We’re longtime fans of the
ofuro, or Japanese soaking tub, both for its good looks and promotion of rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Here are 10 in-situ favorites, ranging from traditional hinoki cypress wood or darker teakwood baths to Western-style ceramic baths in Japanese-style wood wrapping.
Above: A hinoki wood bathtub in the Rudolph Schindler–designed Hollywood Hills home of designer Pamela Shamshiri. Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli from the book, by Barbara Sallick. See more of the house and landscape on Gardenista in The Perfect Bath Garden Visit: At Home with LA Designer Pamela Shamshiri in the Hollywood Hills.
Above: A bathing-themed room by Dutch designer Hanna Maring in Amsterdam’s Volkshotel features a freestanding Japanese tub with sliding privacy panels on each side. Photograph courtesy of Volkshotel, featured in A Pink and Green Bath in Amsterdam, Japanese Soaking Tub Included.
Above: A hinoki bathtub by Alaska company Sea Otter Woodworks is set in a bed of river stones in a Mill Valley, California, house by architect Barbara Chambers. Photograph by John Merkl for Chambers & Chambers Architects, featured in Weekend Spotlight: Indoor/Outdoor Living with Chambers & Chambers Architects.
Above: Designer Jonathan Tuckey created a bathhouse for clothing designer Maureen Doherty next door to her London shop, Egg. It has radiant floor heating and a Badbox Bathtub by Studio Anna van der Lei. Photograph by James Brittain, courtesy of Jonathan Tuckey and featured in Steal This Look: A Japanese Bathhouse in a London Mews.
Above: An oval Japanese bath in the guest room at Atelier Lachaert Dhanis, a venture of artist duo Sofie Lachaert and Luc Dhanis in Belgium.
Above: In the 16-room Nobu Ryokan hotel in Malibu, bathrooms feature teak soaking tubs with bronze Dornbracht fixtures. Photography courtesy of Laure Joliet, featured in Hollywood-Style Zen in Malibu: Nobu Ryokan Guesthouse on Carbon Beach.