Ofuro Bathtubs

Ofuro Tubs | Kitchen Studio of Naples

The ofuro (お風呂), is a traditional Japanese bath with deep sides that allows the bather to immerse themselves up to the chin.

The ofuro has been used by the Japanese for centuries to alleviate both physical and spiritual maladies. This ancient technique of soaking in hot water takes away tensions and stress, soothes muscular pains, and stimulates the blood’s circulation.

The original style of ofuro is very small, barely fitting one person, scrunched up.  The water was heated by a wood stove and used by all members of the family and emptied in the evening.  It is part of the ritual of bathing and not for washing.  Members of the family are completely clean before immersing in the bath.  Although no soaps are used in the ofuro, mineral salts can be added to enhance the relaxation.

The ofuro were traditionally wooden boxes with 25″ deep straight sides. If you were like me and assumed the small size was due to the small bathroom size and the difficulties of keeping the water hot, you’d be wrong. The size originated from the notion that human beings experienced the best possible conditions in gestation.  The small size of the bath required the bather to sit in a fetal-like position.

Modern soaking tubs are larger and offer options like bubblers or jets.  This tub from Sonoma Cast Stone is made from Nucrete and offers the option for a heating coil to be cast into the tub’s body.

70 gallon 865 pounds

Ofuro are best designed into wet rooms since most do not have overflow drains.  Also, if you follow the bathing ritual, you would shower to clense your body, soak for a minimum of 15 minutes, get out and shower again, soak for an additional 15 minutes and finish with a cold shower.   Combining the shower and soaking tub will keep the tracking of water contained.

If the extra height of the ofuro has you concerned about your safety entering and exiting the tub, many models can be sunken or partially sunken into a deck. This unique soaking tub from the Zuma Collection features an infinity edge.  The tub is partially sunken so the deck is at a comfortable height.  Another option is a walk-in style tub.  You’ll need adequate floor clearance in front of it but it is a great option if you can’t change the floor.  It is also a great option for people who want to stay in their home well into their senior years.

Zuma Collection & Wasauna

Many people prefer to spend their time for relaxation and contemplation surrounded by nature.  Unfortunately, many traditional wooden ofuro are not suitable for outdoors.  Concrete ofuro, like this one from Concreteworks, are a popular choice because they hold up well to the elements.

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French Art Deco Vanity

Art Deco is the term given to the decorative and architectural style from 1919-1939. 

Art Deco’s geometric designs, accompanied with playful ornamentation contrasted with the earlier organic forms of the Art Nouveau Movement.  Unlike modernist design, Art Deco was not overly concerned with issues of functionality or technology.  Art Deco was primarily a fashion oriented style.

Art Deco style was popular for hotels, theaters, restaurants, ocean liners and World’s Fair exhibits.  By the 1930s, Art Deco style in the United States was adapting to mass production rather than the luxurious products originally shown at the Paris exhibit Les Arts Decoratifs.

Walker Zanger’s Luxe Vanity recalls the 30’s Art Deco style with it’s rich Espresso finish and brushed-nickel accents.  This large single bowl vanity available in honed marble or white onyx will make a grand statement in your bathroom retreat.

56 3/4″ w x 24″ d starting at $5,600

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Towel-heating Radiator

If you think a towel warmer looks out of place in a contemporary bathroom then you
haven’t seen the Snake.

This sleek steel towel warmer is manufactured by Scirocco of Italy.  They have been
manufacturing radiators and towel warmers since 1990.

The Snake towel warmer is great way to heat a small bath in style and conserve space.
Installation is a snap with no plumbing required since the water is enclosed.  Simply
plug the unit in and you are ready to have warm towels the next time you step out of
the shower.

Modern Medicine Cabinet

This Vichy Cabinet from the NAVA collection by Bissonnet has retractable  side shelves with chrome rails that slide behind the mirror to keep grooming products close at hand.

The cabinet is 6.5″ deep and extends 8.7″ from each side. Bissonnet offers a companion vanity as well.

I really like that the mirror is one large uninterrupted piece of glass.