Whether you have a spacious master ensuite, or a condo-sized bathroom, a beautiful tub is a game changer. The freestanding tub, it seems, is this year’s hot-ticket item, along with all the beautiful tub fillers and adjacent showers that go with it. While a cast-iron tub appeals to many of us, at 400 pounds, they often aren’t feasible. We asked Reynold Lobo of AMATI to share some of the now endless chic alternatives.
The luxury of a freestanding tub demands a separate shower. The Sensori system by Brizo is customizable in every sense: volume and temperature controls being the most important. The system allows for changes in water pressure and temperature to maintain a desired flow and warmth. With a choice of multiple shower heads and spray types, it’s the height of luxury. Beyond its obvious functionality, the system is highly appealing to the eye.
A tub named after a king’s birthplace is bound to feel regal. The freestanding beauty is composed of Volcanic Limestone™ and resin, a material that’s much harder and more durable than acrylic. A high-gloss finish is easy to maintain, while the exterior can be painted in a variety of colours. Designed by Meneghello Paolelli Associati, the Pembroke tub by Victoria + Albert is both versatile and fashionable.
State of the Art
If taking a bath is your idea of therapy, this tub from BainUltra’s urBAIN collection is ideal. This modern option is clean-lined and sleek. Ideal for condos and modest-sized rooms, the Vibe 5828 is designed to fit smaller spaces. The therapeutic tub comes with a hydro- thermo massage system to ease back pain and increase circulation, not to mention take away the day’s worries. This ergonomic bath is sure to please even the most discerning eye, while its sloped walls amp up the comfort level.
When finished in a vibrant sapphire blue, the Amiati bath from Victoria + Albert has an artful edge. Reminiscent of painted claw-foot tubs of yesteryear, this shapely bath would steal the show in any ensuite. In fact, the tub can be finished in an astonishing array of shades, sure to please everyone. The tub’s classic appeal would work in both modern and traditional settings.
The Deep End
The star of this bathroom may be the view and that sculptural tub, but every freestanding tub needs an elegant tub filler. The MOD+ floor-mounted model by Graff is the jewellery on this well-appointed ensemble. Graff has a reputation for longevity and service, yet the main appeal is their elegant faucets and tub fillers. This one comes in more than 20 finishes for achieving just the right look.
Small and Mighty
Ideal for condos and smaller houses, the Vibe 6030 by BainUltra gives the feeling of a freestanding tub in an alcove design. Deep and inviting, the tub can be clad in various materials for a luxurious finish. With options for hydro-thermo massage and chromatherapy (in violet, red, orange, yellow, and green) for an easy psychological lift, it’s a powerhouse of a little tub.