Gold Struck

Local artisan and inventor Tony Davlin outfits his Cambridge bathroom in shimmering tiles and rare wood.


Photograph by John Horner

Styling by Erica Farthing.

1. Davlin designed a line of precious-metal-and-glass tiles (which he still manufactures by hand in his first-floor workshop) for Ann Sacks in 2006. His bathroom showcases an assortment of them — made of 24-karat copper, rose, and antique gold — from the Sacks Davlin line.

2. The home features siding and several decks made from planks of Massaranduba, a Brazilian hardwood. He used leftover wood to create this handsome tub deck.

3. “When we framed the house, we put the tub in first and built everything up around it,” Davlin says of the nearly three-foot-deep Neptune Tokyo soaking tub.

4. Davlin glazed the ipe-wood-framed window before covering it with Satin Ice acrylic from Dorchester supply house J. Freeman.

5. Water can flow into the bath via a Hudson Reed stainless steel mixing valve or it can pour down from a Kohler Laminar tub filler in the ceiling, which Davlin calls a “touch of decadence.”

6. “It’s not in-your-face; it’s warm,” he says of the 24-karat rose-gold-leaf tiles that cover his walls. “But it’s not a Donald Trump, gold-plated look.”

7. Originally, the shower was built over the tub, which had a platform that fit over it. As part of the most recent construction, Davlin created an open stall shower in what was once a closet.

8. The countertop is made of limestone from Adamo.

9. To accommodate a marble pedestal sink, the toe kick of the Kraftmaid Venicia acrylic cabinets was cut down.