The “mariage” of Carlo Scarpa and a Japanese bathtub✨

message from the client:

Dear Iacopo,

I hope this email finds you well. I thought you might like to see how our bathroom turned out with the ofuro. We absolutely love it!

Thanks so much for all your help with our renovation. It’s been a real pleasure working with you.


Thank you for the kind email✨

This is the quintessential “est meets west” bathroom design!

I love it!

All the Best ! \(^o^)/


PS: you can find more photos of this amazing renovation at:

Santa Claus outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

I bet you are now rubbing your eyes: a knotty hinoki tub?

But Bartok has not been able to source knotty material since 2018…! (;゚Д゚)
Am I dreaming or am I awake?

Well, miracles happen, especially just before Christmas
Actually, if you are fast enough, we could ship this beautiful tub in the first week of December and you should be able to receive it before the Christmas rush✨

And yes, if you still have not written your letter to Santa, why don`t you try to ask for a Hinoki bathtub?

This is a kind of a unique design in our collection. Consider it is like a knotless tub with two large artistic knots on the face.
On the back side, one knot is cut in half but if this side faces a wall, there is no estetical consequence.
As you can see below, the knot pattern in the inner face is very nice and well-balanced.


see you in Sydney on Nov. 18th !

As many important scenes of my life, all happened in the blink of an eye.
a friend asked me:

“Do you want to participate next week at the JAPAN EXPO” one-day event in the Sydney townhall?”

and my answer was:

Australia has always been at the top of my “want to visit countries” list: and what could be a better excuse than this?
The JAPAN EXPO was first held in 2021 and despite the longtail of Covid, it had 2,500 visitors in 2021 and 6,000 in 2022. They are expecting almost 10,000 visitors for the 2023 edition (scroll below to see the video)
I am looking forward to it and to meet all the Australian friends in Sydney!

Well, I will not be able to bring an ofuro with me … but will display the “Pocket onsen” and the “Shuhari belts“.

It is a great occasion to pick yours: also considering that each one has a unique design so you may want to check them out and see if you find your “love at first sight”.

I will be staying at a downtown hotel on 17th evening and 18th evening.
I will also have some free time during the 19th daytime.
Let me know if you have time for a cup of tea!
See you in Sydney !!!

Feel free to contact me for more information at japan <at>

TAKI: install a waterfall in your powder room!

In the past years, we produced several hinoki sinks (order made) but never had a standard product to offer.

We are proud to present our new hinoki sink: “TAKI”!
“Taki” means “waterfall” in japanese: as you can see from the pictures, there is a hinoki plank on which the water widens and flows, like a miniature … Niagara Falls.

The plank has also the function of hiding the drain. and can be easily removed for cleaning.

“TAKI” has a very simple and minimalist design. It can be mounted on a counter and because it has a flat bottom, it can hide the installation of the previous sink – if you are just renovating.

Here below are the dimensions:
Japanese Hinoki wood AB grade sink (quartersawn)
D500mm x W640mm x H200mm (ext. dimensions)

price: 320,000. JPY (includes the drain fitting)

packaging and shipping: please specify your address etc. so we can provide a quotation.
Of course, it would fit inside an ofuro so if you purchase together there would be no extra cost for packaging/shipping.

The original concept involved inserting a recessed light (waterproof type) on the back, under the oblique “waterfall” plank.
Anyway, as it is very easy to implement this detail on-site, we preferred to leave it as an option, also considering it will be easier and stress-free for you to use lighting fixtures available in your country and have more freedom in adding a light controller, remote controller, sensor etc.

Feel free to contact us for more information at japan <at>

Stressless… in Seattle!

message from the client:

Hey Bartok,
No better time than fall to enjoy a good soak, we’ve been loving the kadomaru!

J from Washington state

the American dream house with a Japanese twist

see photo here:×1536.jpg

(photo credits: R. Brad Knipstein @rbradleyphoto )

Message from the client:

Hi, Everyone at Bartok!
We just wanted to send a thank you for our lovely ofuro. 
We think it works great in our newly remodeled home and we love it!

Our architectural firm just posted professionally taken photos of our house on their web site, and it includes a photo of our wet room with the ofuro, as well as a mention of Bartok Design in the Info page. ODS Architecture: Residential – Diablo Hills

We just wanted to send you the link to show you how wonderfully it turned out. 

Thank you!




Dear C.

Thank you for the kind surprise and zillions of congratulations for your house!
It is really like “the American dream” (with a Japanese twist…!)

Can I publish it on our HP of course with the references to your architect`s homepage?

We have many upscale clients and I am sure that many are looking for an architect that can achieve this result.

Please let me know.



Adopt a thatched roof kominka (urgent…)

This cutie will be torn down in October.
See more photos from this link:
Foot print (at wall centerline) is about 10m x 9.7m. Add 1m all around for projected roof line.
1 Story. Over 100 years old.
Located in Miyazu city, near the seashore. The straw roof is covered with sheet metal, anyway as you can see from the interior pics, the foundation (on isolated tsukaishi) the large beams, the smoked bamboo covering the inside part of the roof, the bent beams inside the roof structure are perfectly healthy.

Cost of dismantling (parts numbering etc.) about 30,000 USD.
Timber frame is all made with nuki-construction. Basically not a single metal nail. You pull out some wedges and it can be neatly dismantled without damage for the parts.

Cost of transportation: I guess one 40 ft container, considering that you will have to provide for new tatami, new shoji and fusuma etc.
The windows are cheap aluminum frame sashes and should be replaced.
It would be wonderful if you could remake the straw locally – if at all possible.
The walls are tsuchi-kabe (adobe with bamboo framing) and should also be done on site.
Or you can do timber-frame walls if you are not a purist and finish the external walls with plaster or wood slats.

Basically, you can have the structure for 40,000 USD (roughly, including transportation.)
Depending on the construction costs in your area you will need to add 100,000 USD to build and finish it.

Let me know if interested and I can obtain more precise quotations.
Here below, is a proposal considering the creation of a “doma” concrete or stone floor for an open kitchen area and rebuilding the wet areas with a hinoki bathtub (YUIP!)

outlet sunoko premiere!

This is the first time for a sunoko duckboard to end up in our outlet corner!
The reason is a misunderstanding we had with a client regarding the sizes so we had to make a new one.
Anyway, if it fits your space, this is a sweet deal!

The sunoko is new, unused, flawless and… 30% off!
Check below for sizes and prices.


white, black, and hinoki magic in Singapore!

I obtained from the client permission to share here the project he did where he used our ofuro.
He has a unique design touch and you can see also from his other projects that his approach is of full respect for each different house’s individuality and he is enhancing the space with wit and refined taste.
We are now working on another project in Singapore!
I think he may be very busy but you can try to contact him to operate magic also for your real estate assets!

staining japanese wood? (NO!)

Dear Iacopo,

Hello! I hope you are doing well.

For the past few months we’ve been sending the Bartok wood samples to various designers, which some questioned that if it is feasible for customize wood colors, or if there are any other wood types available aside of the standard three woods.

If possible, can you produce bathtubs with colors similar to the floor grating wood in attached photo?

Your prompt reply would be appreciated.

Because japanese softwoods have a high content of oil, they cannot be stained: it means that the stain would not penetrate equally and the result is irregular and very “cloudy”.

That said, the whole concept of japanese wood is to enjoy the color and aroma (as it is a natural material).

Staining hinoki would be like applying paint on a pearl to make it look whiter or greyer or whatever.

You understand that (in this example) it is then pointless to use a pearl in the first place.

Last but not least, natural wood color changes with aging and light exposure.

As a matter of fact, after few years hinoki changes to a slightly tanned color which is similar to the duckboard in the photo.

The bottomline in any case is that if the designer has a very precise idea about the color, I would recommend to use a different wood (and a different supplier).

Thank you for your understanding.


Bartok design Japan Co.
iacopo torrini

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