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Outlet ofuro in the milky way! – SOLD OUT !

Tanabata Festival in Edo (Hiroshige, 1852)
Tanabata Festival in Edo (Hiroshige, 1852)

(sorry, sold out…)

Today, July 7th is a special day all over Japan where people celebrate Tanabata, the Star Festival.
It is about the story of two lovers: Princess Orihime, the cloth weaver, and Hikoboshi, the cow herder who lived on the other side of the Milky Way. (Also associated with the two stars Vega and Altair)
The two fell in love and married but their love and devotion were so deep that Orihime stopped weaving and Hikoboshi neglected his cattle. 
King Tentei, (Orihime’s father) became angry and forbade the lovers to be together, but Orihime got very sad, so King Tentei decreed that the two star-crossed lovers could meet once a year– on the 7th day of the 7th month … if … if they presented him a bartok design`s ofuro !!

The two lovers did not have a lot of savings but they found a perfect model in the outlet corner and took advantage of the cheap yen, so they immediately ordered it. King Tentei was tantalized by the refined aroma and silky texture of the ofuro: forgave the lovers on the spot, and everybody lived happily ever after.

Wow !
Well, the story has been slightly modified to fit this device … anyway, the takeaway is that if you are relaxed and energized, everybody around you will become happy in a win-win situation.

And like every July 7th, now it is your unique opportunity to secure a new and pristine outlet tub to enjoy life also the other 364 days of the year \(^o^)/
Details are shining here below:

sizes: L1300mm x W750mm x H630mm (external dimensions) 550mm(depth)

1) Japanese Sawara Cypress wood AB grade bathtub (quartersawn): 426,000. JPY(too good to be true!)
2) Packaging: 150x95x83cm plywood box: 41,000. JPY
3) transportation: to be quoted (please let us know your exact address and postal code: we 
will provide a quotation before you purchase the tub)  

pdf drawing: outlet240707

Note: we cannot ship to the milky way at the moment, please indicate an address on planet earth…

Outlet ofuro in SG looking for loving owner

A client and friend in Singapore set up an apartment for guests and equipped it with a hinoki bath but since it is rarely used they are considering renting or selling the property.

As they already have an ofuro in their main house, this beauty will need to find another loving household.

Anybody interested? Of course, it is possible to ship, but a “new family” in Singapore would be the easiest and cheapest solution.

Specs are:

Japanese Hinoki wood AB grade bathtub (quartersawn)

L1300mm x W750mm x H650mm (ext. dimensions) 560mm(deep)

Price is 550,000 JPY (and you will have to do the moving)

Conditions are pristine, practically never used.

Get in touch with iacopo at japan@bartokdesign.com for further info or to organize a viewing.

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.

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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.

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hana yori dango sr – S5 outlet tub – SOLD OUT!

(sorry, sold out…)

This is the first outlet tub in 15 months… sorry for the long wait !! m(_ _)m
(But note that we have 2 outlet tubs at the same time! check also https://bartokdesign.com/8-outlet-tubs/hana-dango-outlet-tub-junior.php )

“Hana yori dango” is an idiomatic phrase meaning “it is better to have a dumpling than a flower”.
This saying expresses the practical mentality of the Japanese that appreciates concrete features over pure aesthetics and external appearance.

In a way, this overlaps partially with the “wabi sabi aesthetics” – but this is a story for another occasion.

Well, in this case, the naming fits the concept of a functionally perfect tub that is 20% cheaper than normal just because of a minor esthetic defect.
The material is asnaro (hiba) wood.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The wood has a pattern: check thoroughly the enclosed photos. It is not like erable (because it is the trunk and not the roots of the tree), anyway to understand the look, you can refer to this photo of “bird`s eye” veneer.
https://legnoquattro.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Erable.jpg


The tub is brand new but the material used is not the spotless AB grade we normally use: therefore it does not look as regular as the pattern of our quarter-sawn regular ofuros.

There is no problem whatsoever with quality, durability etc. It is just a “wabi-sabi” look.
And this is the only reason behind the 20% discount. (Note also that because of the smoothly planned surfaces, the color difference is more evident in the photos than it is in reality)

For specs and sizes, check the details below but let me anticipate that is one of the most popular sizes for a compact ofuro (S5)!

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hana yori dango jr – S4 outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

For the explanation of the concept behind this tub and the reason behind the discount, refer to the “twin” S4 size that we just uploaded -> https://bartokdesign.com/8-outlet-tubs/hana-dango-outlet-senior.php

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The wood has a pattern: check thoroughly the enclosed photos. It is not like erable (because it is the trunk and not the roots of the tree), anyway to understand the look, you can refer to this photo of “bird`s eye” veneer.
https://legnoquattro.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Erable.jpg


The tub is brand new but the material used is not the spotless AB grade we normally use: therefore it does not look as regular as the pattern of our quarter-sawn regular ofuros.

There is no problem whatsoever with quality, durability etc. It is just a “wabi-sabi” look.
And this is the only reason behind the 20% discount. (Note also that because of the smoothly planned surfaces, the color difference is more evident in the photos than it is in reality)

For specs and sizes, check the details below but let me anticipate that is one of the most popular sizes for a compact ofuro (S4)!

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kominka summit – outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

Behind the curtains! Incredible scoop!
This is actually the tub that will be displayed at the Kominka summit.
The absolute protagonist at the Bartok design booth!

Sawara does not have the glamour of hinoki but is definitely the perfect choice to be installed in a kominka – or to bring the wabi-sabi and homey, understated atmosphere of a kominka to your home!

I am keeping these comments light because you will have the possibility to view it during the zoom-LIVE on April 22-24

For specs and sizes, check the details below but let me anticipate that is one of the most popular sizes for a compact ofuro.

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The first time of a L corner – outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

I checked the archives and I could not find a predecessor: therefore it is confirmed that this is the first outlet tub with L-corner joints (and thicker planks).
Actually, the definition of “outlet tub” sounds almost like a joke when applied to this tub.
The material is spotless and the manufacture extremely accurate, with dowels matching the wood grain.

Perfect for a king or for one person that really loves himself.
Actually, having a good relation with oneself and caring for our body and for the precious time we spend on this planet is probably the precondition of the person that has enough energy to care for other people: the bright and energetic leader who gives back to the society and inspires everybody who crosses her or his path…

Do you think I am kind of derailing from the description of the ofuro?
Maybe. But it you could see it in person you would agree with me.
Compact in size but with the highest specs among our production, I think this outlet tub will set another record:
I have the clear feeling it will be sold within minutes from publication.
As a matter of fact, I am very tempted to do the sly move: skip publishing this entry and just installing it in my bath… ( ´艸`)

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strong as a castle gate – outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

This is a real Christmas present!
The client who bought exaclty 2 years ago was not able to import it because of the Covid situation and decided to put it on the market again!
Extra rare! We haven`t been able to make knotty tubs for the past 2 years!
First came first serve basis!

We just completed a large roten-buro (outdoor bath) for a hot spring in Hakone. As we had to use long pieces of lumber, we had some left overs: we picked up the best parts – heartwood only – and made this “hearty” ofuro for the outlet corner. We had several inquiries in the past month for knotty hinoki tubs but did not have any nice material on stock.
If you were looking for this type of ofuro you should act quickly because I am not sure when we will have another lot of such generous knotty hinoki.

This ofuro is simple and solid like the gate of a Japanese castle.
The length and width are very comfortable for 1 or 2 people and the 45mm plank thickness (compared to the normal 33mm) makes a bold statement. We usually use “beefy” planks when the clients require a large ofuro but want to avoid the top edge reinforcing frame. An option worth 1,200-1,500 USD alone!
Last but not least, the pattern of the knots as you can see is very well balanced on both sides. A bolder accent in the center (like a constellation) on one side and a more subtle harmony of knots on the other side. We applied the copper apron on both sides so you are free to choose how to orient it.

I am realizing that my writing ability today is overwhelmed by the multiple outstanding features. It is like trying to use all my muscles to push through the inexpugnable castle gate. I think this ofuro even more than the others cannot be explained with rational means. It definitely belongs to the realm of the emotions, with its stronger than average hinoki aroma (due to the knots), the thick walls and the organic pattern of the wood grain.
Yes, I am sure that absorbing this primitive strength from the fibers of this tree will provide the owner the power to break through the sturdiest castle gate!
(oh- I think I went a little too far…)

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Wabi sabi – outlet tub – SOLD OUT

(sorry, sold out…)

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature (from Wikipedia)

This ofuro has been infused with love by our carpenter. But even the best can make a mistake sometimes (if you want to call it a mistake).

It happened to this beautiful ofuro.
…What do you mean? …Where is the mistake?
Actually, I am sure that nobody would be able to spot it even examining it from close by.
But, there is a small mistake in the sizes. The backrest is slanted but is also slightly tilted as there is a 15mm difference on the bottom comparing the front and the back.
Of course, we guarantee that this irregularity does not affect in any way the structural stability or water tightness. Also aesthetically it is difficult to spot, as the top rim joint is symmetrical. See the drawing extract below.

But this cloud definitely has a silver lining: If you choose this wabi-sabi outlet tub, you will also receive a special BONUS!
★ BONUS: order this outlet tub and receive as a present a Japanese bathroom accessories set C! (you can choose any stool you want, traditional, traditional large or minimalist) https://bartokdesign.com/product/set-c-1-ladle-whandle-1-large-bucket-1-stool

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