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French author Marguerite Duras' novel L'amant, translated as The Lover, serves as inspiration for this elegant bath setting from designer Laura Kirar. Featuring pieces from her extensive collections for Kallista®, Baker® Furniture, and McGuire®, the space transports from a world of work and worry to an environment of sublime luxury.

Duras' novel vividly describes the intimacies and intricacies of a clandestine romance between a young, poor French girl and an older, wealthy Chinese gentleman in 1930s Indochina. The romantic and forbidding nature of the story is mirrored in the vibrancy of the color palette and materials chosen for the space; highly polished surfaces and rich hues are contrasted with worn, hand wrought finishes and matte colors. Upon entering the antechamber, the guest is surrounded by walls of cornflower blue tile from Ann Sacks®, which contrasts beautifully with the rich, dark hues featured on the furniture and overscaled molding.

Echoing the sentiment that one finds love and beauty in unexpected places, furnishings within the space surprise and delight by serving dual purposes – the Vir Stil bath vanity fits perfectly as a credenza; the Syro chandelier and both the Vir Stil bath mirror and wall sconces reflect and illuminate the Lien desk from Baker, proving that beautiful designs for the bath are not required to stay there. Separated from the antechamber by a hand-stripped and patined bronze curtain, the inner chamber adds an increased element of privacy and romance to the space. The eyes are drawn immediately to the exquisitely tiled bath and shower that is reminiscent of a fountain – a solid onyx slab holds Vir Stil showering products in living bronze over the bath and is complemented by the rich colors and sumptuous furnishings – perfect as a hidden, romantic retreat for two.

About the designer

An alumnus of the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, Kirar began her career in design with Holly Hunt in Chicago. After moving to New York in 1995 to work as a furniture designer in the residential interiors field and in retail design with the likes of Ralph Lauren Home, Kirar founded her firm, TRU, in 1999. Her fine art roots are clearly apparent in her diverse interior projects and product licenses, and Kirar incorporates individuality and personality into every design. This talent, along with her extensive collections for top manufacturers in home design, place Laura Kirar at the forefront of what’s stylish now.

Kirar’s interiors are more “curated than designed,” the designer remarked. “Inspiration is born from my experiences traveling, my love of collecting, and my passion for art. I believe in the importance of life’s simple joys: art, nature, music, books, and in particular, the compelling interactions had with people and places.” Designs by Kirar have appeared in Self, Women's Wear Daily, W, Wallpaper Magazine, New York Magazine, Esquire, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Hampton's Cottages and Gardens, Interior Design and Architectural Digest.

See the designer discuss this room. Watch the video. (2:09)