Testimonials

some like it hot… some like it cold

I am glad to be able to sharing with you an instagram post (with lovely comment) from our client @taigawinterswimclub

Hi there!
I am loving my bath tub so much!!!
Thank you.
What a beautiful feeling to wake up and take an ice bath under the morning sky!

Is this paradise?

I received this beautiful picture from a kind client in Australia who installed this oversized kadomaru (L=1300mm) made of hinoki wood instead of the regular sawara.
I do not know about you but I could just keep staring at this photo for hours. Doesn`t it look like paradise?

Hello Iacopo 

Thought you might like to see where one of your beautiful tubs ended up. 

Covered of course to avoid damage from sun but lovely like this when we enjoy a soak

Regards
M.

Refined Elegance: Contrast and Texture

Our friends at Nora Studios sent us a few of the preliminary photos of a recent bathroom installation. It’s stunningly beautiful. The contrast of warm wood and cool stone is magnificent.

Ofuro specs: japanese Knotless hinoki wood bathtub (quarter-sawn)
dim L1060 x W660 x H629mm (ext. dim.) 570mm(deep)
nat. oil @ apron, wood dowels. Iron brand at front side top-right
(Accessories are available from our shop)

It is difficult to understand it from the pictures as the sizes are so laser-perfect… but the tub feet are recessed in a ditch which collects the drain water as well as the overflow. Amazing detailing!

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Nestled in the Swiss Alps

With the email subject line from our client “At last the bathtub is in place” we could appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into redesigning a bathroom. Importing an ofuro from Japan takes no small effort and a huge amount of trust that we are going to get it right.

But get it right we did. Look at this stunning bathroom with it’s outlook on a mini version of the Swiss Alps (or so we like to think, since the bathtub is in its new home in Switzerland). Hats off to the designers of the bathroom who have managed to create a calm and relaxing space that I am sure the owners will love for years to come.

Can you imagine slipping into the delicious hot water after a day on the slopes?

Thank you F.H in Switzerland.


The Cat’s Pajamas

Our customer James sent us a fun video of his cat contemplating diving in for a soak in the ofuro. Thanks for the giggle James! Ofuro fun for the whole family. You can see it over on our Facebook page. It’s a beautiful bath, so tranquil.

Send us your pics! We love them!! japan(at)bartokdesign.com is our email address.


https://www.facebook.com/japanese.ofuro/videos/2273150919622731/

Photo credit: Photos generously provided by James Reinke

a tropical heaven overlooking the north sea!

According to the client, the installation is still incomplete: the shower glass partition is missing and the faucet inside the spout needs to be modified. Also the lighting fixtures are still missing – but since the boreal spring provides some light until late in the evening, the ofuro is already operational.
Well, this space seems already PERFECT to me !
I cannot imagine how it will be when it is complete with all the bells and whistles!

from the window. A tropical heaven overlooking a Norwegian fjord!
look at the water droplets! this picture is so inspiring!
what a wonderful smile! Natural? Hinoki induced?

This beautiful bathroom was designed by Oslo architects Skajaa Arkitektkontor, outstanding job!

Testimonial from Dubai



Dear Iacopo,
This reply is a little late, but I was waiting for the bathroom to be ready with some pictures before sending this review.
It has been quite a few years now that I had chanced upon your website. I don’t recall what I was searching for 🙂
I am so glad I did though. A dream slowly became reality. A hinoki ofuro was high on my list to bring a little bit of Japan into our home.

We thank you and your team of artisans for making this possible. Grateful for your “site” visit before I ordered and we promptly received the tub in October. The smell was amazing and we had a few months of keeping it under wraps whilst slowly enjoying the aroma of the hinoki.

Finally installation was completed in early January.

My son, the official Ofuro and Onsen expert (he bathes 6-7 times a day when visiting onsens) was the first to try it out.
It was heaven – it was given the seal of approval. We bathe in it almost everyday or at least the wash area is used such, so it has been a worthwhile investment.
My youngest boy says he’s inspired when watching the videos on your site. He now says he wants to be a carpenter and his wishlist for Christmas is a Kanna. Who knows, he changes his mind often but you and your artisans work has already inspired one young soul!

Wishing you all the best for 2019!

A. and Family
Dubai


Our resident Onsen Expert


The boys enjoying the Ofuro


Wash area with TOTO tap imported from Japan


Close up view


The Bath area with sunoko platform and step-bench

Hinoki duckboards in Switzerland

Dear Iacopo
here some pictures of my „Japanese Shower“ in the Swiss mountains. The faucet is a Toto imported directly from Japan
You are most welcome to use the pictures as credentials on you home page.
Thank you again for you excellent work
Best regards
T. from Switzerland

Out in the green – round hot tub

A client from the USA kindly shared with us a beautiful picture of her Bartok design`s outdoors hot-tub (roten-buro?)
Of course, the landscape is not included in the package!

Well, I feel this photo does not need too many other comments!!

The tub has arrived and it looks great!! Thanks again …

L. from Pennsylvania

ofuro and kakejiku scroll!

Dear Iacopo,

I just wanted to thank you for the hinoki bathtub we received few months ago, it is truly wonderful and we are enjoying it very much.

Here is a photo of the bathtub in our bedroom.

I look forward meeting you again next time we are in Kobe.

Arigato

T. from France

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