12 Most Original Bathtubs
1. Stiletto-styled Bathtub
Styled like a beautiful stiletto, this shoe shaped bathtub is the vision of Massimiliana Della Monaca. The tub is available in a variety of beautiful patterns, each created with exquisite glass mosaic tiles. With a price tag of $17,000 the Italian designer assures the owner a luxurious soak.
2. Sculptured Bathtub
Sculpted from plastic, each bathtub designed by Tetsuya Nakamura is an original creation. The artist invites buyers to participate in the creative process by choosing the pattern, color and dimensions for their tub. That said, at $26,000 Nakamuro warns that his emphasis on form over function will not guarantee a safe or comfortable bath.
3. Boulder Bathtub
The creator of some of the most remarkable bathtubs, Stone Forest offers consumers the organic look of a stone vessel. These hollowed-out rocks make one-of-a-kind, albeit extremely heavy tubs – which serve as the centerpiece around which the rest of the bathroom design can evolve.
4. The Priciest Bathtub
At $47,200, the Red Diamond bathtub may well be the most expensive bathtub on the market. The frame for the GSM remote console – which controls two 42” HDTV’s – boasts a gold frame made from 42 grams of 18 carat gold, which is embellished with Swarowski crystals. Aldo Pugliello has incorporated all the bells and whistles into his design, which also includes lighting and massage features.
5. Leather Bathtub
For 10,950 EUR, Stone One offers a modern masterpiece in the form of leather-clad bathtub. This free-standing, oval shaped tub is not only beautiful, it offers all the comforts of more conventional deep soakers. As part of the Just Animals collection, the tub is available in faux Zebra, Cow and Leopard patterns.
6. Mood Lighting Bathtub
Designer Jan Puylaert sets the mood for his clients with an illuminated bathtub, allowing them to create an ambience in white, pink, red, orange or yellow. At a cost of $1,399 this polyethylene, soaker tub is installed with halogen lights, or with a multi-colored LED lights for an additional $1,100.
7. Book-lover’s Bathtub
This inventive, dual-purposed bathtub designed by Antonio Lupi features a built-in bookcase. The Biblio tub is fashioned out of resin and wood, and is available to book-lovers at $17,300.
8. Gold-lined Bathtub
This gold-lined, stainless steel bathtub weighs in at 175 pounds and is only 28 inches long! The one featured in this picture was designed to promote a jewelry store in Tokyo. The original, which had a value of one million dollars (120 million yen), was stolen from its home in a Japanese resort hotel in 2007.
9. Futuristic Bathtub
This sleek, stream-lined bathtub is available in black, white, or a duotone of the two. Designer Paola Parea loaded his ultra-modern tub with features which puts it well ahead of its time. A computer operated, hydrothermal spa combines natural essences with mineral salts to provide six different spa experiences which range from energizing to restful.
10. Lounge Chair Bathtub
Looking more like a chaise longue than a bathtub, the Le Cob by Omvivo was created with relaxation in mind. Although it holds less water than a more traditional tub, it was designed such that the water flows over the bather and onto the pebbles below – providing the sound and feel of a river-bathing experience.
11. Wooden Boat Bathtub
From the Dutch design studio of Wieki Somers comes this beautiful bathtub, reminiscent of a wooden fishing boat. In the belief that floating on the water in a boat and bathing evoke the same kind of feeling – which is at once peaceful and mysterious – the designer created this tub with relaxation in mind.
12. Yacht Inspired Bathtub
This modern, free-standing soaker by Laguna combines dark, marine wood and pebbles to create a truly organic feel. The bather will appreciate not only the sculptural form of this bathtub, but also the sound of the overflow into the pebble ring surround.