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May 7, 2021
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Today’s tub is an aspirational addition to any home and this curated collection of architectural pieces demonstrates why…

There are many reasons to have a bathtub. The obvious one is to keep clean. But beyond its functional purpose, a bathtub is so much more. With the importance of rest and relaxation stressed now more than ever, bathrooms have become spa-like sanctuaries, at the centre of which is the bathtub.

Not only do bathtubs add value to our physical and mental health but they increase the monetary value of our homes too. It’s a luxury to be able to soak and recharge at the end of a long week and it shows in the market price of houses that have them. 

That’s because bathtubs are family-friendly. No-one starting a family looks for a one-bedroom flat with a space-saving shower and that makes homes that have them a safe investment. More importantly however, it’s because architects and designers are capitalising on wellness ideals by helping to define the “modern bathtub” – a utilitarian device turned architectural feature. 

Today’s tub is an aspirational addition to any contemporary home, and this curated collection of designer bathtubs proves why…

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Beyond its functional purpose, a bathtub is so much more and this curated collection of designer bathtubs proves why – ©Enzo Berti for Kreoo

Newton Bathtub by Maison Valentina

First up is a designer tub that takes the idea of having a bubble bath to a whole new level. Maison Valentina’s Newton collection features a curved lip shape reminiscent of vintage styles coated in three-dimensional spheres, resembling clusters of floating suds. The collection is inspired by Newton’s laws of physics and combines a good cast iron interior with chic lacquered finishes in either black or white.

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Newton bathtub features a curved lip shape coated in three-dimensional spheres, resembling clusters of floating suds – ©Maison Valentina

SPA by nespoli e novara for Neutra

Shaped after the most stable geometry of them all, the Neutra SPA is as perfectly circular as it is timeless. Designed by Nespoli and Novara, its round shape softens the often harsh angles in bathroom spaces. The piece is carved from a single block of stone and is available in various kinds including Basaltina and Carerra marble.

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DR bathtub by Marcio Kogan and Studio MK27 for Agape

The DR bathtub has been conceived with “the intention to create a friendly, sensual and charismatic object”, hence its fluid shape. Like a natural pool, its flowing lines and inviting size brings a hint of voluptuous Brazilian modernism to both indoor or outdoor spaces.

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With its flowing lines and inviting size, DR bathtub brings a hint of voluptuous Brazilian modernism to both indoor or outdoor spaces – ©Marcio Kogan and Studio MK27 for Agape

Le Acque by Toscoquattro

The Le Acque by Tosoquattro is also carved from a simple piece of stone. Designer Claudio Silvestrin took inspiration from water’s erosive effects on natural materials. He defined a shape with the sort of uneven curves you’d expect to find on pebbles at the beach and created an edge that twists and curves freely.

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Carved from a simple piece of stone, Le Acque bathtub takes you to a beach scenario thanks to its uneven curves – ©Toscoquattro

Two-seater Balnea by Vaselli

A distinct triangular shape defines this travertine for two, an oversized piece playing up the potential of bold and beautiful bathtubs. Vaselli wanted to create a romantic bath for two without taking up twice as much room. So, the Balnea Triangolare was born, available in Bianco Rapolano travertine and inviting its users to sit side-by-side or face one another depending on their desire.

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A romantic bath for two, Balnea Triangolare uses a triangular shape to invite users to sit side-by-side or face one another, saving space yet being bold and beautiful – ©Vasselli

Vasca by Nic Design

The luxury of the free-standing Vasca by Nic Design bathtub Tub is that it doubles as a shower tray with dimensions that are suitably compact. Enclosed in an intimate fashion, users can enjoy the pleasure of full immersion without sacrificing on space. This bold choice comes in a variety of colourful Pietra Luce, an antibacterial material that’s shiny and water-proof.

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Vasca Tub is a compact design available in a variety of colourful Pietra Luce, an antibacterial material that’s shiny and water-proof – ©Nic Design

Kora by Enzo Berti for Kreoo

Kora takes its name from a traditional musical instrument of West Africa, characterized by an elliptical shape. Kreoo’s reference to the music is also in reference to the sound of water, with its silent impetuosity. The tub rests on an iron tripod that supports its volume, giving stability and elegance. Despite the strength of its marble material, the water finds a new lightness in the quietly striking Kora.

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Inspired by an African musical instrument, Kora features a marble tub resting on an iron tripod, which gives elegance and stability – ©Enzo Berti for Kreoo

Corpo by Henry Timi

As if a warm spring were just stumbled upon, the Corpo bathroom collection by Henry Timi mimics the rocky terrain of any beautiful landscape. Carved from marble with rugged perfection, an oval vessel maintains an appropriate balance between natural and modern elements.

Reflex by Antonio Lupi

Characterised by a neat and colourful shape, Reflex is the first transparent bathtub by Antonio Lupi and uses the company’s own patented material. Called Cristalmood, it is a colored resin with a glossy finish that gives the bath a transparent finish. Its effect enhances the soft round shapes of the basin, giving a lightness yet at the same time a solidity to the overall design.

Bathtub - Reflex - Antonio Lupi
Made out of Cristalmood, a colored resin with a glossy finish that gives the bath a transparent finish, Reflex makes lightness and solidity coexist in one design – ©Antonio Lupi

Magic Cave by Studio Marco Piva for Citco

The final design on our list creates a truly immersive experience with a winding silhouette that loops over to envelop bathers with water and surround them with natural stone. Created by Marco Piva for the famous Italian marble brand, Citco, this unique bathtub was inspired by the shapes and limits of the natural caves.

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As suggested by its name, Magic Cave was inspired by the shapes of natural caves and creates an immersive experience by enveloping bathers with water – ©Marco Piva for Citco
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