When the owners of this Los Angeles condo purchased the unit—which is located inside a building from the 1980s—it was showing its age. The couple called on Jenni Lauri of Lauri Design Studio to update the entire residence, including the primary bath. The designer gutted the room and reworked the layout, removing an unwanted tub and opting instead for a large shower with a bold antique brass-and-glass enclosure.
A double vanity featuring Calacatta Viola marble is paired with a fluted-marble backsplash. The remaining wall surfaces are plaster—including the shower, which has a waterproof finish, and the doors of the walnut-lined linen closet. “It feels seamless, and the plaster lends a soft, organic touch,” says Lauri, who rounded out the neutral palette—a continuation of what’s found in the main living spaces—with a Moroccan wool rug, a plaster bench and vintage figurative artwork.
“We tried to combine the couple’s love of a relaxed California look with the concept of wabi-sabi,” says the designer. “These are busy people who travel often, so the primary suite is meant to be a cozy, Zen-like sanctuary.” In fact, according to Lauri, this idea of a more subdued, pared-back type of luxury is what many clients are gravitating toward these days. “The pandemic seems to have changed what people desire,” she continues. “Clients still want luxury, but in a more understated, organic manner, with neutral tones and materials.”