun. The inclusion of this small set of steps sets the bath apart from the rest of its environment, making it a true retreat from everyday anxieties.
To make the "Caldera" bathroom a truly unique experience, Lau created an exclusive design of tiles that clad the cave-like Oia interior. Inspired by organic and op-art mosaics from the 60s and 70s, the blue and white tile radiates the kiss of Mediterranean light, replete with cave-like feelings of warmth, comfort and security - the same feelings felt inside the cliff villas of Oia. All elements of the bath together create an indulgent and private "Caldera" experience.
About the designer
|Amy Lau is known for inspiring interiors organized according to Modernist principles – compositions balanced in scale, texture, and color – with a purpose for every object. Inspired by her love of nature and abstract art, Lau creates refined, elegant spaces that are more curated than decorated. Since the inception of Amy Lau Design in 2001, the firm has attracted a prestigious client base, and Lau herself has been recognized as one of the country's leading designers. Following a degree in Art History from the University of Arizona, Lau honed her curatorial eye and love of the decorative arts while pursuing her Masters in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby's prestigious graduate program. Completing her studies, Lau worked under Thomas O'Brien at Aero Ltd., and was later appointed director of New York City's noted Lin-Weinberg Gallery, specializing in international mid-century modern design. Amy and her work have been featured in top publications such as House Beautiful, Dwell, O at Home, Interior Design, Domino, and The New York Times.|
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