Imparting his trademark custom, contemporary style to this unique
penthouse powder room, Fu-Tung Cheng of Cheng Design in Berkeley,
CA created a unique, textural look for this award-winning space
with the help of the firm’s Milton Tong and Frank Lee.
“This penthouse loft benefits from the unique look of the powder
room,” contends Cheng. Indeed, the “glowing look” of the countertop
is created with fused layers of what Cheng terms “slump” glass that
total roughly a 3″ thickness. Two parallel steel beams support
Cheng and his team then highlighted the countertop design with a
customized, translucent, amber-colored sink vessel. “It is made
from molded polyurethane, or rubber, with coral and smoothed-stone
inlays hand-picked from the beaches of Culebra, Puerto Rico,”
explains Cheng. “A poured-in-place, concrete wall with a grounded
ledge features a one-of-a-kind, shattered-glass face that backs
both the countertop and sink, completing the visual triangle.”
To highlight the vanity, “a deep sky well punctures the ceiling
above the sink, providing an indirect, natural light wash,” he
notes. “A fluorescent tube illuminates the glass top from below,
creating the ephemeral, ice block look that becomes the
Cheng’s skill with concrete is further seen in the powder room’s
floor. “The textural floor is ground concrete with exposed,
semi-precious stones like turquoise and lapis,” he explains.
Paneled, sandblasted, mirrored glass creates a “diaphanous” wall
adjacent to the sink, while bisque-colored Venetian plaster coats
the ceiling and remaining powder room walls.
A custom stainless steel toilet paper holder and towel bar,
along with an Acorn toilet, completes the look.