Focus on Indian Stone: Raj slate tiles anchor â€œunderwaterâ€ design
August 1, 2006
Thinking â€œoutside the box,â€ Designer Denise Ducray created an underwater theme for a bathroom in a Manhattan loft - grounding the space with a floor and wall of Indian slate. â€œThis is an artist's bathroom,â€ explained Ducray. â€œI wanted to do something very unusual - something different that would be a conversation piece.â€
According to the designer, she has always favored slate, and she was excited to utilize it in this bathroom design. â€œI have used slate for years and years,â€ said Ducray, who runs her own firm, Denise Ducray Design, Inc., in New York City. â€œPeople always like to use granite and marble, but I love slates and quartzites. Not all of my clients like to use slate, but it is perfect for what we wanted to use it for [here].â€
The idea for the aquatic theme actually was inspired by seahorse faucets from Sherle Wagner, which the designer salvaged from a bathroom in a hotel that was being remodeled. â€œI wanted to reuse them, and I was really happy that I could for this project.â€
The 12- x 12-inch Raj slate tiles, which were employed for the floor and shower wall of the 120-square-foot bath, were quarried in India and supplied by Artistic Tile of New York, NY. â€œI love the warmth of the material,â€ said Ducray. â€œI believe that when you go in [to a room], it should cheer you up.â€
In total, the project took about five to six weeks to complete, as there was a wait for the custom-designed fixtures. The designer pointed out that the pattern in the slate was a little busy, and as a result, some time was spent selecting the appropriate mix of tiles.
â€œI always order 20% more,â€ she explained. â€œ[Also], I always lay the slate on the floor before it is installed, because there is such a huge variety and pattern. I have to make sure that it makes sense, and then I have the clients look at it.â€
Once the slate installation was finished, 511 Seal & Enhance from Miracle Sealants Co. was applied to the material.
Private ResidenceDesigner: Denise Ducray Design, Inc., New York, NY
Stone Supplier: Artistic Tile, New York, NY
Stone Maintenance and Care Products Manufacturer: Miracle Sealants Co., Arcadia, CA