Custom tubs

“longed for” ofuro to australia

Sometimes we deal with architect offices or construction companies, often we deal with end users.
Some clients are rationally minded business owners who have an organized mentality.
Some clients are carrying on their house remodeling and are very excited about the details.

Each tub has its own story which is what makes my work of “bridge between two cultures” so meaningful and rewarding.
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This tub belongs to very enthusiastic client who knows what she wants and can communicate it very well.
Every email from the client it is like an energizing potion that leaves me fully recharged for the whole day…!
After about 3 weeks from the first email the tub is completed and ready to be shipped! It is a beautiful custom size kadomaru tub (see the details below)
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Material is sawara cypress. The difference of color between the different planks is minimal, but because the wood fibers reflect the light with different angles when taking a photo the contrast appears increased.
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Hot water will release a soothing aroma out of the straight grain of this sawara wood.

Here are the specs:

material: japanese Knotless Sawara cypress wood bathtub

shape: kadomaru with customs sizes

sizes:  L1100mm x W630mm x 740mm (630mm deep)

details: stainless steel wire bands. Iron brand at front top-right

P.S.

I just sent the photos to the client who immediately replied:

“Please send as soon as you can!”

I am sure the ofuro is going to be pampered in his new home in Australia!

ofuro for Cape Town -4- completed!

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This is the second ofuro we are shipping to South Africa in 2016!
In both cases we were in touch with the clients, architects and interior designers for over a year but it was worth it! Take a look also at the pictures of the manufacture phases:
part 1part 2part3

Here is the photo of the back side.
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We created a new type of overflow cut: it is tuck in the back towards the wall and is drawing the water to a gutter running along the wall.
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The spout cover is openable for controlling the built in tap. Not a high tech solution but very practical!
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Here is the layout of the whole composition including a duck-board and bench cut with an angle to match the corner of the bathroom. I am looking forward to seeing the completed space!
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Here are the specs of the project:
Material: Asnaro wood AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn) t42mm
Size: L1500mm x W750 x H670mm (ext. dim.) – depth 543mm
Details: copper apron, wood dowels. Iron brand at front side top-right
Option: overflow top cut
Accessories:
* Ledge and filler: W165 x L1500 x H670) assembly on site
* Bench: W 454/367 x D 515 x H 450mm
* Duckboard: W 521/454 x D 400 x H 55mm
* Asnaro wood ledge mounted spout D with faucet

compact tub for Zurich

This ofuro in asnaro wood is going to be installed in place of a shower box in a renovation project in Switzerland.

The client carefully planned the layout so you can look out from the window while sitting in the tub.

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It is difficult to understand just by seeing the picture, but the “feet” of the tub are on the short side instead of the long side (as usual). Being the tub is a long and narrow niche, the short side will be the front so it makes sense to use this detail both aesthetically and maintenance wise.

This point deserves a clarification.

Basically, the feet (sleepers) also have a structural function in stiffening the bottom plank so usually we cannot place them on the short sides. There are 2 exceptions:

  • We use thicker wood for the planks so that the bottom does not need additional framing. Here is an example. This detail can add considerably to the cost, especially if combined with a 90 degrees corners detail. As opposed to the standard T shaped corner.
  • The tub is reasonably small. Which is the case in this Zurich example. In this case there is no extra cost involved.

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View of the mesmerizing interior of the ofuro!

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Here are the specs:

material: natural Japanese Asnaro AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn)

size: L900mm x W700 x H690mm (ext. dim.) – depth 600mm

details: copper apron,  wood dowels. Iron brand at front side top-left

koyamaki tubs for singapore

We produced 3 tubs for a spa in Singapore.

As we did not have stock of hinoki (it takes at least 2 months to natural dry the lumber) we proposed to use koyamaki wood.
Koyamaki is the most prized of the “5 trees of the kiso valley” (koyamaki, hinoki, asnaro, sawara, nezuko) and is even more rot-resistant (and more expensive) than hinoki.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciadopitys

In this case, we used Koyamaki-B grade, with small knots on both sides. Koyamaki is more knotty than hinoki, thus a knotless koyamaki tub really becomes a premium item.

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I did not have time to take the photos in advance since time is tight and the tubs are being packaged.

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We are placing the accessories inside to contain the shipping volume as much as possible.

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The tubs will be equipped with ledge mounted spouts.

I am looking forward to see the tubs installed and of course … to rush to Singapore for a relaxing and aromatic plunge!

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Here are the specs for the tubs:

Material: Japanese Koyamaki B grade (quartersawn, small knots)

sizes: L1800mm x W1200 x H640mm (ext. dim.) 560mm(deep)

details: wooden dowels, copper apron, iron brand at top-right cornerHinoki

accessories: wood wall/ledge mounted spout D type

Sawara wood ladle with handle (180D 290H)

Hinoki wood traditional stool (300x180x200H)

“princely” ofuro for hong kong

A Japanese living in Hong Kong kindly coordinated on behalf of the owner the order or a large hinoki tub for a residence.

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The installation will be in a ledge so the also supplied the external panels to be mounted on site.

Yoshiyaki is now holding the front panel to show how to position it. I am skipping the photos of the other sides…

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Here are the pictures of how it looks before inatallation, with a double shell construction,

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the other side will be recessed in a tiled ledge.

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since the tub top frame is recessed on one side to direct the overflow in this direction, we added a base on one side to the cover planks.

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Finally, here are the specs:

Material: Hinoki wood AB grade tub
Size: L2000mm x W1000 x H1050mm (ext. dim.) 930mm(depth)
Details: wooden dowel, copper under apron, iron brand at front top-right over flow top cut,
Options: Apron boards panels (supplied separately)
1) Short side: 960 x 508 x 25t
2) foront side: 2000 x 508 x 20t
3) back side: 150 x 508 x 20t
Hinoki wood a removable internal seat W400mm

Accessories:
Hinoki wood traditional cover 1020*x200x21 (10pcs)
Hinoki wood traditional stool (300x180x200H):
Sawara wood ladle with handle (180D 290H)
Sawara wood large bucket(230D 120H)

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Replacement tub for Dallas

The client is going to replace his previous american made wooden tub which is leaking.
The tub is recessed in the ground so this tub matches the size exactly.
(Of course wood swells and contracts according to the seasons and air humidity so the dimensions allow for some clearance.)
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I think we exchanged 3 mails with the client: he had some questions about the thickness of the planks and the corner joint construction to compare with his present tub.
It was very pleasant to deal with him as his words were precise (even without using specialized terms) and his purpose was clear. I imagine he is very busy businessman but very efficient with his time.
This inspires me to be more focused and calm when taking decisions!

1)About the issue of the thickness of the planks, I added a FAQ which I hope may be of reference to those of you with the same doubt. -> http://bartokdesign.com/9-faqcomment/about-the-thickness-of-planks.php

2)For the latter, I addressed him to our videos corner in the “reference” section: https://youtu.be/ZDesC_Bk4iA
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And here are the specs for this project:

material: natural Japanese Hinoki AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn)
sizes: L1219mm x W660 x H710mm (ext. dim.) – depth 620mm
details: nat. oil apron, wood dowels. Iron brand on both sides
options: Hinoki wood traditional cover 680x203x18 (6pcs)
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Let me post here again a technical note about our mail server: we had some mail problems: for some reason, some emails I send to hotmail or gmail accounts are rejected without error messages. (I wonder if it is a keyword-based spam filter: some mails get thru, some don`t…). I am working on it. Meanwhile, if you are having problems in reaching us: please use my alternative mail address: iax1213 at gmail com.

asnaro tub for Virginia

Everything started from a very kind and warm mail from a couple who “spent a little time in rural Japan and came to love the entire experience of Japanese bathing.”
We supplied some alternative quotes for asnaro and hinoki wood.

Here is a picture of the back side (scroll below to see the front side and accessories)

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Here is a photo of the immaculate interior with the drain along the long side (quite rare detail but actually very smart if you consider 2 people using the tub together):

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Here are the specs for the project:
material: natural Japanese Asnaro AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn)
sizes: L1300mm x W760 x H660mm (ext. dim.) – depth 565mm
details: nat. oil apron, wood dowels. Iron brand at front side top-right
option: ball-type drain plug

accessories:
– Asnaro wood tray 840x350x21 (apparently the client likes to read books while soaking! They must have found the secret of how to reach happiness while on this world!)
– Hinoki wood traditional stool (300x180x200H)
– Sawara wood large bucket(230D 120H)
– Asnaro wood floor grate 1440 x 900x H55mm (split in 2)

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A technical note: we had some mail problems: for some reason, some emails I send to hotmail or gmail accounts are rejected without error messages. (I wonder if it is a keyword-based spam filter: some mails get thru, some don`t…)

Anyway we could happily catch-up thru my personal gmail account (iax1213 at gmail com).
Everybody who has having problems in reaching us: please use the mail above.

round tub for architect in HK

This tub was ordered by an architecture office based in HK for a residential project.
The size was modified from 1400mm to 1200mm and the material from hinoki to sawara cypress to obtain the best cost-performance.

Sawara is a japanese cypress, similar to hinoki but slightly more orangeish in color (hinoki is white/pink).
It is easy to work with and soft enough so that the metal straps can make a good grip.
Also, the length of the planks match a Sawara standard so the tub is reasonable with an excellent performance.
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The tub has a bench for 1/3 of the perimeter.
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Here are the specs:
material: natural Japanese Sawara AB grade bathtub (knotless)
sizes: Dia 1200mm x H700 (ext. dim.) x D590mm (internal depth)
details: twisted stainless steel band. Iron brand at top-center
options: Sawara wood internal seat W285mm (1/3 of perimeter)

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accessories:
– Sawara wood lid with handles (2 pcs)
– Asnaro wood stool (330x220x300H)
– Sawara wood ladle with handle (180D 290H)
– Sawara wood large bucket(230D 120H)

– Hinoki wood floor mounted spout (photo here below)

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ofuro for 2 in capetown

The clients visited our warehouse in Chiba in 2014 together with their interior designer.
We had several exchanges of mails as their renovation was being implemented.
And the result is a luxuriously well proportioned ofuro we are extremely proud of!

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The spacious interior with 2 removable benches looks like gold as the spotless quarter-sawn hinoki returns the light with warm reflections. Can you imagine it filled with steamy hot water?
I am sure that in heaven there is an ofuro like this, as a prize for the chosen ones…!

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here below are the specs and the photo with the accessories:

  • material: natural Japanese knotless hinoki bathtub (quartersawn)
  • sizes: L1600mm x W800mm x H650mm (ext. dim.) 550mm (deep)
  • details: wooden dowels, oil finish apron, iron brand at top right
  • optons: hinoki wood internal seats W400mm
  • accessories: hinoki wood stool (330x220x300H), sawara wood ladle with handle (180D 290H), sawara wood  large bucket(230D 120H)

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ofuro+table for Hamburg

The clients of this ofuro actually visited our showroom in Chiba in november of last year.
With german-like precision every piece of their plan come together as per scheduled and we are now ready to ship this fragrant bathtub and accessories!

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We had to supply a smaller drain socket to comply with the local plumbing regulations (limitation on maximum flow capacity). Also, we raised the base under the tub as required by the plumber to make the connection.

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The tub has the Bartok design brand both on front and back (freestanding layout) and is equipped with floor grating, stool, buckets and a step for easy access/egress from the tub.

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On the client`s requests we also provided a plank that can be used as a table while taking a tub. Because the clients are enthusiastic fan of Japan, I am sure they read books on this table, will use it to place their sake cups, maybe even will have their sushi-dinner while soaking in the ofuro!

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We also provided a coordinated vanity counter (photo here below). They will complement it with faucet and sink: I am looking forward to the pictures of the actual installation!

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finally, here are the specs :

material: natural Japanese Hinoki AB grade bathtub (quarter sawn) t35mm
sizes: L1400mm x W750 x H695mm (ext. dim.) – depth 590mm
details: copper apron, wood dowels. Iron brand on both sides
options:

  • Hinoki wood tray 830x350x21
  • Hinoki wood floor grate panel (1400x450xH55mm) 1pc, (350x350xH120mm) 1pc
  • Complimentary hygrometer
  • Asnaro wood stool (330x220x300H):
  • Sawara wood ladle with handle (180D 290H)
  • Sawara wood large bucket(230D 120H):
  • Hinoki wood for basin counter 1750x600x t35mm (H70 front)

 

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