Cerebral architect Matali Crasset turns a stone farmhouse into a flexible, open environment for a Parisian jewelry designer and her many houseguests. In the master bathroom, the floor’s subtle resin treatment was initially painted on the concrete as full-on orange, but started peeling immediately. Monory scrubbed it off until only a wash of the hue was visible. The bench is from Ikea.
In 2007, Brandon and Amy Phillips bought a 19th-century New York factory for $137,500 and have been steadily rehabbing it from a forlorn relic into a 21st-century factory humming with possibility. The bathroom evokes the building’s industrial bones. The pendant light is from Ikea, and the towel racks are repurposed train car luggage racks. The Carrara tiles are mismatched seconds.
When Tom Givone bought a toppling 200-year-old farmhouse in 2002, his new neighbors in upstate New York advised bulldozing it. Instead, the experience defined the homeowner-turned-contractor's love of the picturesque and channel it into a newfound talent for renovation. “The hope has been to combine archaic and modern elements in a way that would enhance the beauty of each by virtue of its contrast with the other,” says Givone. A salvaged 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel shares the guest bathroom with a hand-chiseled sink made of 17th-century marble quarried from the hills outside of Rome.
From the street, this 18th-century stone residence blends in inconspicuously with its neighbors in the old city of Safed in the north of Israel. Architects Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar preserved the historic shell, while introducing contemporary elements to the interior. The master bathroom is framed by a glass and varnished steel doorway. Minimal white tiling and concrete floors allow both the original stone walls and graphic geometric glass openings to take center stage.
Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania. The bathroom features a salvaged 1920s schoolhouse sink from Olde Good Things. The faucet mixers are by Jado; the original single tap openings were enlarged to fit them, and the entire sink was re-glazed.