Rewind to the end of January this year when A-Gent of Style was in Paris for
Paris Déco Off, Maison & Objet and a private tour of the
‘1925: When Art Deco Dazzled the World’ exhibition, and the designer behind today’s feature was showing A-Gent of Style his latest project on his mobile phone in a bar in the 2nd arrondissement that we, a group of London-based desecrators, had besieged. Despite the wee hours of the night, the amount of libations and the lack of brightness, A-Gent of Style remembers being astounded by the sheer beauty of the bathroom he was shown.

Forward to a few days ago and A-Gent of Style opened his new issue of
The World of Interiors and, to his great surprise, was faced with that bathroom which was adorning the coveted cover and consequently the main inside feature.

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Scott Maddux, the visionary force behind Maddux Creative, has designed a bathroom that has such impact, charisma and holds such beauty that it was nothing short of ‘an assault on his senses’ when A-Gent of Style saw the spread in its full glory.

It would be futile for A-Gent of Style to dissect and analyse this project, as per his habit, for fear of paraphrasing Ros Byam Shaw’s article but what he will say is that this bathroom has now probably topped the ranks of his favourite bathrooms amongst celebrated decorators such as Michael S. Smith, Joseph Dirand,
Pierre Yovanovitch, Jean-Louis Deniot and Veere Grenney, all of which are on his Pinterest account, and bear striking similarities with Maddux’s.

 The juxtaposition of elements Maddux and his team selected, combine into a glamourous, cohesive whole and offer a synaesthesia of new Art Deco vibe with an ageless sense of refinement, masculinity and elegance.

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A collage of bathrooms from the Hotel Meurice in Paris which were the client’s inspiration for this project

The complementary elements of this single room range from the deeply veined Arabescato marble that envelop the room with the same dramatic effect as a splatter-charged Jackson Pollock painting, the use of both plain and distressed mirrors, various octagonal shapes reproduced in the double doors panelling, the free-standing mirrors and also the sheer blinds, delicate cut-glass pendant lights, antique Italian wall sconces from the 1950s and a ravishing chandelier, to the perfectly incongruous pastoral scene of the Toile de Jouy wallpaper and finally the unifying element of brass echoed throughout the room in its gracious, unlacquered state which will give over the years an antiqued patina and that intangible ‘character of imperfection’.

All of these harmonious ingredients result in a decorative tour de force conceived by a rising talent with a discerning eye.







– Photos from The World of Interiors


  • Sarah Watson

    Gorgeous round up A-Gent-of Style! And thanks for sharing the Hotel Meurice mood shots – a lovely completion to the circle. Agree – this bathroom jumped straight ahead of the queue to join my top 10 bathrooms.

    When I first saw the cover, I thought it was a bathroom in a historical home or hotel and definitely in mainland Europe. I was flawed to see it was a recent project and here in London. Huge congratulations to both Maddux and the commissioning client for being to bold.

    April 7, 2014
  • Felice

    Please tell me all about the mirrors? How did the idea transpire? Who made them? Are they safe? They are just about the loveliest mirror I have ever seen.

    May 16, 2016
    • The octagonal pole-mounted mirrors were designed by Scott Maddux and executed by The Sterlingham Co.Ltd,
      a Stourbridge company dedicated to the hand crafting of fine period bath accessories, washstands, and heated towel rails in electric or hot water and originally founded in 1986 as “Black Country Heritage”.

      October 28, 2016

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