We like to think that taking a hot bath is the ultimate in relaxation, but the reality is that most bathtubs aren’t very relaxing at all. Dutch designer Thomas Linssen of HOUSE of THOL wants to change that with his creative armchair-inspired bathtub.
The bathtub, made with a frame of American White Oak and a body of polyester/marble composite, looks almost like it could be at home in the living room.
In fact, that was precisely how Linssen’s design evolved: from a chair designed for comfort and posture to a bathroom object that would add elements of relaxation and style to the bathroom.
The tub was created by using the wooden frame as a mold for the composite, resulting in subtle outward bowing between the wooden “bones.” When the tub is filled with water, these gentle interior undulations look positively peaceful.
The resulting bathtub is a truly unique piece of bathroom furniture that is worthy of display even in the front room of a house…provided you would be comfortable taking a bath in full view of anyone else in the home.
“For this project I took the frame of a chair, designed with comfort and posture in mind, and let it evolve into a bathtub. The base of the bath is defined by its oak-wood ‘skeleton’, the hard composite tub slightly puffs up between the wooden beams, seemingly pushed into this shape naturally through water pressure.”
“The inner tub is made of a fibreglass reinforced polyester/marble composite. To produce it, House of Thol closely collaborates with a manufacturer that has years of experience working with similar materials in the boating industry. The frame is made of American white oak, bent, shaped and assembled by hand in our workshop in the Netherlands.”
“In our designs, we use contemporary techniques in combination with sustainable materials and artisan production methods. House of Thol products are made to be used every day. We design products for our own brand as well as for labels, and collaborate with partners on circular projects. House of Thol offers the complete design-process: from research, concept development and visualization to prototyping, technical product development and packaging design.”