Block's tough judge gets judged himself – and wins TIDA bathroom awards

The Block NZ: Redemption’s tough judge Jason Bonham is showing this year’s Blockies how to do it – the designer has taken out two of the four awards in the 2022 Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) New Zealand Bathroom awards.

Bonham won the TIDA New Zealand Designer Bathroom of the Year and also the Designer Bathroom Suite of the Year with two “statement” bathrooms.

The winning designer bathroom, an ensuite for two, makes a bold statement, with finishes, fixtures and accessories selected to reflect the coastal location of the home and to give it a luxurious international style.

The Block NZ: Redemption judge Jason Bonham runs Bonham Architecture & Interiors.

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The Block NZ: Redemption judge Jason Bonham runs Bonham Architecture & Interiors.

The TIDA judges noted that this has been achieved with an exceptionally high degree of sophistication, such that this bathroom could easily be found in a top end home or apartment in any major city in the world.

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“On entering the space, the immediate focus is on the custom-coloured bath and the Martha Sturdy brass sculpture above it – both making a subtle statement about the natural surroundings,” the judges said.

“The stone-clad wall behind the bath screens off the toilet and shower, allowing privacy when two people are using the ensuite at once.

The vanity units are teamed with decorative "bubble" sconces and distinctively shaped mirrors.

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The vanity units are teamed with decorative “bubble” sconces and distinctively shaped mirrors.

“Custom vanities on either side of the space have been designed like pieces of furniture, and paired with distinctively shaped mirrors and custom ‘bubble’ wall sconces.”

Bonham’s winning designer bathroom suite reflects a modern, international aesthetic.

Previously tiled in dark mosaics tiles, the new ensuite now features an eccentric tile application, with a pattern that flows from the entry, along the floor, and into the double shower that runs the full width of the back wall.

Bonham, never a fan of timber on the Block, has created a dramatic batten wall for the bedroom of this award-winning designer bathroom suite.

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Bonham, never a fan of timber on the Block, has created a dramatic batten wall for the bedroom of this award-winning designer bathroom suite.

And this is the bathroom in the suite, with its dramatic tile pattern that runs across the floor and up the wall.

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And this is the bathroom in the suite, with its dramatic tile pattern that runs across the floor and up the wall.

Completing the space is a custom vanity with core-fluted, touch-to-open drawer fronts, set against the cloudy tones of Bianco Storm marble tiled walls.

The TIDA judges were impressed with the sophistication of the suite’s design, which has resulted in a space with original style, while also delivering functionality and comfort.

Winner of the TIDA New Zealand Architect Bathroom of the Year is Mona Hurnen of Callidus Architects.

The brief was to fully upgrade the three existing wet rooms of an artistically inflenced bach-style house in Eastbourne. Each of the three rooms had quirky windows giving amazing views of Wellington harbour.

Mona Hurnen of Callidus Architects won the TIDA Architect Bathroom of the Year with this ensuite in an Eastbourne house.

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Mona Hurnen of Callidus Architects won the TIDA Architect Bathroom of the Year with this ensuite in an Eastbourne house.

The designer says the challenge was to successfully incorporate these windows into the new plan, and provide an understated, finished result that focused attention on them as a design feature.

The TIDA judges noted that has resulted in very pleasant, light and bright spaces in which to bathe, relax and enjoy the bush and harbour views.

In the main bathroom, the American oak vanity top extends in both directions, forming a handy shelf above the end of the bath on one side. Meanwhile, Chevron Blanco tiles have been installed in a subway tile format as the splashback in all three rooms.

Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design won the 2022 TIDA New Zealand Powder Room of the Year with a dark, moody powder room.

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Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design won the 2022 TIDA New Zealand Powder Room of the Year with a dark, moody powder room.

Nicola Ross of Nicola Ross Design won the 2022 TIDA New Zealand Powder Room of the Year with a dramatic, dark room.

Ross says the bathroom needed to reflect the linear elements seen in other areas of the home. Batten cladding plays off the oak staircase in the foyer, and helps unify the overall space.

It also brings a vertical dimension to an otherwise dark space. An oak battened screen providing privacy for the toilet area reaffirms this lineal element.

The powder room features a dark batten wall that references the linear aesthetic of the adjacent foyer.

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The powder room features a dark batten wall that references the linear aesthetic of the adjacent foyer.

On the wall, an Asian-inspired mural adds a playful and colourful element to the design, while giving the sense of being in a spa retreat.

For the TIDA judges, this entry clearly represented a key element to powder room design – “the opportunity to create an individual space that would surprise and delight any guest that enters”.

Introducing ‘character’ a key trend

Paul Taylor, TIDA judging panel chairman, says there was a wide range of approaches to the design of this year’s bathrooms.

“Some are dark and moody, while others are flooded with light. Some are crisply contemporary, while others have a nod to a classic or more traditional style.

Dark, moody bathrooms remain a strong design trend.

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Dark, moody bathrooms remain a strong design trend.

“These are rooms that not only have to accommodate a range of functions – often in a limited space – but they’re also designed as places where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

“What also came through is that we want to give our bathrooms their own distinct character.”

Taylor says this is being achieved in a number of ways:

  • Introducing colour and texture through the selection of materials – especially tiles
  • Controlled lighting that sets the mood
  • Sculptural fittings and fixtures, such as bathtubs and faucets
  • And, in some cases the introduction of bold artworks

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