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Eva Sonaike luxury bathroom in collaboration with C.P.Hart

Eva Sonaike luxury bathroom in collaboration with C.P.Hart

I am finally able to reveal my latest project - our collaboration with C.P. Hart bathrooms, who invited me to design a bathroom set for their flagship showroom in Waterloo.

The brief was “Wellness Redefined” and I wanted to create a space that allowed us to escape from our everyday lives and move away from the traditional white bathroom design and incorporate colour, pattern, texture and greenery.

The overall theme is influenced by beach houses on West Africa’s luxuriant Atlantic seashore. Inspired by mid-century architecture, and in particular Tropical Modernism, I translated this aesthetic into a modern, luxury bathroom setting. 

Starting with C.P. Hart’s Norway Farge Matt tiles that echo cooling terrazzo stone floors, that remind me of 1960s West Africa; and the warm green Luminous Lume tiles that represent lush foliage and tropical palm shores; both offer a striking contrast to C.P.Hart’s luxury SpilloTech G taps in brushed gold. 

My favourite pieces that caught my eye right from the beginning when choosing products were the Delfo vanity units. Their textured drawer front and light wood impart an African character, as does the Tura heated towel rail with its knurled detailing. 

This partner beautifully with the dark green Alga gloss washbowls with their elegant 70s feel. To complement the green colour palette, I chose our Odi purple wallpaper from my Eko Eclipse collection, with its geometric pattern and vivid lilac and purple hues - we created this in a washable vinyl finish, specifically from bathrooms. The IP rated lampshades and wall lights that add more colour to the room are designed by The Bespoke Boutique in London and the ‘living’ ceiling with over 1000 individual strands was hand-made by celebrity florist Karen Barnes.

With over 80 years in the business, C.P. Hart is known as the “go-to” brand within the UK for luxury bathroom design with an outstanding reputation for being the best in design and innovation. 

Founded in 1937 by Charles Percival Hart, the company now has 16 showrooms across the UK, including its impressive 18,500m sq flagship store underneath the atmospheric Victorian railway arches at London’s Waterloo, where my bathroom set is located. 

The showroom is open from Monday to Saturday and you are welcome to come and visit my and the other 3 gust designer’s bathrooms anytime, alongside C.P. Harts bathroom sets and products that are on display at their flagship store. And if you need more information about our top tips for good bathroom designs download the free C.P Hart Homes & Gardens supplement here.

If this inspired you to re-design your bathroom with colour and pattern then reach out to us at and we will help you create your own African-inspired “Wellness” oasis in the comfort of your home.


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