When Stirling invited Granite Transformations to upgrade his 3rd-storey bathroom, as part of his extensive Project 46 refurbishment, the home makeover company leapt at the chance to showcase its elegant agglomerate interior finishes and Trend glass mosaic tiles, in such a futuristic setting. The project would centre on a flow-through bathroom and dressing area surrounding a central panelled-in spiral staircase. Taking in hard flooring, wallcoverings, surrounds, vanities, a large walk-in shower, panelled bath and curved feature wall, the installation required hardwearing, water-resistant, low maintenance finishes that would set off the unusual layout to best effect.
The result is a spectacular transformation in polar white and silver, a metallic tone so appropriate for a race driver who first drove the legendary Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows almost sixty years ago. Once the work was complete, an unexpected connection was revealed between Moss and the place where his chosen materials were made.
The high-end makeover company proposed its Polar Ice quartz agglomerate in tile and sheet formats for the main flooring, bath panels, shower liner and integrated seat, with Trend Vitreo 160 white 2cm square semi-transparent glass mosaic tiles chosen for the flat walls and shower flooring, where the textured surface and frequent grout lines provide extra slip resistance.
Around the room at window ledge height, there is a slim accent line, which is crafted from four runs of precious 1cm square Aureo 026 white gold tiles, made with 24 carat gold leaf sandwiched between thin layers of blown glass. This silver accent is taken up by Trend's Liberty Diamond designer mosaic, its characteristic irregular hand-cut shapes, contrasting textures and shimmering diamond brilliance giving the room a distinctive contemporary look. Curved around the wall surrounding the central spiral staircase and gracing the rear of the shower enclosure, Liberty Diamond creates a magnificent visual highlight and reflects all the available natural and artificial light.
With no door frames interrupting the flow-through arrangement, the square agglomerate floor tiles run straight up to the dressing room carpet, with underfloor heating adding a pleasantly warm feel and a special grip finish providing extra slip-resistance. Other bathroom finishing touches include an electronic toilet seat, modern remote control bath and powered drapes, as well as in-ceiling loudspeakers and downlights.
Quartz agglomerate flooring in larger sheets was also extended to the outside living space, with a Sabbia D'Oro finish used for an adjoining window balcony and an upstairs roof terrace. The property's relatively narrow spiral staircase and 2-person lift created something of a physical challenge, tiles having to come up on the elevator in small batches and the larger sheets being hoisted up on an outside winch, gusts of wind precluding the use of full-sized 3m long slabs.
The surprise connection
Coincidentally, Granite Transformations' flexible agglomerate slabs are produced in the Trend Group's highly automated plant in Sebring, Florida, directly across from the Sebring International Raceway. This was the very track where Moss had one of his most celebrated giant-killing wins in the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours race, triumphing over an international field of drivers that included Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Peter Collins.
Granite Transformations says it plans to celebrate the Moss connection and demonstrate Trend's computer-aided custom mosaic capability, by commissioning mosaic wall panels of Sir Stirling's most famous race win, in the 1955 Mille Miglia. He will be depicted at the wheel of the legendary number 722 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR sports car, in silver of course.
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