WINNING DESIGNER: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home
PROJECT GOAL: Many features of this decades-old bathroom were crippling the homeowner’s ability to enjoy every part of her residence, but the installation of smart products transformed her daily routine into a hotel-esque experience.
In design, new looks are constantly redefining popular aesthetic, but technology is now a must-have in most homes, no matter what style. Want the lights on without touching a switch? Warm floors in winter? Or, like in this bathroom, a toilet seat that raises and lowers automatically? There’s a digital solution for all those things and more.
Nathan Taylor, co-founder and principal designer for Obelisk Home, says ease of use is what makes technology so appealing, especially for this homeowner. In her home, he figured out a way to marry form and function while incorporating high-tech products that eliminate the monotony of bathroom chores.
Before, the mirror above the vanity was small with inadequate lighting. Now, an LED-bordered illuminated mirror spans almost the full length of the countertop and offers three brilliance settings for day, night and close-ups. Just tap a sensor to turn it on. Under the vanity is lighting that can change color and be timed to come on when someone enters the room, such as during a midnight trip to the toilet, which is the star amenity.