The SieMatic vanity appears to float above the limestone floor.
On the facing wall, a Caesarstone block creates a functional bench inside and outside of the glass-enclosed shower.
A bold, graphic painting is displayed in a niche next to a picture window that approximates art.
A bold, graphic painting is displayed in a niche next to a picture window that approximates art.

Serene Retreats: Going Modern

Jonas Carnemark creates a warm yet Minimalist escape

Serene Retreats: Going Modern The shower leaked, the whirlpool tub was collecting dust and the dark marble finishes and brass trim had long overstayed their welcome in the master bath of a Potomac Falls, Virginia, home. So when the owners decided to renovate, there was no question the bathroom had to go.

They enlisted Jonas Carnemark to mastermind a whole-house renovation that would recast their traditional interiors with a clean-lined, modern aesthetic. “The clients are fascinated with art and brevity in architecture,” the designer explains. “They wanted to make everything cleaner and more organic.”

The new bathroom boasts a soothing, pared-down vibe. A SieMatic vanity and pair of Robern medicine cabinets—all equipped with hidden electrical plugs—keep clutter at bay. Two Alape sinks in glazed steel and an Artemide light fixture in hand-blown Venetian glass speak to a precise, refined sensibility. The pale gray grain of the statuary granite lining the shower wall and vanity backsplash recalls billowing clouds.

After inserting a TV unit into the bedroom wall on the reverse side of the vanity, the designer cleverly took advantage of the resulting “push me, pull you” effect in the bathroom by creating an art niche near the tub where the owners hung one of their favorite paintings, a vibrant abstract. The sculptural Waterworks tub sits under a large picture window that Carnemark designed to replace two standard double-hung windows. “It looks like a painting,” reflects the designer, who located the new WC closer to the master bedroom for convenience—and also to make this spa-like bath “a destination of its own.”

BATH DESIGN & RENOVATION: JONAS CARNEMARK, CKD, Carnemark Design + Build, Bethesda, Maryland.

For two more retreats also see:

Glamorous Touch

Classic Comfort