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the wall is clad in Hosowari porcelain tile, giving a highly textured effect similar to stacked stone. This tile wraps around to the entrance of the dressing room and then reappears in the shower. Materials for the bed plinth and bedside tables are also used in the bathroom, as is the floating effect Gacesa created. Another design element established in the bedroom is the fret pattern seen in the central bedhead panel. Here it is formed from a bronze frame, with padded black suede inserted to give a relief effect. A central cutout in this panel allows distant mountain views from the dressing room, while other cutouts in the bulkhead above the bed and in the dressing room ceiling highlight the fret pattern and maintain a sense of the room’s full height. All of these elements are carried through to the bathroom itself, says Gacesa. “One of the owners likes to read in the bath with a drink and enjoy the view, so I wanted to create a setting for this,” he says. The tub is encased in a plinth made of the same marble as the floor, and sits on a search | save | share at mirrored base. This continues the floating effect, emphasised by lighting, that was seen in the bedroom. Steps leading up to the bath are similarly treated with mirrored supports and underlighting, so they too appear to float. To hold drinks and magazines, Gacesa placed a platform on top of the plinth, made from two Corian disks with antique Tuscan glass sandwiched between them. The same materials were also used for the adjacent make-up counter and cupboards. But the most impressive feature in the