A mid-century atomic ranch style bathroom maximizes color and minimizes fixtures.
Cantilevered on a loft partition wall, a double glass sink nearly disappears against the colorful 1950s atomic ranch style mosaic tile. Atomic Ranch is a term that was used as the title for a home design book, by Michelle Gringeri-Brown, which details the look of ranch style, mid-century modern homes built in the Western U.S. and which are being bought and renovated by a new generation. In this bath, pair of contemporary wall-mounted faucets lurk over an eccentric white sink with a parabolic glass bowl. That coordinates with the confetti colored mosaic tile installed on the wall as a backsplash. 1960s red and gold paint colors are echoed in Roy Lichtenstein prints. And a rolling storage cart stands in as vanity storage while baskets do the work of drawers.
When first posted, this bath elicited some critical comments:
“That low cabinet instead of a vanity, a giant swervy glass sink — that is not a bathroom to be used. Imagine what the toothpaste is going to look like settled in the bottom of that sink. And where exactly am I supposed to set my toothbrush while I dig for the toothpaste in those baskets or that low, low cabinet? Where do I set my flat iron while I’m drying my hair? Or my hair goo? Or comb? Where does [my husband’s] shaver go?”
The comment is a bit of a hoot. Clearly, this is a bath that is prized as much for its style as its function. Appliances can go on the chest or on the slim ledge below the faucets. Whatever. It’s a lively and unusual design that is meant for a home that still had glass-blocks bricking up a window — just like the mid 20th century.
(Source: Susan Jablon)
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