Elton John World News: A Need For Reed

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A Look Inside Elton's Beverly Hills Home

Wednesday 29 May 2013 @ 17:07 - GMT

One of the best installers of glass mosaic tile was hired by Elton and David Furnish to work on their newest home, in Trousdale Estates, a mid-century enclave in Beverly Hills.

Jimmy Reed came up with an elegant and intensely detailed glass mosaic tile installation for the entire master bathroom. His flawless installation and Bisazzas one of a kind 24-carat white gold glass tile collection result in a perfect storm of tile design.

For all of the walls outside the glass encased shower space, Reed used Bisazzas signature Damasco pattern in the Oro Bianco collection.  This classic pattern uses the smooth and textured white gold mosaics along with the white gold Vetricolor glass mosaic to really highlight the signature decor. For the inside shower walls, Reed used Bisazzas Queen ¾ x ¾ (20x20mm) blend consisting of the smooth and textured white gold mosaic exclusively. The highly unique collections feature two finish-styles which splendidly accent each other when used in the same design. Bisazzas Oro collection is created using real, 24-carat white gold thats encased in 20x20mm clear glass mosaic tiles. Reeds influence played an integral part in the success of many of the modern features of the master bathroom, starting with the curbless shower entry which didnt interrupt the tile design with the lowered substructure custom built. He also decided to pass on the traditional round-center drain and instead used a subtle, 14-foot stainless steel linear channel drain custom made by Laticrete along the far back wall.

Stepping into the shower through the barrier-free entry in the center of the showers two glass walls, Reed continued his tile work using a more traditional hand-cut, soft-white coloured Greek Thassos natural stone. He cut the material into 6 x 12 tiles and surfaced the entire bathroom floor in a custom brick-stack pattern. The master bath is complete with the natural stone flooring selection that flows with the white gold tiles from Bisazza that adorn the walls.

For the kids' bath (seen above), Jimmy installed custom glass tile sheets in a colour-splashed balloon pattern. The playful glass tile sheets were offset with Caesarstone solid surface in Pure White, which Reed custom-fabricated for the tub-surround and columns, as well as for the sleek vanity countertop and custom sink. Caesarstone is one of the worlds leading producers of solid quartz surfaces.

Another top name who was involved was Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

The award winning designer created the custom interior decoration program. A few years ago, he famously decorated Elton and David's previous LA residence on the 20th floor of the Sierra Towers.

Its always special to work on high-profile projects like this alongside a truly world-class collaboration of artistic professionals, Reed said. It was a pleasure to be a part of this team. Martyn Lawrence Bullard is simply an incredible designer who creates spaces with eclectic material that always works so perfectly with each space.

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