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Spa at Home

Soak It Up
Todayís tubs are made for long, relaxing baths

One of the key elements to creating a spa-like environment at home is the tub. After all, what better way to end a hectic day than with a nice, long, soothing soak? Itís a tradition in Japanese households, and today, more and more bath manufacturers are incorporating the philosophy into their tub designs. Take for instance the Duravit Sundeck, which is 18 inches deep as opposed to the 14 or 16 inches typical of American-designed tubs. Equipped with LED chromatherapy lights, foot and back massagers, and available in a weatherproof version that can take the place of a hot tubóitís as fancy as soaking tubs come. Of course, there are other options if youíre looking for more of a sculptural work of art or a large slab of exotic stoneÖ
--By Meaghan Clark


Scoop by Falper

Designed by Michael Schmidt, this illusive oval-basin by Falper gives a modern look to an old design. Made of Cristalplant, the Scoop is a seductive sculpture for the modern bathroom. $15,000. The Scoop can be found at AF Supply Corp in New York, 718.443.6900.

Onyx Bathtub by Stone Forest

Like a piece of art, each natural bathtub from Stone Forest is hand-crafted from granite, marble, onyx or travertine found from queries around the world. The tub is not laminated or cast, making each piece one-of-a-kind. $15,000. Available at European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone, Solana Beach, 858.792.1542.

Soaking Tub by Julien

The stainless steel tub, deep-set and inspired by the Ofuro tubs of Japan, provides a modern twist to this lavatory staple. Combined with Julienís steel creations, Troy Adamís internationally known FusionDesign technique combines an Asian-based sensitivity for nature, a European sophistication and an Americanís purpose for practicality. $18,425. The Julien Bathroom Suite by Troy Adams Design can be found at International Bath and Tile, Kearny Mesa, 858.268.3723; and Wm Ohs, La Jolla, 858.459.3757.

Riverbath Quadrangle Whirlpool by Kohler

Kohlerís RiverBath Round whirlpool combines the serenity of a brook with the functionality of a modern bathtub. Eight Flexjet whirlpool jets and four Riverjets (jets that simulate the current of a river) provide waterfall-like massages in this acrylic, two-seater tub. $6,783. Available at Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, Kearny Mesa, 858.974.5100.


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