365 Objects Of Design

Freestanding Bath

30th December 2014
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freestanding bathtube concrete wall from westonebathrooms.com

It’s still the holidays so perhaps, now things have calmed down a bit, you can finally sink in to a bath for that relaxing soak you’ve been promising yourself all week if only you had the time. But you probably won’t get round to it. I know I never do. I look at that beautiful freestanding bath all week and then, come Saturday, I end up relaxing on the sofa instead.


I realised this other day when, thanks to a gorgeous photograph of my bathroom that appeared in Heart Home magazine, which was taken by James Balston, I had an email from a writer on The Wall Street Journal.

madaboutthehouse bathroom by james balson

He was looking to do a piece on the return of the freestanding bath and needed some quotes to go with the photo above.

black freestanding bath

I was asked about 15 questions, the answers to which I laboriously typed out on my phone while lying on the beach ( yes I know tough job) only to discover that the quote that made it into the piece was the one about never using this ridiculously luxurious bathroom we have created.


It is, as I realised when I stopped to think about it, that the promise of relaxation to come is almost as good as the relaxation itself. Anyway you can read the piece on the link above and see what you think. It was interesting for me to be on the other side of the interview too!


Anyway, the current object of my fantasy bath desire is this rather wonderful Vieques bath by Patricia Urquiola for Agape. It’s a contemporary version of an old-fashioned tin tub and it belongs in front of my bathroom fireplace!

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  • Nerene 18th February 2015 at 7:43 am

    All I want to know is if these are affective.
    I’m looking at buying one but I don’t want to sit in my bath with wonderful warm water but the tub it self stays cold and the water losses it heat too fast because the tub doesn’t get warm as well

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 18th February 2015 at 8:29 am

      I think they’re very good these days and well insulated so that shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Lesley Anne Burton (Kinney) 30th December 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Gosh, I hate that bath, especially the white one in the grey bathroom. Looks like a cold bathroom in a dreary Communist-era Russian hotel!!

  • Allison 30th December 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’m the same with my bath Kate! Paid a fortune for a Victoria + Albert Marlborough bath (a smaller fortune that you might be thinking, since I got a second on ebay, but still a hefty wack!) but I use it about twice a year. I’m not really a bath person, but I don’t regret buying it, because it looks great and, as you say, it’s the promise that is as good as the bath itself. That’s what gives me the pleasure.

    I have now subscribed up to Heart Home – really loved it. Thanks.

  • Rachael Hare 6th September 2014 at 7:10 am

    I LOVE THIS! I thought ‘tin bath’ as soon as I saw it. Now the delicate question of price, couldn’t see it anywhere on the link?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 6th September 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Sorry Rachael, I wrote it late at night and couldn’t find the price but I’m pretty sure it’s in the “if you have to ask you afford afford it” camp. Sadly.

      • Rachael Hare 7th September 2014 at 7:24 am

        Thanks for getting back to me. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in that particular camp!

        • Kate Watson-Smyth 7th September 2014 at 12:39 pm

          oh yes me too! I share your pain… will try and find out during the week.

    • Allison 30th December 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I love it too! Being Patricia Urquiola for Agape, it is sure to be in the several thousand pounds catergory…

      • Allison 30th December 2014 at 12:51 pm

        oops, sorry “category” :0

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