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A Shell Collector's Bathroom
For those who love the ocean but cannot escape the city, sometimes little reminders are all that are needed to recreate a special getaway. Interior designer Harry Heissmann, of Albert Hadley Inc. in New York, achieves a seaside escape by blending shell and stone textures while elevating modernism in the bath.

A Shell Collector's Bathroom is a new vignette in the Kohler Design Center's Designer Mezzanine, a medley of kitchens and bathrooms designed by many of the most well respected designers in the industry. Inspired by the soft pink underside of the aperture of a queen conch shell, A Shell Collector's Bathroom is delicately accentuated by a Vapour™ Pink finish on KOHLER® Cast Iron fixtures. Onyx-colored Terrazzo panels (Ann Sacks Metron Bisazza-Mosaico) boldly frame the KOHLER Iron Works Historic™ bath with a hint of shimmer, evoking a sense of mystery akin to the depths of the ocean.

"A room's definition comes from the unexpected things found in it—like a rough, pebbled floor next to smooth walls," says Heissmann. "You have to keep it interesting to make it inviting."

Through a blending of Ann Sacks tiles, A Shell Collector's Bathroom captures the gradual transition from granular sand to rounded sea stones to sharp shell fragments common to the ocean floor. Iridescent ceiling panels form a watery canopy while the back wall is built with Ann Sacks' Bali stacked pebbles in Ocala Berry to give the room depth. Heissmann's brilliant use of textures and colors is demonstrated with the Ann Sacks Mosaic in Constellation Ginger, which creates the partition wall between the toilet and bath as well as surrounds the KOHLER Dolce Vita™ lavatory in Vapour™ Pink. The lavatory is further emphasized by a custom shell-embellished mirror and metallic, beaded curtain that Heissmann says, "drapes the vanity beautifully like an vintage couture gown." Glass shelves on both sides of the vanity are decorated with starfish, a bottle of shells, conch shells and a variety of other aquatic ornaments. A KOHLER San Raphael™ Power Lite® toilet in Black Black™, Finial® Art lavatory faucet with Serpentine Bronze™ tap handles and an Iron Works® Historic bath in Vapour Pink add further drama to this sea-lover's cherished bathroom design.

About the designer

As part of one of New York City's most renowned interior design firms, Harry Heissmann is recognized for his ability to combine comfort and practicality with a sense of humor and wit. Heissmann carefully selects color schemes that reflect the client's preference as well as the personality of the room. Recent projects include residences in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, California and Florida. His work was published in The New York Times and House Beautiful, and he participated in House & Garden's 2006 Hampton and Designer Showhouse.

See the designer discuss this room. Watch the video. (1:55)

KOHLER® Products in this Room

Iron Works® Historic 66

Iron Works® Historic 66" x 36" freestanding oval bath with reversible drain...

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Laminar wall- or ceiling-mount bath filler with 0.95

Laminar wall- or ceiling-mount bath filler with 0.95" orifice

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Finial® valve trim with lever handle for Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing valve, requires valve

Finial® valve trim with lever handle for Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing valv...

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Dolce Vita® drop-in bathroom sink

Dolce Vita® drop-in bathroom sink

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Finial® toilet tissue holder

Finial® toilet tissue holder

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