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Friday, November 21st, 2008

White Bowl Black Seat


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
7 Comments » | Published in Bathrooms, Design Magazines, Design Press, Design Trends, General, Vintage Modern  |  7 Comments

I love to peek in on Thom Filicia’s website and see what’s new from time to time. The white toilet with the black seat and lid jumped out at me. I like it. It has a crisp 1920′s look to it:

I’ve been seeing this white bowl/black lid trend lately. I first noticed one in my bathroom at The Standard on Sunset*, which tries hard to look like a no-tell motel with its tongue in its cheek. The lidless bowl is bad feng shui and has a deliberate institutional vibe. I guess they don’t want anyone to stay too long, so they make you feel like you are tinkling  in a  a mental hospital:

Last month I spied one in Rita Konig’s redo of Deborah Needleman’s guest bath in Domino:

The look is part retro and masculine. Perhaps this is the same toilet they have at some Old Boys Cigar and Scotch Club. What do you think of it?

*Ah, in my usual cruddy  and skill-less point and shooting technique, complete with the CVS bag full of stuff we forgot to bring with us is on the bathroom floor.

1st and last photos from and Domino Magazine, respectively. photographer unknown; if you know, please comment so I can add it – I can’t seem to find it in the article. AHA! THANK  YOU ANG WHO COMMENTED: The photographer is a fabulous Australian chap by the name of Justin Bernhaut. Check out!

photo two from

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  1. Alison says:

    November 23rd, 2008 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Really quite fond of the black lidded toilet, as well. I had made a mental note of that Rita Konig bathroom (for my someday house).

  2. Ang says:

    January 29th, 2009 at 10:23 am (#)

    The photographer is a fabulous Australian chap by the name of Justin Bernhaut. Check out

  3. Bath: Black Toilet Seat | Remodelista says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:00 am (#)

    [...] Above: The commode featured on Hatch. [...]

  4. rita says:

    August 30th, 2009 at 6:32 am (#)

    All the sanitaryware in that bathroom was specified by Steven Gambrel. Which is why it is so smart!

  5. Becky says:

    August 30th, 2009 at 1:19 pm (#)

    Rita, he is so brilliant. By the way, I miss your shopping dispatches from Domino terribly!

  6. laurie says:

    May 27th, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#)

    love it. where can i buy it? i’m in the nyc area. thanks!

  7. White Walls? Paint the Cabinets? | Making it Lovely says:

    January 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm (#)

    [...] bathroom keeps its hundred-year-old hex tile (damaged as it may be) for now. The sink is unchanged, the toilet seat gets swapped out for a black one, and the pedestal tub probably goes black too. The new black and white polka dot shower curtain is [...]

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