Naked Design: The Bathtub Reinvented

Ben Affleck’s new flick Argo makes reference to the wife of a Persian Ayatollah who was rumored to bathe in milk and sleep in jewels. While her bathing habits were excessive and greedy, I can’t help but feel envious. I pay a hefty lump sum for rent (no, I’m not giving you an exact number!) and have approximately 4 minutes of hot water, never mind an entire tank to support my habit. And so, in the spirit of unrequited day dreaming and a dope collection of pictures, I’d like to take you on a little joy ride that I like to call Naked Design–5 amazing high concept, high design bathtubs that even an Ayatollah could get down with. Grab your robe and a loofah because this train is leaving.

1. The Organic Cocoon

This secret bathtub sits under the natural illumination of a skylight and features a blue/ green mosaic, natural jet stream, and rock pool inspired-design. A nearby wooden seat makes for post-bath grooming or seating for a special invited guest. This pool is secluded and sensuous for hours of alone time. Danielle Steel, anyone?

2. Maison Alexandre de Betak

This gorgeous stone tub is in a French family’s maison; it was constructed by local artisans out of salt stone and assembled in the bathroom before there were walls. This home is staggering in its innovative detail and this mondo tub is the capstone. Check out the rest on Architectural Digest‘s website (http://www.admagazine.fr/decoration/articles/une-maison-d-ete-a-majorque/13774).

3. Thomas Linssen

Thomas Linssen’s high concept design was born out of an ergonomic wooden chair that he re-constructed. He was concerned with making a ceramic tub that molded to the body and considered its total comfort above all else. The frame is laminated from strips of white oak and bent over a mould. The tub itself is a marble, polyester composite. I feel like I could take a nap in here..too much?

4. Patch House 2

This stunning, minimalist bathtub sits in Mayfair, London at architect Gavin Jackson’s Patch House 2. The home is a homage to sleek minimalist design and the bathtub’s open air/noir silhouette makes it a design-lover’s dream. With this small bathing pool, you’re as contemporary as can be.

5. Freestanding Stone Tub

Freestanding tubs are all the rage and this stone piece is a keeper (note the deep recess and natural silhouette). This tub is made of thick, lightly polished stone with natural curves to lean up against. If your hot water tank has no bottom and you’ve got hours to spare, curl up in this organic bath with some bubbles and a bottle of wine.

We’ve come to the end of my squeaky clean list but stay tuned for other design delights from ToMo’s official blog. There’s no telling when another writer will get down, dirty, and even naked with their decor tips. See you next time!

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2 Responses to “Naked Design: The Bathtub Reinvented”

  1. Michael Patrizio
    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    you should write for French Elle Decor. It’s the Italian in you, that love for tile and stone.

  2. October 31, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Channeling wife of Persian Ayatollah and request #2, please

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