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5 Things to Know About This Master Bath

 Designer Mike Stake turned a bathroom with a view into a sleek sanctuary.

Interior designer Mike Stake achieves a clean, bright look for a Venetian Islands townhouse where water is the star. A single dense column of water falls from a chrome ceiling ring into the Duravit Starck soaking tub. 

To modernize the master bath of a four-story townhouse overlooking Biscayne Bay, Mike Stake opted for a minimalist look that would draw the eye to the room’s breathtaking natural focal point: the dazzling sea and sky beyond a wall of glass doors.

1. The water falls interestingly.
The soaking tub features a state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted filler that actually looks like kinetic art: An overhead disk replaces a traditional bath spout in the freestanding Duravit Starck tub. The fixture removes air, dispensing a splash-free column of water. Ceiling-mounted shower nozzles suggest rain falling from the sky, blurring the line between outdoor and indoor living.

2. Glass is the primary material.
Stake eschewed tile in favor of a glass wall that takes its color cues from the seascape. (It required Stake and his artisans three attempts to achieve the perfect shade of blue.) Two glass doors slide behind a third at the foot of the tub, allowing ocean breezes to waft through the room.

3. The custom vanity is walnut.
Combining beauty with functionality, the vanity is designed with a scored front to disguise storage space. Tall panels flanking the mirror cleverly disguise medicine cabinets. The countertop is white Italian marble with gray veining; the round-edged nickel faucets are by Waterworks.

4. The floor is functional terrazzo.
White terrazzo tiles sprinkled with gray and white marble chips match the terrazzo flooring in the townhouse’s center staircase. Smaller terrazzo tiles in the shower unify the look but prevent slipping.

5. Sheers help shape the lighting design.
Hemera suspension cylinders illuminate the vanity, while Stake also installed strategically placed recessed lights. White linen sheers offer privacy yet allow light to filter through. “I use sheers as part of the lighting,” Stake explains. “They soften and balance the hard surfaces and allow different types of light in throughout the day.”