When Susan and Carter Burden’s ebook-loaded condominium in Manhattan’s Higher East Facet was released in Vogue in 1992, a significant chunk of the textual content was devoted to the unequivocal space de résistance: the toilet-slash-research appointed by the legendary decorator Mark Hampton.
Two spaces were gutted to enable for the room’s gracious proportions. “I wished the area to be extremely consciously a 19th-century fantasy of the sort that I hope Sir John Soane would have liked,” Hampton told the journal of the paneled space stuffed with arches, pilasters, and busts, now legendary among a specified New York college of decorators. Books were stacked bathside, and striped silk lined the partitions.
“That fantastic toilet was a seminal second for me,” states Advertisement100 designer Miles Redd, who lately conjured his own rendition of a lavatory-cum-research in a relatives lodge in the Adirondacks, complete with a Randolph Morris wood soaking tub, stone fire, and associates desk. “I am constantly in favor of producing the toilet more substantial than the bed room as I feel you move about a lavatory far more frequently,” he claims.