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ofuro tubs video

We prepared a short VTR about our japanese ofuro tubs.
How do you like it? We welcome your comments!

bartok tubs in their new homes!

Our wonderful customers have graciously sent us photographs of their installed and fully functional bathtubs. In both big and small, traditional and modern spaces, the tub fits in perfectly creating a relaxing atmosphere that anyone can enjoy.

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Shoji Doors Shipped

Our client decided on option B, the doors with a contemporary feel. Below are the products ready to be shipped.

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Shoji doors are usually made with rice paper, however, rice paper is delicate and doesn’t fair well in humid environments, like a bathroom. We recommend to replace the paper with a synthetic material that looks like paper call warlon. This fascinating material is used for many interior applications in Japan today. (Warlon website in Japanese only)

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Above are the rails that are to be fitted above and below for the doors to slide.

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And for the final touch wooden wainscot paneling, and Japan has been brought to your home!

Shoji Doors for Japanese Style Room

We had a client who wanted a comprehensive Japanese look for his room. The image above was taken from the bedroom facing the bathroom and closet. Our client wanted to used traditional Japanese shoji doors to separate the spaces.
I sent my client the following two proposals:

Option A is classic Japanese but involves more pieces. This design includes a column and beam casing which separates the closet doors from the bathroom doors and the top storage from the full sized doors.

Option B is simple and more contemporary. There are no exposed columns so the doors look like parts of a whole and because there is no beam the ceiling will feel higher.

Options A and B can also be mixed and matched according to one’s vision.

Toto – Japan’s Leading Innovator for all things Bath

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Toto was founded on May 15, 1917 then known as Toyo Toki Co. Ltd. Toto is an innovative company, always thinking towards the future and focusing on the needs of the market. Toto now has offices on three continents.
Please click here to view Toto’s full online catalogue of FRP ofuros. This catalogue is in Japanese please view the images and model numbers and contact us with any questions.
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Health Benefits of Soaking in Warm Water

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Soaking tubs have seen an upward trend in popularity in the last decade, and for good reasons: recent research has proved that water is a natural healer. Soaking in warm water has similar benefits to exercise without over exerting the heart. The temperature increases heart rate but also dilates the blood vessels thus increasing blood flow to the extremities of the body without raising blood pressure.
Being in warm water is different from sitting in a sauna or a steam room for one very simple reason, buoyancy. When submerged in water your body can relax easily because it is essentially weightless. The warm temperature releases endorphins which eases tense muscles and stimulates nerves along the spinal cord which clams the endocrine system and internal organs. As a result, soaking can help fight insomnia, back aches, joint pains, and migraines, to name a few.
Sitting in warm bath several times a week will relax your body, ease your stress and you will feel more energized as a result. Try a soaking tub, and your body will thank you for it!

How is a Japanese ofuro different from a regular bathtub?

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Soaking in a bathtub every evening is part of the way of life for many Japanese. Japanese bathrooms are built so that there is a separate area for washing hair and body before entering into a warm bath to soak and relax. And because the bath water is not used of cleansing, the tub doesn’t have to be refilled for every member of the family.
The Japanese are also masters of efficiently using space. And of course they apply this skill to their bathtubs as well. Ofuro tubs are shorter in length than regular western tubs but they also have greater depth, which means one can soak in a sitting position with warm water up to their shoulders. Many ofuros come with built in benches so that you can sit in a comfortable position and enjoy your bath. In addition the smaller size not only tends to use less water but the reduced surface area keeps the water warm longer.

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Although traditional Japanese ofuros are made out of hinoki wood, a more affordable alternative is an FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) tub. The size of these tubs tend to fall between traditional Japanese tubs and western style tubs. FRP Ofuros and are easy to maintain, but most importantly they don’t have to be built into your bathroom, rather just placed on the floor, like a large bucket.
A FRP ofuro tub is a good solution for those living in rented houses or for those having a dispute in your home about having a shower or a bathtub… the compact size of the Japanese tub allows room for both!

tub installed in Tokyo

Here are some pictures of a beautiful hinoki bathtub installed in Tokyo.
click on the pictures for an enlarged view!

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hinoki tub ! SEPTEMBER SALE !

Dear friend,
Did you contact us some time ago with reference to a quotation for a japanese tub?
Is your project still on track?
Or did you just knew about us and wish to have a quote?
We are at your disposability for any question/problem.
Also, note that if you confirm your order in september, we will be able to apply a 7% discount on the quote for what concerns hinoki products! (no discount on the transportation cost.)
There will be an extra 3% discount (10% total!) for the first 3 tubs ordered in september.
Updated 090909: sorry, the extra discount has been allocated…
This offer starts today aug/25 and expires sept/30/2009 at 18:00 JST.
Please note:
* This offer cannot be cumulated with other discounts.
* This offer is valid only for bank transfer payments (no credit cards or paypal)
* This is Bartok design`s first promotional sale.
* We do not have plans to make it a regular feature and in case it will be repeated it will not be before august 2010.
* These conditions include a governamental 5% tax facilitation.

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Contact us for further details!

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