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a Japanese in Paris…!

Message from the client:

Hi Iacopo ,
finally my bathroom finished.
I would like to share some photos .
Thank you again for the ofuro.

J. from Paris


For this project we just supplied the ofuro and the shiji-like glass sliding doors were built locally.

even if the rooms are comparted, it looks so bright and ethereal with the shoji-like design!
the grid gives order and at the same time makes it feel more spacious.
I am sure the layout is also very flexible and cozy at the same time.

Even if it not technically shoji, it evokes in my mind the words of the immortal Japanese author Jun-ichiro Tanizaki.
Click the link below (documentary by NHK) if interested in learning why…

after a 17-year wait… hinoki ofuro meets hinoki ceiling 💕💕

This nice couple based in the USA, purchased a K-grade hinoki ofuro from us in 2005.
Now, they decided to order wide hinoki planks – all heartwood to clad the ceiling and further upgrade their lovely bathroom.

The ofuro really looks brand new after 17 years, thanks for taking good care of it!
I hope the natural feel of the ceiling and added hinoki fregrance can bring you happiness for the next 16 years to come!

Message from the client:

Iacopo – your tub and wainscotting looks wonderful
I am sending you 10 pictures.
Please feel free to use whatever works best for you
All the best  M.

the adventures of Tin Tin in the ofuro!

I love the semi outdoors / semi indoors setting!
Too bad you can only do if you live in the tropics…😢

Be sure to click the PLAY button in the video below to see the motorized door in action\(^o^)/

Message from the client:

Iacopo San,
It is finished and I can start enjoying my blue lotus Spa Ofuro and I love it!
I give you some photos and videos for your magazine,
Kind regards,

T. from Malaysia

from a former hinoki-oil-addicted client…!

Dear Iacopo,
here are all of the photos that I promised from unpacking to moving it into the small en-suite to placing it into the shower pan. It all worked out really well and I’m very happy with it! It is such an integral part of my overall self-care. I’m so glad I found you guys!!
By the way, the bench and seat are teak which I like but of course, in no way compares to the Hinoki!

T from the U.S.A.

“I love my bath, iacopo!”

“I love my bath, iacopo!”

This was the title of a very kind whatsapp message from a customer.
We live for these few but precious dew drops!!
But the real treat was coming in the following messages:
Two wonderful photos that I post here and a heart-warming message (see down at the bottom)
But first, let me here briefly comment on the photos:
1) the ofuro is installed with an angle (not parallel to the walls).
2) the reason for this is not a whimsy design concept: see the second photo!
3) yes! the ofuro has this direction so you can see outside the window
4) but the real “coup de genie” is that the ofuro is not fixed! You can move and rotate it.
You can look out of the window when it is sunny and turn to the natural white wall for a relaxing meditation when it`s raining outside (or just to the opposite…\(^o^)/)

Basically, there is a deck under the ofuro that hides a waterproof pan with floor trap. so the drain socket of the tub can be made to discharge the water anywhere as long as it is on the duckboard.
Isn`t it a revolutionary idea?

Client endorsement:
‘An ofuro bath is a major investment but rest easy, you have come to the right place. My Bartok experience proved first-class throughout, combining outstanding craftsmanship with impeccable service – all from the other side of the world! A rare thing in this day and age and a tonic for the soul.

But don’t just take my word for it. Speak to Iacopo and his team to see for yourself.
Go on, take the plunge! Invest in a beautiful, wooden work-of-art. You will never regret it.’

I. from France

All best wishes

ofuro in the living (temporarily…)

Dear Iacopo-san,
Please be informed that the Japanese Bathtub successfully arrived yesterday afternoon.
The wooden box (package) couldn’t enter thru the door. So, together with DHL, we removed the package and carried the bathtub into our house (see photo).
Thanks a lot!!!

Actually it looks great also in the living room!
Maybe you can move it over from time to time to bathe while enjoying the garden view!

The picture was so cute and the ofuro looks so much at home overlooking the garden of this light-filled house that…
I could not resist asking the (a little puzzled) owner If I could share the photo here.

A part for the jokes, using a flexible hose to drain the ofuro in a safe place, I think it would be so nice if the ofuro can be moved around from the living to the inner garden and enjoy every angle of this beautiful house!

kadomaru odissey!

My dream was to one day have a Japanese soaking tub so when my husband and I decided to build our own house with a Japanese aesthetic, I was so pleased to find your website with my dream tub! A true work of art.
We had many delays and my poor tub sat on the back porch of our rental for almost 3 years.
I would proudly show it off to my friends and would take it into the house during the very cold winter nights.
Now it has a proper home in our master bath and every time I bathe I feel like I am in heaven. There is nothing like being embraced by water up above the shoulders and breathing the other worldly aroma of the wood. The worries of the day disparate as I am transported to a timeless place of peace.
Thank you for building it with such loving care and attention.


What a lovely comment we have received!
And soooo beautiful photos! Thank you R. san!
We are glad the long odissey of R.`s ofuro blossomed into an happy end and also the fact that if properly wrapped to prevent dehidration, also a kadomaru bathtub can remain in perfect conditions after 3 years of storage!

And I think the orange/gold of the sawara tub is strikingly beautiful coordinated with the antrax of the tiles and the fresh green of the outdoors.
Dear R.: I must say we are very envious of your new house!

spotless in seattle…

Sending in a photo of our sweet and compact tub. We love it and use it multiple times a week!
T from Seattle

another picture kindly participated by a client and friend!
in the title, I tried to play around with the title of a famous movie…
It is a kind of corny sense of humor.
Japanese would call it “dajare” or oyaji-gag (middle age father`s gag)
Is this a sign I am getting older?

ofuro for Sunday evenings

Hi Iacopo,
I hope you’re well.
I’ve only just seen the ofuro-jiman contest email you sent earlier this week so I’m probably too late, but I thought I’d send you some photos of our ofuro anyway, in case you’d like to post them on Bartok’s instagram account?

As you may recall, we extended our house in London and created a new Japanese style wet room on the ground floor, complete with one of Bartok’s sawara ofuro and hinoki stool and bucket. I spend most Sunday evenings soaking in the wonderful ofuro! The view from the ofuro of a maple tree through the timber slatted screen helps me feel a little closer to Japan!
Best regards,

Photo credits: Agnese Sanvito @agnesesanvito

9 years old ofuro in Switzerland

An early bird testimonial from Switzerland for our “ofuro jiman” contest!
There is no comment but the pristine conditions of the 9-year-old ofuro do not need further comments!

Thank you and … enjoy the hot water!

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